On Saturday 05 January 2013 15:06:52 david did opine:
Message additions Copyright Saturday 05 January 2013 by Gene Heskett
> On 01/05/2013 09:12 AM, Nick Copeland wrote:
There is a large fly buzzing around in that soup. This ASUS MB, an
expensive M2N-SLI Deluxe I paid about $300 for 5 years ago when I built
this quad core phenom, has a superio kit for the floppy. Which FWIW,
doesn't show up in an lspci or an lshw listing. IIRC I have it turned off
in the bios now. It /only/ supports the std 512 byte, 9 sector per track
format, in base one number formats. Attempting to access any other format
of disk is either a timeout error, or an outright machine lockup.
So rotsa ruck trying to write a non-pc format with anything like a modern
pc, regardless of the brand of drive. To get new SW to a legacy machine
using 256 byte sectors, I have been forced to open a serial port path to
that machine, using minicom, and sz the new disk images to its hard drive.
Yes, it is a right Pain In The Ass.
It is my perhaps flawed memory that says the Ensoniq's used a trackdisk
format, where whole tracks were read into memory, including the intersector
gap data, the needed info was then found in the buffer, any updates were
done to the buffer, and the whole track written back out without regard for
any index pulses the drive may have been generating, quite similar to the
Amiga's disk format, in fact IIRC, this friend of mine has written Ensoniq
disks for his EPS on an Amiga. There could be a slim chance perhaps of
doing such a disk write again /if/ you can find an Amiga whose clock
battery leakage has not yet destroyed the motherboard. Those are
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