Success!!! Up to a point.
I have it booting on a floppy. I have confirmed that you can, apparently, not make disk images with an external USB Floppy drive. I am going to go back now and retest a bunch of the floppy drives and cables to see if there really is a problem or if it was just the images. Of course, this means my original floppy is bad so I need to find another copy as I think the stuff I need to use the GIDE was on there. I read somewhere that there is a copy on the CD. I wonder where that might be? :-) In case anyone is interested, I have a handful of floppy emulators that use USB sticks. Gonna give them a try, too. What they work with seems to be a real crapshoot. Oh yeah, once I have the hard disk working it will be time to try 8" disks, too. All t his could be real fun. bill