You are on page 1of 43

ALPHA

MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.
ALPHA
MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.
ALPHA
MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.
ALPHA
MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.
ALPHA
MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.
ALPHA
MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.
ALPHA
MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.
ALPHA
MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.
ALPHA
MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.
ALPHA
MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.
ALPHA
MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.
ALPHA
MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.
ALPHA
MICROSYSTEMS
RIGHT. FROM THE START.

AM-219
Diskette Drive Controller
Installation Instructions

PDI-00219-00, Rev. A01

© 1996 Alpha Microsystems
REVISIONS INCORPORATED
REVISION

DATE

00

May 1994

01

November 1996

AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Installation Instructions
To re-order this document, request part number PDI-00219-00.

The information contained in this manual is believed to be accurate and reliable. However, no responsibility
for the accuracy, completeness or use of this information is assumed by Alpha Microsystems.
This document was written by Jack Chardi.

This document may contain references to products covered under U.S. Patent Number 4,530,048.
The following are registered trademarks of Alpha Microsystems, Santa Ana, CA 92799:
AMIGOS
AlphaBASIC
AlphaFORTRAN 77
AlphaMATE
AlphaWRITE
VIDEOTRAX

AMOS
AlphaCALC
AlphaLAN
AlphaNET
CASELODE

Alpha Micro
AlphaCOBOL
AlphaLEDGER
AlphaPASCAL
OmniBASIC

AlphaACCOUNTING
AlphaDDE
AlphaMAIL
AlphaRJE
VER-A-TEL

The following are trademarks of Alpha Microsystems, Santa Ana, CA 92799:
AlphaBASIC PLUS
AlphaDDE
inFront/am

AlphaVUE
AlphaConnect
ESP

AM-PC
DART
MULTI

All other copyrights and trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS
2722 S. Fairview St.
P.O. Box 25059
Santa Ana, CA 92799

AMTEC
inSight/am

Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller

Page i

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.0 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2.0 AM-219 SPECIFICATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
3.0 PRODUCT INSTALLATION KIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
3.1 3.5" Diskette Drive Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
3.2 5.25" Diskette Drive Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
4.0 CONFIGURING THE AM-219 BOARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
5.0 CONFIGURING YOUR DISKETTE DRIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.1 Panasonic JU-475-2 Diskette Drive Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.2 Panasonic JU-475-3 Diskette Drive Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.3 Panasonic JU-475-4 Diskette Drive Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.4 Toshiba ND-0801 Diskette Drive Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.5 Epson SD-680L Diskette Drive Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.6 TEAC FD-55GFR Diskette Drive Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.7 Toshiba ND365T Diskette Drive Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.8 Toshiba ND3651 Diskette Drive Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.9 Toshiba ND3651GR Diskette Drive Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.10 TEAC FD-235HF Diskette Drive Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.11 EPSON SMD-300 Diskette Drive Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16

6.0 DISKETTE DRIVE INSTALLATION IN AM-1400/1600 DESKTOP COMPUTERS 16
7.0 DISKETTE DRIVE INSTALLATION IN RACK MOUNT AND PEDESTAL
COMPUTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7.1 Front Bezel Removal and Modification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7.2 Building and Installing the Diskette Drive Mounting Assembly . . . . . . . .
7.3 Installing a 3.5" Drive in Pedestal and Rack Mount Chassis . . . . . . . . .
7.4 Diskette Drive Installation in Other Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

19
20
20
22
23

8.0 INSTALLING THE AM-219 BOARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
9.0 CONNECTING THE INTERFACE CABLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
9.1 Connecting the Power Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
10.0 FINISHING THE INSTALLATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

PDI-00219-00, Rev. A01

Page ii

Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller

11.0 CREATING A SOFTWARE DRIVER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
12.0 MODIFYING THE SYSTEM INITIALIZATION COMMAND FILE . . . . . . . . . . .
12.1 Modifying the Device Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.2 Adding a BITMAP Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.3 Adding the Device Driver to System Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.4 Sample System Initialization Command File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.5 Testing the Initialization File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

36
36
36
37
37
37

13.0 FORMATTING AND INITIALIZING A DISKETTE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
14.0 USING YOUR DISKETTE DRIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

PDI-00219-00, Rev. A01

The AM-219 is a high-speed controller based on the industry standard 37C65 diskette drive controller chip. and all Eagle series computers.2MB 5. Rev.44MB 3. and all Eagle series computers.25" high density AMOS 1. AM-1600.0AM-219 SPECIFICATIONS 1.44MB 3.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 1 1.2MB 5. A01 500kbits/second .5" high density PC 360KB 5.Drives supported: two 3. changing over to a new drive is not an expensive proposal. AM-3000M.25" high density PC 1.5" high density The AM-219 diskette controller does not support the AM-121 VPC board! 2. FIX219. Earlier AMOS diskette controllers supported several different formats. some of which were either obsolete or unused. supports the following formats: AMOS 720KB 3.0INTRODUCTION This document provides hardware and software instructions for installing an AM-219 diskette drive controller and drive assembly into AM-1400. The driver configuration program for the AM-219. 2.Maximum transfer rate: PDI-00219-00. Unlike earlier Alpha Micro controllers.5" double density PC 1.5" double density AMOS 800KB 5.25" double density PC 720KB 3. however.The AM-219 floppy controller is compatible with AM-1400. AM-3000M. AM-4000. with the low cost and availability of PC/AT compatible diskette drives. Some older diskette drives used in "AMOS only" configurations may not be supported by the AM-219.25" double density AMOS 1. AM-4000. the AM-219 contains a fully digital data separator which requires no adjustments or calibration for any of the supported diskette formats. The AM-219 is designed for use with diskette drives found in IBMPC/AT compatible computers. AM-1600.

