I have a 3.5" floppy drive in an IBM XT 286 (5162). I can boot DOS from the floppy just fine but when I try to run
FORMAT, it always says that the disk drive is not ready.
A:\>format A: Insert new diskette for drive A: and strike any key when ready Formatting... Drive not ready Format failure
That's with the DOS 1.1
FORMAT. With FreeDOS, I get:
A:\FDOS>format /U /V:dos A: Insert new diskette for drive A: Press ENTER when the right disk is in the drive... Using drive default: 1440k (Cyl=80 Head=2 Sec=18) Full Formatting (wiping all data) Format_Floppy_Cylinder( head=0 cylinder=0 ) sectors=18 [int 13.5] Critical error during INT 13 disk access INT 13 status (hex): 80 Bits: timeout / no response Description: timeout (drive not ready) Program terminated. [Error 128]
Again, I can boot from the drive just fine so I don't think the cable is backwards or anything like that.