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Quick step-by-step setup guide for newbies
For IDE Flash Media setup
- Make sure the IDE Flash Media Adapter and Flash Media card (SD or CF) are correctly connected to your machine
- Insert ICD Pro floppy utilities disk into Drive A and switch on machine
- At desktop locate and load ICDFMT.PRG
- Select the found IDE Flash Media Adapter
- Select 'Partition' option
- Select the 'Clear' option
- Click 'Split' and enter the number of paritions you want (adjust sizes if necessary)
- Click 'Partition Entire Hard Disk'
- Exit program, machine will prompt to reboot.
- Machine reboots (Do not take Floppy ICDTOOLS disk out of Drive A)
- At desktop open HDUTIL.PRG and select 'BOOT DRIVE' option
- Select boot drive (usually C) and follow prompts
- Exit to desktop and remove Floppy Disk from drive. Reboot machine
- At desktop select 'Install Devices' from drop down menu, all hard drive partitions should appear on desktop (rename as necessary).
- The official ICD website maintained for information only.
- Step by step guide to installing ICD Pro.
- Download the latest ICD Pro driver disk.
Readme of ICD Pro
ICD AdSCSI ST host adapter software update ------------------------------------------ IMPORTANT: READ THE "WHATS.NEW" FILE!!! This file documents the ICD AdSCSI ST host adapter software. These utilities are packaged with all ICD ST Hard Drive Systems and ICD ST host adapters and WILL ONLY WORK WITH AN ICD HOST ADAPTER in your system (except the PRO level, which will work with or without an ICD host adapter). They are all Copyright 1987-1994 by ICD,Inc. Companies using this software with their products must include an ICD ST host adapter as part of that product, or have licensed the PRO level of ICD software, or they will be in violation of United States and/or International Copyright Laws! If you have any questions: ICD, Inc. 1220 Rock Street Rockford, IL 61101-1437 Voice: (815) 968-2228 BBS: (815) 968-2229 FAX: (815) 968-6888 The ICD BBS always has the latest revisions of the ICD ST host adapter software (regular version only), as well as various handy utilities, etc., all yours for the downloading. Our BBS has a US Robotics 9600 baud HST modem and is usually up 24 hours a day. Support and updated files are also available on GEnie (ICD or M1220) and CompuServe (76004,1600). Suggestion: make a printed copy of this file for future reference. +---------------------------------------------------------------+ MANUAL UPGRADES: This documentation only includes changes made to the ICD AdSCSI ST host adapter software since the latest manual was printed. The latest manual has the number 36-90 in the lower-right corner of the back cover. If you would like to receive the latest manual, send $15 to ICD. Funds MUST be in US dollars drawn on a US bank. SOFTWARE UPGRADES: There are 3 levels of ICD ST software now in distribution (effective with version 6.0.0 and later of ICDBOOT): (1) The PRO level, which installs on all ST, TT, and Falcon computers regardless of whether an ICD host adapter is found. The PRO level supports FlopticalÂ¾ drives. This level is available ONLY for purchase. To obtain updates, original disk must be returned to ICD with a $15 fee. Funds MUST be in US dollars drawn on a US bank. The PRO level software is NOT AVAILABLE as an upgrade to any other level of ICD software. (2) The LINK level, which supports FlopticalÂ¾ drives. This level is shipped only with the Link host adapter. To obtain updates, original disk must be returned to ICD with a $15 fee. Funds MUST be in US dollars drawn on a US bank. (3) The regular level. FlopticalÂ¾ drives are not supported. Updates are available from ICD on disk for $15 (original disk not required), or are downloadable on the ICD BBS, GEnie, or CompuServe. Funds MUST be in US dollars drawn on a US bank. +---------------------------------------------------------------+ Changes to the ICD AdSCSI ST host adapter software since the latest manual was printed: - 3 levels of ICD software are now in distribution. These are: PRO, LINK, and STHA (or regular) levels. See notes on ICDBOOT below. - The PRO and LINK levels of ICD software support FlopticalÂ¾ drives. - CHANGE IN FLOPTICALÂ¾ DRIVE SUPPORT: (Link and Pro level only) Previous versions of ICDFMT and ICDBOOT only allowed you to set up the 21 Mb diskettes according to the Insite Peripherals standard for information exchange between different computer systems. These disks would not auto-boot and were not useable under TOS 1.0 - 1.2. Because of popular demand, you are now given the choice in ICDFMT and INSTALL to set up the 21Mb diskettes either with the Standard (Insite Peripherals) or Atari format. If you choose Atari format, the diskettes are useable with all TOS versions. They can also be made to auto-boot if the the drive is the lowest ID in the system. - A new hard disk installation program is included. INSTALL.PRG is intended for the user who is totally unfamiliar with hard disks and wants an easy installation. The program will automatically format the