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... Richard. - This message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list. To unsubscribe: echo unsubscribe | mail email@example.com.
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