newbie: disk offline....is it broken?

By laurentdz

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29-07-2010, 19:59

I tried to read a disk
i can hear and see the light
but it says disk offline

is my disk reader broken or can it be something else?
thanks

i have a philipps VG8235

also, I have MSX BASIC version 2.1

is it good or shouuld I use MX DOS
and if so
how do I change that?

sorry I am a newbie

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By Rataplan

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29-07-2010, 20:06

Could be broken, but depends on what you are trying to read here. The VG8235 only has a single-sided drive (unless it's a modded machine) which means you can only read 360k (one side) of a floppy. Most MSX'es however have a double sided drive, which means you might very well be trying to read a double sided disk. Try formatting a spare floppy to see if your drive works at all. To do so, just startup your msx and in basic type

call format <enter>

and follow on-screen instructions. Post results, after that we can tell more I guess. Good luck!

By Manuel

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29-07-2010, 20:31

By laurentdz

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29-07-2010, 20:58

how long should it take to format.?...it has been busy for 5 or 10 min, nowBig smile

By Rataplan

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29-07-2010, 21:04

floppy format? hmm... 80 tracks, a bit more than a second/track, so one and a half minute? Try another floppy. Can you actually hear the floppy rotating? The diskdrive itself will rotate, but ofcourse the disk should too. If not, your floppy drive belt is most probably broken/worn out. Easy to replace, a bit harder to come by these days. Repair-Bas might have a few kilometers of these though Smile

By Manuel

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29-07-2010, 22:21

If it has problems, I'd expect it to give an error like "Disk offline" or "Disk I/O error".

By Repair-Bas

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29-07-2010, 22:32

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