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JUmbo250 floppy tape drive installation

I wd like to know how to connect the drive. The drive has to be at the end of the floppy cable? And the red thread on the flat cable inwards on the same side as the red power thread? what about adaptors to the *other* type of
floppy connectors? Very difficult to see whether there are pins outside of the cable female receptor. What about jumpers? And how to install the s/w then in order to recognize the drive? I had an external model before,it broke.
On starting, I get the error message "floppy(s) fail {error}(40)".
Grateful for some answers.

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  • robbanx Jul 22, 2008

    Hi, thanks for your comments. Now I shd like to know where to buy an adapter, from

    34 pin male on the drive to 17 pin male, a kind of connector or extender, like a

    gender bender, only, it mustn't convert male to female. It is very tricky to put

    the 2 times 17 female connector on the cable onto the contact on the drive.

    w the drive outside, ok, but inside u can't see anything and easily one row of pins,

    or even one pin ends up outside of the connector. Yours,


    So where to buy one of these adapters? I know they exist, because I had one in a

    by-gone computer. -rs

  • robbanx Jul 22, 2008

    Hi, once again. The problem is that the pins on the male 34 pin contact on the

    Jumbo are easily bent and have been already out of place a couple of times, thus

    prone to break off. I once had an adapter that converted the 34 pin contact to

    a so called 'card-edge'. Then you simply 'thread' the *other* type of connector -

    on my cable there are two of them, actually two of either - on the card edge and,

    there you go.

    While I manage to connect the Jumbo outside of the computer after some trials and

    errors, this is nearly impossible w the Jumbo inside the computer. Either one row

    of 17 pins is outside the 34 hole case or even only 1 pin and it won't work.

    Thus, if I had this converter, I could thread it on the 34 pins w the jumbo loose

    in the open air

    so to speak, and then, on site, there wd be no hassle to connect w the *other*

    connector type. Did I make myself clearer? Where I got this adapter from,

    I cannot remember. My newest computer has no floppy, so these things might

    be tough to find. Yours, -rs

  • robbanx Jul 22, 2008

    About the Jumbo250 floppy tape drive. There is only 1 way to connect the floppy connector because of the "hump" on the f/ receptacle.
    (red=nr1 towards the EDGE, AWAY from power-red)
    2nd:There is a "jumperless tape controller board" which interfaced an external unit. On the board there's a floppy like 34(well 33)pin connector.Can it be used to direct the Jumbo250?I wd need an extra cable,of course.
    Thanks, folks.

  • robbanx Jul 23, 2008

    Final comment: the drive works. There were no extra cables, I used the existing floppy cable with 4 "knuckles"(right?), 2 of each kind.

    1)the real 3.5" floppy has to sit on the end of the cable,w the red threads together.

    There is the famous "twist" in the floppy cable...

    2)on the other side of the twist sits the Jumbo drive, note: w the red thread AWAY from the read power thread - the hump on the floppy connector indicates this. ---

    Other problem: after all the fiddling and booting, the W95 start disk won't boot any more... I manage to boot Dos6.0, swedish version, but dos6 doesn't recognize my

    logical partitions, calling them "non-dos"...

    next step: install Win95 (I'd prefer win98 which was somewhat more stable)...

  • robbanx Jul 23, 2008

    I used dos6.0 swedish version, that may cause incompatibility.

    The main issue here seems, that "dos" under Win95 had the (inofficial)

    version number 7.x. *this* might be the problem that I created logical

    partitions with dos7 instead of dos6.

    However the 3.5"disk (=w95 boot) is foobar, I can't access it at all. How this happened - beats me.

    Yours, -rs

    beats me.



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Hello again, think ive seen you here before, didnt the jumbo come with the right cables?

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  • Ekse Jul 22, 2008

    i recommend you look for a cheap cable if missing from ebay

  • Ekse Jul 23, 2008

    If I remember correctly w95 uses fat or fat16 partition format, 32 came with 98 or 2000

  • Ekse Jul 23, 2008

    try another bootdisk from

    the 98 bootdisk with fdisk should be able to create partitions that work with 95, but I would stay away from fat32.


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Is it internal or external?

Posted on Jul 22, 2008

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    Ginko Jul 22, 2008

    If you are connecting the Jumbo as an internal drive, then use the floppy flat ribbon IDE cable.
    The jumpers are to set slave/master/cable selct, in case there is more than one unit connected to same cable.
    Connect first the unit as standalone, so that you can test it without worrying about jumpers.
    If you want to connect more than one device ( for example your old floppy) to same cable use the jumper, the original floppy is usual set up as master, set up new unit as Slave.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 22, 2008

    What do you need this adapter for? The motherboard has a standard 34 pin IDC connection (male) for floppy on it. Just get a floppy flat ribbon cable and plug one side on motherboard, the other on floppy.
    Just locate connector on motherboard.
    Here you can buy the floppy cable.
    I don't think such an adapter exists.



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