PDI-00219-00— AM-219 Diskette Controller Installation Instructions. The part number for the AM-219 product kit is PDB-00219-00.13. you will use the 34-pin PC style interface cable included in the installation kit. HDY-50001-08—standoffs for AM-219 mounting holes. 18 sectors/track.25" and 3. and is long enough to work in any application.5".5" Data Capacity 1.Data Separator: Fully digital—no adjustments required 6.5" diskette drives. allows a 3. which is the cable that links the diskette drive (or drives) to the controller. Diskettes 3. This cable (DWB-10218-02) is designed to support both single and dual drive configurations.0PRODUCT INSTALLATION KIT The AM-219 controller supports both half-height 5.44MB. supports both single and dual diskette drive installations. Rev.Formats supported: 7.Buffer RAM: 32K bytes 5. you will continue to use your existing 34-pin interface cable.Page 2 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 4. A01 . If you are installing an AM-219 into a computer which did not previously have an AM-214 controller. For installations where you are replacing an AM-214 with a new AM-219 controller.VPC support: eight (four AMOS and four PC) none 3. DWB-10218-02—34-pin interface cable. double density PDI-00219-00. 80 tracks/side.5" Diskette Drive Specifications Physical Size 3.5" diskette drive to be plugged into a standard 4-pin power connector. The installation kit includes the following: DWB-00219-00—AM-219 diskette controller. or less depending on the format. PRA-00103-00—DC power cable assembly adapter. 3. double sided.

A01 . Average Access Time 150 msec.) Transfer Rate 500K bits/second. Average Access Time 94 msec. Transfer Rate 300K bits/second. 10 sectors/track.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 3 3. Latency (Average) 94 msec. double-density. normal duty cycle. PDI-00219-00.25" Diskette Drive Specifications Physical Size 5. or less depending on the format.2MB. Rev. Access Time Track-to-track 5 msec. Track Density 96 TPI. Access Time Track-to-track 3 msec. Recording Density 17434 bits/inch. 80 tracks/side.25. Latency (Average) 100 msec. Track Density 135 TPI. Recording Density 5922 bits/inch. Diskettes 5.25".5" Diskette Drive Specifications (cont. MTBF 10000 power on hours or more.25" Data Capacity 1. Soft Read Error Rate 1 x 10^-9 Hard Read Error Rate 1 x 10^-12 Seek Error Rate 1 x 10^-6 3. double-sided.

25% duty cycle. Soft Read Error Rate 1 x 10^-9 Hard Read Error Rate 1 x 10^-12 Seek Error Rate 1 x 10^-6 4.25" diskette drives.Page 4 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 5.0CONFIGURING THE AM-219 BOARD The AM-219’s jumpers have been factory configured as shown in the following illustration. Jumpers W1 and W2 should NOT be moved. they are compatible with both 3. The W1 and W2 jumpers are factory configured and should never be removed or reconfigured.25" Diskette Drive Specifications (cont. Rev. A01 .) MTBF 9200 power on hours or more. AM-219 MADE IN USA ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS W1 W2 SMC J2 MC1048 AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller PDI-00219-00.5" and 5.

that determines which drive is 0 and which drive is 1. If you are using a PC style 34-pin interface cable with your AM-219 board. it will work with the AM-219 board. If you are replacing your old AM-214 with a new AM-219 controller and using your existing 34-pin interface cable. the diskette drive must be set to drive select 0.5" Epson SMD-300 3.0CONFIGURING YOUR DISKETTE DRIVE This section contains configuration information for the following diskette drives: Panasonic JU-475-2 5.5" Teac FD-235HF 3. not the drives.5" The diskette drives on the following pages represent drives sold and supported by Alpha Micro. it is the cable. if you have two diskette drives. which is exactly the same configuration used in industry standard PCs. Each of the diskette drive illustrations show how to configure the drive for either drive select 0 or drive select 1. Each drive is shown with its jumpers configured for an AM-219 application. If you have a diskette drive that is not listed in this document. Rev. If you take a close look at the PC style cable.25" Toshiba ND0801 5. this twist determines the drive select number.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 5 5. you must set the second drive to drive select 1. PDI-00219-00.25" Toshiba ND356T 3. In single drive configurations.25" Epson SD-680L 5. Simply locate the illustration for your particular drive and configure the jumpers as shown in the illustration.25" Panasonic JU-475-3 5. both past and present. it can still be used with the AM-219 board as long as it is PC compatible—if it works in a PC.25" Panasonic JU-475-4 5.5" Toshiba ND3561 3. you can see a twist just before the last diskette drive connector. If you are replacing your old AM-214 board with a new AM-219 diskette controller. you will need to change the jumper configuration on your diskette drive (or diskette drives if you have two) in order for it to be AM-219 compatible. you will continue to use the traditional method of configuring drive selects in AMOS-based applications.5" Toshiba ND3561GR 3. your diskette drive (or drives if you have two) must be configured to drive select 1. With the PC style interface cable. A01 .25" Teac FD-55GFR 5.

