Trying to boot a Packard Bell with st1144 hard drive

July 9, 2020 at 10:03:51
Specs: Dos 4.1
Am playing with a Packard Bell Legend 386xh, hard drive is a seagate 1144. Lost the CMOS info, but have found and tried various combos of #cylinders, #heads, etc, info from diagnostic floppy and online, to no avail. I only know enough to be dangerous, unfortunately...
I can get into set up--is this the same as the bios? If not, can I get into the bios if the hard drive won't initialize? Floppy and diskette drives work great.

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#1
July 9, 2020 at 13:18:43
Are you sure it's a good drive? Are the jumpers set correctly?

Does your CMOS have a user definable drive type? If so, the C/H/S should be 15/1001/17. If not use a drive type where the cylinders are less than or equal to 15, the heads are less than or equal to 1001 and the sectors (per track) are 17. The other settings likely don't matter since it's an IDE drive.

The 'Hard Drive Bible' is a good source for older drives:

http://bitsavers.trailing-edge.com/...

Do a text search for 1144 for info on that drive as it's the whole book and therefore a large file.

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#2
July 9, 2020 at 14:53:29
"I can get into set up--is this the same as the bios?"

Yes

Here's the Segate page for the drive's parameters.
Look under "Possible Translations"...

ftp://ftp.seagate.com/techsuppt/at/st1144a.txt

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#3
July 10, 2020 at 00:07:06
Is the drive actually spinning? These old drives can get a bit sticky. Put the end of a screwdriver on its casing and the handle to your ear - you ought to be able to hear the disk rotating.

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