Image Map Image Map
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: PC-XT XT-IDE woes.

  1. #1

    Default PC-XT XT-IDE woes.

    Hi,

    Please be tolerant of a newbie to vintage. I am trying to get a PC-XT running. It has an MFM that sounds exactly like a Kenwood Chef, with bolts in the bowl, so it will not likely be long for this world. It has MS DOS 2.0 on it. I have tried getting a fairly fresh ST-225 to work with it, but Debug has accepted no combination of G=CXXX:XXX type commands G=C800:800 appeared to be 'winning' and then asked me for a lot of detailed commands that I can't find the data to set up the ST-225 for. Route 1 terminated there. A horrid shame since I think the ST-225 is in pretty fair nick.

    Route 2 IT-IDE Rev 1 card with CF add on. Okay, the motherboard sees the XT-IDE as it should, but getting it to initialise the CF card. I run out of knowledge. It has me beaten.

    Can anyone give me a suggestion suitable for a small child, or a golden retriever, to understand how to get the damnable CF card initialised? Please?

    I have thrown cash at this nostalgia box, big time. What it takes, it takes. But it IS going to work. I may well hate it with a passion by then, but it will work!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Indiana, USA
    Posts
    421

    Default

    What is the controller you are trying to use for this?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Chicagoland, Illinois, USA
    Posts
    5,220
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    You don't need to initialize the CF card like you do an ST-225, just boot the system, then fdisk/format /s as always.

    It might help troubleshooting if you don't have both hard drives/controllers installed at the same time. Try to get the XT-IDE working first.
    Offering a bounty for:
    - The software "Overhead Express" (doesn't have to be original, can be a copy)
    - A working Sanyo MBC-775
    - Documentation and original disks for: Panasonic Sr. Partner, Zenith Z-160 series
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

  4. #4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by KellyT View Post
    Route 2 IT-IDE Rev 1 card with CF add on. Okay, the motherboard sees the XT-IDE as it should, but getting it to initialise the CF card. I run out of knowledge. It has me beaten.

    Can anyone give me a suggestion suitable for a small child, or a golden retriever, to understand how to get the damnable CF card initialised? Please?

    I have thrown cash at this nostalgia box, big time. What it takes, it takes. But it IS going to work. I may well hate it with a passion by then, but it will work!
    Make sure you're using a recent version of XTIDE Universal BIOS. Then boot from a MS-DOS version 5 (or newer) boot disk and run FDISK /MBR.
    Looking for a cache card for the "ICL ErgoPRO C4/66d V"

  5. #5

    Default

    An MFM st225 doesn't need a controller bios..It's a standard drive type 2 and should work fine with the CMOS. Select type 2 then low level format with software, fdisk and dos format.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    2,543
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by norm8332 View Post
    An MFM st225 doesn't need a controller bios..It's a standard drive type 2 and should work fine with the CMOS. Select type 2 then low level format with software, fdisk and dos format.
    XT class machines generally do not have any hard disk support built in and do require a controller BIOS.
    WTB: IBM RT Parts and Accessories, and AOS.
    Twitter / Discord / YouTube / Twitch

  7. #7

    Default

    Oh, I had an XT clone and it had a cmos setup accessed with a software program from floppy, but I wasn't sure about IBM boards. Now I know for sure. Thanks.\

    My MFM controller from an IBM 5150 has dip switches to select a st225 (62x0766).
    Last edited by norm8332; August 7th, 2018 at 07:41 PM.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •