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  1. Ah, a possible track zero error then? Speedstor...

    Ah, a possible track zero error then? Speedstor does have a destructive testing option, and I *think* that would test the track the same as the others.

    What I would do if a track zero error is...
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    How much RAM does that card have on it? Win9x...

    How much RAM does that card have on it? Win9x doesn't like hojillibytes of ram, but I would think an MX200 would not have that much. Is that AGP? You might need to check your BIOS and adjust AGP...
  3. First use NDD to check the disk for errors. Then...

    First use NDD to check the disk for errors. Then tell it to make the disk bootable - you will need to supply a bootable floppy disk with the version of DOS you want to use. It is easy to use, I'm not...
  4. A formatting/diagnostic tool? Have you tried...

    A formatting/diagnostic tool? Have you tried SpeedStor? http://minuszerodegrees.net/software/speedstor.htm
  5. You must have made a typo converting the file. ...

    You must have made a typo converting the file.

    IMD says it is trying to write "250K SD" - that is incorrect. It should say "250K DD".

    That could only happen if you specified the wrong "DM="...
  6. When writing, the only thing you need to specify...

    When writing, the only thing you need to specify is the drive letter, and double stepping - which should be off if you are using a 360k drive rather than a 1.2mb drive.

    When reading a 360k disk,...
  7. ImageDisk only knows how to read and write its...

    ImageDisk only knows how to read and write its own ".IMD" files. But you can convert to/from IMG files.

    So why use ImageDisk then? Because it is a fairly robust tool, and it is better at telling...
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    That is kind of an odd way for an EPROM to fail,...

    That is kind of an odd way for an EPROM to fail, but it is possible (Although, I would suspect corrosion on the legs or in the socket). If the contents of the EPROM are not blank, then just try...
  9. If all you are doing is writing IBM PC disks,...

    If all you are doing is writing IBM PC disks, then the only line that matters is:
    "Double Density at 250kbps.......passed"

    That means Imagedisk can communicate with your floppy disk controller...
  10. Just a couple of thoughts - is there a known good...

    Just a couple of thoughts - is there a known good soft sectored disk in the drive? Perhaps try running ImageDisk in alignment mode and see if it lets you step the heads or do anything else.
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    Just cut or break it off and clean out any bits...

    Just cut or break it off and clean out any bits of debris. The import thing is to prevent the dead legs or other stuff from shorting against anything.

    As mentioned, if you get it working you...
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    Well, now it may be a bit out of alignment....

    Well, now it may be a bit out of alignment. Without fancy test equipment, the first thing you should do is run ImageDisk, start "alignment mode", insert a known good factory-created write protected...
  13. This is a fairly straightforward fault. There are...

    This is a fairly straightforward fault. There are only a hand full of components between the direction input and the motor. A schematic is on bitsavers:...
  14. Did you try this with a different cable? The...

    Did you try this with a different cable?

    The floppy interface has one pin specifically for step "direction". Either your cable has developed a fault, or the input on this pin has become faulty.
  15. I don't know about that bag, but I have seen in a...

    I don't know about that bag, but I have seen in a couple of computers where easily replaceable screws, backplates, and mounting hardware rusted first and almost everything else still looked fine. If...
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    No. I'm fairly sure PCI does not allow access to...

    No. I'm fairly sure PCI does not allow access to the required I/O ports and interrupt either. Even if they did, they would need to add BIOS support, since a machine without PS/2 hardware would...
  17. It also just occurred to me that installing...

    It also just occurred to me that installing WinImage 6.1 on the original release of Windows 95 requires an updated COMCTL32.DLL, and its setup program does not tell you that.
  18. DR/Caldera "diskcopy", like so many other DOS...

    DR/Caldera "diskcopy", like so many other DOS based disk copiers, only supports their own proprietary format. They just happen to use the same file extension. Most IMG files out there are "raw sector...
  19. Worn out cables. And more broken cables. All...

    Worn out cables. And more broken cables. All those f-ed up cables! Try it with the wind blowing from the south and they don't work. I don't know, it might just be me.
  20. I use WinImage 6.1 under Windows 95 all the time...

    I use WinImage 6.1 under Windows 95 all the time and have no problems.

    If something is borked inside Windows, other windows based tools might give you problems, so you might consider a DOS based...
  21. The drive light staying on constantly is usually...

    The drive light staying on constantly is usually a cabling issue and often happens if a plug on the cable is attached upside down.

    The drives not coming on at all with the other cable also...
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    The colors were not any kind of code. 5.25" and...

    The colors were not any kind of code. 5.25" and 3.5" disks came in all kinds of colors.

    Sony's blue might have come about, in part, to call attention to the rigid nature of the case. I seem to...
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    That's not a 5150 clone is it? The slot spacing...

    That's not a 5150 clone is it? The slot spacing looks more like an XT, but with fewer slots. Can't quite read the name on there.

    What is that out of?
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    Let me guess, a tantalum capacitor off the -12 or...

    Let me guess, a tantalum capacitor off the -12 or +12 line. Those things love to go boom.

    Just cut it off and try again. Those are there for stability purposes and will run without, although they...
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    Very nice system. If it were me, I'd probably...

    Very nice system. If it were me, I'd probably sanity test the power connector with a volt/ohm meter to make sure things more or less match up, although it sounds like it should work.

    You might...
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