disk if necessary. It will verify sectors, partition the disk, sets up the auto-boot, and create a DESKTOP.INF file and AUTO folder on partition C. There are no user-selectable parameters. Several warnings are given allowing the user to quit. After that, all data on the disk is destroyed. This program is also ideal for dealers to set up hard disks for their customers. If more than one hard disk is connected, the user must choose which one to install. After that, this disk is set up AS IF it is the only disk in the system. In other words, the installed disk may then be taken to another system and plugged in. It will auto-boot and show a desktop with the correct icons for the number of partitions on the disk. - ICDFMT now optionally allows 100% Atari AHDI compatibility. See notes on ICDFMT for this and other changes. - You do not always need to run HDUTIL to install a new ICDBOOT on your hard drive. If the drive is already set up to auto-boot all you need to do is to copy ICDBOOT.PRG to the root or main directory of drive C:, rename your old ICDBOOT.SYS (to .SYX) or trash it, then rename ICDBOOT.PRG to ICDBOOT.SYS and reboot. - All programs have been tested and modified as necessary to present a proper display in the Atari TT and Falcon graphics modes. Be advised, though, that any programs which didn't work in the ST's low-resolution also will not work in TT low-res (256 color mode) or Falcon 40-column modes. - Several minor bugs have been fixed. Because of this, it is advisable that you always use the latest version of the ICD AdSCSI ST host adapter software. Updates to all programs (except the PRO and LINK levels of ICDBOOT) are available on the ICD BBS, GEnie, or CompuServe. - STacy users, using ICD PRO software and ICDFMT, see special note below about determining drive size. - New user options on configuring ICDBOOT: (a) you can set a variable delay in the flush of the write cache, up to 30 seconds. (b) you can skip logical drives at bootup. (c) you can set the software to do "retries" in case of command phase timeouts. - In keeping with the variable write delay, FLUSH.PRG, which flushes the write cache to disk, is included. - STARTHD.PRG and RELOG.PRG are included for those who have hard disks that do not spin up automatically. +---------------------------------------------------------------+ Changes to files on the distribution diskette: ADSCSI.CPX This is an extension for Atari's Extensible Control Panel (XCONTROL). See the file ADSCSI.TXT for additional information. BOOTFIX.TOS This has been updated to support drives attached to the TT SCSI port as well as the ACSI\DMA port. This version also disables Parity checking on Quantum ELS series 3 1/2" hard drives. Of course, to do this, the drive must be connected to an AdSCSI or Advantage series host adapter. CACHEHIT.TOS This program displays the effectiveness of the caches. It displays the percentage of reads which were satisfied by the cache, and the percentage of writes which updated entries already in the cache. This can be used to determine what cache settings are the most efficient for your system. It's important to note that this only gives statistics for the cache buffers, and not the TOS buffers. The TOS buffers are maintained by the operating system and can't be checked. The ICD AdSCSI ST host adapter manual explains the TOS buffers in more detail. CACHEOFF.PRG CACHEON.PRG These programs are used to enable and disable the write cache function of ICDBOOT. Users of the Supercharger PC emulator must turn off the write cache before running the Supercharger intialization program or the Supercharger will NOT be able to write to the hard disk. Turning the cache off this way does not reduce memory usage. CFGCBOOT.PRG This program configures COLDBOOT.PRG to skip selected ACSI/DMA devices. You can also add a delay to COLDBOOT so that it will wait up to 999 seconds to begin execution. See section on COLDBOOT.PRG (below) for additional documentation. CLEANUP.PRG Detects and corrects structural and logical errors on GEM/BGM partitions. This is included only on the PRO level version, and is also available for separate purchase. COLDBOOT.PRG This has been updated to support devices attached to the TT SCSI port as well as the ACSI/DMA port. Versions 1.30 and later of ICD COLDBOOT.PRG are configurable to allow skipping of the ACSI/DMA ID of the Supercharger from Talon Technologies. To configure COLDBOOT run CFGCBOOT and specify the ID(s) you wish to skip when doing a coldboot. The Supercharger is normally shipped as ID 3. This should only be necessary for those users who do not have Quantum, Seagate, or other drives which autoboot upon power-up, and who are also using the Supercharger. This program now accepts a command line argument and will permanently change the boot partition on an auto-booting hard disk. To use this feature, use "Show Info" from the File Menu to rename the file as COLDBOOT.TTP. Double click on COLDBOOT.TTP, and when the dialog box appears asking for the Command Line, enter the letter of your desired boot