Phillips screwdriver set. Nail polish.
This little tool can be used to re-calibrate floppy drives manually. This does
not mean that I recommend doing so. In case you're "mechanically declined", you
should leave this to an expert, or should consider buying a new drive. In case
the drive is broken, it is broken, and this tool won't help much.
De-calibrated drives show the following symptoms: They read disks written by
themselves fine, but fail to read other disks reliable, and disks written to by
the decalibrated drive do no longer work reliable in other disk drives. In case
the drive just doesn't work at all anymore, something more is broken. In either
case, you run into the risk of damaging your hardware even more. Note that I
cannot give any guarantee whatsoever that this program and the hints given here
are correct, free of errors, etc... The entire risk is up to you. If you break
your drive or your computer, tough luck! I refuse to take any responsibilities.
The THOR-Software Licence (v2, 24th June 1998)
This License applies to the computer program and documentation known as
"TrackDiskSync" and "TrackDiskSync.Intructions". The "Program", below, refers
to this program including the mentioned intructions. The "Archive" refers to
the package of distribution, as prepared by the author of the Program,
Thomas Richter. Each licensee is addressed as "you".
The Program and the data in the archive are freely distributable
under the restrictions stated below, but are also Copyright (c)
Distribution of the Program, the Archive and the data in the Archive by a
commercial organization without written permission from the author to any
third party is prohibited if any payment is made in connection with such
distribution, whether directly (as in payment for a copy of the Program) or
indirectly (as in payment for some service related to the Program, or
payment for some product or service that includes a copy of the Program
"without charge"; these are only examples, and not an exhaustive enumeration
of prohibited activities).
However, the following methods of distribution
involving payment shall not in and of themselves be a violation of this
(i) Posting the Program on a public access information storage and
retrieval service for which a fee is received for retrieving information
(such as an on-line service), provided that the fee is not
content-dependent (i.e., the fee would be the same for retrieving the same
volume of information consisting of random data).
(ii) Distributing the Program on a CD-ROM, provided that
a) the Archive is reproduced entirely and verbatim on such CD-ROM, including
especially this licence agreement;
b) the CD-ROM is made available to the public for a nominal fee only,
c) a copy of the CD is made available to the author for free except for
shipment costs, and
d) provided further that all information on such CD-ROM is redistributable
for non-commercial purposes without charge.
Redistribution of a modified version of the Archive, the Program or the
contents of the Archive is prohibited in any way, by any organization,
regardless whether commercial or non-commercial. Everything must be kept
together, in original and unmodified form.
THE PROGRAM AND THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS", WITHOUT
WARRANTY. THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR THE PROGRAM AND THE INSTRUCTIONS, EITHER
EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES
OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT
OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF
THE PROGRAM AND THE INSTRUCTIONS IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE PROGRAM PROVE
DEFECTIVE OR SHOULD YOU DAMAGE YOUR EQUIPMENT OR SHOULD YOU GET INJURED BY
FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING,
REPAIR, TREATMENT OR CORRECTION.
IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THIS LICENCE, YOU MUST DELETE THE PROGRAM, THE ARCHIVE
AND ALL DATA OF THIS ARCHIVE FROM YOUR STORAGE SYSTEM. YOU ACCEPT THIS
LICENCE BY USING OR REDISTRIBUTING THE PROGRAM.
Thomas (September 2000)