Re: Low-level formatting a ProFile or a Widget

From: James MacPhail <gg__at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2007 16:19:36 -0800

>Actually, I think I miswrote the original post -- He's tried 3 or 4
>ProFiles too, and when he tries to boot the machine from them it
>complains about the lack of an internal HD. This is after removing the
>Widget for testing purposes.

This implies to me that the ProFiles are connected to an expansion slot card.

I suggest you connect the (external) ProFile to the built-in parallel port, in lieu of the Widget.

All of the operating environments will install-to and boot-from a ProFile connected to the built-in port.

In the unlikely event that you want to use Xenix as your OS, note that it may have an issue if you use a 5MB ProFile instead of the Widget, but there are ways around that.

Connecting a ProFile to the built-in port of a 2/10 requires either:

  1. making or buying an adapter cable for the internal ribbon cable, for example:


  2) crimping a DB-25 connector on the Widget data cable and running a cable out to the ProFile.

Since the latter might be considered an irreversible modification, I suppose you may want to choose the adapter.

HTH, James

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