[Coladam] HELP! DDP DRIVE SPINNING AND WON'T STOP!

Doug & Meeka Slopsema slopsema at hollowdreams.com
Sun Aug 18 02:19:02 CEST 2013


If I recall, there are three screws that hold it in and two cables plug into the adam board.

Doug Slopsema

-----Original Message-----
From: coladam-bounces at adamcon.org [mailto:coladam-bounces at adamcon.org] On Behalf Of Kevin Powers
Sent: Saturday, August 17, 2013 6:01 PM
To: Rich Drushel
Cc: Adam Coleco
Subject: Re: [Coladam] HELP! DDP DRIVE SPINNING AND WON'T STOP!

Thank you.  I have never removed a DDP drive.  Not sure how to do it, and very hesitant to do it lest I foul it up in a big way.  Could use some step-by-step help, if you would have time at some point.


On Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 5:59 PM, Rich Drushel <rfd at case.edu> wrote:

> On Sat, 17 Aug 2013, Kevin Powers wrote:
>
> > On Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM, Rich Drushel <rfd at case.edu> wrote:
> >
> > > Hit the ColecoVision reset and eventually the drive should stop.
> >
> > Tried that several times and it failed.
>
>         Sorry to hear that; it was my recollection that the CV reboot 
> would tell ADAMnet to reset.
>
> > Does it sound from the above like Drive 1 is pretty much dead and I 
> > need to replace it?
>
>         It does not sound good to me for Drive 1.  Unfortunately, my 
> experience with debugging hardware of tape drives is limited to 
> adjusting the trimpot for motor speed (there was some utility program 
> for that) and
> (once) a brute-force desolder/socket/replace of all the chips on the 
> upper circuit board of the drive (which magically restored it).  
> Bob/Doug Slopsema might have more scientific troubleshooting/repair 
> methods.
>
>         If it were mine, and I could still find the speed test 
> software, I would try that first, before any radical hardware stuff.
>
>         Actually, since you think Drive 2 is working, remove Drive 1 
> and plug the Drive 2 in as Drive 1.  If it works okay, then at least 
> you know all the wiring to Drive 1 is okay, as far as the ADAM logic 
> board is concerned.
>
>         Gotta run for now, but I will check in later tonight.
>
>         *Rich*
>
> --
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