cctalk Digest, Vol 34, Issue 8
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Tue Jun 6 17:30:53 CDT 2006
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org
> [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Mark Tapley
> Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2006 4:07 PM
> To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
> Subject: Re: cctalk Digest, Vol 34, Issue 8
> At 20:25 -0500 6/3/06, Chuck wrote:
> >What was the MO drive on the Next cube--650 MB? Seemed
> silly to me to
> >market the thing without a hard drive--and I think Next
> eventually came
> >around to that way of thinking.
> 256 MB. I don't think the cartridges were
> interchangeable with anything else common. There were
> reversible cartridges which could hold 256M per side, but
> only one side was accessible at a time.
> NeXT did add first a "Swap drive" of 20 MB and later larger
> hard drives, 105MB in pizza boxes, 330 and 660 MB in cubes,
> and eventually stopped selling the opticals.
> There were significant problems with drive dust
> inhalation in the NeXT implementation. That led to reversal
> of the fan (by mechanically reversing, *not* by changing
> around the power connector, in case you want to try it) by
> many owners, which was eventually approved by NeXT. However,
> my cube has a fairly unique set-up which meant that fan
> reversal caused problems with overheating of the SCSI driver chip.
> There were also long-term problems with either the
> drives or the media - they seem to be going bad at a fairly
> regular pace. I don't know that I've heard a good explanation
> for that. It *might* be some form of connector corrosion;
> disassembling and cleaning mine has cured it twice, even
> though it didn't look dirty at all around the lens area.
> Corrections or clarifications welcome, apologies if
> this is redundant (getting behind on the digests again).
> - Mark
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