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Sharp interface PC-3000
07-25-2015, 01:20 AM
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Sharp interface PC-3000
Anyone know what it is for?

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07-25-2015, 01:33 AM
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RE: Sharp interface PC-3000
(07-25-2015 01:20 AM)hp41cx Wrote:  Anyone know what it is for?

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From what I recall, looks like an interface cable to let you connect an IDE drive to the custom connector that attached on the back of the PC-3000 unit. Also, could be for a floppy connector.

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07-26-2015, 06:58 PM
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RE: Sharp interface PC-3000
(07-25-2015 01:33 AM)rprosperi Wrote:  From what I recall, looks like an interface cable to let you connect an IDE drive to the custom connector that attached on the back of the PC-3000 unit. Also, could be for a floppy connector.


The cable has 34 wires, so that would make it a floppy connector.

A search of the WEB indicates that Sharp did make an external floppy drive for the PC-3000/3100, but I couldn't find any photos of it or the interface cable.


Okay, found it - The floppy drive was CE-301F. Following is link to some photos - but doesn't look like your cable:

CE-301F Floppy Drive

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07-26-2015, 10:15 PM
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RE: Sharp interface PC-3000
(07-26-2015 06:58 PM)Bill (Smithville NJ) Wrote:  
(07-25-2015 01:33 AM)rprosperi Wrote:  From what I recall, looks like an interface cable to let you connect an IDE drive to the custom connector that attached on the back of the PC-3000 unit. Also, could be for a floppy connector.


The cable has 34 wires, so that would make it a floppy connector.

A search of the WEB indicates that Sharp did make an external floppy drive for the PC-3000/3100, but I couldn't find any photos of it or the interface cable.


Okay, found it - The floppy drive was CE-301F. Following is link to some photos - but doesn't look like your cable:

CE-301F Floppy Drive

Bill
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This looks like it may have been an early Eng. prototype to validate the special new connector on the PC-3000 itslef, using an off the shelf drive. Production then switched to the pretty one in Bill's photos.

I was at Sharp at the time, but not in the PC group. Oddly, seeing the part number CE-301F actually brought pangs of "...yeah, that sounds familiar..."

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