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X68000 Ace HD boot problem

Started by popolon_hinotori, December 01, 2018, 04:04:54 am

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popolon_hinotori

Hi there!


Today when I turned on the x68000 I got this error message
Anyone know what can it be?

http://i65.tinypic.com/2db1bup.jpg

if someone could help me...

thanks!


kendrick

If I'm not mistaken, that's a very generic error message, the x68000 equivalent of a PC blue screen in MS Windows. Essentially the text just says 'An error has occurred, please reset' or something to that effect. So no detailed diagnostic information or error message is happening here. Anybody else know anything?

ShootTheCore

Are you booting from a floppy disk or a hard drive?  Does the error message come up immediately or does some disk activity occur first?

mattsoft

I get the same error on my ACE. Happens immediately on power up -- doesn't matter if floppies are connected or not. Caps on motherboard replaced. Slowly replacing the caps on the bottom board hoping it helps, but I'm not super hopeful.

popolon_hinotori

I just push "opt1" when I reset computer and works!
but Bios was unconfigurated...

mattsoft

December 02, 2018, 03:35:44 pm #6 Last Edit: December 03, 2018, 05:55:07 am by mattsoft
Huh, that sounds like an easy solution. I'll try that on mine tomorrow.

EDIT: tried this today and no dice on mine. :(

ShootTheCore

Hate to say it, but if you're getting that system error before any OS starts to load from disk, you likely have a problem with either a memory chip or the BIOS ROM.

Do you have a memory expansion board in your ACE?  If so, try yanking it out and booting off of just the built-in 1 meg of memory.

mattsoft

Quote from: ShootTheCore on December 04, 2018, 04:58:14 am
Hate to say it, but if you're getting that system error before any OS starts to load from disk, you likely have a problem with either a memory chip or the BIOS ROM.

Do you have a memory expansion board in your ACE?  If so, try yanking it out and booting off of just the built-in 1 meg of memory.


I have removed the 1MB RAM expansion board and have the same problem. Been looking for a 2nd ACE that maybe I could swap parts and see if I can get her to boot.

ShootTheCore

One more thing you can try is to pull the BIOS battery for an hour so that any existing settings are lost.  There's a chance that a corrupt BIOS setting is causing your problem.

mattsoft

Quote from: ShootTheCore on December 04, 2018, 10:15:17 am
One more thing you can try is to pull the BIOS battery for an hour so that any existing settings are lost.  There's a chance that a corrupt BIOS setting is causing your problem.


the battery has been fully removed and I have no battery right now. I did wire in a temp battery thinking it needed voltage to boot, but a no-go.