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  1. sfbp

    new pc on the way

    Depends on the disk inserted. NH900 and all HiMD units will play both HiMD formatted and legacy-formatted (NetMD or MD) disks. You never need a driver for HiMD, you always need a driver for legacy, even in a HiMD unit. If you got the N707 going (I am assuming 64-bit Windows) then the same driver will be needed that you just installed (that you got from our downloads sections).
  2. Double-sigh. The NH1 does ***NOT*** charge from the cable alone. Sorry for raising false hope. The MZ-RH1 does, however. Further error by me - the LIP-4WM has only 2 terminals. So that other device would be safe. Doesn't buy you transfer to a PC though. To answer your other question, having computer hooked to stereo may be just as effective, and much less costly.
  3. Hard to tell from the description. I don't much like the sound of having to "move the adjusters" for the + and - terminals, when most Li-Ion batteries actually have 3 terminals. I'd be inclined to check out this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SONY-USB-CABLE-FOR-MZ-NH1-MZ-NH3D-OR-MZ-DH10P-MINIDISC-PLAYERS/274693567699 Sorry I don't remember if it fails to charge without the stand but I think not; that stand is very nice but a cosmetic detail, especially since you can't do USB to it (if my memory serves correctly). I would also comment that you do NOT want to be always removing and reinserting the LIP-4WM which is a really tight fit. Once it becomes less than tight, your connection (to the battery terminals) may become quite unreliable. There is a stand for sale in Germany (no cable). Sigh.
  4. sfbp

    new pc on the way

    best and most reliable is to do a SS backup to xternal HD, then restore to new installation Before you do ANY of that, make certain you deprotect all your tracks by running the File Conversion Tool. That way the raw files CAN be imported. If not, you're out of luck with that approach (file-by-file) and may never hear some of your music ever again.
  5. Hi Stephen,

    I tried to listen to my MZ-R50 this morning and noticed that the main display on the unit has become insanely dim. It was perfectly fine yesterday when I put it away, but this morning, the story is different.

    When I look at the display at a steep angle, the information is all showing correctly, but the display itself when viewed normally is completely dimmed out.  Any pointers on how to troubleshoot this issue?

    I'm in California.

    Thank you so much!

  6. sfbp

    Test Jigs

    Things pretty manic around here too. Mine is sitting on the table next to my newly-purchased (used) Mac. Sigh
  7. Fair enough, the actual contents of the ROM were not published. But the description was published of the invention and its methodology, so whether a particular implementation is a trade secret is hardly a thorny question when you consider what's happened, generally, in the last 23 years in terms of law about such things. I don't believe anyone is in legal jeopardy here. The owners of any copyright would have to go to great lengths to protect something so old, and they probably can not. The only legal issue is from those who USE the technology to break some sort of intellectual-property protection of ideas or data. And that ship has sailed a long time ago. Rest easy.
  8. There's no way it is protected by patent, way too much time has gone by. It's not a trade secret, since it was published. So you have zero worries about copyright. Charge ahead!
  9. Hmmm - that looks suspiciously like a Sony controller (non-MD). I wonder if the codes are related? To clarify, it's the only manufacturer who made one with those dimensions and that shape of buttons.
  10. sfbp

    MiniDisc Lifespan

    I echo that.... the only thing that appeared to be brand-of-md-related is the report I and others made with some disks with transparent cases (the TD RXG) recording ok, but not playing back well on some other devices eg my MDX-66XLP car MD changer.
  11. sfbp

    MiniDisc Lifespan

    So we're thinking the spots are patches of lubricant?
  12. Please note that the (optical) socket doubles as a standard stereo line input when you insert a normal 3.5mm jack. This is not coax digital but line-in analogue.
  13. I think the advice probably originated from wearing out the (finite?) number of button pushes required from some more primitive forms of MD Decks, especially Pre-NetMD. The RM-D20P solves *that* problem, at least for decks. Trying to label things on a portable is IMHO a thankless task.
  14. Glad to hear it. More to the point, don't even consider the sexy-looking full-face labels that stick all over the MD. Mind you, I imagine that it's hard for them to have a loose edge which is in the end what caused your disaster. I'm just rather cautious. Stephen
  15. I have no idea if the "reset drive" even works for the 105FX. I read about it in the 105 manual just now. Sounds pretty nasty. If you get the machine apart you might see if it's something obvious like a broken tooth on the gear/reck which does the ejection/insertion. I have once or twice had apparently intractable problems where the 105FX failed. Leaving it powered down (not standby, but removing the cord from mains supply) overnight fixed the problem. I don't think there's a SM for the 133 either.
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