----- Original Message ----- From: "Ethan Dicks" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2016 8:35 PM Subject: Re: PEdisk project > On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 2:44 AM, Mike Stein <email@example.com> wrote: >> Speaking of using 'standard' diskette drives in a Commodore: >> >> I don't know whether Mike or Steve have mentioned this project here, but just in case someone hasn't heard of it this is a small board that plugs into the 'E' socket of a PET and lets you use one or two 'standard' 8", 5.25" or (some) 3.5" floppy drives: >> >> http://www.6502.org/users/sjgray/projects/pedisk2/index.html >> >> http://mikenaberezny.com/hardware/pet-cbm/cgrs-microtech-pedisk-ii/ > > I knew about Mike's work in the past reverse-engineering the PEdisk > II, but I didn't know there was a board in the works. Very cool. I > first ran across the PEdisk II in about 1981 or 1982 when I was trying > to find a way to use a cabinet full of 8" disk drives donated to the > science museum I volunteered at. There really weren't many options > for our PETs other than the CBM 2040, and the PEdisk II was the one I > found and presented to management. In the end, they decided not to > get them (I have no idea what happened to the two dozen bare disk > drives, but I wouldn't be surprised if they hadn't sat around for > years until they were so much scrap and tossed 25 years ago), but from > all the work I did, I was always curious about the PEdisk II. > Interesting to see it live again. > > -ethan --------------------------------------------- Neat little device and kudos to Mike N., Steve and Josh for reverse engineering the software and cloning the board; worked first time for me - very impressive ! Unless Mike (or someone) has made some more progress, it only does 3740 SS/SD format disks (8", 5.25HD or 3-mode 3.5" drives) at this time, but I'm sure that 5.25"DD will soon also be possible, especially once the cold & wet fall weather starts... I've successfully tried it with 8" and 5.25"HD drives, but my real interest was putting dual internal 3.5" drives in a high-profile 8032 with the drive bays and removable bezel; certainly looks different ;-) I thought that there was an 'official' CBM 8" drive for the PET; am I mistaken (again)? m Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2016-08-26 03:00:02
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