We are a little light on specific symptoms and detailed behaviour. The first
thing to check is drive # setting for both switches to the left looking at
the back of the unit for D1. Next make sure you have a language cart or no
cart installed as games do not trigger a disk boot.
Does the 1050 initialize and briefly spin the mechanism when first powered
on and again when latched after inserting a floppy? Absence of these actions
may indicate a problem in the drive circuity.
There is a way to use the resident disk handler thru the Device Control
Block to attempt a disk sector read as part of troubleshooting, but it must
boot the DOS to give any practical usage...
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
> I've just hooked up my Atari 800 and 1050 disk drive and I can't get the
> drive to operate. (the 800 is working fine)
> The 1050's power light comes on, but when I turn on the Atari 800, it
> doesn't seem to go through its boot sequence. (Haven't used it in a
> but I seem to remember that turning the computer on should trigger the
> to start up and check for a bootable disk...)
> I've tried connecting it to the 800 with three different cables, so I
> think it's a cable problem...
> Anybody have any ideas? Are there any tests I can perform? (perhaps
> issuing a few test commands from BASIC?)
> Thank you!
> Dan Russell-Pinson