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Has anyone ever made a quiet floppy drive?

It's Been a Non-Issue This sounds quite like looking back with today's expectations. Much like expecting clean air in Los Angeles in 1980 or room level conversation in a VW Beetle at 60 mph :)) It Was ...
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What could SID do that APU could not?

I don’t know that this adds much beyond the information already in the question, but… A perennial problem with the SID is playing music at the same time as generating sound effects, due to the fact ...
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Has anyone ever made a quiet floppy drive?

But was there ever any effort to quiet them down? I don't know if it was a deliberate attempt to do so, but the Atari XF551 was described as being so quiet that you could not know if it was running ...
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Has anyone ever made a quiet floppy drive?

Noise was reduced by voice coil technology, introduced in the mid-90's to increase capacity in the 3.5 inch form factor In the mid-1990's, the demand for more capacity led to formats that combined ...
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What could SID do that APU could not?

The NES had two voices that were designed to produced pulse-wave tones with adjustable volume, one fixed-volume triangle wave output, an adjustable-volume noise channel, and a digital audio output ...
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Has anyone ever made a quiet floppy drive?

Some floppy drives are definitely louder or quieter than others, but the only time any of them would seem objectionably loud for use in a library or other such place unless would be if they run the ...
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Could the Apple IIGS play any and all Amiga MOD files?

There is a newer version of NinjaTracker (NinjaTracker Plus) that supports almost all of the (traditional) MOD effects and supports streaming of instrument samples. It should be noted that ...
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Has anyone ever made a quiet floppy drive?

Yes, there were drives that were quiet. I don't recall that being a selling feature though. As I recall, 5.25" floppy drives didn't make much noise, while 3.5" drives had a distinct noise, ...
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Has anyone ever made a quiet floppy drive?

One of the first drives I used was a PerSci (sp) dual 8" drive from a Cromemco system. It weighed many kg and had one motor so both disks spun at the same time. Seeking was a 3" diameter ...
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