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#161974 - 17/05/2003 09:50 WHAT TO DO?
Mulkman
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Registered: 17/05/2003
Posts: 14
Loc: Peterborough, UK
Since the support facility is disabled at the mo', I don't have the facility to do a drive upgrade (currently 12G, Blue, but need space for 45G). If anyone has a Mk II empeg with greater than 30G capacity, I might be interested. Otherwise, with a heavy heart, I'll have to market my own one (unless current support crisis resolves) and look for alternatives. Drop us a line if any suggestions/ offers. Anyone local confident doing drive upgrades? (England).

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#161975 - 17/05/2003 09:56 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
Daria
carpal tunnel

Registered: 24/01/2002
Posts: 3922
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
Since the support facility is disabled at the mo',
sort of.
I don't have the facility to do a drive upgrade
La la la I don't believe you

I did a drive upgrade using only my empeg and something to connect to it serially with. If you don't have both, how the heck are you getting music on it?

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#161976 - 17/05/2003 10:02 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Daria]
Mulkman
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Registered: 17/05/2003
Posts: 14
Loc: Peterborough, UK
Can you attach an external drive thru the serial port??

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#161977 - 17/05/2003 10:04 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
Daria
carpal tunnel

Registered: 24/01/2002
Posts: 3922
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
No, you need a small phillips screwdriver and a small hex key to open it and install the drive the right way. If you tell me you're trying to avoid voiding the warranty I will laugh.

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#161978 - 17/05/2003 10:08 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Daria]
Mulkman
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Registered: 17/05/2003
Posts: 14
Loc: Peterborough, UK
Thanks for your help. Actually I'm quite a home opening up someones' belly and taking out their rotten appendix....I'm an MD....but don't ask me to open a friggin' piece of gizmo like the Empeg!!! Each to their own.

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#161979 - 17/05/2003 10:10 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
Daria
carpal tunnel

Registered: 24/01/2002
Posts: 3922
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
If you haven't killed anyone yet, the FAQ should tell you in sufficient detail how to also not kill your empeg.

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#161980 - 17/05/2003 10:11 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
Laura
pooh-bah

Registered: 16/06/2000
Posts: 1682
Loc: Metamora, IN
It seems that there are enough empeg owners in England, that surely someone could upgrade your drives for you. I don't think that you'll have to sell it.
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MKI #017/90

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#161981 - 17/05/2003 10:11 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
Mulkman
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Registered: 17/05/2003
Posts: 14
Loc: Peterborough, UK
I'd rather have a dead patient than a dead Empeg!! EWhich would you love more??!!

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#161982 - 17/05/2003 10:12 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
Daria
carpal tunnel

Registered: 24/01/2002
Posts: 3922
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
I'm a bitter cranky person. I don't love anyone.

Ask my wife!

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#161983 - 17/05/2003 10:13 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Laura]
Mulkman
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Registered: 17/05/2003
Posts: 14
Loc: Peterborough, UK
If there is someone in UK able to do the job, I'll gladly let them and for a decent price.

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#161984 - 17/05/2003 10:13 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Daria]
Laura
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Registered: 16/06/2000
Posts: 1682
Loc: Metamora, IN
Yes you are
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#161985 - 17/05/2003 10:15 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
Archeon
carpal tunnel

Registered: 20/05/2001
Posts: 2501
Loc: Bruges, Belgium
You really don't need anything special to upgrade your empeg, except for a new HD, a screwdriver, a hex tool and the FAQ which you've already been linked to. Everything else you need was shipped with your Empeg when you bought it.

Just follow the FAQ, it's really easy and pretty bulletproof.
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#161986 - 17/05/2003 10:15 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Daria]
Mulkman
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Registered: 17/05/2003
Posts: 14
Loc: Peterborough, UK
Bitter and cranky is all I ever feel too, trying to squish the choiciest bits of 45G worth of music onto a 12G player!

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#161987 - 17/05/2003 10:18 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Archeon]
Mulkman
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Registered: 17/05/2003
Posts: 14
Loc: Peterborough, UK
Any suggestions for a decent drive; u never know, I might try my hand someday out of desperation!!

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#161988 - 17/05/2003 10:19 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
Laura
pooh-bah

Registered: 16/06/2000
Posts: 1682
Loc: Metamora, IN
Give someone time to answer. Most of the people check the boards during the week. Weekends are a little slow, especially in the warmer months.
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MKI #017/90

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#161989 - 17/05/2003 10:19 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
Phil.
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Registered: 14/01/2002
Posts: 2479
Pretty much any laptop drive. Don't spend the extra on a fast rpm as the car won't utilize it any better. Hitachi Travelstars seem to be the drive of choice.

