First post, by kikendo
You guys are gonna hate me... yeah I have problems again 😜
I got a 512MB CompactFlash after advice given in this thread and I went to set it up but I ran into several problems. I had done this before but never on a machine this old.
First of all there was the issue of geometry. I found a post here where someone said the settings for a 512MB card should be 993 cyls, 16 heads and 63 sectors. Put that in and the machine stopped giving "Fixed Disk Failure" errors, but there's two more settings I left at 0 that I don't know if is what is causing trouble. In the BIOS they are called LZ and WP.
Even leaving those two at zero, I managed to install DOS 6.22 in the disk, but when I restart, the machine simply says "Error!" and stops.
Now I think this isn't the first time I run into this problem: when I set up a CF for my Toshiba Libretto, I think I ran into the same issue, but I have no idea how I fixed it.
I did the whole installation in the 386 itself from virtual floppies on a Gotek drive running FlashFloppy.
I let DOS partition and format the CF drive after having erased all partitions on the CF using Partition Magic.
At this point I have no idea what is going on. Inserting the CF in my newer PC shows that there are files there, everything looks in place.
If I boot from a floppy, I can see the files in the CF.
Any ideas where I screwed up?