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Tandy 1000 HX first time user...please help!

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by juztin, Sep 7, 2004.

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  1. juztin

    juztin Thread Starter

    Sep 6, 2004
    i hope i'm posting this in the appropriate forum, i didn't see one for vintage consoles or anything...

    my girlfriend's dad dug up an old Tandy 1000 HX from his garage and gave it to me, cuz i've been recently getting into collecting old skool gaming consoles....

    it seems to be working in perfect condition, except i've never used a tandy, and i'm kinda lost.

    from what i've gathered, it's got MS-DOS but no hard drive, and it's got a floppy drive. when you start it, you can go to a menu that lets you look at what programs are on your disk, run personal deskmate, startup from internal drive, start up from external drive, or exit to dos.

    i'm quite familiar with dos, so i got online, found a couple tandy programs, put them on a disk, and popped it in.

    instead of getting to play the ninja arcade game i downloaded, i'm getting my all time unfavorite message from dos : Disk Error Reading Drive A: ; Abort, Retry, Ignore. ack!

    the disk is fine, it works fine on my PC and i've tried two other disks, with different programs, and still the same problem.

    SO...to my questions...

    1. how do i get the disk to work? do i need a specific type of disk?

    2. What is personal deskmate? where can i get it?

    3. what is MS-DOS running off of, if this computer has no hard disk?

    any other pointers anyone could give me on familiarizing myself with the tandy 1000 would be greatly appreciated! i'd love to dig into this thing....like i said, i can fly through dos or windows like it's nothing, but i never had a tandy 1000 (my first computer was a packard bell 286 :p ).

    thanks guys!

  2. shadowcat


    Oct 18, 2003
  3. jm100dm


    May 26, 1999
    Do any disks work in the drive? It may need to be replaced. I too have a Tandy 1000 that my wife and I played with for a few months and stored away a few years back.
  4. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    You are probably using a 1.4 MB floppy.

    It would not be surprising if the Tandy uses a lower density floppy disk, at best a 720k.

    Try formatting the disk in the Tandy first. You may need to block up the "hole" on the top corner with black tape to make the other PC recognise the lower density disk.
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