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Old 06 January 2022, 16:13   #1
Sim085
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(A1200) Chinon FZ-354 Floppy Drive is spinning randomly

When I use the A1200 in workbench I sometimes hear the floppy drive start and stop spinning (couple of seconds). Further more, with this floppy drive connected, a particular program I use will crash and report "Software Failure - Program Failed (error #80000003"). Wait for disk activity to finish."

The above does not happen if I connect another floppy drive. I have tried this with another Chonon FZ-354 that I have. I have also tried replacing the cables and can confirm these also look to be ok.

Anyone knows what the issue might be?
Anything I can do to repair it?

Edit:
Just want to add that this does not always happen and the drive reads and writs floppy drives ok.

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Old 06 January 2022, 17:08   #2
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Could be the diskchange switch reporting spurious disk changes - the drive in my A4000 does that..
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Old 06 January 2022, 17:22   #3
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When I use the A1200 in workbench I sometimes hear the floppy drive start and stop spinning (couple of seconds). Further more, with this floppy drive connected, a particular program I use will crash and report "Software Failure - Program Failed (error #80000003"). Wait for disk activity to finish."

The above does not happen if I connect another floppy drive. I have tried this with another Chonon FZ-354 that I have. I have also tried replacing the cables and can confirm these also look to be ok.

Anyone knows what the issue might be?
Anything I can do to repair it?

Edit:
Just want to add that this does not always happen and the drive reads and writs floppy drives ok.
Have had this happen to me in the past. My only conclusion is it could be a capacitor on its way out in the drive and may need replacing.
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Old 07 January 2022, 08:54   #4
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Opened it, gave it a good clean up, but still did the same thing. While opened I could see two capacitors with both being through hole. However one of them looks a little more complicated to reach and work with than the other. Will try removing, buy replacements and re-test.
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