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General Discussion / Re: Roland W-30 Hardware problems
« Last post by nick on May 01, 2012, 06:50:25 PM »
I’ve had my w30 for around 10 years, and about 3 years ago, for no reason what so ever one morning 10 or 12 of the keys stopped working. Very rarely one or two might start working for 2 minutes but generally not. About 20 minutes ago I replaced the keyboard from an old W-30 which has never worked nor had the keyboard been tested, put it all together and exactly the same thing happened. To be honest I don’t know if it’s the same keys that aren’t working.

I’m at a bit of a loss, I can’t see the chances of me owning 2 keyboards that around 12 of the keys are defective. I’ve tried using a different OS version, making sure the connectors are pushed in properly but nothing works.

I haven’t tried taking the actual keyboard apart and having a fiddle encase I can’t put it back together.

Has anyone else had this problem? PS someone mentioned about a chip on the main board that could be the issue  :o

General Discussion / Roland W-30 Hardware problems
« Last post by nick on May 01, 2012, 06:48:40 PM »
Hi Everyone,

Even though this is Miros SMFW30 site, I thought maybe it'd be good to gave a topic about problems people may or may not have with there W30. Like crashing, booting issues, broken screen etc...

If so let me get the ball rolling  :D

News / Re: Sound repository
« Last post by nick on May 01, 2012, 06:45:59 PM »
Hi Miro

Am back on that case again, been moving all over the country and finally set everything up.

I think this would be a great idea, whats the best way to do it?

I've got quite alot of disks that I could upload, for example loads of the original L-50... sound library which I think i've used once, but someone else might find them useful. 

Hope all is well
How To / Re: CD Editor Export
« Last post by miro on February 28, 2012, 12:26:29 AM »
cool Jim, nice workaround. Are you sure you have used current version of SMFW30 to read the CD? I have completely rewritten CD editor to use SPTI instead of ASPI. On Win 7 it should work without any major troubles. Maybe you can switch on the compatibility mode with Win XP SP3 if you are experiencing troubles. Anyway if you cannot get it working I can pm you my skype handle and we can do live troubleshooting session  ;D.

On the other hand, I was having a hard time lately. My W30 gave it up and it took me more then a month to get it working again. Some sort or contact issue, display goes wacko and all leds are blinking randomly. After I have reassembled the damn thing some 10 times it worked again. Unfortunately my cursor dial is broken. So I have to get a new one. However it makes the W30 unusable because some parameters cannot be accessed and I cannot test  >:(. I hope to get the dial fixed asap so I can resume my tests.
How To / Re: CD Editor Export
« Last post by Ricoche on February 25, 2012, 01:15:54 AM »
I actually found the solution.  I just copied the raw images from the CD-Roms to MO disks.  I then could connect an MO drive to the W-30 and read the sounds in that manner.  It worked.  I forgot you can backup images from CD onto an MO or Zip disk which is nice for these old samplers.

How To / CD Editor Export
« Last post by Ricoche on February 23, 2012, 02:22:26 PM »
Hello Miro!

Hope all is well.  I've been caught up lately with a ton of other things, but managed to break out the W-30 over the weekend.  I've actually been working heavily with the S-50 but now would like to test some things out with the W-30.  I have a working Roland Sound Library L-CD1 CD-Rom Disk and just recently found the following CD-Rom disks.

Universe of Sounds Vol1
Universe of Sounds Vol2

I noticed with the latest SMFW30 version that you had a CD Editor in there that could "possibly" extract the individual disk images if correct.  That doesn't seem to be working on my computer with the L-CD1 Disk although I see in your help file screenshot it's working on your end.  I'm curious what OS environment you are using to achieve this.

On my Windows 7 computer, I get a "Please wait, Accessing CD-Rom" dial box and it just hangs without any further action.  SMFW30 is registered on my Win7 computer.  If I use a trial version on my Win98, I get a "Can't access CD-Rom" message.  I have yet to try on my WinXP, but I'm guessing that might not work either.  I'll try that later tonight.

Is this CD Editor actually functional yet, or is there something that might be hindering the access of my CD-Rom drive?  

Boy it would be awesome if I could access the diskimages on these CD-Roms.  I can actually do this easily using Translator and simply extract the WAV files.  I can then resample the files back into the S-50, so there is a solution if all else fails.  It would be slightly easier of course if I could somehow extract those .OUT files residing on the CD-Rom though.  

Resampling is actually quite fast on the S-50 as I'm getting pretty good at importing sounds on that.  I've been using SMFW30 quite a a bit too, but primarily with the W30.  It's been working quite well now.

Thanks for any thoughts Miro!  Much appreciated.

Best regards,

Jim Atwood
General Discussion / Re: How to Set Up Roland W30 Without Floppy Drive?
« Last post by miro on August 11, 2011, 08:47:11 AM »
That is nice to hear :). I think we should put detailed how-to section with our experiences. Maybe here on the forum?
General Discussion / Re: How to Set Up Roland W30 Without Floppy Drive?
« Last post by drew on August 11, 2011, 01:37:42 AM »
Thanks guys! This helped a lot, and now I have installed the HxC SD Card Emulator...just got the first bank going, it works! I'll now have to try other sounds, but so far so good! I have more questions to come soon  :)
General Discussion / Re: How to Set Up Roland W30 Without Floppy Drive?
« Last post by Ricoche on August 06, 2011, 01:50:33 AM »
Hi Drew,

Like Miro mentioned, the HxC Floppy Drive Emulator is the only way I know of to boot the Roland W30 without a properly working floppy drive.  Unfortunately if you bought the W30 for cheap, it's an added investment getting the HxC.  On the bright side it's about the same price as a replacement floppy drive anyway if you find one.  If I had a choice I'd get the HxC over the original floppy given that I can boot and store many floppy disks on one SD card.  It's likely that if you end up getting the replacement floppy drive, you'll eventually want the HxC for the much added convenience provided you use the W30 a lot.

General Discussion / Re: How to Set Up Roland W30 Without Floppy Drive?
« Last post by miro on August 02, 2011, 09:11:09 PM »
Hi Drew,

I am on the quest for the best replacement of floppy for W30 already long time. Currently I am using HXC floppy emulator and SCSI hdd when necessary. To sum it up SCSI stuff cannot be easily built into the W30 and I like my stuff neat  ;D. For the moment HXC2001 is probaly easiest option to go with. Here are some pics of my attempt to put it inside of W30:

my W30 disassembled
W30 floppy holder chassis
HxC in W30
HxC in W30 - closeup
HxC built in W30
HxC built in W30 - closeup

It is not yet perfect but you get an idea. I am planning to make a benchmark between SCSI and floppy emul. In the span of time I plan to add support for HFE images in SMFW30. If I will have really veeery much spare time (very improbable but one never know) I want to build project of Michael Bauerle ( If W30 can boot from this device I will probably try to place it somehow inside.


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