Clym5 wrote:Also, I've heard that the T3200SX will ONLY work with Conner hard drives of a certain size. Is this right?
You probably heard that from me lol I only ever wrote one article for the site, but it was on the T3200SX http://baudband.net/?page_id=88
Back when I was investigating it, I found multiple sources that indicated these models looked for "CP" in the drive model - but I never actually confirmed it - and now when I search for it, the only resource I find is my own damn website. I will add it to my "get off your ass" list since I have a T3200SX open. No matter if it is or isn't required, if you need a Conner CP I can send one - I kept a stockpile of the things just in case I needed one for a Toshiba - sizes ranging from the original 40MB up to 540MB.
The BIOS only officially supports two drive configurations - "Normal" and "Alternate" both are 40Mb in size. Ways to get full access to the rest of the disk are the same as for any other 286/386:
- download ROM, edit drive table entries in hexideciaml, recalculate checksum, erase/write to a fresh EPROM and install (hardest)
- throw in a network card with the AT version of the XT-IDE ROM in the Boot ROM socket (this gets past any HDD limitations - even LBA, so you could put in almost any IDE drive you want) - this auto detects on startup, and replaces the built in hard drive routines. (solves a lot of issues, but will use up at least your 8 bit ISA slot)
- drive overlay software (like "OnTrack" - usually you want the version from the company that made the hard drive you're installing)
Options 2 and/or 3 I can send up what you need preconfigured.
NB: that XT-IDE ROM will also let you boot from another PC using a serial cable, that could be a godsend if you ever have an issue with the FDD.
Edit: oh and your MFM controller worked perfectly, did low level formatting and media analysis with it the other night, so I owe you some bits
Edit2: you don't really need it, but that Toshiba Diagnostics program can be found here thanks to Ray's awesome collection skills: http://www.minuszerodegrees.net/manuals ... ostics.htm
In the ZIP file you'll find test32ce in the "HIGH" folder.