apple Lisa2. Any advice on non-working floppy drives?

Ray Arachelian ray at arachelian.com
Sat Dec 11 08:16:16 CST 2010


On 12/10/2010 01:53 PM, Tony Duell wrote:
> I wonder if those metalised mylar emergency 'blankets' would work. 
>
> The origianl plastic was much thicker and more rigid that either of these 
> alternatives, but that might not matter. But I wonder if something closer 
> to the original could be found to keep the thing nearer the original.

I've used sheets of aluminum foil insulated with scotch tape on both
sides (to prevent shorting and also to make them stiffer), then cut them
out into rounds of the same size as the originals with scissors, and it
worked just fine.  You don't need to go out of your way to find
materials for this.

> Hmmm... I notice he won';t release the firmware source. I can fully 
> understnad why the sources for commercial products are often not 
> available, but my suspicious mind suggests that one reason why they 
> wouldn't be avaialble for soemthign like this is that the author is 
> aashamed of the code. In which case I am not sure I'd trust it.
>   

Either that, or maybe he doesn't want someone manufacturing these
en-masse and making money off his work?  If someone had the source, they
could build a full PS2 to Lisa keyboard converter and sell them? 

Which, IMHO, wouldn't be a bad thing these days considering how rare
fully working Lisa parts are versus the proliferation of cheap,
disposable pee cee keyboards.
But there's certainly enough detail there to build such a thing from
scratch, with or without that source if you had access to a Lisa and a
keyboard.



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