So I'm back to getting at least one DCS-200 working reliably and have the same problems I did before. I'm thinking both internal hard drives I own have gone bad, as one pulls up 399 pictures, the other 149 when I think the drive only held 25, and half the time it won't fire, the other times it fires over and over and the drive seems to engage and then shut down. So I have the following questions/wants:
Anyone got a spare battery holder for the digital back?
The drives are some 2.5 inch SCSI I can find very little documentation on; but are the same as some early Apple drives. One guy in Japan was selling flash converters a while ago on Ebay that let a compact flash card would work with the SCSI input; anyone ever try one of these?
The manual says external hard drives can be hooked up; do I need a terminator on the internal cable if I remove the balky internal drive? Also, the external port is a DB-25 (Narrow) SCSI cable, would any writable drive work, and does it (I assume) need to be formatted in FAT-16?
The camera says "E" on the film meter; several people have reported the N8008 body refusing to fire, which is what I'm getting half the time. This body is one that came from a DCS-200, it has the correct focusing screen with the mapped out area. I saw it needs to be on 50 or 100 ISO, single frame advance, and and preferred not in one of the program modes. Does anything else need to be set or is it more likely the balky hard drives aren't sending a "OK to fire" signal back to the camera body?
Appreciate any help, this is a very arcane beast.