1Panasonic JU-475-2 Diskette Drive Configuration PANASONIC JU-475-2 5-1/4" HALF-HIGH DISKETTE DRIVE PIN #1 INTERFACE CONNECTOR DS MX IRD POWER CONNECTOR DD IX SP D0 DC LR RDY 1 2 3 4 AT AX 1M BX CX MS MM HA OA DA UA MC1037 PANASONIC JU-475-2 = JUMPER INSTALLED ID 1 1 2 3 4 ID 0 1 2 3 4 DRIVE SELECT PDI-00219-00. A01 .Page 6 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 5. Rev.

A01 In single drive configurations.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 7 5. the TM jumper must always be installed. Rev. the drive located at the end of the cable must have the TM jumper installed. . In dual drive configurations. the other drive must have the TM jumper removed.2Panasonic JU-475-3 Diskette Drive Configuration PANASONIC JU-475-3 5-1/4" HALF-HIGH DISKETTE DRIVE PIN #1 POWER CONNECTOR INTERFACE CONNECTOR MDB MDA PANASONIC BX = JUMPER INSTALLED MS MM DS DA UA HA LA JU-475-3 OP 1M MX NAX 1 2 3 4 MC1038 TM ID 1 1 2 3 4 ID 0 1 2 3 4 DRIVE SELECT PDI-00219-00.

Page 8 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 5. the TM jumper must always be installed. the other drive must have the TM jumper removed. the drive located at the end of the cable must have the TM jumper installed. PDI-00219-00. In dual drive configurations. A01 .3Panasonic JU-475-4 Diskette Drive Configuration PANASONIC JU-475-4 5-1/4" HALF-HIGH DISKETTE DRIVE POWER CONNECTOR INTERFACE CONNECTOR HM HS HL1 LA HL DA HA DO UA DC NDO RDY PIN #1 PANASONIC JU-475-4 MS EX GX 1E MX AX DD TH BX = JUMPER INSTALLED MC1039 1M TM RY OF NH PH ST DS1 DS2 DS3 DS4 ID 1 DS1 DS2 DS3 DS4 ID 0 DS1 DS2 DS3 DS4 In single drive configurations. Rev.

Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 9 5.4Toshiba ND-0801 Diskette Drive Configuration PIN-1 DC POWER CONNECTOR 34-PIN EDGE CONNECTOR REAR VIEW TOSHIBA ND-0801 SIDE VIEW CONFIGURATION JUMPERS MC1040 DRIVE SELECT 3 2 1 0 DRIVE SELECT 1 DRIVE SELECT 3 2 1 0 DRIVE SELECT 3 2 1 0 DRIVE SELECT 0 TERMINATOR JUMPER: In = Terminated Out = Not Terminated PDI-00219-00. Rev. A01 .

A01 .5Epson SD-680L Diskette Drive Configuration DC SS5 RC EPSON SD-680L D MH SS4 ML SS3 S MC1041 TOP VIEW ID 1 SS6 DA HL RA SS1 3 SS2 3 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 3 2 TERMINATOR ID 0 SS1 SS1 S1 S2 S3 PDI-00219-00. Rev.Page 10 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 5.

6TEAC FD-55GFR Diskette Drive Configuration TEAC MODEL FD-55GFR LG I D1 RY E2 U0 U1 DC IU D1 D2 D3 D0 D2 D3 D0 DRIVE SELECT 1 DRIVE SELECT 0 = JUMPER INSTALLED PDI-00219-00.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 11 5. Rev. A01 MC1042 .

Page 12 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 5.7Toshiba ND365T Diskette Drive Configuration TOSHIBA ND-356T-A 3-1/2" DISKETTE DRIVE REAR VIEW PIN #1 BOTTOM VIEW DRIVE SELECT 1 DS1 MC1043 DRIVE SELECT 0 CONFIGURATION JUMPER LOCATION DS1 PDI-00219-00. Rev. A01 .

A01 .Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 13 5.8Toshiba ND3651 Diskette Drive Configuration TOSHIBA ND-3561 3-1/2" DISKETTE DRIVE TOP VIEW ND-3561 TOSHIBA PIN #1 34-PIN CONNECTOR REAR VIEW DRIVE SELECT SWITCH SET TO THE "LEFT" = ID 1 SET TO THE "RIGHT" = ID 0 POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR MC1044 PDI-00219-00. Rev.

A01 . Rev.9Toshiba ND3651GR Diskette Drive Configuration TOSHIBA ND-3561GR 3-1/2" DISKETTE DRIVE TOP VIEW ND-3561GR TOSHIBA PIN #1 34-PIN CONNECTOR REAR VIEW DRIVE SELECT SWITCH SET TO THE "LEFT"= ID 1 SET TO THE "RIGHT = ID 0 POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR MC1045 PDI-00219-00.Page 14 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 5.

Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 15 5. Rev.10TEAC FD-235HF Diskette Drive Configuration TEAC FD-235HF 3-1/2" DISKETTE DRIVE TOP VIEW FD-235HF TEAC PIN #1 34-PIN CONNECTOR REAR VIEW DRIVE SELECT JUMPER TO THE "RIGHT" = ID 1 TO THE "LEFT" = ID 0 POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR MC1046 PDI-00219-00. A01 .

remove the drive mounting bracket from the chassis. The top cover is held in place with four phillips-head screws. and D. Remove the screws. then lift off the top cover and put it in a safe place. B. PDI-00219-00. called out as A.Page 16 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 5. A01 . The screw locations are shown in the illustration. two on each side.0DISKETTE DRIVE INSTALLATION IN AM-1400/1600 DESKTOP COMPUTERS The first step in the installation process is to remove the computer’s top cover. The bracket is held in place with four phillips-head screws. C.11EPSON SMD-300 Diskette Drive Configuration EPSON SMD-300 3-1/2" DISKETTE DRIVE PIN #1 34-PIN CONNECTOR REAR VIEW MC1047 ID 1 ID 0 6. Next. Rev.

