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QL Drives on BBC Model B

Postby Sparrowhawk » Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:46 pm

Hi,

Can I use my QL drives (3.5") on a BBC Micro, or are the cables, bits and bobs (that's technical talk, that is! ) not compatible?

I don't want to damage anything by just trying!

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Re: QL Drives on BBC Model B

Postby Dave » Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:37 pm

The QL drives use standard cables and signals, and the QL and the Beeb both generally used WD1772 controllers, so everything should work just fine. If there's a problem, it just wouldn't work - it wouldn't do any damage.


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Re: QL Drives on BBC Model B

Postby Sparrowhawk » Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:12 pm

Thanks for the quick reply :)

When the Beeb arrives I'll give it a go. Mind you, it's coming fully upgraded with an internal CF 'hard drive' and other goodies (eg 32 of Sideways RAM etc). Not sure I'll need to actually connect a set of drives, but just in case...


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Re: QL Drives on BBC Model B

Postby vanpeebles » Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:18 pm

It's a good question I have a BBC B too and haven't tried it out with any disk drives yet. Would be nice to download some games and try it!


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Re: QL Drives on BBC Model B

Postby Sparrowhawk » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:15 am

I spoke to the seller (retroclinic.com) and Mark, the chap who runs it, had this to say on the topic:
The QL drives will work, but they will probably need recabling - I couldn't say for sure without dismantling the drive and looking at them. If they're mains powered and have a 34 way ribbon cable coming out the back, then open the top and look to see if the ribbon cable connects to both drives, without going onto any extra circuit boards, or having any twists in the wiring. If it's just a plain straight through fit, then they should work. Any "extra bits" in there, and I wouldn't risk plugging them in unless you want them converted


Does this sound like a QL setup? - I am not very comfortable opening up anything elctronic, let alone something that is over 20 years old! :D

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Re: QL Drives on BBC Model B

Postby tofro » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:18 am

Not a problem - This sounds like a QL set-up. It used to be an IBM PC sickness to use twisted cables instead of re-jumpering the drives (DSx). Any decent computer has straight-through cabling 8-)

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Re: QL Drives on BBC Model B

Postby Sparrowhawk » Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:39 pm

Thank you :)


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Re: QL Drives on BBC Model B

Postby polka » Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:55 pm

Nothing hardware related, I guess... just a REM :

if the BBC basic on this machine is like the one I have on my ZX88, then I like much better QL's SuperBasic.

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Re: QL Drives on BBC Model B

Postby Dave » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:18 pm

Seconded, although I did like BASIC V's inline ARM assembly feature :)



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