partition. Normally this is C through P. Then press return, and the boot partition will be permanently changed; then the computer will be rebooted. To use COLDBOOT to reboot the computer, but not change the boot partition, just press return. Note that it is possible to completely suppress the loading of all AUTO/ACC/INF files by using COLDBOOT.TTP and choosing drive A. Normally you would never want to do this, but you'll have the option. Versions 2.09 and later have a user-selectable delay added. To see what the delay is or change it run CFGCBOOT.PRG. COPYFIX.PRG This has been updated to fix a bug which caused compatibility problems with several applications. There should no longer be any problems with it. DESKTOP.PRG This program (formerly a desk accessory) has been updated to be compatible the Atari TT and all TOS versions. See DESKTOP.DOC for a more complete explanation of changes since previous versions. DO NOT RENAME DESKTOP.PRG TO DESKTOP.ACC; attempting to do this and installing the file as an accessory will give you grief. This program is NOT designed to be renamed to .ACC. EJECT.TOS A program to eject diskettes from the Macintosh versions of FlopticalÂ¾ drives. This may be renamed as EJECT.TTP to run from a command line, or you can create a file EJECT.LST for it to run from. For more information, run the program with no parameters, see example file EJECT.LSX, or read HDPARK.DOC. This program is included only with the Link and Pro levels of ICD software. FLUSH.PRG Flushes the write cache to disk immediately. HDPARK.TOS This has been updated to support the TT SCSI port. This program replaces MAKEPARK.PRG. See HDPARK.DOC for complete documentation. HDPARTS.TOS This program displays various statistics about each hard drive partition on the system. For the most part, this information will only be of use to people who have some understanding of disk structures. HDUTIL.PRG New features of "Config": - You can set ICDBOOT and other ICD programs to do retries in case of a command/select phase timeout. (This would be indicated by a "Sense: $FE" or "MSense: $FE" in the upper right corner of your screen). If you get this, change the Retries from 0 to 1 or a higher value. This may make the drive in question behave. - You can skip logical drives at bootup. This allows you to always have a RAM disk at drive G regardless of how many hard disk patitions are found. - All Falcon screen resolutions are available on that machine. If ICDBOOT is now configured to set a particular resolution, the "ST", "TT", or "FALCON" button will have a check mark. You can click on the button to display a secondary dialog box which shows the available options to change this. If set to skip setting screen resolution then the "SKIP" button will have a check mark. - The delay in flushing the write cache is now adjustable up to 30 seconds. Bear in mind that if the computer is rebooted or power is lost, the unflushed data is gone! HDUTIL has been updated to support the TT SCSI port. This affects several functions: - Setting a hard disk for auto-booting will result in either TT-SCSI boot sectors or ACSI/DMA boot sectors being written to the drive based on which port the drive is connected to. If you ever move the drive to the other port, you will have to reinstall the boot sector with HDUTIL. - If run on a Falcon 030, the auto-boot code will be written on the internal IDE drive. - It is possible to disable scanning of any of the 16 devices. The device number of the TT itself will never be scanned, regardless of the button settings. It is now easier to bypass the hard disk auto-boot and force bootup from floppy disk drive A. Just hold down ALTERNATE only. It is no longer necessary to hold down SHIFT-CONTROL- ALTERNATE. You must use HDUTIL to reinstall the "Boot" to take advantage of this. HDUTIL now has a new feature, called "Wipe". Previously the only partition-blanking feature was "Zero", which blanked the directories and File Allocation Tables. The data was still present and a talented snoop could possibly recover it. "Wipe" will zero out every sector of the partition, so that you do not have to be concerned about any of your confidential data falling into the wrong hands. HOST.TOS This is a utility to tell you what kind of host adapter you have connected to each hard drive on line. Note that it is not always possible to differentiate between Link, AdSCSI Plus ST, AdSCSI ST, and AdSCSI Micro ST host adapters. This is particularly true when multiple host adapters are connected. It is also not possible to differentiate between one of ICD's original STHA boards and one of those made by another manufacturer. These items do NOT have signatures. We are merely seeing which ones do full SCSI commands and which ones have ICD real time clocks. ICDBOOT.PRG The names of SCSI hard disk devices are now displayed as they are found, followed by the partitions logged from these devices (if any). The ID and LUN of a drive are displayed following a "Sense", "MSense", or "Write Fail" message. The screen under a "Disk Change" message is saved and