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skere26
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« on: April 24, 2012, 04:14:04 PM »

Hi Folks,

Just letting you know that I've found a cheapish belt that fits perfectly for the FDS.  It's actually for a Sinclair Spectrum.  This gentleman is from Ireland and sells them in packs of 5 for what comes to $14 shipped to the US.  PM me if you want his link, or really if you just need one , let me know and I could sell you one of mine for $3 out the door.
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 05:22:40 PM »

I could be interested, but I would need to know more about quality, and that the size is really identical to the ones I use currently (or calibration may be off).
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 09:57:40 PM »

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or calibration may be off
LOL what?! Shocked MOAR!
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012, 11:12:48 AM »

Anyway... here is the Link to the belts.  They work very well; last 3 FDS belts i replaced, 2 needed zero calibration after installing one of these.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sinclair-Spectrum-3-Replacement-Disk-Drive-Belt-x5-/260724655835?pt=UK_VintageComputing_RL&hash=item3cb46686db
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 01:07:24 PM »

They should fit MSX FDD as well.

There is no proof, that replacing belt causing adjusting head.
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2012, 01:47:56 PM »

thanks, I will buy them tomorrow when the seller returns (it said the transaction was blocked).
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2012, 10:00:07 PM »

I have tried them, it went okay at first, but then I had some problems. It may or may not have been caused by the belt. I described the problem here: http://www.famicomworld.com/forum/index.php?topic=7721.msg113201#msg113201 (the part that starts with "A funny thing")

I will try with a new system soon. I think it should work okay next time.
It is a bit larger and slightly thinner than tototek, but maybe belt size doesn't really matter that much ?
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2012, 11:49:18 PM »

I have tried them, it went okay at first, but then I had some problems. It may or may not have been caused by the belt. I described the problem here: http://www.famicomworld.com/forum/index.php?topic=7721.msg113201#msg113201 (the part that starts with "A funny thing")

I will try with a new system soon. I think it should work okay next time.
It is a bit larger and slightly thinner than tototek, but maybe belt size doesn't really matter that much ?
WTF am i reading?!  Shocked bigger, thinner, smaller.... OMG IT'S JUST A BELT so it have to be NOT bigger and NOT wider(well, not half width either) than original one. Done.

I'd like to ask Admins of FW to add "facepalm" emoticon
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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2012, 08:42:30 PM »

Thanks for the link, I was looking for a belt that fits well. Recently I bought a completly new FDS system, that is never been used and the beld is just dissolved over time and became like a stucky gum.... So I needed a belt replacement and bought one of ebay. After replacement my FDS didn't read any disks. The head just go up and down and I have a wait screen but nothing happened. So after some internet reading I found out I need an original belt or one that is fitting properly... I hope this one works a I can enjoy my FDS games!
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2012, 09:20:22 PM »

Yes it seems to be working well with the system I did this evening, as I suspected it would.
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2012, 10:46:38 PM »

Thanks for the link, I was looking for a belt that fits well. Recently I bought a completly new FDS system, that is never been used and the beld is just dissolved over time and became like a stucky gum.... So I needed a belt replacement and bought one of ebay. After replacement my FDS didn't read any disks. The head just go up and down and I have a wait screen but nothing happened. So after some internet reading I found out I need an original belt or one that is fitting properly... I hope this one works a I can enjoy my FDS games!

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The head just go up and down and I have a wait screen but nothing happened.
This... even no ERR.2x ? Huh
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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2012, 10:59:55 PM »

Tototek.com sells cheap belts for the FDS that should work fine.
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2012, 08:09:30 PM »

Thanks for the link, I was looking for a belt that fits well. Recently I bought a completly new FDS system, that is never been used and the beld is just dissolved over time and became like a stucky gum.... So I needed a belt replacement and bought one of ebay. After replacement my FDS didn't read any disks. The head just go up and down and I have a wait screen but nothing happened. So after some internet reading I found out I need an original belt or one that is fitting properly... I hope this one works a I can enjoy my FDS games!

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The head just go up and down and I have a wait screen but nothing happened.
This... even no ERR.2x ? Huh

No nothing, you can just wiat forever...
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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2012, 10:58:57 AM »

These worked fine for me, but he has raised the price a little.
I always wonder how long a belt lasts?
I tell my customers it will last 10 years. Maybe some belts last longer, or maybe they don't last 10 years. How do I know...
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