[sebhc] HDOS sysgen questions (and problems)

Mark Garlanger garlanger at gmail.com
Tue Oct 17 16:08:54 CDT 2006

On 10/17/06, Bob Shannon <bshannon at tiac.net> wrote:
> Ok, I'm stumped here!
> How do I make a bootable system disk under HDOS?
> I'm able to init and pass media check on a 'blank' floppy.
> But when I SYSGEN/M, and attempt to boot the resulting
> diskette, nothing happens.

At this point try pressing the space bar 3-4 times, it's to determine
baud rate, there is set commands to not require it, I'm not sure if
SYSGEN/M is some how reseting that option, but it's worth a try. I had
seen this with some of the disks I had (HDOS distribution disks). I
thought the disks had gone bad - I then attempted to mount them, and
they worked fine... then I remember about the space bar and that fixed
the problem.

> Specifically, I reset, press B for 'boot', the drive light goes on
> then off again, then nothing happens.  No additional text is
> displayed, no drive access sounds, nothing.
> When I try SYSGEN *.* I get a read error on the source
> disk and end up back at the HDOS prompt.  The resulting
> disk does not boot, it acts exactly like the SYSGEN/M
> attempt.
> When I simply try SYSGEN, I end up with an error where
> the system is looking for ONBECOPY.ABS, which does
> not appear to be on my one and only bootable diskette.
> Would someone here please tell me exactly how I'm supposed
> to make a backup boot disk?
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