Vector 3/Teledisk

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Mon Sep 10 13:34:22 2001

On Mon, 10 Sep 2001, Bob Stek wrote:
> FWIW, I did once correspond with the Catweasel guy and he said it would
> do N* 10-hole hard-sectored disks, but he had never had a request or
> seen a N* disk. I was supposed to send him some samples but never got a
> round tuit.

I'll be glad to believe it as soon as he actually TRIES it. For example:
is he aware of the complications created by the drive ready sensing
additional circuitry in TEAC drives that uses the index pulse?

> And don't forget, it has already been done - the Microsolutions
> MatchPoint card allows your PC to read N* disks. Of course, just try to
> find one!

The Apple Turnover card (Vertex Systems) was once claimed to be able to do
it. But NOBODY ever successfully read hard sectors with it.
(My contract/bet gave me two weeks to write file system support for it
once they would get a successful read of a sector.)

> If it provides motivation for one of you hardware types with nothing
> better to do, I'd lend my support to requesting an add-in card which
> could handle the 10 and 16 hole 5.25" disks and the 32 hole 8 inchers as
> well (I have a lot of ProcTech Helios disks).

There are numerous people who claim that it is trivial to do, but none of
them seem to be able to, and simply claim that they don't WANT to. I
think that that ought to be sufficient grounds for molten iron.

Grumpy Ol' Fred
Received on Mon Sep 10 2001 - 13:34:22 BST

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