This computer has worked very well as an interface with my optical comparator and measuring software.
But last week when booting up, after the memory check, I got the error message
“(18) invalid configuration information”
“Please run setup program”
“strike any key to continue”
So I try all the numerous ways to enter the BIOS… F1, F2…F12, DEL key, ESC key, CTRL+ALT+ESC,
CTRL+ALT+INS, CLRT+ENTER,CLRL+ALT+S, PAGE UP key, PAGE DOWN key ect, ect.
I then booted the DEC to DOS from a floppy and got to the A: prompt.
But the DEC computer does not see the C drive.
I have removed the hard drive and installed it in a semi-older ME machine and only let it boot from the DOS floppy disk and ran the SpinRite software program. It took a while but SpinRite found the drive and preformed its checks and reported the drive to be error free. Great program.
So I’m back to how do I reset the BIOS or run the setup program to get into the BIOS on this computer.
I have the original DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1 disks but do not have a “BIOS setup disk” for the DEC.
This isn’t the $64,000.00 question but I have been quoted $6000.00 for an upgrade!
Without the monitor!
Digital was once second to IBM, but there is very little to no information on this older computer on the net, I’ve looked.
So Guys, this forum is my best chance to save this computer.