Commodore hacking and hardware tricks (was Re: commodore 64/128 question)
Roy J. Tellason
rtellason at verizon.net
Sun Sep 3 15:37:22 CDT 2006
On Sunday 03 September 2006 02:49 pm, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 9/3/2006 at 1:43 PM Roy J. Tellason wrote:
> >On Sunday 03 September 2006 09:19 am, Ray Arachelian wrote:
> >> I remember playing with the code in this book and forcing the 1541 to
> >> seek past track #45. When you did this, the 1541 would emit a loud
> >> clunk and then your drive head would be stuck. You'd have to take the
> >> 1541 apart and move the head manually.
> What's a good substitute drive mechanism for the 1541/71? The drives that
> come as factory original are pretty chintzy.
There were two makers of those, Alps (which I've not had good luck with
overall) and Newtronics. The ones where you'd push down on the latch in the
center of the drive were Alps, and the ones with the lever you'd turn were
Newtronics, which always seemed to me to be a little better made.
The heads on those are _not_ the same and there's a wire jumper on the board
typically to set it up for one or the other.
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