[vcf-midatlantic] IBM PS/2 Floppy Blues

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at gmail.com
Sun Aug 7 03:14:45 EDT 2016

There is lots of info on PS/2 systems here:-


scroll down to the PS/2 section. The floppy connection is odd and are a pain. The drives seem to suffer head wear, I was told  because there is no flap on the drive and muck gets sucked in over the heads.
You need a reference disk to get it to boot. I think there should be enough info on the site to create one.


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> Cc: Stephen A Edwards <sedwards at cs.columbia.edu>
> Subject: [vcf-midatlantic] IBM PS/2 Floppy Blues
> Found an IBM PS/2 Model 60 (huge tower) a while ago. It powers on, displays
> video, complains about the CMOS memory, and refuses to boot further.
> I spent a day fighting with the 3.5" 1.44MB floppy: I recapped it, cleaned the
> heads, cleaned the track 0 sensor, and it's now happier than it used to be,
> but it still won't boot disks (it seeks to track 0 on reset, and spins the disk for
> a bit when it's trying to read track 0 for boot, but then gives up shortly after
> that). It's a strange floppy: a 40-pin edge card connector instead of the usual
> 34-pin.
> It has a 5.25 MFM (?) drive in it (90X8643 MCA controller card) that spins up
> and seems to move heads around, but it doesn't seem to want to boot off of
> that either, perhaps because the CMOS information is gone. Anybody
> familiar with how that needs to work.
> So I'm looking for advice, or reason to get rid of it. Anybody have a spare 3.5"
> floppy drive FOR AN IBM PS/2 kicking around (i.e., 40-pin edge card
> connector)? Is there any way to fix up the CMOS memory without booting a
> floppy? (It doesn't seem to have BASIC) Anybody have a MCA SCSI
> controller?
> Or does anybody want to take this boat anchor off my hands?
> -Stephen

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