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Future Domain TMC-1610MER BIOS

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I'm desperately searching for a ROM BIOS or a HEX bios code file for my TMC-1610MER I bought whith a Toshiba CDROM drive.
My board chip is a 18C30 dated 9347AS. Other figures: 446074, and VY06416-2.
Thanks very much for your help!
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by:JefLars
ID: 1019632
Are you SURE about the prom number?
Mine is a MC2764Q with a burn volt of 12.5
(by the way, yours is a 6416)
IF your controller does not perform boot functions AND if your controller has no floppy port THEN perhaps a copy of my eprom would do the trick??
Why do you need the eprom now? Where was it originally? Why is it not working?
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by:X007
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I think your eprom code should match, because it's the 18C30 chip which is labelled the following way:
FUTURE DOMAIN
9347AS    446074
VY06416-2
18C30
but I really have an empty eprom socket, and the board is labelled 2764 under this socket, so I guess I need a bios code to fit in a 2764 eprom...
Unless the 18C30 controller has itself a bios in it? But what I know, it's it is not able to
support hard disks INT13h in it present configuration (I mean without a bios eprom).
So, I'd be very glad if you could send me your bios code in a file, HEX file if possible.
(I confirm that my controller has no floppy port, and it can't boot, for the while...)
Thanks very much for helping me!
Stéphane.
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by:X007
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by:patedm
ID: 1019635
The Eprom is there on some cards to support booting from a hard drive.  It will have no benefit if you are only using a CD-ROM.

Why are you looking for that ROM BIOS?  Is something not working?  Usually in the case of CD-ROM drives, it's the aspi.sys (or similar) that needs updating.  As I said, the Eprom BIOS chips are for HDD booting.
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JefLars earned 150 total points
ID: 1019636
Hi again ...
Then I have the fix.
The BIOS I have will work.
I can burn one for you.
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by:JefLars
ID: 1019637
A NOTE: I wasn't all that clear in my answer. I am not that familiar with how this works and expected my answer to follow previous information.

patedm is correct in that you don't need a BIOS chip to run a CDROM.
The BIOS I have will boot a hard disk as device #0.

It's easier and better for me to simply copy the code and send it to you.
Implied in your message is that you have means with which to make use of it.

A mild disclaimer: there is no intent, by copying this code, to defraud anyone of their rights. The code IS copyrighted, and a copy of the code is provided in the spirit of helpfulness to a fellow computer traveler and an underlying assumption that the original is no longer available in any saleable form.
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by:X007
ID: 1019638
DON'T WORRY !!!
In fact, there actually is no risq of defrauding anyone, as :
- Adaptec proposed this BIOS code - free of charge - on their own BBS for a time, but as    they now consider the TMC-1610 board as obsolete, they want to charge me 35$ for an   answer : here is the reason why I'm searching for an alternative answer,
- I told your, my TMC-1610 board was regularly bought with a CDROM kit.
The reason why I'm searching for this BIOS is simply that I do want to boot from a hard
drive with my TMC-1610, the CDROM still beeing working very well at this time.

So, thanks to JFLARS for sending me your BIOS code as a file at my e-mail, I'm just waiting for this to grade you "Excellent!!"...
Stéphane.
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by:patedm
ID: 1019639
Maybe you should have said that you wanted to boot off a SCSI hard drive in your original question.  We aren't psychic.
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by:JefLars
ID: 1019640
Ahem ... patedm ... <smile> ... I've rarely seen a comuter related question that can be answered directly with some discourse ... but of course, you KNOW that. No harm intended.

X007 ... contact me by email soonest, as I am selling off my eprom equipment in 10 days. I will copy the eprom, and since I'll have it set up, I might as well burn one last one. I'll send you the diskette and the eprom. jeflars@pacbell.net
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by:X007
ID: 1019641
Thanks, JefLars (with the right "spelling" ;-) !!
I'll contact you by email, now, and I'll come back here to close my question once I have
tried the eprom.

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