restored after the message. If you wish to pause ICDBOOT to read the information it prints, press <control-S>; press <control-Q> to restart the program. There are 3 levels of ICDBOOT now in distribution: (1) The PRO level, which installs on all ST and TT computers regardless of whether an ICD host adapter is found. The PRO level supports FlopticalÂ¾ drives. (2) The LINK level, which supports FlopticalÂ¾ drives. This level is shipped only with the Link host adapter. (3) The regular level. FlopticalÂ¾ drives are not supported. ICDBOOT now recognizes hard disks formatted and partitioned with MS-DOS and FDISK on a PC. This should simplify the transfer of files between PCs and STs using removable media (SyQuest, etc.) much easier. NOTE: (a) although reading and writing MS-DOS partitions is supported, most of the ICD utilities will not work with MS-DOS partitions. (b) very large DOS partitions have too many data clusters, which confuses TOS, so some DOS partitions will not be entered into the drive tables and will not be useable. The TIMESET function is now incorporated in ICDBOOT. This means that the hard drive clock will automatically be read and the system clock be set upon bootup, when using a host adapter with real-time clock. This option may be disabled in the "Config" option of HDUTIL for those choosing to use their Mega internal clock or other clock device. It is no longer necessary to have ICDTIME or TIMESET in your AUTO folder to set the system clock. You must still run ICDTIME to install the clock handler in memory before using the Control Panel or other software to reset the clock in the ICD host adapter. Previous versions of ICDBOOT would always change the screen to medium resolution when booting with a color monitor. The resolution is now configurable with HDUTIL, allowing you to boot in any ST/TT/Falcon graphics mode available on your system. As of ICDBOOT 5.5.0, you can also choose to completely skip any resolution change; this will be useful for those with 1024x768 color monitors which require special driver software to load before any other program. Can now be used without an ICD host adapter present. An ICD host adapter is still required to install the booter and to use the various other utilities. The caching will be disabled when running without an ICD host adapter, except for the PRO level of ICDBOOT. This features does not work on the STacy and there is nothing to do except get the PRO software. This release now fully supports the Atari TT SCSI port as well as the ACSI port. For the most part, hard drives connected to the SCSI port of the TT can be treated just like drives connected to the ICD AdSCSI host adapter. The primary difference is that the devices connected to the ICD AdSCSI are numbered 0-7 and the devices connected to the TT SCSI port are devices 8-15. Since the TT itself is a SCSI device, it uses one of the device numbers. The ICD software sets the TT to SCSI ID #7 (device 15), so that number is not available for any other devices. Full SCSI arbitration is supported on the SCSI port, which offers great potential. This release now fully supports the IDE drive on the Falcon. ICD has emulated SCSI commands for the IDE drive, which is treated as if it was SCSI ID 16. Drive letters are assigned to IDE drives, then to devices attached to the SCSI port, then to the ACSI/DMA port. This version allows you to skip logical drives (except drive C). This is configured in the "Config" option of HDUTIL. For example, it would allow you to always have a RAM disk at drive G: regardless of how many hard drive partitions were on line. When using the ESC key to disable the booter options, only the caching gets disabled. The TOS buffers are still allocated so that BGM partitions can be accessed. If you need the additional memory, use HDUTIL to disable the buffers and reboot. This version allows you to set the write cache flush delay up to 30 seconds. Bear in mind that if a power failure occurs, or the computer is reset or rebooted before the cache is flushed, DATA WILL BE LOST. See the "Config" option of HDUTIL. This version allows you to set DMA retries. A few drives tested have exhibited the peculiarity that if they are not accessed for a while, the first access receives a Sense $FE (selection or command phase timeout). Upon an immediate retry, the drive worked fine. If you have a drive that gives you a lot of Sense $FE returns, or a drive that is not always detected, increase the DMA retries by 1. See the "Config" option of HDUTIL. A few other minor bugs were fixed, so it is advisable to use this version even if you don't own a TT. ICDFMT.PRG This program now allows 100% Atari AHDI-compatibility. This means that you could use AHDI as your hard disk driver. Previously AHDI would only pick up the first 4 partitions on the hard disk. Now, when you run ICDFMT, if the disk is not Atari-partitioned, then AHDI Compatibility is set to "on" by default. If the disk was Atari-partitioned, the program attempts to determine whether or not the present partitioning scheme was AHDI-compatible. You