2.5" floppy -- from what gear?

From: Roger Merchberger <zmerch_at_30below.com>
Date: Thu Jan 20 16:04:25 2005

Rumor has it that Vintage Computer Festival may have mentioned these words:
>On Thu, 20 Jan 2005, Steve Jones wrote:
> > There's a 2.5" Panasonic floppy drive that's popped up on
> > ePay today. What commercial gear shipped with 2.5" floppies?
> > Ignoring the question of media, do these things have standard
> > connections for the interface?
>The Zenith MiniSport. We were discussing this a couple weeks back.

The MiniSport has a 2.0" floppy drive -- not 2.5. Altho the interface
itself is non-standard, the floppy *signals* are all one would need is a
bridgeboard to remap the pinouts - electrically it's a DSDD 80 cylinder
720K drive, from what I understand.

I know of a Tandy word processor (OEM'd by whom, I have no clue) that used
2.8" floppies - I think they held 120K or so, but don't quote me. I just
remember our local Radio Shack franchisee (who isn't a franchisee any
longer) that *still* had a 2-pack of 'em on the shelf as of 3 or 4 years ago.

If the drive is indeed 2.5", then it is not the drive in the MiniSport.
It's hard to tell from the auction if it really is the drive or not, as
it's been too long since I've looked at my bare drive to remember for sure.
-- One thing to ask the guy - *how's he know* it's in good working
condition? Did he test it and/or does he have a cable or computer that fits it?

Roger "Merch" Merchberger

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