Hi I've been lurking around the site for a while now waiting for stocks of the Pi to because available. However during my wait I decided to see where it all began and a couple of days ago I acquired a BBC model B and figured this would be one of the best forums to pose questions because it's very active and I imagine there are a fair few BBC veterans kicking about so here goes.
Basically I got this BBC B off my Granddad. The machine runs like a dream, the only problem is the 5.25" duel floppy drive he gave me does not. Therefore I have no way of loading or saving programs onto the computer.
I found a couple of 3.5" floppy drives in the loft from some old computers and I was looking for some help connecting them to the BBC. In essence I think it's quite simple but I need a hand picking out the right parts to order as I have no idea about electronics. I plan on using the BBC's auxiliary power output socket to power the drives and then connect them with ribbon cable.
So my question is- if I were to buy the parts from http://uk.farnell.com/ what would go on my shopping list? The array of ribbon cables baffled me and I'm not sure what connector would fit the aux output (assuming you can even buy one these days)
Also is there any tweaking I would need to do to the drives themselves? From what I've read they should work fine but each one is missing a pin on the ribbon input on the bottom row first from the left I'm guessing this is normal for PCs but do I need to add a pin to get them to work with the BBC?
Thanks for your help.