[LAU] Ensoniq ASR-10 Boot Disk Required

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Sat Jan 5 19:36:43 UTC 2013

On 01/05/2013 09:12 AM, Nick Copeland wrote:
>  > On Saturday 05 January 2013 13:22:27 Nick Copeland did opine:
>  > Message additions Copyright Saturday 05 January 2013 by Gene Heskett
>  >
>  > > Hi All,
>  > > Just got my ASR-10 back from a few years on loan. Somewhere down the
>  > > line, probably at some gig, they lost the Iomega ZIP-100 and the
>  > > original set of floppies I had. These are nigh on impossible to
>  > > recreate since they are not actually any windows format to make them
>  > > Ensoniq bootable. Does anybody have a 3.5 boot disk with a version of
>  > > OS later than 2.01 (I think this was the version that supported the
>  > > SCSI driver). I will happily pay postage and all that. I want to get
>  > > this running to work on the Bristol CS-80 emulator using the
>  > > polypressure features of the ASR. Kind regards, nick
>  >
>  > A fried of mine had an Ensoniq, and he suggested that you should
> check with
>  > rubber chicken software, who apparently have such for download.
>  > <http://chickensys.com/kb/eps-asr/index.html>
>  > which might get you the stuff you need. Good luck.
> I have a feeling this need an IDE (PATA) floppy. I have four PC in house and
> none of them have a floppy. Tested the software using VM and it failed the
> boot disk write operation since Ensoniq had a very proprietary format.
> If nobody has a set then I either have to order some (not expensive but also
> not guaranteed to work since they depend on the firmware I have) or buy a
> secondhand PC that has a floppy as I doubt a USB floppy work work either
> (since it does not have direct control of what actually gets written to the
> disk). The nice thing about IDE is that it does not do a great deal more
> than seek to track and then write the whole track which is what I think the
> ChickenSys software probably does.
> There are options on the site to write a bootable ZIP drive but they are for
> Win98 only.
> Kind regards, nick.

Maybe you can buy an internal floppy drive (I'm guessing a 3.5" floppy) 
and add it to one of your existing PCs? Floppy disks and controllers 
weren't very smart ...

dd might be able to write the floppy, too, if you get a disk image and a 
drive that supports that format.

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