Commodore 1541 floppy disk drive
Updated 9 August 2019
Like many users at the time, I bought my first Commodore 64
in a bundle complete with cassette tape drive.
Ignorance is a beautiful thing as I never knew what modern
floppy drive technology was.
Insert the tape, press play, wait ... wait ... wait 20 minutes and then ... wait ... up comes the game.
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The Commodore 64 experience will never be complete without using
the Commodore 1541 floppy disk drive.
This is the best known retr-computing disk drive for the wonderful Commodore C64.
Technically, the Commodore 1541 was a single-sided, 170kB drive
for 5¼ inch disks.
Under the cover lays the common MOS 6502 microprocessor running CBM DOS 2.6.
Commodore 1541 floppy disk drive (source: Wikicommons)
Quirks of the Commodore 1541 floppy disk drive
The sound of your $500 disk drive drumming itself to destruction
is a classic example of how vendors actually hate consumers.
In order to protect their software, vendors would code error
tracks on their disks so the disk drive would error our and
bang its head against the stop.
The copy protection software would then know that the damaged
disk was 100% genuine and continue to load.
They save a few dollars. T
he consumer ended up with a self destructed boat anchor.
Great going guys!
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Vanessa was already in her 20s when she saw her first Commodore 64.
It wasn't the most beautiful object she had ever seen but she knew that
she had to learn about computers to keep up. It was the Commodore C64
advertising that drew her in.
Are you keep up with the Commodore?,
cause the Commodore is keeping up with you.
Luckily, this particular Commodore C64 was connected with one of those
new fangled Commodore 1541 floppy drives. Vanessa just didn't see the point
of using one of her valuable music cassette tapes for games. This
machine had the Commodore 1541 5¼ inch disk drive. Slowly, and with one finger,
she typed load "*",8,1.
Wait. Wait. Wait. Then the music stared. Bless the SID chip.
The Commodore 1541 continues to make those strange knocking sounds.
Wrrrrrrrp. An opening screen started loading. The Commodore 1541 had
proven its worth. Up loaded
It was the classic platform games that gave her the most happiness.
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