Bytedrive 500 on Ebay uk

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Bytedrive 500 on Ebay uk

Post by jdavis6809 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:13 pm

Hello,

is this drive worth buying or not?
5.25" floppy drive
does it need a system disk to boot?
unable to find BDDOS

john davis uk

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Post by polluks » Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:59 pm

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Re: Bytedrive 500 on Ebay uk

Post by jdavis6809 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:57 am

hello,

Its not a 3" drive it is a 5.25" drive

But unable to find BDDOS?

see link

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251984847806? ... EBIDX%3AIT

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Re: Bytedrive 500 on Ebay uk

Post by Steve M » Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:25 pm

Looks like a homemade case, maybe. Original Byte Drive came with two boxes.

Picture attached should show what it should look like. Byte Drive is in the middle next to a Jasmin drive.
(Sorry it's low quality. )
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Post by Steve M » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:06 pm

Just rescanned the negative of this picture.
(Remember film cameras?)
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Post by Symoon » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:16 pm

If you read the links from the wiki posted above by Polluks, one of them is a forum discussion ending with a message from the designer of the drive.
He clearly says all the controller part was in the cable.

So if you buy this drive without the cable, you just buy... A drive.

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Post by Steve M » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:11 am

Yes you can see the cable interface in my photo sitting on top of the drive.

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Post by polluks » Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:09 pm

Steve M wrote:Just rescanned the negative of this picture.
(Remember film cameras?)
Aha, how do you connect the V23?
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Post by Steve M » Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:54 pm

It goes in the expansion port, so if you have a disk system you need to connect a socket on the ribbon cable so that you can have both attached.

I'm not sure if there are any BBS system left which you could log on to with a modem though. (?)

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Re: Bytedrive 500 on Ebay uk

Post by ibisum » Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:17 pm

Thats a lovely-looking thing in the plastic case .. whats that all about? Atmos expanded?

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Post by Steve M » Sun Jun 21, 2015 3:55 pm

It's just the keyboard and motherboard separated out. The keyboard has the numeric keypad added. (I think it was called a numerator or something. You'll see adverts in ThéOric for it.)
I think someone thought it'd make for a better keyboard and look cool. I'#m not sure if the keypad needed any software or if it just connected to the existing circuit.

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Post by Symoon » Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:36 pm

I think it was called calculator. IIRC it allowed (or at least a further version) a joystick to be plugged, too.
Fabrice Francès was looking for one to emulate it in Euphoric - don't know if he still does!

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