Hard drive cable question -

Mike McCarty mike.mccarty at sbcglobal.net
Fri Feb 24 20:17:07 UTC 2006

James Kosin wrote:
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> Mike McCarty wrote:
>>Well, Recommended Standard 232 was one of those which had
>>much more in it than most people needed, so a lot of the
>>pins got hijacked. It was the Standard people loved to
>>violate. A disc drive interface is (1) less generally
>>useful and (2) less amenable to hijacking for other
> Over reading many specs, I've found that they are to be used as
> guidelines more than definitive absolutes.
> Some manufacturers take the definitions literally, and some take a more
> liberal approach to the specifications.

I have to agree with this. And I also agree that one cannot
rely on specs too much. I dunno how many pieces of equipment
I've written drivers for did *not* perform according to the

I wouldn't buy a disc cable which had a yellow connector on it,

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