Widget Startup Error 81

From: Guido Deiana <guido_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 12:16:47 +0100

Hello Thomas and List,
I need some help from your experience with the Widget hard drives.

On startup, immediately after completion of the module tests, the electric brake of the Widget in one on my Lisa makes a distinct clunk. With the Widget turned on the bottom I can see that the electric brake is relased and that the motor step try to spin moving in both the senses for 2 or 3 seconds.
After that Lisa show an Error 81.
My infos report a problem with the electric brake that, normally, need a re-adjust at 0,20 dec.
But the brake is not freezed.

The question: do you think this error (81) may be associated to a different problem or it's only associated to the solenoid re-adjustment and I can try to do it even the brake is not freezed ? Thanks in advance.

Guido Deiana
Padova, Italy

At 11.49 21/12/2004 +0100, you wrote:
>you can format your drive.
>Just take a short look at some articels in the LisaList approx 4 weeks ago,
>concerning the identical problem with formatting a Lisa widget drive.
>BUT as a lot of vintage winchester disk drives become weak as times goes by,
>you cannot be shure, that this formatting will solve the problem generally.
> >
> > I don't have a Macintosh, but do have access to a program called Mac-in-DOS
> > that I think I could use to format floppies and get the software copied
> over
> > to them.
>You will not have a chance to do the copying by that way. It's very likely,
>that your IBM Computer does not support the format, cause it's built in
>floppy drive cannot format the floppies with the appropriate sector- and
>track density AND I think the software you intend to use could be a little
>too errorful for this job :-)
>It's recommanded to buy an old MacIntosh SE or Plus (which cost less than
>you might think) and then copy the disk-images you downloaded from the web
>with DiskCopy to some low density 3,5" Disks.
>This can be done with Macs, with a build-in 800k Floppy-Drive or a so called
>1,44 MB Super-Drive if you use DiskCopy and are able to run with OS 6 up to
>OS 7.5.3
>Do not buy a "new" Mac for this job - although you can do so, cause it's
>better to use a Mac than everything else on this planet :-)
>... cause the newer Macs don't support low-level formatting and this is
>exactly, what the Lisa Disks are. There is neither a chance to simply copy
>the software on a DD formatted DOS, neither a DD formatet HFS Mac Floppy
>Disk. Lisa uses "a special formatting" to describe it simply now.
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