1570 drive

From: Richard Atkinson (rga24_at_hermes.cam.ac.uk)
Date: 1998-10-05 20:13:06

Hello everyone. I got rather lucky at the sales this weekend, picking up a
C64 and a 1570 for 4 english pounds. This is a most bizarre drive! I can't
work out why it exists. It's exactly as reported on Cameron Kaiser's
Secret Weapons page, so look there for the weird and wonderful details,
but my question is this: why did Commodore make the thing at all? It can't
possibly have cost less to make than the 'real' 1571, so I don't see what
they had to gain by marketing a single-sided 1571 at a reduced price. The
non-accessible device switches - what a ridiculous idea! It has all the
hallmarks of a bodge job; as if the power supply (and serial bus) board
was the only purposely-designed 1570 component.

If I took a 1571 ROM and a double-sided ALPS mechanism (if there is such a
thing), I wonder if it could be upgraded to full 1571 capability...


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