NewDeal Hot Tip 1512General Use
loader /logat the DOS prompt. You must type "/log" in lower case. The /log parameter causes NewDeal to write out a file named GEOS.LOG in the \privdata folder. GEOS.LOG is a general log file that shows the loading of various hardware drivers and modules of the system.
A side effect of using the /log parameter is that it can help identify boot sector problems or floppy disk errors.
In the case of floppy disks, it'll say things like
Couldn't read boot sector from drive A 0303 is the error code returned from BIOS
Invalid boot sector on drive A Missing jump instruction 9A 07 009A 07 00 are the three bytes from the start of the boot sector
To make use of this, run NewDeal with the /log switch, stick the disk in the drive, click on the drive icon, let NewDeal complain about the disk, exit NewDeal, then look at the file \PRIVDATA\GEOS.LOG to see what it says.
Last Modified 2 Mar 1999