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written by Bakuhatsu on Dec 08, 2004 14:19
Hey everybody, it's been a while. This is getting posted here because there isn't really a "Hactar" forum, unless my eyes have gone really bad.

Anyways, I was going to use Hactar to test out a computer my host mother has that's been giving us some trouble. So I downloaded the file and ran the system disk creater. However, it doesn't seem to work. Normally, I use XP with a USB floppy. Does that have anything to do with it?

I went into the prompt (I love DOS) and tried manually from the kernel folder but the message I got said that the drive might have been locked. I'm pretty sure it's not. The disk is good too. Strange.
written by Snickety on Dec 08, 2004 20:19
Im not really sure about this either but is Hactar stuff meant to go here.
written by Megagun mk. ii on Dec 08, 2004 20:35
I think it says that the DISK is locked... Just switch the little switch on the floppy that write-protects it. I think that should pretty much fix that.

If that doesn't work.. well.. I have no idea why and how a drive can be locked...
sfx#32 swarm of dead insects
written by Lkraider on Dec 08, 2004 21:23
I have made a hactar image file some time ago, if it helps: cd/zips/Lkraider/hactar img (211 Kb)
written by Bakuhatsu on Dec 09, 2004 13:04
Megagun mk. ii said:
I think it says that the DISK is locked... Just switch the little switch on the floppy that write-protects it. I think that should pretty much fix that.

If that doesn't work.. well.. I have no idea why and how a drive can be locked...
Yeah, I made sure that it wasn't something as silly as that. Anyways, I'll try LK's image. Thanks.
lost, not forgotten
written by Alex on Dec 25, 2004 03:14
Well, I'm obviously late for this, but some versions or installations of Windows will effectively forbid direct access to floppy disks. It's probably a safety setting, and I remember having "fought against" this particular behaviour of the system. It was probably because there were some viruses spreading via the boot records of floppy disks.

However, if I'm correct, you might be able to unlock the floppy device by typing:

LOCK A:

Contrarily to common sense, the command used to unlock the drive, because it behaved like a on/off switch. Repeating it would then have locked the floppy drive again. So, in short, try typing that and then run again hactar.exe.

ps. I take the occasion to signal that there are several bugs in the HoleAlloc and HoleFree functions of the Hactar kernel 1.0003 - I noticed such problems while refitting some of the kernel code for an alternative project derived from Hactar, by the codename of "Cliffhanger": the bugs won't strike with the few and simple default applications presented on the floppy, but they could in more complex usages
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