Make sure you install the fan with the air flow blowing down toward the chassis bottom. Included in your mounting kit is a piece of plastic designed to fold around a 3.5" diskette drive.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 17 DRIVE MOUNTING BRACKET C B D MAC774 A AM-1400/1600 Desktop Peripheral Mounting Bracket Once you have taken out the screws. This piece of plastic prevents signal ground in the drive from shorting to chassis ground. The plastic folds completely around the drive and attaches to itself with a self-adhesive strip. The extra cooling is very important. A01 . Now you’re ready to install your diskette drive. Attach your drive to the mounting bracket. the second illustration shows the correct mounting position for a 5.5" diskette drive. The two illustrations showing the diskette drives in their mounting positions show that each drive is held in place with four screws inserted through the drive mounting bracket. remove the drive mounting bracket from the chassis. it provides additional cooling for components under the AM-219 board. The first illustration shows the correct mounting position for a 3. Make sure you use the nylon shoulder-washers when mounting a 3.5" diskette drive. The 12 volt cooling fan shown in the illustrations is included in your installation kit. These four screws are included in the drive mounting kit. Rev.25" drive. but do not tighten the screws yet. PDI-00219-00.

Rev.Page 18 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller SEAM 3-1/2" FLOPPY DRIVE DRIVE MOUNTING BRACKET 3-1/2" FLOPPY ISOLATOR MAC775 12 VOLT FAN NYLON SHOULDER WASHERS 3.5" Diskette Drive Assembly 5-1/4" HALF HEIGHT FLOPPY DRIVE MAC776 DRIVE MOUNTING BRACKET 12 VOLT FAN 5.25" Diskette Drive Assembly PDI-00219-00. A01 .

PDI-00219-00. MAC208 AM-1600 Desktop Front Panel To remove one of the panels. Once you are satisfied with its position. Create a cutout in your bezel to support the diskette drive. The illustration below shows which panel must be removed to accommodate either the 3. The basic installation procedure is the same for both pedestal and rack mount computers: Remove your front bezel. Build the drive mounting assembly. set the mounting bracket and drive into position in the chassis.25" diskette drive. ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS LOCK OPEN POWER REMOVE THIS PANEL FOR 3-1/2" FLOPPY INSTALLATIONS. Install the drive mounting assembly in your computer.5" or 5.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 19 The next step is to remove the appropriate panel on the front bezel of your computer. Rev. Attach the 34-pin interface and power cables. REMOVE THIS PANEL FOR 5-1/4" FLOPPY INSTALLATIONS.5" installations. After removing the appropriate panel. For 3. 7. adjust the drive so it is flush with the front bezel. carefully remove the mounting bracket and drive assembly from the chassis and tighten the four screws that secure the drive to the mounting bracket. make sure the screws are properly seated on the nylon shoulder-washers and are not touching the metal mounting bracket. the panel will pop out of the front bezel. When you apply pressure to the middle of the panel. place your thumb on the back of the panel. A01 .0DISKETTE DRIVE INSTALLATION IN RACK MOUNT AND PEDESTAL COMPUTERS The following sections describe how to install a diskette drive into AMOS computers using both rack mount and pedestal enclosures. Before screwing down the mounting bracket.

Rev. and a metal support bracket. The relative mounting position is the same for 3.Follow the bezel modification instructions included with your installation kit. The following illustration shows the position of a mounted 5. The assembly consists of three pieces. 1. 3.Follow the instructions in your computer Owner’s Manual for removing the top cover.Don’t forget to plug the display panel cable back into your CPU board. 5.The drive sits on top of the plastic mounting base so the bottom of the drive (with reference to an installed diskette) is toward the front panel system status display. 4.1Front Bezel Removal and Modification If you ordered a diskette drive from Alpha Micro. This insures the drive is in its proper operational position for both pedestal and rack mount computers.2Building and Installing the Diskette Drive Mounting Assembly The diskette drive mounting assembly is the same for both pedestal and rack mount computers.5" drives.25" diskette drive. The modification requires that you make a cutout in your existing front bezel to accommodate the diskette drive. your product installation kit includes instructions describing how to modify your front bezel.Unplug the ribbon cable that links the display panel on the computer’s front bezel to your CPU board. The following steps describe how the assembly is put together: 1. A01 . then reinstall the bezel. 2. 7.Page 20 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 7. METAL SUPPORT BRACKET DWF-20260-00 DRIVE ACTIVITY LED DISKETTE DRIVE MAC4 9 0 PLASTIC MOUNTING BASE DWF-20218-00 Diskette Drive and Mounting Bracket Assembly PDI-00219-00.Remove the phillips-head screws holding the front bezel to the chassis. a plastic mounting base. the diskette drive.