can change the status of this option by clicking on the appropriate line of the Main Menu dialog box or by clicking on the "PARAMETERS" button of the Partition dialog box. Note: if you change this option on a previously-partitioned disk, the only thing you will be able to do is to "PARTITION ENTIRE HARD DISK". The "OLD" button will not work until you change the AHDI compatibility option back to its original value. The same is true of "WRITE PARTITION INFO ONLY" and "REBUILD ONE PARTITION ONLY". Other changes: SCSI/FAT bad sector mapping and the number of Verify Passes can be changed from within the Partition dialog box by clicking on the "PARAMETERS" button. When going to the Partition dialog for the first time, you will be told if the partitions shown were read from disk or were calculated default values. Fixed: bug in previous versions when going from 12 to 13 partitions on the disk (i.e. using "WRITE PARTITION INFO ONLY" and "REBUILD ONE PARTITION ONLY" to split one of the 12 partitions into two partitions. The partition table would previously overwrite the boot sector of partition #1. This now has been fixed. Sometimes ICDFMT will have to adjust the starting sector of a partition. An alert box will tell you of this. This program can now format/partition IDE drives on the Falcon and drives connected to the TT/Falcon SCSI port as well as the ACSI/DMA port. As with the other software, the devices attached to the SCSI port are numbered 8-15 and IDE drives are numbered as if they were SCSI ID 16. IDE drives cannot be low-level formatted, only partitioned. Other drives can be low-level formatted. Calculation of DEFAULT and SPLIT partitions now make one 5.00 meg drive followed by equally-sized partitions. This is to encourage you to use a small drive C. In case your first drive gets destroyed (which seems to happen randomly on Atari computers, although it is VERY rare), you do not lose a lot of data. This feature may be disabled by holding down the Alternate key while clicking on DEFAULT or SPLIT, or while clicking on OK in the dialog headed "Split into several partitions...". However, you are VERY STRONGLY encouraged to use a small drive C. STacy users with Conner drives: because of a severe bug in Conner drive firmware, it is necessary to avoid the standard methods of determining drive size. You must use any ordinary ASCII text editor to create a file called INTERNAL.HD in the same folder as ICDFMT. The first line of this file must match EXACTLY what the Conner drive returns when you run IDCHECK. Spaces are important. The second line is the number of the LAST SECTOR on the Conner drive. Here is an example of INTERNAL.HD: CONNER CP3020 41117 If your drive is not a CP3020, you will have to determine the last sector through trial and error. Start with a value large enough for your drive (i.e. 45000 for a 20 meg, 90000 for a 40 meg). Run ICDFMT and select Partition, then Partition Entire Hard Disk. The program will verify the sectors and will stop when the Conner bug kicks in. If the sector the program is at is a multiple of 32, add 31 to that value, use that value as the second line of INTERNAL.HD, and repeat the test. Note that the drive will have to be turned off and back on again to rerun ICDFMT. This time subtract 1 from the sector showing and that should be the correct value. ICDFMT.DAT This file is updated from time to time to include more hard drive models. (See additional documentation below). This file is used for and necessary for ST506/412 type drives only. It is not used for SCSI drives; information about these drives is needed by asking the drive for it. If ICDFMT.DAT is needed and not found, you will be able to fill in the heads and cylinders and proceed. To add a drive, enter the following information about your drive in the EXACT same format (position sensitive) as the others listed as follows: a. The letter 'd' to indicate a drive b. The name of the drive c. The number of heads on the drive d. The number of cylinders on the drive e. The cylinder number at which to start using reduced write current (if not sure, then just put same number as # of cylinders) f. The cylinder number at which to start using write precomp (if not sure, then just put same number as # of cylinders) g. The parking cylinder (usually 40-50 cylinders beyond the last cylinder). h. The step rate; normally 2 (unless very old). 