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Subject  :  OS/2 v3 install on SCSI
Author  :  ward
Date  :  21 Aug, 2006 on 17:20
I'm trying to install OS/2 version 3 on an old Compaq Proliant 1600 with three 9.1 gig drives (Ultra 2 SCSI). The machine is currently running Win2K and I believe is partitioned into one large 18 gig logical drive. I would like to dual boot if possible.

I tried to install OS/2 v3 and got to the point to where FDISK failed. The FDISK log showed:

non abios machine
bus arch = I0I
disk type = I0I

I'm a os/2, SCSI and disk partition newbie, however I'm a quick study so any help would be appreciated. I've read the manuals, readmes, other forums, etc. so this is my last resort.

It will end up being a voice mail system (AVST call express) and I haven't installed the Dialogic board yet, as I prefer to take this one step at a time. The previous system's IDE hard drive crashed so I'm pretty desperate to get my voice mail system back.

What are the steps I need to take? Thanks in advance.


Subject  :  Re:OS/2 v3 install on SCSI
Author  :  RobertM
Date  :  22 Aug, 2006 on 02:48
Start by ensuring that the SCSI card/chipset in the unit is supported by the drivers on the install disks. From there, ensure that there is available partition space to do the install (in an area that Warp v3 sees as bootable). Possibly there is an issue it is having with the file system currently in use, or the use of RAID.


Subject  :  Re:OS/2 v3 install on SCSI
Author  :  cyberspittle cyberspittle@yahoo.com
Date  :  22 Aug, 2006 on 03:37
One thing to consider is upgrading your install disks. When OS/2 Warp (v3) came out, hard drives were much smaller. Check out Hobbes (Google for the url if need be) for file updates.

If you don't want to mess around with updating your boot disks, you can always reconfigure you partition. This may require using DOS boot disks and a utility for your SCSI controller.

Are you sure that this system has sound hardware? I would check into the SCSI controller and hard drives. One bad hard drive can cause problems on a volume where multiple drives have been configured as one big disk (ie. RAID 0).

If this is to be for production machine running a PBX system, you may want to go with an updated version of OS/2: eComStation. eComStation has updated drivers, etc. to run on modern hardware. This is important if you want to use many USB devices. Best wishes.

Subject  :  Re:OS/2 v3 install on SCSI
Author  :  ward
Date  :  23 Aug, 2006 on 00:49
That worked! (the updated disk 1). I really appreciate the generosity of your time and expertise. But another problem cropped up... During the install process the CD-ROM drive worked fine and was working in the GUI, but after the final install reboot, the CD-ROM didn't show up in the drives folder. I tried to do a selective install for the drivers, but it defaults to the CD (os2image directory). The problem is, I don't know the manufacture of the CD drive, so I'm not certain what driver or change to the config.sys file is needed. The CD appears to be a standard IDE CD drive. I pulled the drive and all it says is Compaq and ATAPI. Can you perhaps provide some direction for me?

Also, where can I change the drive formatting (from FAT to HPFS, etc.) or do I have to run the install all over again? Fdisk doesn't seem to allow me to make changes to the disk file system...

thanks for your patience w/ me.


Subject  :  Re:OS/2 v3 install on SCSI
Author  :  Fahrvenugen
Date  :  23 Aug, 2006 on 05:30

If it is a standard ATAPI (IDE) CD Rom, then you'll just need to make sure a few lines are in your config.sys (and if any are missing then add them):

ifs=cdfs.ifs /q /W

Check your c:\os2\boot directory for the above files. Hopefully they'll have installed with the OS install. If not, post here and I'll figure out where they are available on FTP.

As for the drive and its file system, this is determined when the partition is formated with the /FS: switch. For example:

format c: /fs:hpfs

will format your Drive C partition as an HPFS drive. The easiest way to use a particular file system is to format it that way, then run your install.

I think (if I recall correctly) older versions of Partition Magic could convert a partition from one file system to another (FAT to HPFS), but I am not sure, and Partition Magic (the newer versions) no longer support OS/2.

Also, DFSEE might be able to convert a partition, but I'm not sure, as I've never done this. I've always just formatted it to a file system that I wanted (usually HPFS)

Hope this helps.

Subject  :  Re:OS/2 v3 install on SCSI
Author  :  ward
Date  :  24 Aug, 2006 on 18:05
thanks, that did the trick.


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