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Paula
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« on: June 25, 2017, 10:22:24 AM »

So I'm repairing this EII+ HD for someone, this has quite a lineage and is well worth the effort.
I've found the reason the PSU got fried, and replaced the faulty part on the Output Board. New PSU is on it's way to me and it boots from my Bench supply. So I'm making progress.

It's been in storage for 20+ years and not touched, sadly, it has rusted a bit.
in particular the FDD and HDD have suffered from Rust.
(I couldn't work out how to upload pictures)

the FDD is a Panasonic JU-465-5
the HDD is a miniscribe 8425

My thoughts;
Get a new FDD
Remove HDD
Install one of the HxC adapters as a second floppy drive.

Questions;
Where can I buy a new FDD? The one I found on ebay as 174!
Are there alternative FDDs that work? if so does anyone have model numbers?
Are there any HDD emulators that would work?
A few people have installed the HxC adapters, looks pretty straight forward but are there any 'gotchas' to be wary of?

Finally, if I'm removing the HDD, will it boot from a FDD? or will it always try and boot from HDD?
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Wolfram
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2017, 02:08:32 PM »

Buying a new Floppy Drive makes no sense.
Just put a HxC in it to boot and use a EMuSer to load sounds.
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2017, 07:10:13 PM »

I agree.  About the only reason you need the original drive is if you have a custom library on floppy.
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Paula
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2017, 10:24:52 PM »

Thanks, this one used to belong to Midge Ure from ultravox and I was hoping to get sounds off the HDD, or from the floppy library.
However it seems that there are no floppies, so replacing the FDD with an HxC and removing the HDD.

Question;
Can I leave the Adaptec card in there, without a HDD, and still boot from the HxC?
Could someone supply me with the boot image file needed for the HxC SDCard please?

Paula
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2017, 01:00:09 PM »

Paula - the hxc boot files and various instructions for the Emulator II can be found here: http://users.skynet.be/emxp/HXC.htm Replacing the dead FDD with the SD card reader is a great choice... it literally holds thousands of banks.. the only drawback is the navigation of folders on the hxc, it is cumbersome but then again so would swapping out 5.25" disks every time you wanted a new bank loaded...

more info on the sound conversion process for the hxc and some handy EII bank files can be found here: https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1657619

signed your synth-friendly librarian, alka

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