Solved computer hardware ms dos 3.1

April 24, 2016 at 07:10:35
Specs: ms dos, dbase 3
I have dbase 3 operating on a 3.1 dos operating system the hard drive wont boot up and i need the database which is stored on.dbase 3 plse help durban south africa

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April 25, 2016 at 14:28:11
Hi Ipci,

it could be the internal battery has failed (probably due to age), and if so, the bios parameters can reset to default. Then the hdd cannot be opened.for booting from or anything.

Check the bios params match those for the hdd.
If not, it should be possible to input them on booting or if really old a setup floppy may be needed for this task..

For such an old important system as this, you need have a backup system on another pc in addition to data backup. Run it occasionally to check it works ok.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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April 24, 2016 at 07:57:24
Do you have a working computer that can access/read the data base if you were able to access the hard drive where it's stored?

What are the specs of the computer where the data base is stored?


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April 24, 2016 at 17:46:12
No Backup??????

Have you tried to change the (coin) batterry on the vintage computer?


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April 25, 2016 at 00:58:38
An older computer like that probably doesn't have an auto detect hard drive feature and it needs to be manually configured in bios setup. As mentioned, if the battery is dead, that information will have been lost. Also the battery may not be the coin type most computers use now. The drive specs you need to enter in bios setup are usually printed on the drive label.

If it has an 8086/8088 processor there was no bios setup so there won't be a battery for that.

It's also possible a drive that old has failed. Open up the case and check the drive connections and post back the drive model number.


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April 25, 2016 at 14:28:11
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Hi Ipci,

it could be the internal battery has failed (probably due to age), and if so, the bios parameters can reset to default. Then the hdd cannot be opened.for booting from or anything.

Check the bios params match those for the hdd.
If not, it should be possible to input them on booting or if really old a setup floppy may be needed for this task..

For such an old important system as this, you need have a backup system on another pc in addition to data backup. Run it occasionally to check it works ok.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

message edited by Mike Newcomb


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