I’ve tried every disk in every drive with what I thought was the working configuration, to no avail. Every failure is the same: hitting ‘b’ to boot, getting ~5 seconds of disk activity, and failing with ‘? Boot Error’. Heads appear to be in impeccable condition, and the disks look clean. Here’s a closeup of the heads on the hard sector drive:
And here’s the collection of disks I’m working with:
SW501,4 controls which card to boot from:
0 = H88-1 Card at P506/P512 (the right most slot), I/O Port 174
1 = Z89-37 Card at P504/P510 (the left slot of the right bank, I/O Port 170
I’ve tried both; 0 boots to the internal, hard sector disk, 1 boots to the 1st drive in the H-37 enclosure, a 96tpi soft sector drive.
The internal drive is set to Unit Zero (or DS1) for use with the H88-1 card
But wait, we can also use this drive as a soft-sector drive on the the Z89-37 controller. Note that the drive settings are different:
Yes, it’s backwards. My predecessor was nice enough to not cut the links, but to simply bend the pins of the package out. unfortunately, they’re super fragile, and a single attempted bend broke the pin, several times. I ended up using a portion of the original package and some wire.
Note that J4-J7 needs to be set correctly on the Z89-37 card. It’s now set to J4, meaning the single drive ID’s as DS1 plugged into P3 (the top port on the card) is Drive 0.
As I was shuffling connectors and moving the board around, this happened (took me a few minutes of failed boots to spot):
I temporarily crammed it back in, and got to the H: prompt. Still won’t boot to a disk.
I wonder if this is noteworthy:
Every boot attempt seemed to take the same amount of time to fail (3-4 seconds), regardless of which configuration or even if a disk was present. When I jump J4 on the Z89-37 (what I believe to be the correct config), an attempted boot without a disk tries indefinitely and never fails.