Jump to content

10.8 floppy support


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1
cdoublejj

cdoublejj

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 94 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA, MO

Mac OS X has always had USB floppy drive support since at least Public Preview or 10.0.
However what I want to know is whether Mac OS X (Hackintosh) could support PC's internal floppy controller and drive.

 

EDIT: waht about LS120 drives, they are IDE and read floppies?

 

 

EDIT!!!

 



#2
Lordadmiral Drake

Lordadmiral Drake

    InsanelyMac Sage

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 421 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Austria

LS120 drives can read/write SD and HD floppies



#3
Slice

Slice

    InsanelyMacaholic

  • Local Moderators
  • 3,176 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Moscow

See no sense to spend my time trying to do floppy support. All info on them obsolete and serve only to funny memory: how it was 20 years ago.



#4
Gringo Vermelho

Gringo Vermelho

    The Jan Bird fix

  • Supervisors
  • 6,123 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Brazil

Sure it servers a purpose...digital archaeology/preservation. What if you want to read something on a floppy from 20 years ago?

 

http://www.kryoflux.com/

 

http://www.jschoenfe...catweasel_e.htm

 

http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html

 

http://discferret.com/wiki/DiscFerret

 

http://www.cbmstuff.com/news.htm



#5
zarac

zarac

    InsanelyMac Zaphod

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 314 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Zagreb, Croatia
  • Interests:film/video editing and post-production

Well, you could say the same thing about punchcards or 8mm film.

Of course there are media in the wild, but I don't want to buy a device just to read a 20-year-old floppy.

There should be specialists for that kind of work.



#6
Riley Freeman

Riley Freeman

    InsanelyMac Legend

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 931 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:The Streets

USB floppies work. They're just treated as removable storage.

 

I don't even have a board with a floppy controller to try and test an internal one.



#7
cdoublejj

cdoublejj

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 94 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA, MO

See no sense to spend my time trying to do floppy support. All info on them obsolete and serve only to funny memory: how it was 20 years ago.

 

not if you have to work on say a specilized 1 of a kind computer and you need a floppy support to work on/update the bios. say this computer is proprietary and runs a super expensive autmated machine that costs 10s of thousands of dollars to repalce.

 

I actualy had a job like that in past year or two. it would have costthe cleint $25,000 USD to replace the machine. it wasn' any thing fancy, it was custom proprietaty mobo witha pentium 4 cpu.

 

also archivla purpouses of i havea ton of old games on floppies.

 

 

 

I do have a DDR3 LLGA775 mobo with floppy and IDE. it's like my legacy machine. it can play the latest games yet i can still use it towork with old mediums when ineed to. it's kind of the best of both worlds.

 

 

Sure it servers a purpose...digital archaeology/preservation. What if you want to read something on a floppy from 20 years ago?

 

http://www.kryoflux.com/

 

http://www.jschoenfe...catweasel_e.htm

 

http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html

 

http://discferret.com/wiki/DiscFerret

 

http://www.cbmstuff.com/news.htm

 

I've seen some of thos but, i don't think they let you convert internal flopy to USB in the tradional sense, i don't think it implents its a USB floppy but, rather works mainly/just for imaging purposes. i'm gonna look over them a little further.



#8
cdoublejj

cdoublejj

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 94 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA, MO

just wanted to add this, http://www.reddit.co...and_found_this/

 

 

Depending on the company, some still use these to program equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The machines can run for decades, and updating them simply for USB/CD loading files when it's otherwise fine for production purposes is a waste of money.

Seems backwards but when it saves you millions it seems worth it.

 

 

There are still pieces of equipment sold brand-new that require the use of a floppy drive. Here's one example[1] . That thing costs $50k, and the floppy is the only way to upgrade its firmware.

 

http://www.home.agil...z?&cc=US&lc=eng

 

 

I might try an LS120 drive in my IDE bay and see if i can read and write floppy form with in MtLion. though it would be nice to use the existign internal floppy.



#9
Slice

Slice

    InsanelyMacaholic

  • Local Moderators
  • 3,176 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Moscow

If you speak about hundreds of thousands of dollars you always can find other way to read your floppy beginning from Windows machine.

To reflash a BIOS you may use the floppy without MacOSX.

To reflash a VideoBIOS I had to make USB bootable stick with Win98 DOS instead of floppy.

Anyway the world knows that floppies no more exists and propose ways to work without them.



#10
cdoublejj

cdoublejj

    InsanelyMac Protégé

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 94 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA, MO

YEAH!!!!!!

 







0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

© 2014 InsanelyMac  |   News  |   Forum  |   Downloads  |   OSx86 Wiki  |   Mac Netbook  |   PHP hosting by CatN  |   Designed by Ed Gain  |   Logo by irfan  |   Privacy Policy