I have a Commodore 1541-II drive. I bought this drive used (but like new) a year ago and I used it on my Commodore 64 for about 6 months, but I moved and just reconnected it to my Commodore and it no longer seems to work right. When trying to perform a directory (
LOAD "$",8), the screen is just stuck showing "Searching for $". I have confirmed the dip switches are set for channel 8 and confirmed the Commodore and serial cable work by testing them on a Commodore 1571.
What's puzzling is I also have a Commodore 1581 that is doing the exact same thing. It worked about 1 year ago, and now is just stuck showing "Searching for $", but this one has a red blinking power light. Both were working fine, and have been kept in a temperature controlled room before reconnecting them.
The only thing I can think of that may have possibly damaged them (if they are in fact damaged), is I may have configured the dip switches to work on a channel that is already in use by another drive/device on the serial bus. However, I assume that wouldn't fry any of the circuits, but it's the only thing I can think of.
The other remote possibility is that I connected both of these drives to my Mega65 DevKit. By tinkering with the channels trying to get them to show up on the DevKit, these drives may have been damaged, but again, I believe this to be highly unlikely.
So I'm left puzzled with how both of these drives could have stopped working at the same time.
I figured I start by troubleshooting the 1541-II first. Does anyone know how I might be able to get my 1541-II working again?
Here's a short video of what I'm seeing:
Since posting this, the 1541-II new behavior is when powered on, the red and green light stay on constantly, and never go off. The motor runs constantly. Any commands I issue to device 8 (where the 1541-II is configured) result in no output after submitting the command. I tried to issue the following, but nothing happened:
This was one of the commands from Ray Carlsen's guide:
And from the same guide:
10 OPEN 15,8,15
30 PRINT EN,EM$,ET,ES
40 CLOSE 15
The result of both of these was the green and red light still stayed on and the motor kept running. Screen didn't return.