|HP floppy emulator Re: Reburbished HP-85s - Wow, those look great!|
Message #14 Posted by John on 8 Jan 2007, 9:14 p.m.,
in response to message #13 by Howard Owen
The topic of some sort of replacement for an Amigo or CS-80 floppy drive (such as your suggestion of a PC with an HP-IB card) is one that has been raised a few times before.
Has anyone made any progress in building such a system, ie a modern replacment for an HP-IB floppy drive? (Or HP-IL for that matter).
This topic was raised on classiccmp in the past. I assume various people have tried and realised this is harder than it first seems.
I think I recall another approach was to reverse engineer a drive (such as the HP 9121D) based on a disassembly of the drive's microprocessor firmware.
I urge anyone who has started such a project to provide details of what they have done, so save others from repeating exactly the same thing, and maybe being able to go a little bit further. I am sure this problem is solvable, and a co-operative approach would be faster to suceed than a solitary individual.
Here are some other suggestions / ideas / info: