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PC/XT disk problem (could be controller?) [message #117304] Mon, 23 September 2013 17:31
Originally posted by: partha@gitpyr.UUCP (Partha Dasgupta)
Message-ID: <194@gitpyr.UUCP>
Date: Sun, 3-Mar-85 22:58:55 EST
Article-I.D.: gitpyr.194
Posted: Sun Mar  3 22:58:55 1985
Date-Received: Tue, 5-Mar-85 03:05:43 EST
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Organization: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
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Occasionally (getting very frequent recently) when I power up my XT, it
comes up with the ROM Basic! If I boot DOS from a diskette in drive A, I 
get DOS, but I cannot access or change to drive C: (hard disk). It says
"Incorrect drive specification"

The only way to get it to work properly is to run the diagnostics. After
it passes diagnostics, I can boot from hard disk (the diagnostics jiggle the
hard disk quite a bit).

I have tried *all* that I can think of (even reformatted the hard disk, used
limited partitions of the disk etc.) with no success. The machine is still
under warranty, but I would like to know whats wrong before I make a warranty

Could anyone tell me whats up? I am suspecting the disk controller. Does that
make sense?

(If I run FDISK from the floppy, it says something like "Error reading hard
disk". Only once did I get an error message from the diagnostics, but I
forgot to note it, and have not been able to duplicate it.)


Partha Dasgupta
Geogia Tech

Partha Dasgupta
Georgia Insitute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia, 30332
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