Post by dave
I have a problem with a machine with OS2 Warp3. Intermittently from
boot it will hang with only a blinking cursor at the top left of the
screen. This is after the bios screen but before the color OS2/WARP
screen pops up. If I hit ctrl/alt/del it will usually boot ok.
Sometimes I have to hit ctrl/alt/del a few times but I can always get it
to boot. This is not the only machine I have seen this on. Anything I
should be looking at? Os2ldr file maybe? A disk driver issue?
I've seen something similar with various OSes when the hard drive is
starting to fail; in 1 instance it was a scsi controller failing.
In the early stages of failure the disk only fails during a cold boot,
not during a warm reboot - something to do with disk spinup and BIOS not
getting a response from the disk I suspect.
Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del during a failed boot could constitute a warm reboot as
the disk is already up and spinning.
Warp3 suggests an older system so it is worth checking the age of the
disk and checking for a replacement disk suitable for the system.
The next step in disk failure is usually the whatever OS desktop gui
seizing up for no apparent reason and the time with a useable desktop
between seizures decreases fairly rapidly until finally the disk no
Yes, it has happened to various systems over the years here :-(
Hopefully I am wrong and it is something more trivial - but you may want
to get some backups organised just in case :-)