Epson Equity LT-386SX Product Support Bulletin

EPSON
Product Support Bulletin
Subject: Proper Method for Running Benchmark and Diagnostics Programs
Date: 06/04/93
Page(s): 1 of 1
PSB No: S-0158
Originator: MWT
This bulletin describes the proper method for running any benchmark or diagnostics
programs. This applies to any computer system.
In most cases, the computer should be started using an MS-DOS boot diskette
that’s ‘clean’ - in other words, one with no CONFIG.SYS or AUTOEXEC.BAT files.
The appropriate executable can then be run, either from diskette or hard drive.
There will be some exceptions to the above rule. In attempting to benchmark or
troubleshoot any add-on that requires a device driver (CD-ROM, local area network,
etc.), obviously the necessary device driver(s) must be loaded. Also, some
programs will require a minimum number of FILES or BUFFERS to be defined in
the CONFIG.SYS file. Such programs will usually display this requirement if they
are run without the necessary CONFIG.SYS file.
For the most consistent results, use the absolute minimal boot configuration that’s
allowed by the hardware being tested.
EP
EPSON AMERICA, INC.
INFORMATION
Product Support Bulletin
Subject:
Using the Manzana DrivePort
Date:
Page:
05/25/90
1 of 2
PSB No:
Originator: MWT
Manzana Microsystems, Inc. (Goleta, Ca.) has developed a product called the
DrivePort. It allows the removable “DataSafe” hard disk drive cartridges for the
Equity LT-286e and LT-386SX to be used on an AT- type desktop
computer. The subsystem consists of the 16 - bit DrivePort adapter card, the
DrivePort base unit and cable, a Y-configured power cable and a diskette
containing the QDRIVE.SYS device driver and utility software.
The DrivePort was tested using an Equity 386/25 desktop computer equipped
with two IDE hard disk drives, two floppy disk drives, a streaming tape drive
and a VGA video adapter.
The first step in the installation process is configuring the DrivePort adapter
card. The default jumper settings assign the DrivePort as an additional drive
(E1, E4 and E5 installed; E2, E3 and E6 removed). This is the setting that
was used. Note that it is possible to configure the DrivePort as the primary
(only) drive, but Manzana recommends against this for a number of reasons.
There are two other jumpers (W1 and W2) that determine the power source
for the adapter. When these jumpers are set in the A - B positions, the adapter
is powered by the Y-power cable. This cable must be connected to one of
the disk drive power cables from the power supply. Then take the small 4 - pin
connector of the Y-cable and attach to the matching connector J3 on the
adapter card. The third part of the “Y” is a male 4 - pin connector for powering
a disk drive, if all of the power supply wiring harness connectors are in use.
With W1 and W2 in the B - C positions, all power is supplied via the 16 - bit
system bus. This is the configuration that was tested.
Now the adapter card is installed in any available 16 - bit AT- type expansion
slot. Once installed, the cable from the base unit is attached to the DB-37
connector on the adapter card’s mounting bracket. This completes the
hardware portion of the installation.
PSB No: S-0120
Page: 2 of 2
At this point, the device driver and utility software should be copied to the
hard drive. On the test unit, the QDRIVE.SYS driver was copied to the C:\SYS
subdirectory, and the QDRVLTR.EXE, QDRVCHK.COM and HXBIOS.COM
utilities were copied to C:\DOS. the CONFIG.SYS file was then edited to add
the following line:
DEVICE = C:\SYS\QDRIVE.SYS
This device driver acts as an extension of the drive handling capabilities of
MS- DOS, allowing the DrivePort to be recognized on boot-up. On the test
system, logical drives C, D, and E were already assigned to the internal hard
drives, so QDRIVE.SYS assigned logical drive F to the DrivePort. If the system
is booted without a hard drive cartridge mounted in the base unit, there will be
a pause while the device driver retries the DrivePort. It will then proceed with
the boot process without installing the device driver or assigning a logical
drive.
NOTE: Installing or removing a hard drive cartridge while the system is
powered on may result in severe damage to the drive, the DrivePort, or the
computer. Always turn the computer off before installing or removing the hard
drive cartridge.
QDRVCHK.COM provides technical statistics on the mounted DrivePort, similar
to the DOS CHKDSK command. HXBIOS.COM can be executed if the system
was booted with no hard drive cartridge installed and QDRVCHK needs to be
run. QDRVLTR.EXE will provide the DrivePort’s logical drive assignment.
The hard drive cartridge must be initialized on the LT-286e or LT-386SX.
The low - level format and partitioning cannot be done via the DrivePort. Also,
the DOS - level format must be performed for the first time on the laptop - it
may then be formatted while installed in the DrivePort.
In testing, the DrivePort performed as if an additional conventional hard disk
drive had been installed. File and directory copies, application program
execution and BACKUP/RESTORE functions were tested with no problems.
The DrivePort is available from Epson Accessories, Inc. at (800) 873-7766.
Manzana can be contacted at (805) 968-1387.
PSB No.: S-0062I
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