The following illustration shows the metal top support bracket that secures the drive assembly to the front bezel.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 21 2. DWF-20218-00 E'S IV OW DR HE R E T AR TT IN E KE TEDY TH S DI IN B E PO D TH IS ATE RE EL DIC SU N IN E T PA N K IO MARON CT F IRE D DISKETTE DRIVE MOUNTING HOLES MAC4 9 1 Plastic Mounting Base 5. 3. S E' W IV E RO DR TH AR E T IN HE T D E E T SK T BY DI IN D E PO TE TH IS CA L I RENE ND SU A I E T P ION AK ON CT M R E F IR D DWF-20260-00 MOUNTING BRACKET DISKETTE DRIVE MOUNTING HOLES MAC4 9 2 Metal Top Support Bracket PDI-00219-00. Rev.The diskette drive should be positioned on the mounting base with the drive’s front panel pointing in the direction indicated by the arrow in the illustration. Gently thread one of the screws into the drive to determine if you need standard or metric screws for your installation. the screws used to attach the diskette drive to the mounting base are included in the mounting kit.The following illustration of the plastic mounting base shows the screw holes used for mounting the drive. The kit includes both metric and standard screws. The screw holes used to hold the bracket in place are shown in the illustration. 4. A01 .If you ordered your diskette drive from Alpha Micro.

5" Drive in Pedestal and Rack Mount Chassis The 3. 8. take the completed assembly and place it in the chassis so the slots on the bottom of the plastic base fit over and behind the metal tabs on the bottom of the chassis.5" diskette drive designed for pedestal and rack mount computers comes with an installation kit that includes a 3. The kit also includes a standard 4-pin DC power connector adapter. with one exception—the drive must be electrically isolated from the chassis. 7.5" to 5.Install the screw that attaches the metal top support bracket to your front bezel. A01 .Don’t forget to plug the front panel display cable back into the CPU board. Once the assembly is in place.25" mounting adapter. the diskette drive will fit perfectly through the cutout in your bezel. This is accomplished by using two nylon shoulder-washers included in the mounting kit. a board-edge connector adapter.Install the rear screw (included in the mounting kit) that holds the plastic mounting base in place.25" half-high drive. Once the drive is attached to the 5. FRONT BEZEL NYLON SHOULDER WASHERS METAL SUPPORT BRACKET DWF-20260-00 5-1/4" MOUNTING BRACKET 3-1/2" DISKETTE DRIVE MAC5 0 9 3.Now.25" mounting adapter. Rev. slide it forward so the metal tabs lock the base down. 9.5" Diskette Drive Mounting PDI-00219-00. and instructions on how to install the adapter hardware. When properly positioned. Install the washers as shown.Page 22 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 6. it installs in the computer in the same way as the standard 5.3Installing a 3. 7.

25" peripheral mounting assembly is included in your product installation kit. and all Eagle series computers. If your CPU board does not already contain the AM-219 plastic mounting standoffs.5" diskette drives must be installed in a 5. 8.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 23 7. Rev. A01 . you must install the required standoffs where indicated in the following illustrations. For some installations you must remove the extra piece. and AM-990 computers include instructions on how to install peripheral devices.5" and 5. AM-1600. find the illustration in the following pages which shows how the AM-219 must be mounted on your CPU board. The 5. To install the AM-219 board. Each illustration shows the AM-219 installed in its proper mounting position. However. Be careful to note whether or not to remove the extra piece of circuit board attached to the AM-219. On the following pages. 3. AM-3000M. The mounting procedure is the same for both 3. prior to mounting the AM-219 board.0INSTALLING THE AM-219 BOARD The AM-219 board is designed for use with AM-1400. Press the board down enough so the two plastic standoffs on the CPU board snap into the two corresponding holes on the AM-219 board. Make sure the AM-219 board is properly seated into the 36-pin connector. AM-4000.25" peripheral mounting assembly. and for others it must remain attached to the main board for mounting purposes—as shown in the next illustration. including diskette drives. Eagle. PDI-00219-00. Before you modify the AM-219.4Diskette Drive Installation in Other Applications The owner’s manuals for AM-1600 Deskside.25" diskette drives. using the appropriate illustration as a reference. carefully press your AM-219 board into position. there are separate illustrations showing how the AM-219 board is installed in each of the supported system configurations.

MC1049 For older systems. on all older systems. AM-219 Handling Precautions PDI-00219-00. When plugging and unplugging the 34-pin interface cable that plugs into the J2 connector on the AM-219 board. the two mounting holes used to hold the AM-219 board in place will be unusable. or later CPU board. you must be careful not to use so much force that you cause the AM-219 to snap where the two sections come together. When plugging and unplugging the 36-pin interface cable into the J2 connector on the AM-219 board. AM-137 (Eagle). However. AM-219 MADE IN USA ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS W1 W2 SMC J2 If this section breaks away from the AM-219 board. make sure you support these two corners of the board. which will prevent the two sections from breaking apart.Page 24 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller A section of the AM-219 board is designed to be removed when installed on an AM-319. the AM-219 must be installed in its entirety. Rev. you must always take precautions to protect this joint where the two sections of the AM-219 board come together. A01 .

A01 . the standoffs will lock the board into position.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 25 AM-130 BOARD W1 AM-219 BOARD MADE IN USA J2 SMC W2 Your AM-130 board has two nylon standoffs designed to support the AM-219 board. ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS AM-219 J12 J14 J15 BATTERY MC1030 AM-219 Installation on AM-130 Board (AM-1400 Systems) PDI-00219-00. Rev. As you press the AM-219 into position.

