Plus Hardcard 20 software?
trixter at oldskool.org
Thu Aug 14 18:09:02 CDT 2008
Chuck Guzis wrote:
> The Plus Hardcard was a weird beast. I don't think that the option
> ROM had the low-level formatting utilities on it.
Correct, it doesn't. It relied on the software to do the formatting.
I was attempting to reformat it so that I could get more speed out of it
(interleave is 5:1 on the disk but my 8088-2 clone runs at 9.54MHz and
can do faster). I borked it trying to use HDPARM. Thankfully Jerry
Wright was able to find the original diskette and I have restored the
drive to service! Awesome!
I was attempting to use another hardcard, a "Karddrive 20" with an
"Octagon Drive" (it looks like an MFM drive in the shape of an oblong
octagon) and the first time I tried to use it, every other character in
the ROM was goofy. The second time I tried, it was perfect and I could
read the drive's contents (but regrettably did not back them up). The
third time, the ROM read all 00's and the drive was useless. (This was
all in the course of 10 minutes!) Can I assume that the EEPROM has
faded for good?
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