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Practically, it is not possible to easily move the physical position of the floppy disk drive, but we are trying to gauge demand for swapping the floppy disk drive for a USB port for show storage etc.

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hiya,

by "swapping the floppy disk drive for a USB port" are you still talking about the fatfrog series? because that would be amazingly helpful, as floppys are so unreliable.

 

cheers

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Yes, I was referring to the frog series of desks (frog, fat frog, leap frog, mambo frog, bull frog, frog box) .... The Frog 2 already has USB ports fitted as standard :D

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wow, that really would be cool, some kind of 3.5 replacement usb port or something... so useful.

cheers for the quick answer

 

gab

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Get a flight case with a small "dog house" at the back

 

 

 

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Plenty of room for the PSU and getting disks in and out.

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Because magically your console would have a USB port all of the sudden? I think you'll have to buy it if it's ever going to be made, and what I get from K-Nine's response it'll probably be an option in new consoles, not the ones already out there.

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As floppy disks seem to be being replaced, it would be useful to have a USB port so that people with phantom frog on their laptops can save a show onto a pen drive (or something like it) and load it to the desk.

Just a suggestion.

Thanks :D

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It would be even beter as an retrofit. We just ordered a new FatFrog and we don't have any floppy disk's here anymore (on the aproxximatly 600 computers in the building (well maybe the servers have)). So we are getting a USB floppy drive for the audio/lighting booth computer, but it's far from ideal.

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No flame intended, but damn... you people should understand it's nearly impossible to fit hardware onto a platform which isn't intended to support that kind of device. Sure, with USB this all became a lot easier because you can hookup every kind of device with a USB port on it. But the chip which makes this possible has to be put into the hardware design when that's being made. It's like trying to fit 6 seats into a normal hatchback chassis: can't be done (easily).

 

If you really need USB: buy another desk. If you don't have the money for that, accept the floppydrive for now.

 

</annoyed-IT-guy-mode>

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If we truly NEEDED it, we indeed wouldn't have ordered the FatFrog, but that doesn't mean, we would like it. (But hey, I would also like other stuff which I am not getting... Never hurts to ask around though does it ? ;) )

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No it doens't, at least not the first 5 times this question came up. I asked about it myself too, way back... search, find and conclude it's not gonna happen and then focus on doable requests, like software stuff.

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I promise you we won't design any new desks with floppy disks in!

 

As to producing a retrofittable kit for existing Frogs, this depends on a number of things including technical feasibility, costs, available R&D time, and the level of demand there might be for such a kit. So yes we are interested in gauging the level of demand, but we're not going to make any commitments at the moment I'm afraid.

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So maybe somekind of poll will help? :)

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I deal with a lot of schools which own a frog desk. Many use out of date software. Very difficult to get them to upgrade as most computrs in schools don't have floppy drives anymore so I can't just e-mail them the software. A retrofit USB port would certainly help with this situation. If there is a poll on this question then COUNT ME IN!!!

Bob:)

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Approximate equivalents:

 

Yes, at any cost

 

Yes, if it costs less than €300

 

Yes, if it costs less than €150

 

Yes, if it costs less than €75

 

No, not at all

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would the board support a cd rw drive?

as even if the board would not support usb, you could use a cd rw?

 

i can see people liking the idea of a usb. ( like i do!) but just thought i would ask as i could not see the question any where.

 

 

simon

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