AltairClone wrote:Recently, I've spent a lot of time working on a new floppy disk controller for real Altair computers. Because of this, I'm now very accustomed to the particular sounds the drives make as I run through various computer activities. But now when I use the Altair Clone, the lack of disk sounds disappoints me!
The audio output connector of the new board would come through the same hole in the rear of the Altair Clone as the cassette audio output. This output then connects to either 1) an amplified speaker for disk sound effects (e.g., computer speaker, iPod/iPhone/MP3 speaker), or 2) the microphone input on a cassette recorder when using it as a cassette interface.
AltairClone wrote:A separate output on the board for disk sound effects isn't a problem, but there are only two audio connector holes on the rear of an Altair and the Altair Clone. I guess I could make a plate that mounts in a DB-25 opening with a hole for a headphone jack. I've seen that before on an Altair 680 cabinet.
email@example.com wrote:I would find having the sounds of a floppy drive but not the drive itself frustrating.
No chance of making an actual interface for floppy drives, I suppose? I see that there are plenty of old 5.25 inch drives going cheap on Ebay.
AltairClone wrote:I've recently been using 5.25" Teac 55-GFR drives as 8 inch drives with my real Altairs. You can't hear drive activity at all over the drive cabinet fan and the Altair fan. Maybe I should just sell a louder fan with the Clone and say it's just drowning out the drive noises ;)
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