From Max, one of my website visitors,I received the following story to make it work (me nor Max can be held responsible for any damage to your keyboard):
· RED wire of floppy cable to pin 34 (not pin 1 like it should be)
· Jumper JA and J8
· Red knob on S0
· Before pushing red knob, choose your virtual floppy
Look here for an YouTube movie about it: http://youtu.be/fysgfAFxEi4
And here is the picture from Max, explaining it once more
Also look at the bottom of this article for a solution by the supplier.....
Since 1994, I own a Roland E86 keyboard. This workhorse has been doing the job without problems until I broke a key more than a year ago.
Two options remained, try to repair it, or throw it away.
1. The key broken was the D6 key. It broke when I moved the keyboard around in the car - so stupid of me ! I searched and searched but I needed a hint from someone in the USA, to contact Roland in Belgium. They had it in store and for a mere 3.23 Euro they shipped it off. ROLAND really rocks, excellent support - Thanks Vincent !
In the meantime I took the E86 apart, which is really very simple. I downloaded also all the manuals, so I was prepared in case off, but it turned out to be really simple.
Out went the broken key - in the new one. Plugged in the cables and wanted to test it.
Problem 2 - the power cable had disappeared over the past year. So in went modification 1.
I changed the original 220V entry socket into a standard Euro 3 pin chassis part, the same as you find on any amplifier. No more unique cable - everyone got plenty of these 220 V cables.
Problem 3: The floppy drive. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of style disks for my E86, but the floppies started to wear out. I spent some time on the internet and discovered that there is a USB - Floppy emulator on the market, albeit for a lot of money. They are obviously produced for maintenance of knitting machines and the like in the far-east.
This device replaces the floppy and by using a USB stick - it can simulate 100 floppies. Well, that's more that I will ever require for my styles. And in the event, just take another USB stick with you !!!
I wasn't prepared to pay the 250 Euro as advertised and managed to locate a supplier in India, who was willing to sent me 2 sample drives for half the price.
The story stops here because I am waiting for the drives to arrive. When they do, I will report back on how that mod went.
For those who want to look at the supplier from the emulator - check out : http://www.floppytousb.net/
Tip 1: For a full factory reset of the E-86, Power on while holding WRITE !
Click on the pictures to enlarge them for better viewing. @STT Media 2010.
Part 2 of the Floppy to USB modification.
And that did not yet go well.
I took the E86 apart, with the floppy still working.
I had reformatted the usb pen, put 99 empty simulated floppies on it, and filled some of the floppies with styles, copied form other old disks.
Took the floppy out, placed the floppy emulator in and ............. DISK NOT READY.
The Chinon floppy had some jumpers, so I tried some but no use. I just sent an email off to the supplier asking him how I should jumper the emulator.
So far I have not been able to work things out, and worse, when I put the floppy back in the keyboard, it did not work anymore.
Work and other activities have taken time, so i am stuck for the time being.
I made the emulator work in another computer so it does work and I believe it should have worked in the E86 as well, but i can't find out what's wrong with it nfor the time being.
So I may very well put this project to rest..... Someone was interested in taking over one of these emulators, so they are all gone and you have to go directly to the supplier.......
This mail came in from the supplier - really went to the end to help.... I believe you can also order the emulators still with heim
After a long RnD , I have tried a workout. But as I am not having the Keyboard in my hand I am unable to test it. If possible , and you have the emulator in your hand , please try this out as shown in the dia below. Remove all the jumper at the back and short points as described. Change the location of Red switch. We have been able to get successful in few equipment which required a toggled/ready state.
It will not work in Computer….
The rule is :
To read style , please use the rule like you read style from disk and song like usually
And use the same software to format flash disk.
1. Please note that before turn on the keyboard ,the red button must on /pushed
2. After the keyboard on please switch off the red button
3. Use the black button to choose the folder , after you choose the folder turn on the red button/ push on.
So the item will be read.
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