If you hear the drive motor come on for a second or so when you latch the door, your power supply’s fine. I’ve yet to see one fail. Thank you for everyone’s comments!!!! The cable is wired a bit differently for use with most “normal” controllers that have a DC37F external drive connector. Does anyone know where to get a replacement PS or know where to get the guts to replace what’s inside it now? Should the led stay on with power to it and then goes off after the PC is fired up?
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Vtg IBM 4869 External 360kb Floppy Drive 72×6759 W 72×6757 8 Bit ISA Controller
I had a lot of trouble trying to get my 5. If the drive and cable work on the other computer, then your computer or disk controller, or power supply have a problem. Though the system configured Mod 57 correctly with the ADF are you saying the controller could still be bad?
The cable is wired a bit differently for use with most “normal” controllers that have a DC37F external drive connector. At least the other one I bought the led twinkled on and quickly off. Thank you for everyone’s comments!!!!
While that’s a great approach for most situations it’s kinda tough to apply that scenario to an external, proprietary floppy drive. Start with a computer that has a working 1. I was on the hook for shipping and the item.
Will this controller work with the drives? It’s also worth noting, that after a new cable my drive from worked like a dream once I’d set it up in BIOS. If he ever shows up on this forum again, I’m not going to let him forget it.
I’ve yet to see one fail. It’s also possible that the disk controller is bad, or the drive is bad. When I took it out ivm the box, no original box, and plugged it in nothing happens. Anyone know someone that repairs these guys? Does this sound logical? The drive in use light doesn’t blink or nothing.
If it works then I know unequivocally it’s the PS. I’d imagine the IBM external floppies are just like internal floppies connected via an external cable.
The seller said it was in his late fathers’ collection and was never used.
Do they have some sort of inherent igm problem? It’s worth spending a fiver on a brand new floppy cable from eBay or the like. The PSUs in these things are very conservatively rated–not enough to power a hard drive, though. I think it’s safe to assume the PS is bad. I can’t tell if the drive has ever been opened.
It’s got a six phillips screws and two star screws with a pin RIGHT in the center of it; never seen this before, so my star bits didn’t work; I had to use a tiny flat head to open it, so haven’t looked at the back of the drive yet. At this point 489 are too many possibilities. If you hear the drive motor come on for a second or so when you latch the door, your power supply’s fine.
I received another today and no workee!
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They seem to be the ‘weakest’ component bim my experience. I have Coleco ADAM and Commodore drives I can plug in and the power light stays on and the drive in use light goes out after a few seconds, but nothing on this new one.
The unit looks NEW.
I took the cover off and put a multi-tester on the power connector from the PS into the various pins and got readings of 4689 and 12V. It’s possible that the problem is not with the drives you’ve been getting, but rather the way that the jumper plugs on the drive are configured, or the cable that you are trying to connect them to the computer with.