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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Grimstad, Norway

    Default Northstar Advantage

    Hi. I've acquired this computer recently, it has a hard drive and a disk drive, and when I booted it - I arrive at the

    load system

    So when I push return, nothing happens. when I write d1 it tries to read the disk but well. I haven't got any. And I gather from the documents online that the diskdrive will have so called hard sector diskettes and the hard drive is prone to get heads out of alignment. so well. What can I do? I'd prefer if it existed some kind of modern dohickey that the system could use. Any ideas? At least, is it possible to debug what's wrong with the hard drive? it spins up, the light is on but well. it doesn't seem to do anything.

  2. #2


    I don't know about diagnosing the hard drive. But you can replace the floppy drives with 360k floppy drives and it will work. Also the Hxc USB floppy drive emulator now mostly works NorthStar images. It will sometimes give read errors. But works on retry. They are working on making the hard sector emulator better and adding write capability.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Bedford, NH, USA


    There is an adapter available for using soft sector floppy disks with the system:

    Good luck!



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