> > > Hi Dave,
> > > > Can two floppy drives be attached to the internal floppy connector in
> > > > a Mega-ST? The internal cable is a standard 34 pin IBM type of cable
> > > > and the drive uses a standard IBM type power connection.
> > > > I am putting this Mega into an IBM type of case and would rather bring
> > > > both the A and B drives off of the internal connector instead of
> > > > running a cable from the B drive in the back of the motherboard to the
> > > > front of the case.
> > > > I will have to make a floppy cable extension since the cable that
> > > > comes with the Mega is soldered onto the motheroboard and is way to
> > > > short to go to the front of the case.
> > > > I have the system up and running now, except for the floppy drives
> > > > being hooked up
> > > > Dave Glish
> > > I put my Mega into a big tower a long time ago. I am running both floppies
> > > off of the internal connector. I don't remember having to do anything
> > > special for it. If you use a straight cable you need to set the drive select
> > > jumber on the second drive for DS1 (DS2 if numbers start from 1). You can
> > > also use a IBM style floppy cable, with the twist in it, and you shouldn't
> > > have to change the drive select.
> > > As I said, I don't think I had to modify anything. However, it has been quite
> > > a while since I did this. If I did modify anything, it was a simple jumper of the
> > > drive select from the external floppy connector to the second drive select of
> > > the internal one. Just give it a try. If you have any problems, I can check my
> > > to see what I did.
> > > Richard Anderson
> > Thanks for the reply. Do you remember how you handled the short
> > internal cable problem. I'm leary about trying to remove the original
> > cable and put a new cable directly onto the motherboard. I'm working
> > on making a cable with a male end on it to plug into the existing
> > short cable.
> > Dave Glish
> Right now my machine is not out, so it is not convenient for me to check it.
> I believe I did just what your proposing. I know that you can get a male
> insulation displacement 34 pin plug connector, but I didn't see it in my
> Jameco catalog. I do remember that it was one of the pricier connectors.
> I've used them for a couple of different projects. I also once soldered
> all of the ribbon cable wires to a PCB-mount plug to make an adapter
> to use 8" drives on my 8-bit Atari, but that can be a real pain.
> Richard Anderson
I will try using the twisted cable. I decided to take a chance and
remove the old cable from the connector on the Motherboard and attach
a new, longer cable. It worked. Now I just have to find that second
double density drive that I have lying around somewhere.
Otherwise the system is working great. I have a 240mb drive, CDrom
drive and an Exabyte tape backup unit in the computer. I don't have
the CDrom drive working yet. I have to find the ICD driver disk that
allows the use of the CDrom. Next I am making a cable to allow me to
use an old Multisync monitor with the computer. I have all of the
parts, just need to solder it all together.