0 = 3ms non-buffered step for older drives (ST506) 1 = 28us buffered step rate (ST412 and maybe others) 2 = 15us buffered step rate (Almost all new drives) Presently we support 98% of all hard drives and SCSI controllers that can be used on the Atari ST. Some may not work on the ST at all. If in doubt, try it, or you can call or write our technical support department. ICDTIME.PRG Must be installed in memory before attempting to permanently set the clock in the ICD host adapter. ICDTRAPS.PRG ICDBOOT 6.2.0 (and newer) has a new feature. It now installs trap handlers which allow the loading of AUTO folder programs, desktop ACCessories, and DESKTOP.INF/NEWDESK.INF only from the selected boot partition. It allows the creation of DESKTOP.INF/NEWDESK.INF only on the selected boot partition. The boot partition is the partition selected in HDUTIL when setting the hard disk auto-boot. It was always our INTENT to allow you to run the AUTO folder and load ACCessories from this boot partition. However, in practice, all this meant was that the AUTO folder was run from that particular partition. ACCessories and desk INF files were always loaded from drive C. This "feature/bug" of TOS meant that, if an ACCessory bombed during its loading, that the computer would go into an endless auto-booting loop. Also if the desk INF file was corrupted, a blank desktop might result, or possibly an auto-boot loop, or one might not be able to execute PRG files, or some other weirdness. Often some tricks were necessary to sneak past some of these problems. Now, since ICDBOOT's trap handlers are installed whenever auto-booting from any hard drive partition (except C) or when running from an AUTO folder (except on C), the loading of drive C files is no longer a problem. Files will be loaded ONLY from the boot partition; and if there are no AUTO folder programs, ACCessories, or desk INF files, NONE will be loaded. If auto-booting, ICDBOOT also allows you to select a boot partition "on the fly" by pressing any key from A to P when you see the ICD logo displayed on the screen. Thus, you could have a different set of AUTO folder programs, ACCessories, and a desk INF file on each partition, and these are loaded according to the boot partition you select. As before, the "normal" or "default" boot partition is set in HDUTIL under the "Boot" option. (This is the partition which is loaded from if no key is pressed during ICDBOOT execution). It is now possible to permanently change the default boot partition through COLDBOOT.PRG; see notes below. When you do a "Save Desktop" from the Options Menu, the desk INF file is now saved to the current boot partition. (Formerly it was always saved to drive C or drive A only). The current Autoboot Partition or Auto Folder Partition is displayed by ICDBOOT as part of its "Current driver settings" configuration data: 1. If you auto-boot from the hard disk without pressing any key the "default" boot partition is shown. 2. If you auto-boot from the hard disk and press a key to indicate a valid hard drive partition then your chosen boot partition is shown. 3. If you auto-boot from the hard disk, and if you press a key to choose a boot partition, and the key pressed is NOT a valid partition (example: you have 4 hard disk partitions, C through F, and you press M) then the Autoboot Partition will be shown as "n/a" and boot will proceed as though drive C was your boot partition. 4. If you auto-boot from the hard disk, and if you press a key to choose a boot partition, and the key pressed is A (or B, if you have two floppy disk drives, then the Autoboot Partition will be shown as "n/a" but the trap handlers will install and force 3 loading from drive A (or B). 5. If you have used COLDBOOT.TTP and entered A as your command line parameter then the Autoboot Partition will be shown as "Suppressed". See notes on COLDBOOT below. There is now a 3 second delay to allow you to read the ICDBOOT "Current driver settings" configuration data. The delay may be cancelled by pressing any key. If control-S is pressed execution halts until any other key is pressed. This allows more time to read the configuration. The ICDBOOT trap handlers may be permanently disabled or re-enabled through the use of ICDTRAPS.PRG, now included on the distribution disk. disk. Constraints and possible problems with the ICD trap handlers: 1. If you have chosen a partition other than C for your boot partition, and you then attempt to copy a desk INF file from one partition to another through the GEM desktop, the copy will fail. The file create is automatically forced to the current boot partition. To copy a desk INF file, do a "Show Info" from the File Menu, change the INF to INX, then copy the file as before, and finally rename it from INX to INF. Or you can load it into a text editor and do a "Save As" to the new drive. Or you can use a program such as MaxiFile from Codehead to do the copy. Or you can reboot choosing drive C for the new boot partition, and as trap handlers are not installed the copy will succeed. This problem should seldom be a hindrance. 2. MinT does not get along with ICDBOOT's trap handlers; it appears to detect a problem in TOS. Thus, you must install MinT only on drive C. Since the ICDBOOT trap handlers are not installed when using drive C for the boot partition, MinT does not detect any problems and will install normally. 