Step by Step Guide for IBM PS/2 L40SX

August 28, 2011 at 17:21:33
Specs: Windows 3.1, 80386SX
I am looking for anyone that has the time and patience beyond what i've put in my machine. I'm a fairly savvy computer tech so i've done what all I know. Is there a certain kind of DOS I need, I ran 6.2.2 and a regular boot up disk. What I need is the reference disk. The one I have seems to be able to not "boot up" but I can look at its contents. I have Windows 3.1 but without being able to name the c prompt i'm stuck. Thanks for any help.

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#1
August 28, 2011 at 18:09:40
"I'm a fairly savvy computer tech so i've done what all I know. Is there a certain kind of DOS I need, I ran 6.2.2 and a regular boot up disk."

No. Any version of DOS (MS or PC) should work. You'll need to completely install DOS before Windows 3.1 (not just boot off the DOS disk).

"I have Windows 3.1 but without being able to name the c prompt i'm stuck. Thanks for any help."

Not sure what you mean by that, but nonetheless:

http://www.walshcomptech.com/select...

Model L40 reference disk about 1/3 the way down the page.

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#2
August 29, 2011 at 04:08:20
If I was to guess, it sounds like you need a proper boot disk to edit a problem in your config.sys on the hard drive that is preventing a normal boot. But as TRA says, you really need to clarify that problem for us.


Nevertheless, the file TRA directed you to will require a diskette and a program such as WinImage to write the contents to the floppy in boot sequence. This is important, because a floppy boot disk has to have the files sectored in their proper positions to run the sequence. Since you can look at the contents perfectly fine tells me the disk you have has the files alright, but is not sectored properly for booting.


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#3
August 29, 2011 at 13:11:42
It almost seems like the HD is missing. Guess I should check that first before I start anything. So far every single reference disk I've used gives me an error saying to remove the disk.

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#4
August 29, 2011 at 16:43:20
"So far every single reference disk I've used gives me an error saying to remove the disk."

Does any other floppy disk work? If not, then likely it's a bad floppy drive (a common problem in PS/2's)

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#5
August 29, 2011 at 17:28:51
Well good news the reference disk is working now but the hard drive is not getting recognized and its telling me to test the computer and during the test I was getting a lot of messages to have it serviced. So I think its mainly a hard drive issue so I will try to find someone that might get some use out of it. Unless someone knows hard drive compatibility for it and my low budget might not work.

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#6
August 30, 2011 at 02:22:21
Likely the drive is proprietary, but there may still be some help from the documents/discussion available here:

http://hpholm.dk/L40SX.html

http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcf...

But before you start sinking a lot of money into your machine, realize that there are many used laptops available that far are more capable than that one:

http://www.geeks.com/products.asp?c...

http://www.pacificgeek.com/showcate...

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