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XT-IDE/ other hard drive solutions issues on Zenith Z-150/160

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    Originally posted by Krille View Post
    OK, r605 is out. Auto Configure in XTIDECFG should now detect the Z-161 and Z-171 computers. Can you guys try it, please?
    Just saw this. I will try on my machine in the next few days.


      What's your symptoms with XTIDE ?
      I had some difficulties with my XT clone and XTIDE that are now somewhat solved.

      The XTIDE did always "work", correct initialization, card detected. But I was unable to write on any card (I was able to read them if prepared on another machine, but the filesystem would "vanish" and be destroyed as soon as I would try to write.

      I was able to test the XTIDE and those cards on another system and they worked just fine on it.

      The solution I found was that one particular CF-CARD would eventually work and other types I tried would not !

      The "good one" for me is the Sandisk 128 Mb. Even the industrial grade ones like the Transcend CF300 (256 Mb) did not work for me. I did try several versions of the XTIDE BIOS but in reality no one changed anything as the card was working flawlessly all that time.

      All this to say that the hardware car lead to weird incompatibilities...


        Originally posted by Krille View Post
        OK, r605 is out. Auto Configure in XTIDECFG should now detect the Z-161 and Z-171 computers. Can you guys try it, please?

        At the github link it seems that I would need to compile it to test it? Or, is there a place to download a compiled binary?


          Originally posted by Twospruces View Post

          At the github link it seems that I would need to compile it to test it? Or, is there a place to download a compiled binary?


            Originally posted by Krille View Post

            Ouch, that is very weird. Do you remember which revision you used before?
            It is isn't a new issue. It has been happening since I first installed my xtide which wasn't that long ago. The first version I used was r604. It sometimes starts to occur soon after booting and sometimes takes a while to start occurring. Once it does start to occur it happens frequently until I power off and on again. A soft reboot alone doesn't seem to make it go away once it has begun to happen.

            Until yesterday the floppy controller board was broken which impacted my ability to work on resolving the issue. A little troubleshooting identified 2 failed 74 series logic chips and a failed NEC PD765AC floppy controller chip. Those have been replaced and now I have working floppy drives for this thing.

            My next step is to see if I can identify if it is a DOS, BIOS or XT-IDE issue. Issue doesn't occur in my other machine with ISA slots so I don't think it is a CF card issue. So far I have been running Zenith MS-DOS 3.30 Plus which is a Zenith OEM version of MS-DOS 3.30 with support for partitions over 32MB added. Sometime in the next couple of days I hope to get a chance to try an actual Microsoft version of DOS to see if that resolves it.