|05-04-2006, 08:52 PM||#1|
Join Date: May 2006
A3000 Won't Boot / SCSI Termination Woes (I think...)
My trusty Amiga 3000 (25/030) will no longer boot. More specifically, when I turn it on the HDD flickers for a moment like usual, but then turns on solid and I'm unable to even access the boot menu by holding down both mouse buttons. Here's the lead-up to how I got in this situation:
1) The machine was running fine with 1.4 ROMs (booting 2.x from the HDD). I recently got an external CD-ROM working with the help of a newly acquired Asim_CDFS v.3 disk, and after that success I got an external SCSI HDD working as well.
2) After living with a nearly full 8 MB boot partition for the past 13 years, I finally decided to do something about it. I backed up both partitions on the internal HDD to my external, and then repartitioned the drive. So far so good. I used my Superkickstart disk to load a 2.x ROM, and then used one of my 3.1 disks to get to the desktop.
3) Once in WB again I realized that the format program in 3.1 is not compatible with the 2.x ROMs. I decided against rummaging around in the attic for my 2.05 floppies, and reinstalled my 3.1 ROMs. Booted into 3.1 and formatted both internal partitions. Things still work.
4) It was at this time that I realized I could not get either my external CD-ROM or HDD to work, even though they are connected in the same manner as before. Actually, when running HDToolbox all seven positions were recognized as my internal HDD, and a warning came up that "Some drives have been removed from the system, and this information needs to be recorded somewhere" (or something to that effect. I ignored this many times, and kept powering down and hooking up the two external devices in different configurations...all to no avail.
5). I installed 3.1 on the internal drive and proceeded to use HDToolbox - this time clicking "Save Changes" for each of the 6 mysterious Quantum drives in hopes that they would go away. When I rebooted I was greeted with a non-functioning computer.
I'm assuming that the trouble I'm facing is due to improper SCSI termination...most likely on the motherboard or on the internal drive. I'll readily admit that I don't know much about this matter, so I'm hoping someone here can give me some advice on how to proceed.
If I recall correctly my daughterboard says it's a revision 7.1 (in case that's the same number for my motherboard), though I'd have to check again to make sure. I don't currently have a passive terminator, but I do have an active one for one of my external devices. Thanks in advance!
|a3000 , woes , termination , boot , scsi|
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