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    If I were you, I'd put the CF card in a different PC, then actually delete the whole partition table, move it back over to the Compaq, and then FDISK. And maybe FDISK /MBR too, just to be sure.

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    Wiped the card clean with FDISK.
    Added a primary partition of 2G and the rest an extended with logical drives.
    Set the primary active.


    Formatted it and transferred system files.



    Same result. Left it to sit there for ten minutes, nothing. Unresponsive, not even ctrl-alt-del does anything.

    Found a very good way to really crash the xtide bios. Set the second partition active and give it boot files...

    Phil

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    Props to jmetal88.

    I forgot about the /mbr flag of FDISK.

    It boots!

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipA View Post
    Props to jmetal88.

    I forgot about the /mbr flag of FDISK.

    It boots!

    Phil
    Late to the party coming back to this thread, but yeah "fdisk /mbr" does wonders on a hosed boot sector, lol
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    Yeah, despite everything giving indication that the mbr was fine.

    Next up, finding some wires with nice connectors on, moving the light board up front and redoing four of the lights as drive access indicators.
    The old Plus card didn't have a header for a light, it just put a + in the top right corner of the screen by writing directly to the video RAM.

    Phil
    Last edited by PhilipA; May 9th, 2015 at 08:39 AM.

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    It's nice to know that works. I was going to try the CF card route, then found a 426mb drive in my parts drawer and a copy of Ontrack that allowed me to get the drive up and running in my Portable II.

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