Finally got a PCW 8256 suspect the floppy needs a drive belt

Started by dcdrac, 19:54, 28 January 14

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dcdrac

The old old story, actually surprised it came on at all lol

MaV

Congratulations!

If the screen lights up and nothing happens for a few minutes followed by a couple of beeps from the inside, the PCW works, and you just need to replace the drive belt. Unfortunately the system shows nothing until it boots up from a disk. :/

Tip: place the PCW with the screen on a pillow to open the case. The screws for the monitor case and the floppy cage inside are very long and can be handled more easily when working in that position.

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Bryce

Woah, serious retro fans take their computers to bed with them? :D

Bryce.

dcdrac

Will my HxC floppy emulator work with a PCW?

And I have read you can install a 3/1 inch drive in a PCW too

Bryce

Yes, any computer with a standard floppy controller can use a HxC (as long as the image format is supported).

Bryce.

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And the HxC can also emulate 3.5" formats of course. I like it slowly more and more, even if I really like physical discs.  :)
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MaV

@Bryce: Well, some of them need special care. ;)

The HxC-Floppy will definitely work, the necessary change to the cable is the same as for the CPC.
Unfortunately, the LCD doesn't fit without modding the case. :( I'm open to any suggestions how to add an LCD and not mod the plastic case.

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dcdrac

I have modded cables so just plug it on like I would my CPs and Plus?

Bryce

Quote from: MaV on 00:29, 29 January 14
@Bryce: Well, some of them need special care. ;)

The HxC-Floppy will definitely work, the necessary change to the cable is the same as for the CPC.
Unfortunately, the LCD doesn't fit without modding the case. :( I'm open to any suggestions how to add an LCD and not mod the plastic case.

The RevF version of the HxC uses a tiny LCD instead of the standard one. If you can get your hands on one of these, it may be easier to integrate into the computer than a full sized LCD? http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=120

Bryce.

MaV

Quote from: dcdrac on 01:31, 29 January 14I have modded cables so just plug it on like I would my CPs and Plus?
Yep. The drive and connectors of the PCW and CPC (+) are identical. You can use a PCW drive in a CPC and likewise.
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Quote from: Bryce on 10:36, 29 January 14
The RevF version of the HxC uses a tiny LCD instead of the standard one. If you can get your hands on one of these, it may be easier to integrate into the computer than a full sized LCD? http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=120
Thanks for the tip. I was considering using a smaller LCD and placing it horizontally in front of the drive bay. The only remaining issue is how to fasten it. A miniature TV arm with the LCD mounted on it would look nifty. ;)
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Bryce

Modify a blank floppy panel and mount it in that? This is the type used on the RevF, you can get the dimensions from the datasheet here: http://www.mdfly.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=201

Bryce.

MaV

Hm, the datasheet says its width is 47mm (that small?). What is the height of the 3" floppy drive again (can't measure ATM)?

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However you can't use the DSDD 80 Trk drive of the Joyce with the CPC, there seem to be some hardware differences which create problems. Well, that's what a buddy told me once, but never tried it by myself.


A 3" 80 Trk. DSDD drive would be like a 3.5" drive, running with Vortex format f.e.

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