Trouble setting up hard drive in BlueMSX

By naju

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16-12-2020, 03:06

Trouble setting up hard drive in BlueMSX

I am relatively new to the MSX, MSX emulation and MSX-BASIC/DOS and I am following the instructions here to set up a hard drive in BlueMSX http://www.msxblue.com/manual/creatinghdsk.htm

While emulating MSX2+, these are the steps I took so far:
- Inserted Sunrise IDE cartridge in Slot 1
- Created a new disk image (50MB) and assigned it to Sunrise IDE primary
- Rebooted

After rebooting, I see the Sunrise messages indicating a hard disk in IDE master and nothing detected in IDE slave, and I arrive back in MSX BASIC

Now, the next step explains how to format the HD with IDEFDISK. After inserting ideutils.dsk in Disk Drive A and running this command:
FILES "B:"
I see that IDEFDISK is a COM file so I assume I need DOS to run it.

It's my understanding that the Sunrise IDE cartridge came with MSX-DOS2 in ROM. If so, does that mean that with the emulated cartridge inserted, I should boot into MSX-DOS2 instead of MSX-BASIC?

I have in my files a DSK of MSX-DOS 1.03. I was able to boot into that and run IDEFDISK. Unfortunately it seems to freeze up when I do any operation. Maybe it's designed for MSX-DOS2 only?

Any help is appreciated.

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By Manuel

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16-12-2020, 09:29

You need to copy idefdisk and msxdos2 files to drive a from basic and then reboot.
copy"b:*.*"to"a:"

By naju

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16-12-2020, 14:27

Hi Manuel thanks for your answer.

What should be assigned to drive a:? With the ideutils floppy in Disk Drive A, and Sunrise IDE in Cartridge Slot 1, the only assigned letter is b: (for ideutils). Trying to do the copy command or list files on a: gives a "Disk offline" error

By ToriHino

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16-12-2020, 17:31

Thie ideutils.dsk (I assume u use the ideutils.zip from http://www.msxblue.com/manual/idescsi_c.htm) contains already both DOS 1 and DOS 2 and should boot already in DOS 2 by default (using B: for the floppy drive, A: is not yet accessible and will give disk offline until you have a valid partition).

Indeed idefdisk is a dos command, once you have generated a partition table, written it to the hard disk and initialized the partition (all from idefdisk) you can exit the tool, copy over msxdos2.sys and command2.com to the now new A: drive and boot from it.

By naju

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16-12-2020, 21:13

Wonderful! I didn't know the ideutils diskette could be booted from. Everything works fine now thank you.