I just wanted to post and talk about the Roland Floppy Disk Drive that went bad in my XP-80 Keyboard. I am hoping that this info will help somebody else out!
I did some searches on Google and the planet and did not come up with anything conclusive but here is my experience. Again these are not my instructions on a how to...I don't want to be held responsible...I just think that it is outrageous what Roland charges for parts and service. I heard that the floppy alone is upwards of $100.00 getting it thru Roland. I did not check myself...I just went headlong into it.
The drive in my XP-80 stopped reading data on the floppy's even though I new there was stuff's on there.
I flipped it over and undid all the screws on the bottom. I took the lid off and there to the left was a rectangular piece of silver shielding over the Disk Drive. I undid the four screws (trying to keep in mind the grounding wire for when I put it all back together) I took the shielding off and than undid the screws that held the Disk Drive to.....rails...that it was attatched to. I than had to undo the "rails" to get it out so if I ever had to do it again I would probably undo the "rails" from the chassis first.
After it was all out I flipped over the drive and saw it to be a Sony MPF 520-C
I searched for a bit of time and found that Disk Drive for no less than $75.00.
This morning I called around and could not find anybody stocking that model here in Bellevue.
I went to a computer store and the kid behind the counter handed me a $16.00 Teac.
The model number was FD 235-HF (I think, sorry!)
I actually did some work on it where I carefully ripped off some of the tin/metal that encased the top (as the keyboard is when normal) of the Disk Drive to help it fit better. I REALIZED AFTER I PUT THE RAILS BACK ON THAT THIS MAY HAVE NOT BEEN NECESSARY! But I cannot guarantee that you will not have to go through that procedure with the Teac model.
I put it all back together and it Reads and Formats fine.
I had read elsewhere where somebody put a new Disk Drive in and it would read but not format.
If any problems show up I will try to post them here on this thread.
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