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    Silly question. I made the Tandy EX ms-dos disk from an image on tvdog’s site with freedos’ diskcopy command. Unfortunately it doesn’t want to boot. Is there a better dos app for doing this or maybe something is up with the image file? Anyone run into this? Thanks
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    A foot from a Tandy 1000/SX/TX
    Tandy 1000SX expansion bay support bar
    That little tab from the upper right corner of a Tandy 1000 keyboard or EX that holds the function key labels in place

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    Well I managed to work around the problem. Basically my original disks are going bad, but I was able to boot of the original EX DOS disk, switch it out for a non-bootable copy, then run sys from that one to make a new bootable disk. When I run DISKCOPY on the new disk, the copy is bootable.

    This leads to my next question: I have the Tandy EX FUNdamentals disk, and its working fine, but I cant seem to make a copy of it. The disk is a booter, and wont play nice with DISKCOPY or FIRM. Has anyone been able to image this? I'm not seeing it on tvdogs site.
    Last edited by GrandPoobah; July 21st, 2019 at 03:00 PM.

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    ... Anadisk
    Looking for:
    A foot from a Tandy 1000/SX/TX
    Tandy 1000SX expansion bay support bar
    That little tab from the upper right corner of a Tandy 1000 keyboard or EX that holds the function key labels in place

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    Try using Dave Dunfield's ImageDisk to make an image of it, then write that image back to a blank disk: http://www.classiccmp.org/dunfield/img/index.htm

    If the image tests as good, could you make it available somewhere? I have a Tandy 1000 EX and I've never seen that disk, and would like to run it.
    Offering a bounty for:
    - The software "Overhead Express" (doesn't have to be original, can be a copy)
    - A working Sanyo MBC-775, Olivetti M24, or Logabax 1600
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixter View Post
    Try using Dave Dunfield's ImageDisk to make an image of it, then write that image back to a blank disk: http://www.classiccmp.org/dunfield/img/index.htm

    If the image tests as good, could you make it available somewhere? I have a Tandy 1000 EX and I've never seen that disk, and would like to run it.
    No luck there. I put what I believe are the right settings in for a 5.25 DD but it only reads for a second then quits. I would very much prefer to store this as an image file and would absolutely put it online if I can.
    Looking for:
    A foot from a Tandy 1000/SX/TX
    Tandy 1000SX expansion bay support bar
    That little tab from the upper right corner of a Tandy 1000 keyboard or EX that holds the function key labels in place

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    With a BLANK, FORMATTED disk as a test (not your original!), what happens when you run TESTFDC that comes with ImageDisk?
    Offering a bounty for:
    - The software "Overhead Express" (doesn't have to be original, can be a copy)
    - A working Sanyo MBC-775, Olivetti M24, or Logabax 1600
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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    Alternately, you can try ftp://ftp.oldskool.org/pub/misc/Soft...s/disk2img.zip as the imaging program. You can call it like:

    disk2img a: c:\temp\image.raw
    Offering a bounty for:
    - The software "Overhead Express" (doesn't have to be original, can be a copy)
    - A working Sanyo MBC-775, Olivetti M24, or Logabax 1600
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixter View Post
    With a BLANK, FORMATTED disk as a test (not your original!), what happens when you run TESTFDC that comes with ImageDisk?
    DONT PANIC! I made multiple copies with anadisk. The data is secure.

    TESTFDC seems to error out with "!No FDC Interupt"

    On the other hand I was able to get DISK2IMG dump the disk. It also gave me the helpful info that the disk has 8 sectors per track.
    Last edited by GrandPoobah; July 22nd, 2019 at 06:54 PM.
    Looking for:
    A foot from a Tandy 1000/SX/TX
    Tandy 1000SX expansion bay support bar
    That little tab from the upper right corner of a Tandy 1000 keyboard or EX that holds the function key labels in place

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    Okay, so try DISK2IMG and see if that works? (can write it back to a blank formatted floppy with IMG2DSK in the same FTP directory)
    Offering a bounty for:
    - The software "Overhead Express" (doesn't have to be original, can be a copy)
    - A working Sanyo MBC-775, Olivetti M24, or Logabax 1600
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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    Yeah baby! Thanks for the help trix, and for the tools to do it. I uploaded funda-ex.zip to tvdog for ya.

    On a side note that stupid booter woke up my whole family as I normally route to speakers on my SX from the autoexec.bat. Dang booter blasted out the PC speaker at full volume.
    Looking for:
    A foot from a Tandy 1000/SX/TX
    Tandy 1000SX expansion bay support bar
    That little tab from the upper right corner of a Tandy 1000 keyboard or EX that holds the function key labels in place

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