CP-M Z80 home brew computer circuit board
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Thu Jun 19 12:56:23 CDT 2008
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 07:21:35 -0600
From: Les Hildenbrandt <les at hildenbrandt.com>
> The 279x (1,3,7) series chips actualy had a working pll data seperator.
> Here is a link to the 279x controller chip data sheet:
> As I recall, the 179x series chips could not reliably do sector reads from
> disks formated on a 177x controller. The 179x could do a track read of
> the disk. Morrow provided a program with the Disk Jocky controller which
> would do track reads, then write the track back out creating a disk which
> worked well with either the 177x or 179x series controllers. It was not a
> common issue, as very few people used single density once double density
> became available, and new single density disks worked well with either
Careful Les--the 177x that you're probably speaking about is the 1771-
-the 70/72/73 are very different (and much later) animals with
integrated data separators. AFAIK, the 1771 is the only member of
your "177x" family. Well, there was the 1781, but that was a very
different animal (M2FM) and is very hard to find (I doubt that even
Unicorn has them or has ever had them).
Fred's right--the 1771 *did* have an on-board data separator, but it
was such a joke that even WD discouraged its use.
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