TEC FD-50x drives - known issues?
dave04a at dunfield.com
Fri Oct 7 22:38:55 CDT 2005
I've been trying to get the drives from a Nabu Cable PC working
for the museum in Toronto who wants to put a working system on
The drives are TEC FD-501, single-sided DD drives.
Some time ago I posted a request for technical information on the
TEC FD-503 drives in one of my Morrows, because one of them had
failed - the 501 is the same drive, same board, just without the
top head and connector/components on the board.
I didn't find any information, and ended up abandoning the drive
and installing a panasonic DD drive - unfortunately this isn't an
option for this system without a fair bit of work, because the
drives are contained in an enclosure just big enough for the drives,
and connect to a board located directly behind them with 1" cables
for the data connectors. The data connectors are on the oppposide
side from all the other DD drives I have (of course - and I have a
fairly good selection!). The drives also have a silkscreened "Nabu"
faceplate which would be nice to keep for the display.
Both drives have failed - It is not a configuration/jumpering issue,
because they were working - also, I have the exact same system, disk
box and drives, and mine work - they are jumpered exactly the same.
I've tried cleaning the heads, checking for other mechanical issues,
and replacing all of the electrolitics on the drive boards - I can't
do much more without technical information.
I did try connecting a panasonic drive (had to hold it out of the
case to get the cables to go on), and it worked perfectly - the
problem is definately the drives.
After some looking, I managed to find another pair of identical TEC
FD-501 drives - these came from a MSI disk box which had stopped
working, and guess what - both of those drives do not work either
(jumpered exactly the same as my working ones).
That makes 5 out of 8 TEC FD-50x drives drives that I have come
across in the past year which are faulty - does anyone know if
there is a known issue with these drives?
So, I'm looking for (in this order):
- Technical information on the drives which would enable me to
repair these ones.
- A pair of working FD-501 (or FD-503) drives which I could swap
the faceplates with to closely aproximate the "original" drives.
- Any DD 5.25" drives which will fit. Only need single sided, but
double-sided will work. With the drive sitting on the table facing
you (connectors at rear), the data connector must be in the left
rear corner with pin2 on top, closest to the centerline of the
Can anyone help?
dave04a (at) Dave Dunfield
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