To all, (especially DoN),
I've seen this discussed with a different response number just a few months ago, but I'm hoping to understand this "Error during Disk Format" response system as a whole, meaning all errors. With my experiments and tests, I'm getting different ones, and want to learn to look them up for myself.
In the UNIX PC Technical Reference Manual, I find "Error during Disk Format: Response = XX" discussed on page 3-14 (or PDF page 157)
All it says about this error is:
(XX is the hexadecimal contents of the status register.)
OK, that's great, but how do I interpret that? DoN, in your response last October to Jonathan about this error where Response = 1, you immediately knew that this means that " the drive's heads are stuck to the
platter, so the platter can't spin".
But, how did you know that in this case when the hexadecimal contents of the status register = 1, that it means the platters can't spin (drive RPM=0)?
I've gotten all kinds of these errors in my tests, most commonly 4 and 10, but if I can learn how to interpret this enigmatic "status register content", I believe I'll be better ahead to more fully understand the entire system.
Also, for reference, I've OCRd the UNIX PC hardware manual, so it can finally be text-searched. It can be downloaded in the new OCR state from http://unixpc.blogspot.com/p/technical-reference-manual.html
Thank you all, again, and DoN, I always appreciate this group!