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#161990 - 17/05/2003 10:21 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
Laura
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Registered: 16/06/2000
Posts: 1682
Loc: Metamora, IN
Go with the Hitachi 80GB, that way you will have room to grow in the future.
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MKI #017/90

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#161991 - 17/05/2003 10:21 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
Archeon
carpal tunnel

Registered: 20/05/2001
Posts: 2501
Loc: Bruges, Belgium
Yes, accept nothing but a Hitachi (formerly IBM) travelstar drive. I've never known one of those to fail. You can find them up to 80gig nowadays, but in your case a 60gig or even a 40gig will do fine.
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#161992 - 17/05/2003 10:21 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
tfabris
carpal tunnel

Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 30578
Loc: Seattle, WA
Everyone here is encouraging you to do the drive upgrade yourself. I agree that it's do-able by just about anyone (and many here will attest to the completeness of the instructions). But we should all keep in mind there are people in the world who are downright dangerous with a screwdriver. If you're one of those people, then yeah, find someone nearby who'll do the upgrade for you. Like you said, a dead empeg is a scary thing, and for you, it might be worth the peace of mind to have an experienced person do the work.
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#161993 - 17/05/2003 10:23 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Phil.]
tonyc
carpal tunnel

Registered: 27/06/1999
Posts: 7057
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
Hitachi Travelstars
Which, more often than not, carry the IBM Travelstar branding instead.
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#161994 - 17/05/2003 10:24 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: tonyc]
Phil.
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Registered: 14/01/2002
Posts: 2479
And??

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#161995 - 17/05/2003 10:24 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
tonyc
carpal tunnel

Registered: 27/06/1999
Posts: 7057
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
I'd rather have a dead patient than a dead Empeg!! EWhich would you love more??!!
Note to self: When sick or injured in the UK, if at all possible, wait until returning home before seeking medical attention.
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#161996 - 17/05/2003 10:25 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: tfabris]
Mulkman
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Registered: 17/05/2003
Posts: 14
Loc: Peterborough, UK
Yeah, I don't like taking a screwdriver to a gadget....have put plenty of bits of metal into broken hips and ankles though!! And yes, they were successful and walked again!!

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#161997 - 17/05/2003 10:25 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Phil.]
tonyc
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Registered: 27/06/1999
Posts: 7057
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
Just pointing it out in case he wants to do a Pricewatch search or something...
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#161998 - 17/05/2003 10:25 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: tonyc]
tfabris
carpal tunnel

Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 30578
Loc: Seattle, WA
Note to self: When sick or injured in the UK, if at all possible, wait until returning home before seeking medical attention.
Heh, I had the opposite reaction. I trust a man who's got his priorities straight.
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#161999 - 17/05/2003 10:26 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: tfabris]
tonyc
carpal tunnel

Registered: 27/06/1999
Posts: 7057
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
Unless you're the patient!
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#162000 - 17/05/2003 10:26 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: tonyc]
Phil.
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Registered: 14/01/2002
Posts: 2479
Oh right, I thought there was something about the drives being different or something. Sorry

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#162001 - 17/05/2003 10:48 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Phil.]
pgrzelak
carpal tunnel

Registered: 15/08/2000
Posts: 4859
Loc: New Jersey, USA
Greetings!

Okay, I read the board in flat mode, so I may be in the wrong thread, but...

Where are you in England? If you are in the Cambridge area, you might be able to make a house call (sorry, I had to do that) to Empeg Towers and have someone there do your upgrade.

I strongly recommend the 80GB drives, so you have the space to grow. It sounds like you likely have a one drive configuration, so you should just be able to add on rather than replace your existing drive.

And I can understand your reluctance. Some people are not comfortable messing around with devices / electronics / tools. I am certain someone here will be able to assist.
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200GB with 48MB RAM, Illuminated Buttons and Digital Outputs

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#162002 - 17/05/2003 13:06 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Mulkman]
rob
carpal tunnel

Registered: 21/05/1999
Posts: 5315
Loc: Cambridge UK
Rob is still accepting orders on behalf of SB through the end of May, and is on contract to work through June to ensure he has time to take care of them. Between you, me and the world there will continue to be a support service after that also - details to be announced.

Rob

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#162003 - 17/05/2003 13:56 Re: WHAT TO DO? [Re: Daria]
mwest
old hand

Registered: 01/05/2003
Posts: 768
Loc: Ada, Oklahoma
You just like to pretend like your a bitter cranky person...
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