Re: [pc110] Has anybody tried the IBM Microdrive on the PC110

jg (jgom nospam at
Tue, 10 Aug 1999 09:26:02 -0700

The IBM Micro Dirve should work in your regular PCMCIA slots.
It will not function in the CF slot, nor will any of those newer CF
Ethernet/modem cards.

You may wanna try a newer LINUX kernel.

I sold off my PC110 before the drive was available, the money it costs to
make the PC110 useful
totally outweighed the benefits.
I went thru 2 PC110's & finally gave up, I had every single accesory &
add-on for mine, but they are so fragile & limited I finally gave in & just
bought a
Japanese sub-notebook (Thinkpad 535).

The PC110 truly is a marvel in miniature computing but it's usefulness is
damped by it's slightly antiquated architecture.

But I may just buy a nother one "for the hell of it" down the line.

At 08:25 AM 8/10/99 -0700, Oscar M. Siguenza wrote:
>Hi Everyone,
>Has anyone tried to use the IBM Microdrive on the PC110? I just
>got one this weekend. If you are planning to buy one be aware that
>the drive does not fit on the CFlash slot of the PC110, it is too
>thick (the drive is the same thickness as a PCMCIA Type II slot and
>the PC110 only has a Type I thick CFlash slot).
>In any case I got it to fit in one on the PCMCIA slots after I
>modified a CFlash to PCMCIA adapter. A normal adapter only accomodates
>a Type I thick card.
>I have tried installing slackaware 4.0 and 3.4 as well as use my old
>kernel on it. Everytime things look alright but when the PC110 goes
>to sleep and comes back up it seems that the drive does not get reset
>correctly. I get a lot of errors with the drive missing "interrupts"
>hdc: drive_cmd: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
>hdc: drive_cmd: error=0x04 { DriveStatus Error }
>Has anyone look into the PCMCIA services to see what the problem
>might be? I remember having this kind of problems with a simple
>technology CFlash card, so I think it is a recurring error.
>I am running PCMCIA services 2.9.9 on kernel 2.0.30, if anybody
>has any useful information on this I would like to hear it. Otherwise
>my $400+ investment to make the PC110 more useful may go down the
>tubes (or I will have to figure out how to hack it, considering the
>time I got the machine may well be too obsolete by the time I
>finish :( ). I guess worse case I will have to buy a camera that
>can use this drive :( .
>Oscar S.
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