From his description of the"arrows", it’s likely QNX 2 or
Don, was the hard disk in the old system functional? Can you
try it in the new hardware to see if it will still boot?
Can you find an old computer identical (or very similar)
to the old computer to try both the boot floppy and/or
the old hard disk? Old computers tend to be stached
away in industrial facilities, or foisted off onto engineers:
maybe there’s something of the same generation to
fill in while you solve the rest of the recovery problems?
Agreed, though, about the BIOS setting.
I recall that some versions of QNX4 were sensitive to processor
speed and had floppy drive timing issues, being dependant on
software timing loops. Every time a new, faster processor was
put into our product, we needed to go back to QNX folk to
get some new software. I expect that they eliminated that
dependency at some point, but perhaps Don is seeing that
(I can’t imagine what a QNX 4.21 boot disk would do when
booted on a 1 GHz Pentium 3 (I think I have such a boot floppy
around…maybe I’ll try it!))
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One thing that has bitten me in the past is in the BIOS, check for
“Plug and Play OS” or somesuch – and turn it OFF. The idea
being that with it off, it (the BIOS) will assign PCI addresses and
interrupts to your cards. I’ve had spectacular crashes with it on.
Now, when you say “QNX” and you talk about “old version” – are you
talking about QNX 2, QNX 4, or QNX 6 (aka QNX Neutrino 2) ???
Don <> firstname.lastname@example.org> > wrote:
We have an entire manufacturing plant system sold to us by a company out
business(united pentek, indianapolis).
The computer went out, we bought a new one, and the QNX boot disk the
party vendor(pentek) left us will not work. With the boot disk in, the
DCI check gets stuck. (Even though we turn auto check off in bios.)
The new computer gets stuck when the BIOS does a check of PCI listings.
(seeing new boards and assigning IRQs) That is if I boot up with QNX
disk in floppy. (without QNX boot disk, system boots into WIN 98 just
The screen displays after BIOS load…
“Verifying pool data, Press “ESC” for alternate OS” then I see a couple
up/down arrows, then it fills the screen with ???, until I
down. Trying “ESC” has no effect. I went to BIOS and put PCI checking in
Then I see "Verifying pool data, updateing. Building DMI pool database,
verifyingDMI, Update Success, Press “ESC” to alt OS. and then still
the screen with ???.
I have checked a couple theiories this week end online at QNX.com.
- QNX old version won’t work with AMD K6 proccessor.(have installed
succesfully on Pentium proccessor in the past) online the show AMD
compatability.So that’s not it. :>)
- QnX boot disk corrupt. (cant find a place online to download another,
- One guy uses method of formating HD to remove win98 OS. before
re-installing. Is this realy neccesary, i don’t know.
- Also seen online about having to set some option for hard drive being
greater than 1 gig. but cant do that to existing boot disk with out
an existing QNX system to work on.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, as Qnx has the entire facility
I have downloaded QNX update , but it requires you already have old
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