Rev.Page 26 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller SW1 BATTERY AM-135 BOARD J17 J16 J15 J14 J13 J12 J11 J10 J9 Your AM-135 board has two nylon standoffs designed to support the AM-219 board. As you press the AM-219 into position. J2 ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS SMC W2 U121 U116 W1 AM-219 135-00 135-01 U133 J19 MADE IN USA MC68020 AM-219 BOARD MC1032 AM-219 Installation on AM-135 Board (AM-1600 Systems) PDI-00219-00. the standoffs will lock the board into position. A01 .

A01 . the standoffs will lock the board into position. As you press the AM-219 into position.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 27 1 1 J17 J16 J15 J14 J13 J12 Your AM-140 board has two nylon standoffs designed to support the AM-219 board. Rev. AM-219 BOARD U144 W1 U130 SMC W2 U90 U97 W13 J2 W14 MADE IN USA 1 J19 ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS AM-219 J20 J18 W12 1 J8 AM-140 U32 J7 W9 BATTERY W11 W1 J3 W10 J6 W8 J5 J4 J2 J1 SW1 MC1034 AM-219 Installation on AM-140 Board (AM-3000M Systems) PDI-00219-00.

Rev. As you press the AM-219 into position. the standoffs will lock the board into position.Page 28 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller J1 J2 J3 SW1 J4 U42 W8 BATTERY W7 W9 AM-219 BOARD J6 ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS AM-219 MADE IN USA J2 SMC Your AM-190 board has two nylon standoffs designed to support the AM-219 board. W2 W1 J10 W14 W20 U100 JY2 JY1 AM-190 JX1 JX2 W15 040 W18 J16 J15 J14 J13 U106 W16 W19 MC1036 AM-219 Installation on AM-190 Board (AM-4000V/4000M Systems) PDI-00219-00. A01 .

J6 J3 J10 MADE IN USA J2 AM-319-00 or AM-319-10 J2 J1 J5 BATTERY MC1051 AM-219 Installation on AM-319-00/-10 Boards (Eagle 200-500 Systems) PDI-00219-00. You may damage the board if you attempt to separate the two sections by simply bending the board until it snaps. or later system. ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS AM-219 BOARD SMC W2 W1 A nylon standoff extending up from the Eagle board will lock the AM-219 board into position using this mounting hole. A01 . Before installing the AM-219 on an AM-319 or AM-137 board. To separate the two sections. use cutters like these.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 29 AM-219 MADE IN USA ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS W1 W2 SMC J2 This section of the board is not used when the AM-219 is installed on an AM-319 or AM-137 Eagle board. J8 J9 ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS AM-219 A nylon standoff extending up from the Eagle board will lock the AM-219 board into position using this mounting hole. Rev. you need to separate the two sections by breaking this joint.

Rev.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller BA TT W1 Page 30 J1 W2 SSD U14 ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS ER Y U15 J2 W3 J3 J4 W4 J5 W5 U28 U29 AM-137 J6 J8 J9 J7 The AM-219 controller is held in place by two press-fit plastic standoffs installed on the AM-137. W6 J2 W2 W10 W1 W11 RUN DISK W12 AM-219 J11 030 MADE IN USA W13 W14 SMC POWER W9 ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS W7 W8 J12 MC1281 AM-219 Installation on AM-137 Board (Eagle 100 Systems) PDI-00219-00. A01 .

Rev. AM-219 FLOPPY SMC W2 SSD U73 U80 W1 REM RESET JP7 P10 RESET PWR SPARE RUN DISK JP9 JP10 P11 JP8 P12 + + MC1282 AM-219 Installation on AM-319-20 Board (Eagle 550 Systems) PDI-00219-00. A01 .Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 31 J2 UPS PORT J1 T1 T2 JP3 OSC JP4 OSC ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS AM319-20 LNK J3 TX RX PORT 3 JP1 PORT 2 SHLD/LOGC GND PORT 1 D1 D2 D3 F1 J4 PORT 0 J5 P2 LPT1 P1 LPT3 P5 LPT0 P4 LPT2 P3 G G -12 +12 +5 PG P6 A CHANNEL B CHANNEL +5 +5 +5 -5 G G J6 JP5 OSC 32 16 JP5A J7 AM-319-20 U57 G G G +5 +5 +5 DISCON JP6 ALPHA MICROSYSTEMS AM-219 J2 ADDRESS/DATA P9 CONTROL/STATUS SUPER EAGLE MADE IN USA P7 P8 The AM-219 controller is held in place by two press-fit plastic standoffs installed on the AM-319.

