|Hi - not sure what the problem here is. I have an IBM Model 30 XT I am fixing. This is an old, ISA system. I fixed slowly everything on it so far except 2 issues. One is a hard drive problem (which I am working on in another forum so I won't mention it here). The other is the floppy drive.|
I turn the computer on, I get two short beeps.
I get the time/date error (I have recently replaced the CMOS battery and haven't set the time/date yet). The other a 1701 hard drive error. No doubt I get the second one cause there is no hard drive plugged in right now.
Anyway, I push F1 to continue.
Then it gives me a picture of a computer asking for a disk. So I insert my trusty (original) IBM Model 30 starter disk and push F1 again.
The drive spins for a few seconds, then it dumps me into the ROM Basic screen - you know the screen - where F1 through F9 have different functions. No matter what I push it doesn't seem to matter I get no where until I turn the computer off and on again and around we go again.
It doesn't seem to want to run/read the disk even though the diskette spins and the light comes on the disk drive.
I have tested the diskette in another system, it reads it fine.
I have tried running it both with tape on (covering the proper hole), and with tape off. Doesn't matter. Diskette spins initially but doesn't read/run.
Could the fact NO hard drive is connected be the problem? I know the IBM Model 30 is a very fussy computer - could this be a factor?
I am stumped. I know there's no hard drive installed, but I figured I should at least be able to set the time/date - but then maybe it needs a hard drive to write something to? I dunno. I used to know these systems backward and forward but sadly it's been so many years I seem to have forgotten the bulk of what I knew.
Any help would be appreciated. What else could the problem be?