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 PostPost subject: URGENT: Need to find out the connector for this floppy drive        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:21 am 
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Hey guys, I just recently bought a Osborne 1 laptop (well, its more of a lunchbox xD), and I would like to stuff Windows 1.00 on it, but I dont think this laptop has an hdd in it. I found a 5 1/4" floppy drive (what the Osborne uses), and I need to know what kind of connector this is.
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 PostPost subject: Re: URGENT: Need to find out the connector for this floppy drive        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:26 am 
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It's just a 5.25" floppy connector. Good luck finding a cable though.


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 PostPost subject: Re: URGENT: Need to find out the connector for this floppy drive        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:09 am 
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Is there a link where you could show me what it is? I have no experience with 5.25" floppies


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Well, they are common, some times you can buy them still in stores, othertimes search ebay for such cable, otherwise buy an old computer (like 486, Pentium 1) they have such ones.

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 PostPost subject: Re: URGENT: Need to find out the connector for this floppy drive        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:13 am 
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I'm almost certain I have a few of these lying around. Where I have no idea, I struggled to fine a standard IDE cable last week...

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 PostPost subject: Re: URGENT: Need to find out the connector for this floppy drive        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:22 am 
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So thats what that connector is for the problem is the cable I have with it I can't find it either as I know I had a bunch of IDE cables.

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 PostPost subject: Re: URGENT: Need to find out the connector for this floppy drive        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:19 pm 
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/me looks into his collection of cables, which all seem to be IDE (lol andy)

I found it in a computer box I got free a while ago, and the drive was just in there, so maybe there is a cable in there. Well if there isn't then everyone I know is gonna say im stupid for buying an old pc lol.


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 PostPost subject: Re: URGENT: Need to find out the connector for this floppy drive        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:06 pm 
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That just shows how much of a packrat and a computer geek I am. I actually found a cable for this drive laying around, now I just need to get floppy disks for it...


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 PostPost subject: Re: URGENT: Need to find out the connector for this floppy drive        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:12 pm 
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 PostPost subject: Re: URGENT: Need to find out the connector for this floppy drive        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:15 pm 
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If the BIOS supports 3.5" drives why don't you juse use one of those and copy the floppies you have on to 3.5" disks? But I guess you would need a 5-1/4" drive setup to copy them. Have you looked online for disk images of what you're trying to install? 3.5" disks are either 700 something KB or 1.44MB, 5-1/4" disks are only like 1.2MB. So you should be able to write 5-1/4" disk images on to 3.5" disks.


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 PostPost subject: Re: URGENT: Need to find out the connector for this floppy drive        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:22 pm 
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QuiescentWonder wrote:
If the BIOS supports 3.5" drives why don't you juse use one of those and copy the floppies you have on to 3.5" disks? But I guess you would need a 5-1/4" drive setup to copy them. Have you looked online for disk images of what you're trying to install? 3.5" disks are either 700 something KB or 1.44MB, 5-1/4" disks are only like 1.2MB. So you should be able to write 5-1/4" disk images on to 3.5" disks.


I would use 3.5", but I don't think I can just shove any old floppy drive into the Osborne. Also, this is just for collecting purposes, Im not going to use this everyday for something lol.


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 PostPost subject: Re: URGENT: Need to find out the connector for this floppy drive        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:31 pm 
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Oh my, probably not.

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Also available is the Double-Density Disk Drive Option. This is an additional circuit board which must be installed inside the system.
Doubles the amount of data storage per diskette.
Recognizes these formats:
-- Osborne 1 single density - 92K per diskette
-- Osborne 1 double density - 182K per diskette
-- Xerox 820 single density - 82K per diskette
-- Cromemco single density - 80K per diskette
-- IBM Personal Computer (CP/M-86 format) - 156K per diskette
-- DEC VT-180 - 171K per diskette


Good luck finding disks to work in those drives, unless you already have some.

Does the machine actually pick up the floppy drive? Is there even any way to tell? On a machine this old...how do you even configure it? Is there an option to enter a BIOS? Jumpers...DIP switches!? LOL

Out of curiousity, do you happen to have any of the software that originally came with the machine?


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 PostPost subject: Re: URGENT: Need to find out the connector for this floppy drive        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:36 pm 
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Yeah, i know. I'm hoping the one I bought will come with copmatible disks already.


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