First post, by Vipersan
First of all ..I need to gripe a little about the changes to the forum..
I find them hard to navigate..but then I'm old skool.
Been quite ill with my MS ..and am now in the high risk catagory so ..
Self imposed isolation I guess.
I was recently gifted what looks like an IBM variant but nothing I recognise so am attaching a couple of photos.
Some details ...
The motherboard has on it a plcc socketed 80286
The main control chip is made my CHIPS
..and the BIOS is 'CHIPS'...
Motherboard ident looks to be B9103 REV-A3
I did have a WD95044-A hard drive (53mb I believe) but this is dead ..
No 5.25 inch floppy drives ..but it looks like it was upgraded at some point to take a 3.5 inch floppy.
The drive controller is a PMN-510C
Needless to say I just want to get something to boot on this beast.
..and since I have no suitable hard drive from the period I was hoping to go down the XT-IDE route.
So made a 2gb bootable CF with DOS 6.2 on it ...but for some reason ..the boot fails ..
The XT bios is seen ..and the CF identified ..then it hanngs and stays that way until power down.
I know it is either the motherboard or the XT-IDErev4 objecting or in conflict with each other as the CF card boots fine in another machine.
Not to be outdone ..my last desperate attempt to boot anything ..
I formatted and installed dos on a 1gb SCSI hard drive ..dug out an old ISA scsi card ...and installed these into the mystery PC ..
That worked ..and I now get to the prompt.
eventually ..as the scsi card self check is slow.
So I guess the motherboard is ok ..but wont play nice with XT-IDE.
I guess this is where I really need help from you guys.
and help identifying what I have been gifted.