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2010-04-28 17:53

Registered: Mar 2004
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1541-2 issue

hi i wonder if anyone out there can help...

i seem to have a problem with my 1541-2 drive....this doesnt happen all the time but it is getting more frequent and becoming a problem...

when i 1st switch my c64 on and then my floppy drive the drive light comes on and the head starts spinning and both keep going and going and going....eventually after alot of powering off and on the drive starts as it should do...

does anyone know why this drive might be doing this and how to fix this issue


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2010-05-30 16:51

Registered: Mar 2004
Posts: 675
ok the pc power supply seems to be the way to go

can someone supply me with some information on how to build one myself as this issue with my drive is doing my head in lol
2010-05-31 08:11
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Also check lemon64 forum.
2010-05-31 21:45

Registered: Mar 2004
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exactly what does this mean???

"1. Cut the cable of the 1541-II power supply by the side of the brick." - does this mean just cut the cable from the psu that goes into the 1541-2?? if it does then i should be able to make this no problem at all....

i take it i only need to keep the cable side that fits into the back of the 1541-2...the rest can go in the bin yes??
2010-05-31 22:07

Registered: Jun 2004
Posts: 17
Instead of PC power supply you can use a "switch mode" power supply with 5/12V output. I'm using the one came with my external 3,5" harddisk enclosure. Something like this:

2010-05-31 22:10
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You got it dude, the rest goes to the bin.
2010-06-01 21:31

Registered: Mar 2004
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now this is getting interesting...

impetigo did you just solder the wires from the 1541-2 cable directly to the pins of the switching cable??
2010-06-02 19:02

Registered: Jun 2004
Posts: 17
Actually I bought a female connector to connect the power supply. I soldered this (female) connector to the 1541 cable. Then I simply connect them together.

But if you want you can cut the connector of the power supply and solder your 1541 cable to the power supply cable. Cos' soldering to the pins of the connector is gonna be really difficult.

Also, don't forget to double (maybe triple) check your work. You wouldn't want to mix 5V, 12V and GND lines.

Good luck.
2010-06-04 06:47

Registered: Mar 2004
Posts: 675
ok i sorted the new psu from the switching charger...but i still get the blinking light issue :(
2010-06-04 14:50

Registered: Mar 2004
Posts: 675
ok the new power pack is indeed working :)

1 drive is now working properly :) so the derby ram collection is back on track

1 drive still has a problem so ill start having a look at this drive when i can

thanks for everyones help
2019-04-14 20:28

Registered: Mar 2004
Posts: 675
ok I have another question.

I made the cable above.

could I do the same for another similar psu?

this is the information on the other psu
pin 1 5vdc 600mA
pin 2 gnd
pin 3 nc
pin 4 gnd
pin 5 12vdc 420mA

anyone could help that would be great
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