Quick question about cable and ability

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Pilsener
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Quick question about cable and ability

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I pulled a Matsushita EME-150A 3" drive from an Amstrad CPCxxxx.

Do I need to make a special cable to use it with Kryoflux ?

And will Kryoflyx be able to write DSK-files back onto floppies to use with Spectrum +3 ?

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mr.vince
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Quick question about cable and ability

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Depends on the data connector. Can you post a picture?

KryoFlux does write IPF at the moment, sector formats (ADF, IMG etc.) are being implemented.

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Pilsener wrote:Do I need to make a special cable to use it with Kryoflux ?
This is not a real answer to your question, but you have to be careful with the *power* cable too. AFAIK at least some 3" drives use the same molex plug as 5.25" drives but with voltages on different pins. So you'd need an adapter to run it on a PC-style power supply, unless you want to fry the drive.

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Quick question about cable and ability

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Yes, usually +12 and +5 are reversed and the standard berg connector needs to be plugged upside down. Either way... Double check!

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Re: Quick question about cable and ability

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Pilsener wrote:I pulled a Matsushita EME-150A 3" drive from an Amstrad CPCxxxx.

Do I need to make a special cable to use it with Kryoflux ?

And will Kryoflyx be able to write DSK-files back onto floppies to use with Spectrum +3 ?
its the same method you would use to connect it to a pc. you need a cable adaptor that does this:
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and you MUST ensure, as others have said, that the molex power connector is plugged in upside down as the 12v and 5v are reversed. failure to do this will kill your drive.

you will also need to ensure you use the slow firmware file or the seek will not work correctly.

other than that, i think thats it :D

see Andy Barker's page for further reference: http://newton.sunderland.ac.uk/~specfreak/FD1/

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