3. ICDBOOT's trap handlers force the loading of all files from the boot partition. The ONLY exception is AUTO folder programs. The programs themselves are forced to load from the boot partition. However, if these programs load data, configuration, etc., files, these are not forced to be from the boot partition. All ACCessories and the desk INF file and any ACCessory's data, resource, configuration, etc. files are forced to load from the boot partition. So if you have an ACCessory that reads a configuration file, a resource file, a data file etc., this file MUST be present on the current boot partition or it will not be found. This "forced" loading stops when the desktop is displayed, or when an auto-booting application runs. 4. This feature may not work with TOS 1.0 and 1.2; it may also not work correctly with some applications and accessories. Advantages of the ICDBOOT trap handlers: 1. You can have a separate set of AUTO folder programs, ACCessories, and DESKTOP.INF/NEWDESK.INF on each partition of your hard drive. You can reboot selecting a different setup for different tasks. 2. If you have a booting problem (such as: endless reboot loop, blank desktop, unable to run certain types of programs, etc., just use the key option described above to choose a different partition to boot from. This is far simpler than some of the procedures needed in the past (boot with hard drive off, run IDCHECK, turn hard drive on, rescan until drive found, run ICDBOOT, install icon, remove offending file, etc.) ICDTRAPS allows you to enable or disable the trap handlers in ICDBOOT. Just double click on ICDTRAPS; the file selector will appear, allowing you to select any ICDBOOT; if the version is 6.2.0 or greater, the status of the trap handler installation flag is shown. You can change it, then click on "Save" to permanently configure the selected ICDBOOT. IDCHECK.PRG This has been updated to check IDE devices on the Falcon, devices connected to the TT/Falcon SCSI port as well as the ACSI/DMA port. When running on a TT, the left-hand column shows the devices attached to the SCSI port (including the TT itself) and the right-hand column shows the devices attached to the ACSI port. INSTALL.PRG Automated setup of a hard disk. Formats (if necessary), verifies, partitions, sets up auto-boot, and creates a desktop. Ideal for the novice user who wants a quick setup, and for dealers setting up hard disks for customers. When done, the disk should boot up when connected to any ST or TT with any TOS version and display a desktop containing all the icons necessary for the number of partitions. RATEHD.PRG This has been updated to test IDE drives and drives connected to the TT/Falcon SCSI port as well as the ACSI/DMA port. RELOG.PRG This program forces ICDBOOT to relog all hard drive partitions. Usually put in your AUTO folder after STARTHD.PRG when needed. Make sure ICDBOOT is configured for the largest possible logical sector size. You can determine this with HDPARTS.TOS. SCSI.PRG This is a SCSI Command tester which can also be used as a sector editor. This is included only on the PRO level of ICD software. STARTHD.PRG Looks for non-running hard disks, then issues a "Start Unit" command to them. Some disks do not start when power is supplied. This program will start them. This program should go in your AUTO folder and should be followed by RELOG.PRG. Make sure ICDBOOT is configured for the largest possible logical sector size. You can determine this with HDPARTS.TOS. TIMESET.PRG Sets computer clock from the hard disk clock (clock models only) and exits. WHEREIS.TOS Find files on your hard disk. +---------------------------------------------------------------+ Miscellaneous Notes ------------------- Connecting Supra/Atari Drives: Supra drives are initially set to SCSI=0, LUN=0, so if you want to boot off your ICD drive, you may wish to change the ID of the Supra drive. Alternatively, you could set the SCSI ID of the controller or drive in your ICD drive to a different value and boot off the Supra drive. Contact ICD Technical Support for assistance if necessary. Atari SH204 drives are also set to SCSI=0, LUN=0, BUT they have a bug in their hardware. They respond to ALL LUN numbers causing havoc to the system. A provision in the drive handler has been made to only see LUN=0 with a SCSI ID of 7. Therefore you will need to set the 3 position dip switch in your SH204 to ID 7 (flip all three switches to the other position). Atari Megafile (SH205) drives are set as SCSI=0, LUN=0. The SCSI ID # is changeable inside the box. It uses a combination host adapter/controller board but can be formatted with our software as an Adaptec 4000 for their 20 Meg and Adaptec 4070 for the 30 and 60 Meg drives. Clock Battery: If the clock is way off or seems to return crazy times, the battery may be low. For a replacement battery, send $5.00, unless your host adapter is in warranty. If it is in warranty, call us and we will send a batter at no charge. A new battery socket is available for an additional $3.00. Soldering is usually required with older original ICD ST Host Adapters. The newer units already have the socket installed and replacing the battery is a very simple operation. We will install battery and/or socket for $20 when unit is out of warranty. If your clock seems to run fast or slow it is probably adjustable. Look for a variable capacitor labled VC1 near the clock battery. Use a