|REFERENCE PARTITION SERVICE|
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The Problem: You have a system with a reference partition on the harddisk and have problems with this:|
The Solution: Follow the instructions and create a simple starter-disk to open the reference partition.
Get more infos about I999-Errors and the files to find on the reference partition.
List of I999-Errors
Restoring System Partition|
On most systems you will need 2 or more Diskettes:
To restore System Partition:
Opening the System Partition from DOS|
Normally the System Partition is hidden and can only be accessed with the reference disk ("Copy An Option Disk") or by pressing [CTRL]+[ALT]+[INS] after a reboot, when the cursor jumps to the top right corner of the screen.
However: you cannot copy or delete anything directly from it anyway.
If you often change adapters and often do 'Copy An Option Disk' it may one day happen, that 'Backup System Partition' ends up with a 'Disk Full'-error and is aborted before the entire partition is saved to disks.
IBM recommends to restore the system partition from a set of original disks again - but if you do this all your additional ADFs and ADPs are lost and you will have to add them once again from the (hopefully existing) Option Disks.
Isn't there any way to open the System Partition under DOS ?
Yes it is. Here it goes.
You may -of course- delete ADFs and corresponding ADPs from cards which are no longer installed in the system. Download my QBMCA software to find out which one are already installed.
ADFs can be sorted into the following groups:
You may find out, which Planar your machine uses with QCONFIG from PC-DOS 6.3 or later. Run it with the Option /D /O and edit the File QCONFIG.OUT. The Planar ID is given somewhere in this text.
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