Ah, yes, ... :-) Try emm386 without the VDS argument and under no circumstances run FreeDOS FDISK unless you want to risk an erased partition table.

OK I ran the tests again, after taking out VDS everything is working normally, FDISK /INFO reports the correct partition sizes and luckily my computer still works (I'm typing this message on it).

Regarding LBACACHE TUNS, it's exactly the same as under UMBPCI, it's loads high with no problems and no timeouts. Below is the memory map and the FDCONFIG.SYS


Modules using memory below 1 MB:

  Name           Total           Conventional       Upper Memory
  --------  ----------------   ----------------   ----------------
  SYSTEM      14,928   (15K)      9,696    (9K)      5,232    (5K)
  HIMEM        2,544    (2K)      2,544    (2K)          0    (0K)
  EMM386       3,360    (3K)      3,360    (3K)          0    (0K)
  COMMAND      3,984    (4K)      2,944    (3K)      1,040    (1K)
  KEYB         1,760    (2K)      1,760    (2K)          0    (0K)
  SHSUCDX      5,808    (6K)      5,808    (6K)          0    (0K)
  VIDE-CDD     5,024    (5K)          0    (0K)      5,024    (5K)
  RAMDRIVE     1,392    (1K)          0    (0K)      1,392    (1K)
  LBACACHE     7,360    (7K)          0    (0K)      7,360    (7K)
  DISPLAY     11,648   (11K)          0    (0K)     11,648   (11K)
  CTMOUSE      3,328    (3K)          0    (0K)      3,328    (3K)
  Free       714,896  (698K)    627,008  (612K)     87,888   (86K)

Memory Type        Total       Used       Free
----------------  --------   --------   --------
Conventional          638K        26K       612K
Upper                 120K        34K        86K
Reserved              266K       266K         0K
Extended (XMS)    261,104K   202,303K    58,801K
----------------  --------   --------   --------
Total memory      262,128K   202,629K    59,499K

Total under 1 MB      758K        60K       698K

Largest executable program size       612K (626,720 bytes)
Largest free upper memory block        86K ( 87,616 bytes)
FreeDOS is resident in the high memory area.

-- FDCONFIG.SYS STARTS HERE --

;device=special\fdxms.sys
DEVICE=DRIVER\HIMEM.EXE /NOABOVE16 /X

; rem removed VDS from line below
DEVICE=SPECIAL\EMM386.EXE NOEMS X=TEST /verbose

; rem UMBPCI found to be more stable on every system tested
;device=other\umbpci.sys

rem Load the SCSI for 29160N card
;device=other\aspi8u2.sys /d

rem UDMA hard drives
;DEVICE=DRIVER\UDMA2.SYS

DEVICEhigh=OTHER\VIDE-CDD.SYS /D:FDCD0000

devicehigh=OTHER\ramdrive.sys 4096 512 1024 /e
;devicehigh=OTHER\ifshlp.sys

rem lbacache tuns switch is needed for SCSI and UMBPCI
INSTALLhigh=DRIVER\LBACACHE.COM
SHELL=COMMAND.COM A:\ /E:1024 /F /MSG /P=.\FREEDOS\FDAUTO.BAT

DOSDATA=UMB
DOS=high,UMB
FILES=20
BUFFERS=20
LASTDRIVE=Z



--
Gerry Hickman (London UK)


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