FD400 drive troubleshooting
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Thu Nov 22 17:14:06 CST 2007
> That's interesting -- who?
> The way that the service manual tells you to check the speed is the pulse
> width on a specific test point on the PCB. I was just going to use a laser
> tach on the spindle...but I have to get a tach first :-)
You can of course determine the spindle speed by looking at the timing of
the index pulses (one per revolution on a soft-sectored disk, so 5Hz for
a 300 rpm disk, etc).
But there is one ;gotcha' in doing this. Don't simply hook up a frequency
counter and measure the freqwency. If you have a 1-second gate time,
you'll get 5 pulses through for quite a wide range of speeds. It's just
not accurate enough. It's better to use the period maode of your counter
and see how many (say) 1MHz clock pulses you can count between index
pulses from the drive.
Alternatively make a stroboscope disk (either copy the one off a TM100
pulley, or work out howm many segments you need and write a trivial bit
of postscript to draw it), stick that on the spindle pulley or
direct-drive motor rotor and view it under amins-powered lamp.
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