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Old 19 April 2017, 20:42   #1
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Question Looking for a repair center skilled in Commodore computers

Usually, searching on Google, I find some Ads promoting "specialized technical services" or "specific repair centers" for Commodore and other old computers. But unfortunately, every time I sent to them some old hardware I categorically collected disappointments or more troubles, due to the professional incompetence of some of them or superficiality on attempt to repair some parts too hard to repair for others of them...

At this point, I would like to know If there are really specialized repair centers in Europe that are really (but really) skilled with Commodore hardware and Amiga 500 peripherals.
In consideration of some bad experiences in my country, I woud be available to ship my hardware also abroad...
At the moment my main problem is related to an external floppy drive no more working. I would be interested to recover that specific drive for "nostalgic" reasons, I hope that you understand...
Thank you for any help.
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Old 19 April 2017, 23:11   #2
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In consideration of some bad experiences in my country, I would be available to ship my hardware also abroad...

At the moment my main problem is related to an external floppy drive no more working. I would be interested to recover that specific drive for "nostalgic" reasons, I hope that you understand...
Thank you for any help.
Are you able to determine whether either your Amiga 500 or that specific external floppy drive is working satisfactorily by replacing one or the other?
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Old 19 April 2017, 23:31   #3
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Some external floppies were belt driven - easy to check.
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Are you able to determine whether either your Amiga 500 or that specific external floppy drive is working satisfactorily by replacing one or the other?
It's just a floppy disk drive problem. Exactly a header problem or a problem with the headers' controller (I suppose there is one in every fl.drive).
This drive for which I am asking assistance comes from a repair attempt in a "specialized" self-declared center in Italy for old computers... But it was rather a center specilized in nightmares for lovers of old computers...
I sent to them no. 2 floppy drives to repair:
The floppy drive (A) -> originally was totally dead, switching on it the unit did not load any floppy disk, it produced only a low noise of rotating plate.
The floppy drive (B) -> was originally working, but had only problems reading some floppies or writing some of them. I also noted that any attempt to write further damaged the floppies.

After receiving the drives they said me "Mr xxxx we opened the drives, we cleaned the headers, removed the dust... but we do not have an Amiga 500 to test them so we can assure that are repaired...."

After months waiting that they received an Amiga to test my drives, they were able to focus the problem (that's what they said...) and I paid them too.
When my peripherals came back, this was the situation:
Floppy drive (A) -> working but from the repair it shows in the WB screen also the presence of a df2 and df3 units as bad disks, when there is no df2 or df3 connected!
Floppy drive (B) -> it was the working one but returned as totally not working and damaged. When I try to insert a floppy nothing happens except that I hear only a loading attempt along with a headers' scary noise and I prefer to remove quickly any floppy from it (it seems that crunch them!)

As you can imagine I would be interested at least to repair the Floppy B and let it returns to its original working state.

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Head alignment is a bitch to repair, I would give it up since it's not worth it, easier/cheaper/better to get a new floppy drive.

But if you are stubborn about it and willing to ship, you could send it to Amigakit.
http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/...oducts_id=1254

If the floppy is making a high pitched "whine " when you insert a disk, it is the disk that is moldy and not the floppy drive's fault. You have to make sure that the disks you want to read aren't moldy and/or completely fucked.
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It's not worth aligning at all without an analogue alignment disk. :-)

If you have a scope, then you can get something out of a professionally duplicated disk and manually stepping the drive, but it will still be only approximate.
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Have aligned lots of heads, they are not always easy. Plus you have to make sure the heads are perfectly clean first.
I agree with akira though, if its making noises, then the disks are dirty and are making it worse.

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I sent to them no. 2 floppy drives to repair:
The floppy drive (A) -> originally was totally dead, switching on it the unit did not load any floppy disk, it produced only a low noise of rotating plate.
The floppy drive (B) -> was originally working, but had only problems reading some floppies or writing some of them. I also noted that any attempt to write further damaged the floppies.

After receiving the drives they said me "Mr xxxx we opened the drives, we cleaned the headers, removed the dust... but we do not have an Amiga 500 to test them so we can assure that are repaired...."

After months waiting that they received an Amiga to test my drives, they were able to focus the problem (that's what they said...) and I paid them too.
When my peripherals came back, this was the situation:
Floppy drive (A) -> working but from the repair it shows in the WB screen also the presence of a df2 and df3 units as bad disks, when there is no df2 or df3 connected!
Floppy drive (B) -> it was the working one but returned as totally not working and damaged. When I try to insert a floppy nothing happens except that I hear only a loading attempt along with a headers' scary noise and I prefer to remove quickly any floppy from it (it seems that crunch them!)

As you can imagine I would be interested at least to repair the Floppy B and let it returns to its original working state.
If I were in your position, I would forget about sending the drives to anyone else for repair and remove the floppy drive units from both external floppy drives myself and swap them over. By my reckoning, this has a fair chance of producing a fully working external drive (B) and totally useless external drive (A).
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