[Coco] Hard Drive Problems

Robert Gault robert.gault at worldnet.att.net
Fri Jun 4 08:24:04 EDT 2004

Mark Marlette wrote:

> At 08:01 AM 6/4/2004 -0400, you wrote:
> Robert,
> DRIVE 0 is used in case a hard drive isn't found and reverts back to the 
> floppy. All are drive 0. Not much room in EPROM to add these options in, 
> 8 bytes? Right Boisy?
> The Autoexec.bas program we provide is a template. The end user can 
> modify as desired. One program to fit all, not likely. ?????
> Said this before... We need more people to step up to the plate and 
> start writing programs. Platforms and devices are present.
> The "Other Bob's" GUI might be what you are looking for. Sorry Bob, your 
> app name slips me right now.......
> Regards,
> Mark

Let me try again. If you are leaving the user with the first 4 drives as 
floppies and the default drive as floppy drive #0, why not at least 
check for the presence of a hard drive? If found, leave the user on hard 
drivelette 4 since that is where the HDB-DOS utilities are placed.

None of this needs to be done in ROM except for testing for the presence 
of the hard drive (which I'm sure is there). If a hard drive is present, 
other choices can be put into an AUTOEXEC.BAS on hard drivelette 0. For 
example, the autoexec can be:

If the user creates or fills in the AUTOEXEC on drive 4, great. If not, 
it can quit doing nothing. At least the user will be where all of the 
HDB-DOS utilities are located if a hard drive is present.

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