As Bryan Pope once put it so eloquently: [Someone else said:] > > Some centuries ago there existed PC's which had a BIOS which didn't know of > > the existance of harddisk at all. Then came the AT with some preprogrammed > > types. The one you mean is type 4: 620 tracks, 4 heads, 17 sectors. Those One of the "features" of the XT over the original PC was the addition of hard disk support to the BIOS. (To another someone else: all PC's have BIOS, but not all have the SETUP program in ROM.) > But I do remember using SETUP from a floppy. But I always thought what a > *bad* idea it was to setup your computer with a disk. Unless that disk was > nailed to the computer, the next time you wanted to change something you > would have to spend have the day looking for the floppy to do a change that > would only take five minutes. On the upside, the layout of the CMOS RAM area is pretty standard, so a "generic" SETUP program should be able to do simple setup on most PC's, or you could write your own without too much effort. I think the basic 46 or so HD types are also reasonably standardized (from the AT on, anyway). But as noted elsewhere, the specific problem here appears to be 8 bit vs. 16 bit IDE interfaces on the Commodore PC's. %% Chris Bongaarts %% firstname.lastname@example.org %% http://umn.edu/~cab %% Univ of Minnesota %% CBongo on EFnet IRC %% Stop Plate Tectonics! - This message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list. To unsubscribe: echo unsubscribe | mail email@example.com.
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