[Coco] Booting NitrOS-9 on a CoCo 3
exwn8jef at gmail.com
Tue Mar 24 20:06:08 EDT 2009
You are the man! Thanks! I just downloaded the newer version of DSKINI.
I had a older version. I just formated a CoCo disk using DSKINI and the
nos96309l2v030209coco3_40d_1.dsk image. NitrOS-9 booted up no problem on
my CoCo 3 tower! Thanks to my Linux user experience, I feel right at
home using NitrOS-9. My next project is to get the Microware C compiler
running. I look forward to making some contributions back to the CoCo
community soon. Thanks for everyone's help today in getting my boot disk
N8WQ - Canal Winchester, Ohio
Diego Barizo wrote:
> There is a newer version of DSKINI that supports the extra parameters.
> I'm going to upload the right one to the site right now.
> The /T40 parameter is the one that tells the program to do a 40 track
> disk. It would seem that you are getting 80 track disk, and that would
> be the problem.
> Try getting the newer DSKINI from www.nitros9.org in a few minutes.
> N8WQ wrote:
>> Hi Darren,
>> Thanks for responding to my question so fast. Yes my CoCo 3 tower has
>> a 6309 cpu. I am using a Hitachi 63x09E with Cloud-9's "Pro-Tector".
>> So it looks like DSKINI is not formatting my disk properly? I tried
>> using a 5.25" 360K floppy in my PC but I was getting errors when
>> executing DSKINI. So I replaced that floppy drive on my PC with a
>> 5.25" 1.2meg floppy and I can now create 35 track, single sided disks
>> no problem. Before I forget, I need to mention that I am using
>> MS-DOS 6.22 on an old 386DX-33 PC that I bought at Goodwill about 4
>> years ago for $5.00 :)
>> I also noticed that there appears to be some discrepancy between
>> DSKINI syntax and the DSKINI documentation on the NitrOS-9 site
>> (http://www.nitros9.org/howto.html#dsk). For example this syntax does
>> not work on my version of DSKINI:
>> DSKINI /T40 /D B: NOS963~1.DSK
>> "Unable to open specified virtual disk."
>> Here is the Usage that is listed if you type DSKINI by it's self at
>> the DOS prompt:
>> "Usage: DSKINI   [d:] [[path\diskname[.DSK]]
>> "d:" destination drive (default A:)
>> "path" source directory for virtual disk
>> "diskname" name of virtual disk
>> /2 to write to the second side of the disk
>> /8 if using an 80-track disk in 1.2Mb
>> At least one parameter must be specified."
>> Where is the "/T" and "/D" parameters coming from?
>> If I type "DSKINI B: NOS963~1.DSK
>> 75 tracks are written but only head 0 is being used. If This image is
>> double track shouldn't the format alternate between heads 0 and 1?
>> Alan Jones
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