DOS 6.22 Floppy Drive problem

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DOS 6.22 Floppy Drive problem

Postby Tommaso.p » 2017-11-18 @ 16:11

Hi, i have an old Olivetti m6 460 and i lost the software i used to modify all the bios settings and now i can't use the flloppy drive anymore because it's disabled by the bios itself. There's a way i can transfer cd rom drivers on tht machine without a floppy disk? maybe through serial or parallel port?. Thanks, and sorry for my english.
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Re: DOS 6.22 Floppy Drive problem

Postby jesolo » 2017-11-18 @ 16:53

I presume you want to transfer data to the hard drive?
Easiest way is to unplug the hard drive, plug it into another PC (as a master on the secondary IDE channel) and copy your files over.
PS: Maybe someone on here has the original Olivetti disk image(s).
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Re: DOS 6.22 Floppy Drive problem

Postby Tommaso.p » 2017-11-18 @ 17:42

Yes, i tried to attach the hdd to another pc using an ide to usb adapter but windows could not initialize it.
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Re: DOS 6.22 Floppy Drive problem

Postby jesolo » 2017-11-18 @ 17:49

Is this the original drive that the PC came with?
Have you tried pressing CTRL + ALT + U when the PC boots up? You should then be able to access the BIOS.
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Re: DOS 6.22 Floppy Drive problem

Postby Tommaso.p » 2017-11-18 @ 18:23

This pc is a prticular one, it doesn't have the bios configuration tool inside the bios, but in a hidden partition of the hdd as a normal program.
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Re: DOS 6.22 Floppy Drive problem

Postby jesolo » 2017-11-18 @ 19:12

Tommaso.p wrote:This pc is a prticular one, it doesn't have the bios configuration tool inside the bios, but in a hidden partition of the hdd as a normal program.

Try pressing CTRL + ALT + U when the PC boots up and see if you can access the BIOS.
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Re: DOS 6.22 Floppy Drive problem

Postby Tommaso.p » 2017-11-18 @ 19:40

No, i can't. as i said i don't have the bios configuration tool anymore.
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Re: DOS 6.22 Floppy Drive problem

Postby Jo22 » 2017-11-27 @ 03:56

Hi, Some Olivetti Setup disks are mentioned here: http://forum.ixbt.com/topic.cgi?id=4:35324
I haven't tested them, though. Also, was the floppy enabled by default ?

If so, you could try to clear the CMOS by removing the battery or setting a jumper.
But be warned, this would likely reset the HDD configuration, too..

So in case the Olivetti hasn't installed the original hard disk,
you won't be able to boot again (except if these floppies work). :(

Edit; If you could hook up the Olivetti HDD to another PC,
you could *perhaps* re-install the setup partition there by booting the Olivetti floppies.
In theory, at least. The believe the Compaq floppies had such a feature.
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