The power connectors are keyed and can only be plugged in one way. 10. it is the cable. don’t forget to plug in the power connector for the small additional 12 volt cooling fan. The board edge adapter is included as part of the mounting kit shipped with 3. PDI-00219-00. Rev.25" drive. The AM-219 product installation kit comes with a 34-pin PC style interface cable designed for both dual and single drive applications. For other applications. This type of board-edge adapter is also available from any computer supply outlet.5" diskette drives sold by Alpha Micro. not the drives. as well as pin-1 on your diskette drive or drives. make sure the colored stripe on the cable aligns with pin-1 on the AM-219’s 34-pin connector. This cable requires that you configure your diskette drive to drive select 1. a drive connected to the other connector is drive 1.0CONNECTING THE INTERFACE CABLE If you’re upgrading from an AM-214 to an AM-219 diskette controller. To connect a 3. Make sure you have tightened the screws removed during the installation process. 9. make sure the following items are in order.0FINISHING THE INSTALLATION Before re-installing the top cover. A01 . that determines which drive is 0 and which drive is 1. and one standard 4-pin power connector designed to fit a 5.5" diskette drive.Page 32 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 9. this twist determines the drive select number.5" drive to be plugged into a standard 4-pin power connector. For AM-1400/1600 Desktop applications.1Connecting the Power Cable AM-1400/1600 Desktop computers contain one small 4-pin power connector designed to fit a 3. With the PC style interface cable. you can see a twist in the cable just before the last diskette drive connector. Illustrations in this document show the pin-1 location for the AM-219 controller and the diskette drives. simply plug your existing 34-pin interface cable into the J2 connector on the AM-219 board. the product installation kit includes an adapter to allow a 3. When installing this cable.5" diskette drive to the 34-pin interface cable included in your installation kit. you must use an adapter that converts the standard 34-pin connector on the drive into a board-edge type connector. both drives must be configured to drive select 1. The cable has two board-edge connectors. If look closely at the PC style cable. Plug the appropriate 4-pin power connector into your diskette drive. if you have two diskette drives. Double check your power and interface cable connections. Make sure the colored stripe on the cable aligns with pin-1 on the AM-219’s 34-pin connector. the drive attached to the connector at the end of the cable is always drive 0.

PDI-00219-00. there are a few limitations to using the PC formats in your AMOS computer: 1. With some other AMOS diskette controllers. BMIN. The program used to make software drivers for use with the AM-219 is called FIX219.25" double density AMOS 1. you used BMIN. Before you can access the diskette drive connected to your AM-219.25" high density PC 1. The BMIN and BFLP drivers are not compatible with the AM-219 board.5" high density PC 360KB 5.44MB 3. the PC format is faster at both reading from and writing to the diskette.5" 1.DVR to make bootable diskettes. of course.DVR or BFLP.DVR are part of AMOS 1. A01 .LIT) to create the applicable system driver you want to use.DVR).25" 800KB AMOS format or the 3.25" high density AMOS 1.0CREATING A SOFTWARE DRIVER Be sure you have a current version of the generic AM-219 device driver (219DVR. you cannot make a bootable diskette using any of the other six formats. you must create a device driver.25" double density PC 720KB 3. When the AM-219 is used in fast computers (e. FIX219 incorporates the generic 219DVR. unless.5" high density You may wonder why you would want to use a PC format on an AMOS computer. your PC has been upgraded with an Alpha Micro Falcon board.2C (or later) operating system releases.44MB AMOS format. and the FIX program (FIX219.4C and 2. However.Data written by your AMOS computer using any of the PC formats cannot be read by a PC.DVR and allows you to create a system driver in one of eight possible formats: AMOS 720KB 3.5" double density PC 1.5" double density AMOS 800KB 5. you need to choose either the 5.. The device driver and fix program are included in current AMOS 1. with the AM-219 board you create a diskette driver using FIX219.44MB 3.X software releases. Rev.LIT. 2.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 33 11.g. They may also be obtained from the Alpha Micro Technical Assistance Center or via TABBS. then embed that driver into the monitor on your diskette using MONGEN.2MB 5.If you want to create a bootable diskette.DVR and BFLP. However. Eagle and other Roadrunner based computers).2MB 5.X and AMOS 2.

the AM-190 based AM-4000 computer has a special plug-in module that contains the boot PROMs. the minimum boot PROM revision listed in the table above is for the entire plug-in boot PROM module assembly. The following two examples show how to create both AMOS and PC diskette drivers. the boot PROM revision is irrelevant since any boot device can specified in the initial boot setup menu. you must install a new boot PROM module. you need to make sure the boot PROMs in your computer meet the revision level requirements in the table below: CIRCUIT BOARD PART NUMBER DWB-00130-XX DWB-00134-XX DWB-00135-XX DWB-00140-XX DWB-00190-XX DWB-00137-XX DWB-00319-00 DWB-00319-10 DWB-00319-20 SYSTEM CONFIGURATION AM-1400 AM-1400 AM-1600 AM-3000M AM-4000 EAGLE 100 EAGLE 200 EAGLE 300-500 EAGLE 550 MINIMUM BOOT PROM REVISION B00 D00 D00 E00 A04 K00 A00 A00 N/A (CMOS) Unlike other Alpha Micro computers. such as the Eagle 550. In order to update the boot PROMs. A01 . In the case of the AM-4000. Rev. For systems with a CMOS Configuration Menu.Page 34 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller If you wish to boot your system from the AM-219 and a diskette. See your computer Owner’s Manualfor more details on the CMOS Configuration Menu. The user input appears in bold: PDI-00219-00.

Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller AMOS FORMAT: Diskette Driver Example LOG DVR: RETURN FIX219 RETURN Enter desired driver format: (A) (B) (C) (D) (E) (F) (G) (H) PC 1.44Mb 3 1/2" Selection: H RETURN Enter new driver name: FLP RETURN New driver is now in memory. type: SAVE PCF.DVR RETURN PDI-00219-00. type: SAVE FLP. bitmap size is 180 To save the driver to your hard disk drive.2MB 5 1/4" AMOS 1.2MB 5 1/4" AMOS 1.44Mb 3 1/2" PC 720Kb 3 1/2" PC 1.DVR RETURN PC FORMAT: Diskette Driver Example LOG DVR: RETURN FIX219 RETURN Enter desired driver format: (A) (B) (C) (D) (E) (F) (G) (H) PC 1. bitmap size is 180 To save the driver to your hard disk drive.2Mb 5 1/4" PC 360Kb 5 1/4" AMOS 720Kb 3 1/2" AMOS 800Kb 5 1/4" AMOS 1. Rev.2Mb 5 1/4" PC 360Kb 5 1/4" AMOS 720Kb 3 1/2" AMOS 800Kb 5 1/4" AMOS 1.44Mb 3 1/2" Selection: A RETURN Enter new driver name: PCF RETURN New driver is now in memory.44Mb 3 1/2" PC 720Kb 3 1/2" PC 1. A01 Page 35 .

Rev. The following sections describe the steps required to define a diskette drive in your system initialization command file.INI only when you know it works correctly.RES. you can test your changes using the MONTST command. The DEVTBL line in bold below defines a 3.0.INI file is add a new DEVTBL statement. then rename the test command file to AMOSL. In the system initialization command file. calling it TEST.Page 36 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 12. DEVTBL tells AMOS which devices to look for on the computer. Always make a copy and modify the copy. A01 .INI or AMOS32. For example: LOG SYS: RETURN COPY TEST.INI=AMOS32. If you modify your AMOSL.2Adding a BITMAP Statement The next step is to add a BITMAP statement for the diskette drive: BITMAP DSK.0MODIFYING THE SYSTEM INITIALIZATION COMMAND FILE To define the diskette drive attached to your computer.1Modifying the Device Table The first thing you need to do in your TEST. PDI-00219-00.INI file directly and make a mistake.0 This is an example only! Make sure the BITMAP statement you add uses the correct device name and bitmap size for your diskette drive.INI RETURN Then edit that copy using the AlphaVUE text editor. use the COPY command to make a copy of your system initialization command file.MEM DEVTBL FLP0 12. DEVTBL DSK1 DEVTBL TRM.5" diskette drive.INI.INI or AMOS32. making the modifications discussed in the following sections. as described below.. your computer may not boot! If you make a copy.1 BITMAP FLP. 12.180. WARNING!NEVER modify the system initialization command file directly.

Add a SYSTEM statement similar to this one before the final SYSTEM command: SYSTEM FLP. For example: LOG SYS: RETURN COPY AMOS32.USA MOUNT.DVR[1. Rev. then use the MONTST program to reboot.5Testing the Initialization File When you have finished editing the TEST.INI RETURN Watch the terminal screen to make sure your computer boots without error.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 37 12.INI RETURN PDI-00219-00.DVR[1. BITMAP and SYSTEM statements look something like the example below: DEVTBL DEVTBL DEVTBL .MON.4Sample System Initialization Command File When combined.. BITMAP BITMAP .1 FLP.180.3Adding the Device Driver to System Memory You must load the driver for any peripheral device into system memory. SYSTEM SYSTEM SYSTEM SYSTEM SYSTEM DSK1 TRM. copy your test initialization file to your "real" initialization file name.0.MEM FLP0 DSK.RES. If the system boots successfully.SYS SYSMSG.INI file.6] 12. Warn other users on your system that you will be rebooting the system.6] 12.TEST. For example: MONTST AMOS32. enter F RETURN to finish and exit from AlphaVUE.LIT FLP. A01 .0 CMDLIN. the DEVTBL.INI=TEST.

Instead. use the SYSACT command to initialize the diskette. you need to initialize it.Now. which is probably more than enough. Press the key to accept this number. Rev. Type Initialize command): I RETURN (the SYSACT *I RETURN SYSACT asks you to confirm this command: Initializing the disk clears all files enter Y to confirm: Type Y RETURN . These steps erase all data on the diskette! Before you use the format program make sure the diskette is blank. FMT219 displays: EXIT The diskette is now formatted. RETURN 4. A01 . You now see the message: BEGIN FORMATTING When it is finished. enter: LOG OPR: RETURN FMT219 devn: RETURN where devn: is the name of your diskette drive—probably FLP0: or MIN0:. 2.You now see the SYSACT prompt symbol.Use the E command to exit SYSACT and return to AMOS command level: *E RETURN PDI-00219-00.Page 38 Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller 13. Before you can use the diskette. or does not contain files you need! 1. Type: SYSACT devn: RETURN 3.0FORMATTING AND INITIALIZING A DISKETTE Follow the steps below to format and initialize a diskette. don’t use the MOUNT command.Insert the diskette into the drive. Now SYSACT asks you: Reserve space for how many accounts? The default is 64 accounts. an asterisk.

and the other. PDI-00219-00. Rev.2]. For example.0USING YOUR DISKETTE DRIVE Complete instructions for using diskette drives are included in the Owner’s Manualfor your computer. [120. To log onto the diskette and write data to it.2 RETURN Password: RETURN *A 120.Installation Instructions: AM-219 Diskette Drive Controller Page 39 The diskette is now ready to use. is protected by the password MINE. is not protected by a password. [100.2] and [120. 14.0 RETURN Password: MINE RETURN *E RETURN In this example. type the following commands: SYSACT FLP0: RETURN *A 100. you need to add accounts to the diskette. to add accounts [100. Use the SYSACT command again and use the A (Add) option. A01 .0] on the diskette in device FLP0:.0]. one of the new accounts.