Problem with configuring HDD for old Tandy PC

December 5, 2011 at 08:04:47
Specs: DOS 3, 286/1mb
I got the SETUPXL.EXE file from radioshack support for my Tandy 2500 XL desktop PC from the early 1990s. Each time i try to select a hard drive type I got a divide overflow error. Tryed many times with another setup file downloaded and it still the same. DALLAS DS1287A battery is new and it was same with old. Is it possible to refrech or clear the eeprom config ? clearing cmos doesnt resolve this problem. maybe its only some corrupted information in eeprom... All options are ok but the hard drive screen no. helppp !!!

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#1
December 5, 2011 at 13:44:11
divide overflow error

It means the setup program they sent you probably contains programming errors.


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#2
December 5, 2011 at 14:06:18
no its working on my second ! i tryed to use the 2500xl/2 file and it works but i got always errors in configuration when i reboot and the hdd isnt detected.

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#3
December 5, 2011 at 19:37:55
So you have two Tandy 2500 XL and the program works on one of them but not the other?

That has a 286 cpu in it. With those older ones, most of the time you can manually select a drive type compatible with the hard drive in cmos/bios setup. What's the drive model number and do you have a drive type list--maybe with the PC's documentation--for that bios?


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#4
December 6, 2011 at 10:40:45
i found a temporary solution for this problem, i loaded a setup program from an older machine, restored factory default, and set the hdd to a 112 mb preset. the hd is formatted, dos installed and boot. but hdd is a 170 and it works fine on my second with custom sec, head, lba... i really think the eeprom is defective or have corrupted information.

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#5
December 6, 2011 at 15:14:48
If the two computers are exactly the same then yeah, it should work on both of them. But if one is a different model then it may have different preset drive types, may not have a user-definable drive type and may need a different setup program.

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