Toshiba T1100 Plus Faliure to boot

January 24, 2011 at 08:17:45
Specs: Toshiba DOS 3.2, 640KB
Hello, I have a Toshiba T1100 Plus which I am unable to boot. Due to me not having the origional boot disk, I have made boot disks (or rather someone else has), by placing the necessary files onto a floppy disk.I know that there is nothing wrong with the FDD itself, I have cleaned it and tested it using a boot loader that displays the message 'ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ'.
Once the laptop has loaded its memory it displays the message, 'place system disk in drive. Press any key when ready'.
I have also tried using a MS-DOS 3.3 boot disk from allbootdisks.com, (an automatic boot disk which makes the FD a boot disk without your input), which is also unable to boot the laptop. Does anyone have any advice on what I could do to get the laptop to boot up?
After putting a boot disk in it will usually do nothing, display the message again, say 'Non-bootdisk or disk error', or the _ will keep blinking.
I have tried a cold boot but the _ will just blink at the top of the screen after the Upper A disk in use light comes on and goes off. Could I be missing necessay system files? If so, where do I aquire them?

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#1
January 24, 2011 at 08:52:32
Seems, that your computer is trying to boot from harddisk and not from floppy drive.

Have you changed the boot priority in the system bios, to boot from floppy drive first?

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#2
January 24, 2011 at 09:27:10
It doesn't have a Hard Disk
and you can't access the bios

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#3
January 24, 2011 at 12:39:45
Ah I got it. It's pretty old thing, isn't it?
The floppy drives are 720 kb drives.
Therefore, you have to download bootdisks, that fits the 720 kb format.

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#4
January 24, 2011 at 12:44:03
I have downloaded boot disks that fit the 720kb format, they don't work, that's the problem I'm having

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#5
January 24, 2011 at 12:46:20
Maybe, you have to clean the read/write heads of your floppy drives.

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#6
January 24, 2011 at 13:48:55
I have cleaned the drive

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#7
January 24, 2011 at 15:16:03
and ...???

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#8
January 24, 2011 at 15:18:15
Question:
What have you done with the downloaded bootdisk file.
Have you started the file to install it onto floppy disk, or have you only copied the file onto the disk?

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#9
January 24, 2011 at 22:17:17
You mentioned downloading some image files. That reminded me that toshiba may have some. I found this:

http://209.167.114.38/support/downl...

If any of those extract to a 720 and boot from dos 3.2 or 3.3 system files you may be able to create the image, then delete everything but the system files and then copy the 3.2 or 3.3 files to it. It'd be helpful if any image also formatted the disk. (In a 1.44 drive you'd still need the tape over the sensor hole when using 1.44 disks) Check the setup1 and tsetup downloads.

There is a dos 3.3 download there but it's just the files and not an image.

There may be other download sites. That's just the first I found.

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