I'm getting dangerously sucked into the marvelous complexity of the Blue Lightning system I've created. It seems that using the AWE32 in DOS/Win 3.11 is not optimal (indeed, the drivers do not work properly for 3.11, each sound gets repeated quickly 10 times, then stops - MIDI doesn't work at all, some DOS games make popping noises and the sound slows down, DOOM doesn't play any SFX at all - only Settlers 2 Gold seems to work properly) so after making a complete resource map and finding out that 1) I needed a special VKD file due to keyboard interrupts specifically with Windows 3.11 and this computer and 2) My Etherlink's address was not correctly configured in 3.11 I was happy enough for the day... until...
SCSI2SD took up some of my time this afternoon, when it stopped responding to flash updates after it registered 2 extra "drives" and ousted my actual devices' SCSI IDs with unused IDs (that I deleted in the utility). I found out that I had to update the firmware, so 4.8 went on, then I couldn't CREATE any more drives, so I updated the firmware to 4.7 and made another 6 Gb partition as ID:1 (Adaptec autoassigns this one a D:\ letter - great) and created a partition and copied system files onto it. System Commander sees the drive and OS, but it hangs when it tries to boot from that partition. I will definitely have to read the manual to configure this properly. I'm also thinking of using scsi2sd-util to create a third drive (ID:3, the only one available) for an OS/2 disk in the future, although it may be wiser to extend the 6 Gb partition and make a logical drive there, and assign that one to OS/2 for System Commander to deal with.
Right now I want it to dual boot DOS from the C:\ drive (ID:0) and Windows 95B from the D:\ (ID:1) so I can take advantage of the advanced features of the AWE32. That and my Iomega Ditto doesn't work in DOS, and last time I did a data recovery I used Win98 (Box says a 486/33 with Win 95 will cut it, this PC performs as a DX2/66).
I think in the coming week or few days, I'll finally be able to put the cover on this beautiful PS/1000 and connect all the IBM stuff (CRT, keyboard, mouse, etc) to it and use it as an independent system, which would be nice 😁
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