subminiature flat-bladed screwdriver. Insert the blade into the opening and turn clockwise to speed the clock up, counter-clockwise to slow it down. Start with 1/2 turn, let it go for a day and recheck and go from there. It is possible with a little patience to calibrate these clocks very accurately. If your host adapter does not have VC1 about the only recourse is to try changing the clock chip. Host Adapter Mounting: There are four mounting holes on the board; mount it as you see fit. ICD makes a mounting bracket kit for the host adapter which you can probably use in your application. It is called the ST/MK and is US $8.95 plus S & H (contact us to order, or for more information). Using Multiple SCSI ID's and Host Adapters: When using multiple SCSI ID's and/or host adapters a few rules apply: - Power up the device closest to the computer first (plugged in). Then power up the next out in the chain and continue in this fashion until all devices are powered. Now BOOT the computer. If the computer has an internal drive, there will be an additional delay while this device comes up to speed. In this case, all devices might be powered from a single switch. - On a Falcon, the order of scan is: IDE drive, then SCSI drives from 8 to 15 (physically 0 to 7). - On a TT, the order of scan is: SCSI drives from 8 to 15 (physically 0 to 7), then ACSI/DMA drives from 0 to 7. - On an ST, the order of scan is ACSI/DMA drives from 0 to 7. - The first drive found provides the booter and (usually) the AUTO folder and accessories for the system. Partitions will be assigned as C, D, E, etc. The next SCSI ID found will provide the next partitions and so on. It does not matter physically where these drives are in the daisy chain except for power up procedures. The SCSI ID #s also do not need to be consecutive (though that may be needed by the software provided by other companies). Setting Up Your AUTO Folder For Programs Which Use GDOS: It is usually necessary to have GDOS be the last file in the AUTO folder. Since the ST displays files in sorted order, the only way to insure this is to create a JUNK folder, copy all files except GDOS to it, delete the AUTO folder, and recreate it. Then copy all files back to the AUTO folder from JUNK, delete JUNK, and finally copy GDOS to the AUTO folder. To avoid these problems try G+PLUS from Codehead Software. Setting Up Your Hard Drive To Boot pc-ditto From A Partition: First, set up the partition to boot with the HDUTIL program. Create a JUNK folder on another drive and copy ICDBOOT.SYS to it. Now run the pc-ditto program's formatter which sets MS-DOS to boot. Finally copy ICDBOOT.SYS back to the root directory of your boot drive. Now when you boot, the ICD Boot Program will run...then pc-ditto will boot. CAUTION: If you disable autobooting with HDUTIL, you will probably destroy your pc-ditto boot information as well. NOTE: pc-ditto just simply will NOT load PC-DOS from some makes of hard drive. The reason for this is not known. Please do not call ICD for pc-ditto support. What To Do When You Get "Locked Out" Of Your Hard Disk: Installation of certain .ACC files may cause you to bomb every time you boot and you can't access your hard drive to remove or rename the offending file! To cure this: turn off the hard drive, place a copy of the ICD ST host adapter disk in Drive A, and boot. Double click on IDCHECK.PRG and let it scan through drives. At the end it will be blank. Now, turn on your hard drive. Let it come up to speed. Click on Rescan and repeat until your drive is shown. Then Exit. Now locate ICDBOOT.PRG and double click on it. Install an icon for Drive C: (click on one icon to make it dark, then go to the menu bar under options for Install Disk Drive; use a capital C!) and double-click on it. Now you can rename the offending .ACC file to some other extension, and then you should be able once again to boot from your hard drive. This procedure may not work with internal drives such as on the TT, Falcon, Mega STE, or Mega 2/4 with ICD AdSCSI Micro adapters. If this doesn't work, call ICD, and we will try to help you regain access to the hard drive. Suddenly your hard drive won't auto-boot: Something has trashed partition information or corrupted the ICDBOOT.SYS file. First try re-running HDUTIL and resetting the boot drive. If this doesn't help, or if the Boot dialog shows no hard drives, something has wiped out your partition sector. Try running Cleanup ST ("Hard Disk" - "Fix" options) to try to save the partition. Alternatively, you you can rewrite partition info using the ICDFMT.PRG. To do this, run ICDFMT and select PARTITION. Re-enter your partition information (of course you have kept a record of this). Make sure all partitions are enabled (check mark under "On"). Select REWRITE PARTITION INFO ONLY at the bottom left side of the dialog box. Be careful here! This is one place you want to be ABSOLUTELY SURE that your information is 100% correct. +---------------------------------------------------------------+
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