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  • NathanAllan
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    Not sure if the same commands will work, but here's a list from wikipedia:

    format [options] drive
    FORMAT drive: [/V[:label]] [/Q] [/F:size] [/B | /S] [/C]
    FORMAT drive: [/V[:label]] [/Q] [/T:tracks /N:sectors] [/B | /S] [/C]
    FORMAT drive: [/V[:label]] [/Q] [/1] [/4] [/B | /S] [/C]
    FORMAT drive: [/Q] [/1] [/4] [/8] [/B | /S] [/C]
    /V[:label] Specifies the volume label.
    /Q Performs a quick format.
    /F:size Specifies the size of the floppy disk to format (such
    as 160, 180, 320, 360, 720, 1.2, 1.44, 2.8.
    /B Allocates space on the formatted disk for system files.
    /S Copies system files to the formatted disk.
    /T:tracks Specifies the number of tracks per disk side.
    /N:sectors Specifies the number of sectors per track.
    /1 Formats a single side of a floppy disk.
    /4 Formats a 5.25-inch 360K floppy disk in a high-density drive.
    /8 Formats eight sectors per track.
    /C Tests clusters that are currently marked "bad."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_DOS_commands

    I saw that you are using IBM-dos so that's why I am not sure.

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  • Tupin
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    Still gives me a "General Failure Error" when I try to format. I guess I need to clean it.

    Longshot, but if I were to make a DOS boot disk in Windows, would it read and boot a more recent DOS version?

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  • Chromedome45
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    An answer to the question of wether or not the XT-IDE will work in a Tandy 1000 is most likely it will. I have one in my 1000 TX and works great. have it hooked up to a small laptop drive right now an no problems at all.

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  • vwestlife
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    Originally posted by Tupin
    How do I format in DOS? The normal commands I usually use don't work.
    In Tandy DOS, just use FORMAT A: or FORMAT B: as necessary. Add /S to format a boot disk. You do not need to manually specify a 360K or 720K format.

    If it tries to format a 3.5" disk as 360K instead of the correct 720K, you need to add the DRIVPARM command to your CONFIG.SYS file. This requires DOS 3.2 or higher, but you should be using at least Tandy DOS 3.3 -- which is what Radio Shack recommended you to be using anyway if you install a hard drive. Add the command DRIVPARM=/D:0 to CONFIG.SYS if the 3.5" drive is A: or DRIVPARM=/D:1 if the 3.5" drive is the B: drive.

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  • Tupin
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    I'll try that.

    No, I don't have Tandy DOS. I've been using IBM PC DOS.

    How do I format in DOS? The normal commands I usually use don't work.

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  • NathanAllan
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    Have you tried formatting it on the Tandy first, then writing files to it from the newer machine, then taking it back to the Tandy? I had to do this to quite a few machines, especially Atari's ST; mine read any floppy disk that was started there, but not a floppy that was formatted on anything else.

    /edit Do you have a copy of the DOS that came with it? I have PC-DOS for Tandy somewhere, I think I can copy it for you. I'll check tomorrow when I get to 'work.'

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  • Tupin
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    I was using IBM PC DOS, and I have a backup of it somewhere.

    I still want to try cleaning the drive head first, especially since it loads 5.25 inch floppies just fine.

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  • vwestlife
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    It is possible that your copy of Tandy MS-DOS may be corrupted, either due to data loss or due to a virus, thus causing the gibberish to be displayed on the directory listing. You can download disk images of a clean copy of Tandy DOS, although you'll probably have to swap the drives in the Tandy around so that the 3.5" drive is the A: drive, so you can try booting off it.

    http://www.oldskool.org/guides/tvdog/system.html

    Regular Microsoft MS-DOS or IBM PC DOS will also work fine, if you happen to have an old boot disk from another computer on hand.

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  • Tupin
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    It reads it just fine on other computers. I'll get a drive head cleaner.

    Hopefully that's all I need to do...

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  • mikey99
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    If you do a DIR on that diskette on another machine does it show normally ?
    If so then it could be a dirty head on the Tandy diskette drive.

    I recall seeing weird stuff like this when doing DIR on some copy-protected bootable
    game disks. Something about the diskette format that the DIR command couldn't
    understand.

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  • Tupin
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    This is what I get sometimes, it's either this or the "File not found" error. This is with a Cyber Pinball disk (yes, I know it wouldn't work, it is shown because it and Apogee disks were the only ones not to give me a "File not found" or "General error" error) :

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  • k2x4b524[
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    i have an XT-IDE in my Tandy 1000 TL class, i can't imagine the SX is much different, works fabulously now too

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  • Tupin
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    Nevermind, I need an 8-bit one. Anyone know a good, readily available 8-bit SCSI card?
    Last edited by Tupin; April 12, 2010, 01:50 PM.

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  • Tupin
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    I don't have a SCSI card, but I have a CD-ROM interface card, but I doubt it would be of any use.

    I have a 250 MB SCSI drive made by Apple, I guess I just need a SCSI card.

    I still don't know how to get files to the Tandy with the floppies.
    Last edited by Tupin; April 12, 2010, 01:27 PM.

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  • mikey99
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    Has anyone tried the XT-IDE in a Tandy 1000 SX?

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