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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:17 am 

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How much "boost" you pushing on that turbo bruddda', 12-20lbs?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:55 pm 

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Now what should I do?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:12 pm 

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This screen was before the screen above, before I pressed F1.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:28 pm 
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You’ll need to set the date and time. My suggestion is normally today in 1990. Gives you nearly 10 years of use before resetting the date again.

Also you’ll need to trial and error to get the correct video settings. More so you know what it is (write it down) than to use it fully. Much era software uses DDA so it will ask you for device specifics.

If no OS is installed you’ll need one. If you are comfortable with the command line I suggest CPM with Mikrodos manager. So you can run all CPM and 2500/3900 IBM software AND load DM
c! DM
To run Microsoft dos disks.
CPM is on the internet archive under software.

Windows 2.x and 3.0/3.1 should work fine. 3.11 is ideal if you want online access of some sort but comes with performance issues on a 486 machine.
You could probably get NT 3.x to work as well.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:22 pm 
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Also just stumbled on this in my news feed.
boot a 486 from floppy Linux
I’m a little behind in my news cycle but it’s worth considering.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:14 pm 

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I am getting a drive error and have no idea why. The light is on. And the card above the last one is the one that I currently have in the computer. And the one in the last picture I had in the computer. I can't figure out how to get to the bios settings to check if I have specified that there is a drive in the computer. Please help me.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:51 pm 
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There’s a couple of things to consider here.
First is a bad jumper setting.
Back then nothing was plug an play.
Second is an empty or outright dead hard drive.
Third is a botched firmware update on the hard disk controller card.

First grab a dos boot disk. If you don’t have one you can download
Dos
or
CPM 3 by clicking the 3 button on this page.

Just create a bootable floppy with the correct loader (DOs or CPM)

From there you can verify if the drive is available.
CD C:/
Chkdsk

To find a trashed OS in need of zapping.
or

VD ^

CPM will look for the disk even if it’s not mounted or partitioned.

Then
format
For either
If no prior OS you can use the -q or q option to speed things along. If something is already on the disk don’t use q.

If that doesn’t work come on back and I’ll walk you through a quick physical test for drive health and then we will look at jumper settings. Again... this is an era where the A+ certification was necessitated. Everyone who worked on computers, certified or not, had a copy of the “Official A+ Training Manual” and most had the A+ bible as well. Setting jumpers was what it was all about.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:20 pm 

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Sent you an email, please let me know if you do not get it.

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