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Epson QX-10 disk drives

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    Epson QX-10 disk drives

    So I now have all the pieces for my QX-10 - system/monitor/keyboard and diskettes. However, when I try and insert a diskette, it stops with about 1/2 inch sticking out, and will go no further. Pushing the button doesn't do anything - it's hard as a rock. The red light does come on, and I can hear the drive spinning - I just can't get the disk inserted.

    I've seen mention that these need cleaning and lubrication - does that seem to be what's indicated here, or is there more I should be trying to diagnose?

    I'm sure I can figure out how to pull the machine apart - hopefully there's guides online - but any hints or words of wisdom would be appreciated.

    So close...


    #2
    I think I had the same problems with the drives on my TF-20 unit.

    It was some time ago, and I don't remember the details, but I took the drives apart and when I had the mechanics exposed it was easily aparent what was causing the problem - I think there's a lever towards the rear of the disk space that is released by something else near the front. Sliding a disk in while you can see what's happening makes it obvious what's happening, and where the problem is, and it's OK to fix, although I think I just wedged something as a temp fix, but I've never got back to it.

    Geoff
    Vintage Devices: Epson HX-20/TF-20, Amstrad PCW 8256 (with extras), 386 and 486 PCs with 5.25 and 3.5 floppy drives, Pentium 75 with Roland LAPC-I midi card

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      #3
      I've never taken QX-10 drive apart but do remember when you do get it repaired that you need to push the button to finish loading the diskette and making the drive able to read the diskette. Push again to eject the diskette. That's a quirk of the Epson drives. The service manual for the QX-10 is online and goes into great detail with working on the disk drive.
      Crazy old guy with a basement full of Pentium 1 laptops and parts

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        #4
        Thanks gentlemen - won't have a chance to pull it apart until the weekend, but I'll let you know what I find out.

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