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KN6000 Floppy to USB Upgrade

Hi. I recently bought a KN6000 and searched for info on replacing the floppy with a USB port but didn't find anything specific. I found information for the KN6500 and the KN3000 and KN5000 but those actually conflicted. The information for the KN6500 said…

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KN6000 Floppy to USB Upgrade

spencernj

spencernj
France

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Hi. I recently bought a KN6000 and searched for info on replacing the floppy with a USB port but didn't find anything specific. I found information for the KN6500 and the KN3000 and KN5000 but those actually conflicted. The information for the KN6500 said this was a relatively simple swap while the one for the KN5000 said that I needed to carry out electronic modification to the USB emulator. I did some more investigation (I am an IT person) and they were both right in a way.

If you look at this youtube video for the KN6500http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_MYHvUuFjk... then you will find most of this is right for the KN6000 also but its easier on the KN6000 (or mine anyway) as the need to cut cable ties to lengthen the cable isn't even needed. You basically just swap the floppy with the emulator.

However the issue is getting the right floppy to USB emulator. There are a few that are sold specifically for the KN6000 but cost about 90euro. You do not need to buy these. The simple Gotek ones costing from about 18euro (from China) work fine. (such as thishttp://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WD-SFR1M44-U100K-USB-Floppy-Drive-Emulato... However, it is important to get the right one. If you get the older version that has a two digit display and supports a USB appearing as if its 99 floppy disks then YOU DO need to do electronic modifications as shown in this video for a KN5000http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b4xUS6gOaI.... If you get the more recent models that have the three digit display then you should not need to do the electronic modification. Mine works 100% without any electronic modification. I explain why below.

Also the presenter in the video for the KN6500 highlights the fact that once you have formatted the drive on the KN6X00 that although the USB stick is now the equivalent to 999 floppies, when plugged into a PC, the PC only "sees" the first floppy so you have to put your styles and midi files etc on this first "floppy" then use the KN6X00 to copy them to one of the other "floppy disks" on the USB stick and that this is a slow and laborious process. This is not strictly true. My PC runs Linux and not Windows and with a bit of playing around I have found that with LInux it's possible to load your files onto any of the 999 "floppy disks". Let me know if you want more info.

The reason the older two digit emulators don't work without modification is that they were designed to make a USB pendrive emulate a floppy drive installed in a PC. Most floppy drives had a feature that allowed them to send a signal to the computer to say a disk had been inserted and the disk would then be automatically detected and loaded. Computers such as the Apple Mac and Amiga used this feature but the PC did not, but the KNX000's do . So the original floppy to USB emulators did not emulate this feature so when you installed them in say a KN6000 you had to do a modification and fit a switch which when pressed would send a signal to the keyboard to say a floppy had been inserted or changed. However the later floppy emulators include this feature and send the correct signals to the keyboard when a pendrive is inserted or switched to a another virtual "floppy" without the need to fit the switch.

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Posted on September 11, 2016 at 10:36 PM
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Dundee

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Re: KN6000 Floppy to USB Upgrade

Hi, I just upgraded my kn6500 with the Gotec floppy emulator. I was able to format my usb stick showing 999 floppys, but now I'm stuck I looked all over the internet but can't find a detailed explination on how to load all my floppys on to the usb for use with my kn6500. Can you help.

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Jack Ross
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Posted on May 2, 2017 at 12:58 AM

spencernj

spencernj
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Re: KN6000 Floppy to USB Upgrade

Hi.

If you just plug the USB stick into your PC then you just "see" the first floppy of the 999. You should have received some Windows software with your emulator that allows you to " see" the other floppy disks and select the one you want. I don't use it because I use Linux so have written my won little utility that does this for me. If you are using a Mac then I can't help teh software that come with the drive is for Windows. Some people just put the usbb stick in their computer put what they ant on the first floppy then use the KN to copy it to one of the other "floppies", sounds a bit laborious but it does work apparently.

Posted on May 2, 2017 at 10:36 PM

paulius55

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Re: KN6000 Floppy to USB Upgrade

I know it's a while since you posted your request but this software (Use version 1.4) allows your PC to see all of the emulated floppies on the USB stick and to save and delete as normal.

http://www.ipcas.com/support/usb-floppy-emulation-download.html...

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 9:53 AM