Toshiba T1100 MS-DOS 3.2 system boot error

October 20, 2010 at 12:11:03
Specs: MS-DOS 3.2
I have received some ms-dos 3.2 system disks that are in perfect working order and I have attempted to boot the laptop. After the message "Place system disk in drive. Press any key when ready" I inserted the correct floppy disk and pressed enter. After the drive flashes to verify that there is a floppy disk, it begins a continuous loop of performing a memory check and will display the "Place system disk in drive. press any key when ready " message when I remove the system disk. Is there any advice that you could give me or solution to the problem that you might have? Could it be a disk drive malfunction?

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#1
October 20, 2010 at 14:45:26
Did that floppy boot in another machine?


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#2
October 20, 2010 at 15:06:11
Sounds like one or two missing .sys files, try a bootdisk from Bootdisk.com for a clean boot and see what happens....

Keep the old stuff running


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#3
October 20, 2010 at 19:28:39
I tested all the disks on my computer before sending them and they booted fine. They're 720 K disks formatted in a 1.44 drive using FORMAT/F:720

My guess is your drive is bad. That's got to be a really old one. The only other thing I can think of is the 1.44 laid down narrower tracks that the 720 drive isn't seeing right. That's sometimes a problem when formatting a 360 K disk in a 1.2 meg 5.25 drive.

As Mechanix2Go says, try them in another PC, if possible. However, a bad drive can ruin a good disk in just one boot attempt so if they don't work in another PC that may be the reason.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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#4
October 20, 2010 at 22:03:55
Hi DAVE,

Yeah, I usually got away with 720 in 1.4 but 360/1.2 was a crapshoot.

I vote for a FDD with mildew or other crud on the heads.

Try a FDD drive cleaner disk.

http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=dr...

A little pricey, but if it saves the laptop...


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