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QL Microdrive External Case done!!!

Postby Outsoft » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:56 am

Finally Michele Perini got the permission from Rick Dickinson to publish his great work on the Sinclair QL external Microdrive unit and finish his work.

Here the 3D printed files:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1wwsmviiqhvw ... tOBSa?dl=0

Here the original post in our preservation group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sinclairpreservation/

Enjoy ;)


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Re: QL Microdrive External Case done!!!

Postby Derek_Stewart » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:44 pm

Hi,

Looks great. But I have fitted my vDrive into the QL case along with the QLSD.

Thrown the Microdrives away, along with the heat sink and power regulator. I fitted a Traco DC-DC converter. But I am waiting the Tetroid replacement power supply.


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Re: QL Microdrive External Case done!!!

Postby RWAP » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:55 pm

Derek_Stewart wrote: But I am waiting the Tetroid replacement power supply.


What Tetroid replacement power supply?? I certainly hope so :)


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Re: QL Microdrive External Case done!!!

Postby Outsoft » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:38 pm

Derek_Stewart wrote:Hi,

Looks great. But I have fitted my vDrive into the QL case along with the QLSD.

Thrown the Microdrives away, along with the heat sink and power regulator. I fitted a Traco DC-DC converter. But I am waiting the Tetroid replacement power supply.


First: seems that Dave Park made a version that is smaller than the Tetroid one and don't need to be cooled and cost less ;)

Second: you haven't replied to Michele when he asked you something about create a case for your creature "the Q68" ;)

Third: Traco is not working well with Gold Cards, the Tetroid replacement works only with earlier disk interfaces (I've tested and solded because I can't use it at all).

Fourth: Viva l'Italia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Re: QL Microdrive External Case done!!!

Postby Derek_Stewart » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:58 pm

Outsoft wrote:
Derek_Stewart wrote:Hi,

Looks great. But I have fitted my vDrive into the QL case along with the QLSD.

Thrown the Microdrives away, along with the heat sink and power regulator. I fitted a Traco DC-DC converter. But I am waiting the Tetroid replacement power supply.


First: seems that Dave Park made a version that is smaller than the Tetroid one and don't need to be cooled and cost less ;)

Second: you haven't replied to Michele when he asked you something about create a case for your creature "the Q68" ;)

Third: Traco is not working well with Gold Cards, the Tetroid replacement works only with earlier disk interfaces (I've tested and solded because I can't use it at all).

Fourth: Viva l'Italia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


In reverse order....

Fourth:I like l'Italia, food, drink etc...

Third: Not the Traco TSR 1-2450, which supplies 1 amp, but the TSR 2-2450 2 amp version.

Second: I am sorry I did reply, I have been a little busy.

First: There has been no comparison published.


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Re: QL Microdrive External Case done!!!

Postby Dave » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:15 am

If someone would like to have a free one of my Q-bucks, I'll send a review unit for free, and it can be kept. I do not expect any favorable treatment.


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Re: QL Microdrive External Case done!!!

Postby Derek_Stewart » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:29 am

Derek_Stewart wrote:
Outsoft wrote:
Derek_Stewart wrote:Hi,

Looks great. But I have fitted my vDrive into the QL case along with the QLSD.

Thrown the Microdrives away, along with the heat sink and power regulator. I fitted a Traco DC-DC converter. But I am waiting the Tetroid replacement power supply.


First: seems that Dave Park made a version that is smaller than the Tetroid one and don't need to be cooled and cost less ;)

Second: you haven't replied to Michele when he asked you something about create a case for your creature "the Q68" ;)

Third: Traco is not working well with Gold Cards, the Tetroid replacement works only with earlier disk interfaces (I've tested and solded because I can't use it at all).

Fourth: Viva l'Italia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


In reverse order....

Fourth:I like l'Italia, food, drink etc...

Third: Not the Traco TSR 1-2450, which supplies 1 amp, but the TSR 2-2450 2 amp version.

Second: I am sorry I did reply, I have been a little busy.

First: There has been no comparison published.



I am sorry about the error in point 2, I mean to say: "I am sorry I did NOT reply, I have been a little busy.

I am sorry for the mix up, I was using my mobile phone.


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Re: QL Microdrive External Case done!!!

Postby Outsoft » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:35 pm

"
In reverse order....

Fourth:I like l'Italia, food, drink etc..."

And People involved in QL stuff too ;)

"
Third: Not the Traco TSR 1-2450, which supplies 1 amp, but the TSR 2-2450 2 amp version."

The same: Use it the 2 AMP version and is not ok too :-(

"
Second: I am sorry I did reply, I have been a little busy."

Don't worry, we have imagined ;)

"
First: There has been no comparison published.[/quote]"

Yes but there will be soon ;)


"

I am sorry about the error in point 2, I mean to say: "I am sorry I did NOT reply, I have been a little busy.

I am sorry for the mix up, I was using my mobile phone.[/quote]"


Don't worry, I've understand ;)

W Michele!!!


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Re: QL Microdrive External Case done!!!

Postby Outsoft » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:36 pm

Dave wrote:If someone would like to have a free one of my Q-bucks, I'll send a review unit for free, and it can be kept. I do not expect any favorable treatment.


Me and Michele know very well what are you doing so we will be...not friendly...more than that ;)


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Re: QL Microdrive External Case done!!!

Postby Dave » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:35 pm

Hey, tetroid’s power regulator is basically adequate but was designed for simplicity and cheapness of assembly. It works. It gets a little warm, but that isn’t a problem.

The Tracos are noisy. They really need a couple of big electrolytics and a .1uF and 1uF on the input to filter some noise. They actually have a reasonably clean output but put a lot of noise on the 9v line. There are a lot of fake Tracos out there - if you bought it on eBay it is more likely fake than genuine.

One downside with buck regulators is they can sink a LOT of current into your QL if there is a problem. My Q-buck has a very fast acting current limiter.

PS the microdrive case design is great. Will it take a real microdrive if I make an adapter board for it?



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