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    Just curious if anyone repairs these. The one in my mosel 35 stopped reading disks and I have some similar issues with the ones in a PC Convertible

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    No error messages?

    Just totally dead?
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    No error messages, they all seek and spin the disk but won't read

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    Bad caps.
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K View Post
    Bad caps.
    Exactly my diagnosis, perhaps misaligned heads too. Can anyone repair these? I can barely solder barrel batteries or laptop battery packs, these smd caps are much too small for me to even attempt

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    Which model drive?
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
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    One is a 1.44mb drive with the ide-looking connector and 2 are 720k drives with the edge connectors. I don't know the manufacturers off the top of my head

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    Maybe try local-ish computer clubs and/or ham radio clubs.
    Does the Maker Space organisation operate in the U.S.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WBST View Post
    Maybe try local-ish computer clubs and/or ham radio clubs.
    Does the Maker Space organisation operate in the U.S.?
    Nobody locally seems to really work on anything like these drives, the surface mount caps are kind of tough

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    I use a piece of tape, cut in a small strip, to tack the chip down while soldering the ends. After soldered, I remove the strip. Use separate rosin flux so you don't have to depend on the solders flux. Also, use small diameter solder. If you don't have any small diameter, use your cutters to cut a small strip, length wise.
    I'm 72 and can't see anything closer than a foot and a half without glasses, so I suspect anyone could do it.
    Dwight

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