[Coco] disk drive/controller formatting question
wdg3rd at comcast.net
Wed Aug 24 08:41:22 EDT 2005
Do those drives possibly have a different precomp requirement than the stock
drives would? Format failing about the middle of the disk has in the past
been related to that on some drives.
On 08/24/2005 08:10 am, Robert Gault wrote:
> Whichever way it works and doesn't work, Disk Basic and OS-9
> (particularly NitrOS-9) seem to require different amounts of precision
> from the drives. OS-9 on my system is much more sensitive to rpm than
> Disk Basic. With the latest NitrOS-9, we (Boisy's crew) have found some
> hardware won't format a disk at 2MHz and have changed the code so that
> the Coco slows down during format. Earlier versions of NitrOS-9 stay at
> Keep in mind that the interleave value can be changed in both Disk Basic
> and OS-9. So, if you think that may be the critical parameter, try
> formatting disks with a different value. Larger values of interleave may
> be easier for the drive. Values larger than 3 or 4 should not make any
> Do both drives have this problem? Have the drive speeds been checked
> either with software or with the strobe markings? Are the head slides in
> the drives clean?
> Bob Devries wrote:
> > Arrgh. gremlins struck.
> > I meant to say that formatting under OS9 works fine.
> > I remember that OS9 uses a different interleave for floppies, but would
> > that make the difference?
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Bob Devries" <bdevries at gil.com.au>
> > To: "Cocolist" <coco at maltedmedia.com>
> > Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2005 4:09 PM
> > Subject: [Coco] disk drive/controller formatting question
> > OK, guys, a curly question:
> > Brian has a FD-500 controller with two Matsushita JA-551 drives. He can
> > read disks no problem, but formatting fails at track 17. This is under
> > Disk Basic.
> > HOWEVER, formatting under disk basic works fine!
> > What is different about the OS9 formatting that it will format disks ok,
> > but disk basic won't? He's using standard Radio Shack issued OS9 Level 2.
> > Any clues?
> > --
> > Regards, Bob Devries, Dalby, Queensland, Australia
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