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- Eddy [UK]
September 8, 2006, 10:21 am
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I have a Toshiba T2000SXe laptop with the optional co-processor and
an 8M memory expansion card fitted. From about 3 months ago, upon
boot-up, the hard disk would chatter for 2s followed by a 10s pause -
this would repeat a few times before it finally booted. Then it got
more difficult to start, but I found that if I left it for 10 minutes
and tried again it would always "kick in" OK (perhaps it needed to
warm up a bit). Every time I ran a Norton disk checker it tested the
whole disk and reported no sector or file errors.
Now it won't get past the HD chattering phase. I've left it on,
booted from a floppy, for several days but each HD reboot fails as
above. Thinking it might just need a bit more heat, I ran a
co-processor intensive maths program (from the floppy) for hours but
it still won't start from the HD. I'm sure if I can get it to start
the HD will again report no errors. If I can get it to start just
one more final time I will do an XTLink dump of the whole disk to
another PC so I can double-check that my back-up floppies are
completely up-to-date before I bid a fond farewell to an extremely
reliable friend. After 14 years of almost daily use it owes me
nothing (is this a record?).
Any suggestions as to how I can resurrect this PC would be much
appreciated. Everything else works fine. TIA.
If Toshiba themselves could help, is there a link so I could contact
Regards, Eddy [UK]
P.S. If you're interested, this PC is described in my virtual
calculator museum here:
- Carl Farrington
September 8, 2006, 10:57 pm
Re: Toshiba T2000SXe start-up.
Been there, done that. Be aware that on the T2000SX/SXe machines, the HD info
is hard-coded in the BIOS. Not just the C/H/C but also the ID string that it
returns when interrogated. So if (for example) you have a Conner CP3064 then
your choices may be limited to that exact drive model or one (max two) other
types encoded in the BIOS.
There was a small utility ("ANYDRIVE") which offered the prospect of
circumventing this limitation. I once managed to get a T2000SX to accept a
170MB IBM drive using it, but whent he machine itself died I was unable to
replicate that success on another T2000SX.