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Re: Floppy disk support for 9000 series (715, 755, etc.) workstations.

"James Love" writes...

> >>> Matt Taggart <matt@lackof.org> 01/17/07 12:17 PM >>>
> > There was a huge industry wide lawsuit regarding floppy drives and
> HP(among 
> > others) was involved in some sort of class action suit.
> Did this lawsuit relate to the PC Floppy or the SCSI floppy?

I don't know and at the time they were gathering everything related to any 
floppy drive that HP ever shipped in any system. They even had one engineer 
write code to scan the R&D lab backup tapes for floppy related stuff and then 
sit and feed tapes into a tape changer all day. It was a pretty insane dragnet.

> I have the
> 712's LASI ERS and it has some info about the PC Floppy disk and it's
> WD37C65C FDC.  I was even able to get my hands on a spec for the WD37C65
> controller.  So, it looks like some documentation is available for that
> particular model.  Unfortunately, this is not the same setup as the
> earlier 715s and 755s that I'm dealing with.  They use a HP-proprietary
> TEAC SCSI floppy disk, which appears to be an IDE drive with a
> SCSI-IO/FDC board piggy-backed on it. Any idea whether the TEAC drive
> is the one that HP won't provide the documents for?

I hope you are able to make progress on a driver, that would be cool. But I 
don't think anyone from HP is going to be able to help. :(

> Regardless, the drive works in MKLinux, so hopefully someone knows
> something about how it works...

Yeah it sounds like there is hope of getting it working then.

Matt Taggart

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