I've already read through that page once, and as soon as I saw the IRQ topics I did a head-slap that should have triggered a few Richter sensors in the area.
I'll report progress later.
1 - Second 3-1/2 or 5-1/4?
2 - Correct "twisted cable"?
3 - If (1) above some older ones have jumpers (model #'s are on them - check it out)
4 - look at this screenshot - is this set? If not, Windows won't even look...
1 = both 3.5"
2 = forgive me for sounding ignorant, but if the cable wasn't the correct one
wouldn't the BIOS report an error during IPL
- or -
DOS report an error during drive access
- or -
one or both drive lights remain on after power on?
3 = both drives Epson Mod# SMD-300
Internal jumpers on both set to "ID-1".
Cables didn't used to have the "twist" in them.
Drives were configured as either A: or B: by setting jumpers.
No longer -- the "twist" fixes that.
DOS sees A: and B: properly, so it isn't the jumpers.
4 = yes, just like the one in the image you've provided
Now for the Mea Culpa: I'm running '98SE (with no problems) on a single board computer Mod# PCA-6176 manufactured by Advantech. If you do a search for "PCA 6176" you'll see lots of surplus companies listing them for sale. I got mine during somebody's garage cleanout. It's unusual [to me] only because everything is on a single board, IDE, FDD, LAN, VGA, serial, keybd, with pins for USB and LPT.
I love to collect unusual computer hardware and attempt to run '98SE on as many as I can. Call me a glutton for punishment.
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I've downloaded both the DOS & Win32 versions of "HWiNFO".
I've run both, or at least tried to.
hwinfo -r <enter>
saved the report
reviewed the details
saw both diskette drives
lots of stuff in report -- too much to make sense of for me
file can be attached later if requested
HWiNFO32_400 (for Win98SE)
crashed immediately with BSOD (results below)
A fatal exception 0D has occurred at 0020:C197F74A in VXD
HWiNFO32(01) + 000002CA. The system application will be terminated.
It's obvious I don't know which options to choose on the "Settings" screens
Any more ideas or suggestions?
ps. I ran both DOS and Win versions on my EZ65, but neither ran.
Same results (Exception 0D) in Win, and in DOS is just sits there
with the "System Information" screen -- and sits there -- and sits there -------
I finally rebooted after ten minutes.
Update 01: @submix8c, #4 above as per image
Update 02: @submix8c, #3 above updated
Update 03: @jaclaz, I will install both DOS & Win HWiNFO and examine IRQ's next
Update 04: @jaclaz, Bad news about HWiNFO32 above (at bottom of post).
Waiting for ideas or suggestions ....................
Edited by Laser98IX, 19 July 2012 - 05:33 AM.