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Old 03 March 2010, 22:25   #1
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Dying floppy drive

Well, apparently (done extensive testing) the floppy drive in my A500 is dying. This thing only reads stuff when it feels like it and that's becoming quite annoying

Now the question: is there someone selling INTERNAL floppy drives suitable for a stock A500? I know I can get an external one and even another A500, but I kind of feel attached to mine so I wouldn't want to replace it or leave any of it's parts damaged forever.

Thanks.
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Old 03 March 2010, 22:49   #2
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I have a spare one arriving soon. Where are you?
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Old 04 March 2010, 01:41   #3
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i would say France ? lol
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day trip on the ferry then hehehe

I`ve just spent the evening sorting out which floppy drives work and which don`t
next job is to replace the dead ones with modified pc ones
http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=397146&postcount=56
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Here's a cheap little floppy disk cleaner:
http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/...roducts_id=276
I bought one of these, and they do wonders.

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@prowler: Cornwall, but let me first try what cosmicfrog and 8bitbubsy suggested

@dlfrsilver: my avatar, right?
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have you also cleaned the floppy disk`s, read /write switch, located front lower left side,?
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@prowler: Cornwall, but let me first try what cosmicfrog and 8bitbubsy suggested

@dlfrsilver: my avatar, right?
yes your avatar coming from "les mondes engloutis"
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Well, apparently (done extensive testing) the floppy drive in my A500 is dying. This thing only reads stuff when it feels like it and that's becoming quite annoying

Now the question: is there someone selling INTERNAL floppy drives suitable for a stock A500? I know I can get an external one and even another A500, but I kind of feel attached to mine so I wouldn't want to replace it or leave any of it's parts damaged forever.

Thanks.
I have 2 500's and the drives were dead but i manage to get one of them to work, the other was useless.
Have you tried cleaning the heads with alcohol?
It worked for me, rub it really well and wait a few minutes then try it again.
Another problem that i experienced is the switch of the floppy that detects if the floppy disc is write protected,sometimes it started to work by himself without any floppy inserted and other times it refused to work at all, try spraying it with those 'cleaning everything' sprays. If the problem continues try modifying one PC floppy drive, i've modified a few and i can help you out.
Maybe i can send you one if you want.

Check this thread about how to modify PC floppy drives, it looks complicated but it's quite simple.
http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=30944

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Old 08 March 2010, 22:01   #10
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Guess what, I carefully wiped all the gunk off the switches and the rest of the drive as twizzle suggested... and it worked! I should have known better, Amiga hardware can't die, it's just lack of maintenance

Thanks everyone for your help
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Guess what, I carefully wiped all the gunk off the switches and the rest of the drive as twizzle suggested... and it worked!
That's great! (So now I get to keep my spare drive. )
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