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External 5.25 floppies: Tandy & Backpack

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    External 5.25 floppies: Tandy & Backpack

    I have two external drives:
    Tandy model: 25-1087 (Microsolutions 30772a)
    Backpack model: 1231 (Microsolutions 40772a)

    My main goal is making backpack as dual drive and Tandy as 360K drive.
    Problem: Tandy doesn't initialize with backpack drivers and SETID tool doesn't work (to change drivetype).

    I swapped 93c46k eeproms from Backpack and then Tandy doesn't respond.

    Maybe someone has Backpack device based on chip 30772a?

    Currently what I can do is set Backpack as 360K, keep Tandy as 1.2MB
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    I just got one of the Tandy 25-1087 drives. The EXTDRVR.SYS driver has an undocumented DRIVETYPE setting with parameters including 360, 720, 800 (?), 1.2, 1.44, and 2.88, but no matter what I set it to, it ignores it and sets the drive type to 5.25" 1.2 MB.


      perhaps it's undocumented because it's also unimplemented?


        Originally posted by vwestlife View Post
        I just got one of the Tandy 25-1087 drives. The EXTDRVR.SYS driver has an undocumented DRIVETYPE setting with parameters including 360, 720, 800 (?), 1.2, 1.44, and 2.88, but no matter what I set it to, it ignores it and sets the drive type to 5.25" 1.2 MB.
        will check it myself in next week. thanks
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          Originally posted by maxtherabbit View Post
          perhaps it's undocumented because it's also unimplemented?
          chipset in Tandy is in lower revision so maybe it is not mutli drive like in backpak.
          For sale:


            It was my impression that the Tandy version was Tandy-specific, and not the general Micro Solutions Backpack firmware.
            Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.


              According to Tandy's documentation, the 25(0)-1087 drive "can be connected to any PC/XT, PC/AT, PS/1, or PS/2 compatible computer":



                Okay, but I'm pretty sure that it's not a generic Backpack drive.

                If you want to dink around with one, several years ago, I posted the source for a Backpack floppy driver (supplied, IIRC, basic int 13 services, but I'm not certain).
                Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.