So I bought an E3 from Techno Empire on ebay last week. I've been wanting one for awhile and the stars aligned.
Anyhow it was sold as is from a collection of a well known synth player. As is, but their expectation was that it worked but they couldn't check it as it was missing an OS.
I enquired about the floppy listed on the auction and the good agent unpacked it and checked for me.
Turns out the e3 powers on but gets stuck at boot up, cycling through the searching for SCSI decide stage.
Any e3 owners have any ideas? The agent has located a floppy OS and has kindly agreed to send it to be serviced so that I have a fully working e3, paying from their end, which is actually really commendable. Good karma returning I guess.
But I'd like to help him lower his repair costs by doing some research for him.
I appreciate the advice. Also a good e3 tech near Burbank would be helpful too.
When it cycles endlessly between all the SCSI ports and never starts, it is because - or at least was in my case - it doesn't find the OS to boot, which it normally does from the internal floppy drive. At first I thought the floppy drive had failed, as I could hear the drive noise being the wrong noise- when the drive actually reads a diskette it does that typical noise of "swallowing" (for the lack of a better word) the diskette. In my case simply the floppy disk with the OS had become corrupted or had demagnetized for some reason, and the drive worked ok. Putting in another working diskette solved the problem.
My used E3 (rack) came with a floppy drive mounted internally and a Syquest drive where I save and recall my sound banks. Works great, also due to the fact that individual banks cannot be bigger than 8Mb anyway. I would very much prefer if it loaded the OS (every time you turn it on) from the Syquest cartridge, but it does not. It wants to load from the floppy for some reason. Being internal, the OS diskette lives inside the machine all the time, in the floppy drive.
E3 can boot from HD, at least from the internal harddrive.
Never tried it from an external drive.
Is the boot software also on the harddrive? See 13-26 in the manual.
It should be able to boot from a floppy, even with a dead harddrive.
You'll need to make sure that the OS disk matches the version of the ROM in your EIII so if you have a version 1 ROM you need a version 1.x OS disk or if you have a v2 ROM you can use v2.x OS. Also note that calibration settings are stored on the OS disk so you will also need to calibrate the EIII for optimum performance if you are using a disk that didn't come with your EIII.
EIII is bootable from the internal hard disk. You can copy the OS over to the hard disk once you get it working. It's been a while but I seem to remember being able to boot from an external disk as well. The fact that yours is cycling from scsi disk to disk could indicate that your hard disk bit the dust. Old apple scsi disks will work in there as a replacement or you can go to the EIII forum for information on replacing the internal drive with a compact flash drive. Maximum disk size is 1GB.
If you need a calibration/diagnostics disk you can join the yahoo group EmuEmulator3 and download the disks as well as the service and user manuals.
"I went over to ******'s place today and talked with his assistant. We pulled out one of his other EIII samplers that are know to be working and when powering it on without the OS disc, it did the same thing, just cycling through the SCSI chain. *He found a disc that he "thought" has the OS on it, we put it in and it said "booting from disc" , but it never actually booted, after 5 minutes it never turned over. *He didn't have any other discs to try.*
Based on that, I think it just needs the correct OS disc and she will run fine."
Hmm I've paid for it now - hopefully good karma is mine???
If it still has the original 40GB drive you'll hear the HD spinning, it's pretty loud. One thing you may want to do is pop the lid off the EIII and re-seat the hard drive scsi and power cables. I can't imagine that the internal drive would not have the OS installed on it. If you can get it to recognize the internal drive you can probably get it to boot.
EIII responds to pitch, mod wheel, aftertouch, program changes, and sustain pedal. You need to set it up and there is a section in the user manual that tells you how to do that. If you don't configure it it won't work. It's not something that I generally mess with. I believe it does support sysex as there was an EIII remote software program that allowed you to control it from a Mac but there is no doc on the sysex that I'm aware of. EIII does support smdi and you can use software to send and retrieve samples over scsi. I have used Alchemy for that in the past.