Hi all --
Against my better judgement I picked up a TRS-80 Model 16 last week.
Initially it wasn't working at all, after replacing the Z80 CPU and CTC
chips and doing a pretty thorough cleaning of the drives it seems to be
It came with a 15 meg disk system which isn't faring so well in my
attempts to get it running again. This has what I believe is referred
to as the "Type 2" controller in it
with the 8x300 processor. The original hard drive in the enclosure(a
Tandon TM-503) is toast. The bearings are shot, so it sounds like a
circular saw when running and the drive never goes ready. I followed
directions to replace the hard drive and work around the odd
write-protect modifications (See:
and after replacing the original drive with a Seagate ST-225, the Model
16 sees the drive and is happy with it.
However, I'm unable to format it. The controller doesn't appear to
actually be laying down a format and attempts to read sectors after
formatting fail with "ID Not Found" errors. I've tried several other
known-working drives (another ST-225, a CDC 94025-51, and an ST-238 with
the same results. (And yes, the terminator is present and accounted for
on all drives.) I've run the Model II/12/16/6000 diagnostics and the
controller passes with flying colors, as does the rest of the system.
Before I start digging in deeper to figure out what's going on, I'm
curious if I've missed a step here. I know I'm not the first person to
attempt this, anyone have any ideas?
Thanks as always,
- TRS-80 Model 16 hard drive replacement woes Josh Dersch via cctalk