Nascom 2 floppy drive usefulness...
julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Jun 6 12:06:34 CDT 2005
Urgh. I can't decide whether to add a connector for a floppy disk to the
connector panel on this Nascom 2 case that I'm building. I don't *have*
a FDC board for it anyway, plus I only have a 2-slot backplane (at the
moment; there's room in the box for 7 or 8 boards probably).
I just can't decide whether to make the case connector panel with room
for a floppy connector, with an actual connector but not hooked up to
anything, or not bother designing it with even the space present (and a
new connector panel will need to be made to add a suitable connector)
Someone think for me :)
Do Nascom 2 owners out there typically have an FDC board and use disks
for everything, or do they just stick with the tape interface on the
machine's CPU board?
What's the maximum cable length for a floppy drive anyway?
ps. On the keyboard front I've decided to go for a 25-way D connector,
even though it seems like I could just about get away with a 15-pin one
- there's lots of room above the keys on the keyboard to add a few
status LEDs, switches etc. if some future owner wanted to do so, so
having the potential capacity for an extra 9 lines to the keyboard might
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