XTs and large hard disks

Wolfe, Julian ISC277 at CLCILLINOIS.EDU
Mon Aug 29 21:28:04 CDT 2005

Hi everyone!

I have an old Portable PC that I put a 2MB memory card in, along with an EGA
card, sound card, and some other stuff.  I'm doing my best to max it out.
Anyway, I'm having some trouble with hard disks.  I have two hard disk
controllers: a Seagate ST02 SCSI/Floppy controller, and a Juko Labs D16-X
IDE controller.  Now both of these cards work okay, except they recognize
some strange sizes for the disks.  The only disk that seems to show up
correctly is a Quantum LP105S...the others I tried, all bigger than a gig,
are either not recognized, or recognized with the wrong size.  This is also
the case with the IDE controller - everything is recognized at 10MB.  I
purchased an LBA PRO card for my machine hoping to overcome the large disk
size problem, but all it does is freeze the machine...however, if I remove
the 8088 and replace it with a NEC V20, I get the banner for the hard disk
drive card, and THEN the machine freezes.

So my questions are: 
1. Does anyone know a good solution for putting a large drive in an XT,
while still leaving it an XT?
2. Should I leave the V20 in?  I've heard it has compatibility issues with
some programs, but I'm not solid on my information.



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