Reply 23300 of 23641, by Murugan
After 3 damn frustrating days,I finished my latest buy from my regular e-waste supplier.
It is in very good shape. CMOS battery was empty so I replaced it with a 2x2032 coincell holder so that solved problem number one.
Problem 2: setup config error but this has to be done with a setup file/floppy which I didn't have. Gsetup kinda worked but kept giving me setup errors. Getting this on a 5 1/4 floppy was also an adventure which involved a P3 laptop to make a 3,5"floppy, several pc's to find one with a good working 5 1/4" drive and finding some healthy floppy disks.
At least the HD was recognised now but this gave me problem 3: HD error code (HD is a Seagate ST-225 BTW).
I wanted to see if I could revive it to look at all the stuff on that whopping 20mb! Using Spinrite to repair it was taking like a predicted 40 hours so I decided to try and format it with DOS 3.1 which somehow was not really working so I found a working version of DOS 5.0 on 5 1/4" disks. Format went like a breeze, no errors and the hard drive still felt and sounded happy.
Problem 4: the 3,5" drive was wonky so I wanted to replace it. For some reason, none of my spare drives were seen by the PC so I opened the original drive,cleaned the heads and regreased it.Bingo!!!
Problem 5: that pesky config error,having to press F1 all the time, had to go so I went on googling and found a thread on a French forum which lead me to HPmuseum, where after trying some different files,I found the right one I believed. Had to convert it using HxC floppy emulator software from Teledisk format to IMG file,then use my P3 laptop to write the IMG with Winimage to a 3,5" floppy and then fingers crossed....
Well it worked! Config error gone and I have some extra utilities to explore including speed change tool, a memorytool etc....
Today I hoped to finish the quest by adding a soundcard but.....problem ummm 6?!
I decided to use a Mozart OTI601 card but finding the correct driver and writing all the different ones I found on a floppy took over 1,5 hours 🙁
I kept getting 'No Mozart card found' ALL THE TIME. I even tried an identical one I but same thing. Reseated the first one and tried one of the many drivers again and......It works!
Tested SQ3 and now I'm going to put this PC from hell in a corner 🤣. I kinda got tired of this one pffff...
My retro collection: too much...