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    I am looking to install a CF HDD in my Tandy 1000SL or TL. Id like the system to boot to deskmate...I have the deskmate disks, but I am not sure if I install DOS 3.3 on the system and then install deskmate and its programs or if I install the HDD but boot the machine to deskmate from Rom. If booted from rom how do you install the programs that come with deskmate so when you click on a program its not prompting for a disk?

    Hoping someone can point me in the right direction on whixh path to take and how to actually install deskmate to HDD if that is the proper path..
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    I just did all of this last night to a TL/2

    Here is what I bought:

    https://texelec.com/product/isa-compactflash-adapter/
    https://texelec.com/product/isa-comp...-adapter-card/
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y655THH/

    Here is how I set it up:

    0. unplug the machine and open the case up.
    1. open the JP2 jumper so card sits on D800h instead of C800h
    2. install the card and cf plate and cd card in the machine.
    3. download https://www.lo-tech.co.uk/downloads/utils/WIPEDISK.zip ... extract and place on to a formatted floppy (or just copy it to your existing DOS floppy, it's really small)
    4. put the dos floppy in the machine and start it up.
    5. hit 'A' to boot from floppy
    6. run wipedisk
    7. run fdisk and create your primary partition (it'll reboot, select 'A' to boot from the floppy again.
    8. run format c: /s
    9. reset the machine it should boot from C and now you have a bootable C drive.
    10. mkdir C:\DOS
    11. make sure the dos floppy is inserted and type 'A:'
    12. copy A:\ C:\DOS
    13. copy D:\autoexec.bat C:\ (your rom drive should still be sitting at D
    14. reset the machine and it should boot back in to deskmate
    15. Put deskmate disk 1 in the drive
    16. one of the Function key menus (can't remember which off the top of my head) will have an 'Install' option. Select it and hit enter.
    17. follow all the prompts to copy the disks to the harddrive.
    18. Don't remember if it reboots automatically but if you reboot now and go back in to deskmate it should allow you to enter the text editor and worksheet programs without using the floppies as they are now running off the drive.

    I'm sure i forgot something

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    Thank you very much
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    Forgot to mention that you should modify the autoexec.bat to include c:\dos in the PATH.

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    My 1000TL has a Hard Card in it with DOS already installed on it, so sticking with that...

    When I boot to disk it loads and comes to an A Prompt

    When I boot from ROM i get a bunch of errors asking for certain files...the first file it says is missing is DMVDVGA.RES......Deskmate never loads

    On reset you see the initial load of Deskmate at the top of the DOS Screen, but then says Critical Error, Retry or Cancel. If you cancel it goes back to the error above..

    Ran Setuptl /s and hit F10 to load factory settings and on reset get the same Critical error on load of Deskmate and then the file missing errors.

    Again, when booting from Disk, loads DOS and goes to A Prompt....

    iIs my ROM Deskmate hosed?

    EDIT - I found the DMVDVGA file and loaded it from floppy and deskmate comes up. Is there a way to get it on the system so I dont need the floppy?

    Going to try and install Deskmate on the HDD now but once in Deskmate I dont see anywhere I can do an install to Disk and the Deskmate Disks I have dont appear to have an installer on them....
    Last edited by Smack2k; October 24th, 2018 at 06:57 PM.
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    On these systems the core DeskMate files are in ROM, so you need access to the ROM drive in order to run DeskMate, which is generally only possible with the original Tandy version of MS-DOS 3.3. If you run a newer and/or non-Tandy version of DOS, you lose access to the ROM drive and thus DeskMate.

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    OK, so there is a HDD in there, I can boot from Disk in the setuptl settings if I choose MS-DOS and not Deskmate. DOS Loads.

    When I boot from disk, Dos loads and it drops to an A Prompt. I can switch to C and see the files in the directory (DOS Files).

    When I put the Tandy MS-DOS 3.3 disk in the machine and do fdisk, it says no fixed disks present. But I know the HDD is there as I am reading from it. But also dont understand why it goes to A Prompt afterward

    EDIT - Nevermind, my HDD apparently isnt working....havent had a ton of time with Tandys and didnt know there was a C Drive even without the HDD installed / running....
    Last edited by Smack2k; October 25th, 2018 at 04:22 AM.
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