Now that I have a floppy drive for the Stylstic I have been able to get it working and have been doing some testing. My two Stylistic 500's are fully operational now!
I don't know the full deal, but evidentally there is something more required with PCMCIA ATA drives to get them to be bootable beyond format /s using another laptop.
I will describe what I did and hopefully this will be of some help. I have a Fujitsu 340 meg PCMCIA that came with the Stylistic, as well as an identical physical model generic 340 meg PCMCIA HD. In addition to the Stylistic 500 I also have an Itronix that automatically tries to boot off any PCMCIA HD inserted.
On neither machine would doing a format /s on the generic PCMCIA HD cause it to boot. It would just hang. I had tried this months ago with the Itronix, so I knew going into buying the Fujitsu's that I was gonna have some problems. :)
On either machine, using the FUjitsu 340 meg PCMCIA HD (that was wiped prior to it being sold) actually worked a little better. Both machines, Fujitsu and Itronix, would complain about missing boot sector or whatever. They wouldn't boot, but this is better than hanging.
As one would guess, there is definitely some built-in (BIOS) support for using a PCMCIA HD in the special slot of the Fujitsu Stylistic. So when I did have a floppy drive to hook up and I could boot off a Win95B boot disk I could run FDISK and could see that the partition was not set active on the Fujitsu 340 meg PCMCIA (plugged in to the special HD slot, of course). Once I did this (and did a format /s) it was bootable!!!
The generic 340 meg PCMCIA was a bit more challenging. Although its not directly related to your question talking about it is useful. Now that I had the Fujitsu 340 meg PCMCIA working and bootable I was able to install the Phoenix Card Manager (PCM) from Fujitsu's website. This version of PCM only supports a few PCIC socket chipsets, including the one on the Stylstic. With DOS card and socket services drivers installed, thanks to PCM, I could then run the PCMFDISK utility off of the same utililty disk I d/l from Fujitsu's site. With the Generic 340 meg PCMCIA HD in the normal PCMCIA socket, and having booted off the Fujitsu 340 meg PCMCIA in the special socket, I ran PCMFDISK to create the partition on the Geneneric 340 meg PCMCIA was neccessary for me to get it to work. Now the Generic 340 meg PCMCIA HD could be put in the special socket of the Stylistic and booted off of!
Also, either drive could now be put into the Itronix and be boot off of as well. So this isn't about a "Fujitsu"-thing, its about a general "PCMCIA-bootable" thing.
I had tried when I first got the Fujitsu's in to install the copy of Phoenix Card Manager from the Fujitsu utility disk onto the Itronix laptop, but the Itronix uses a different PCIC chipset that the crappy little OEM version of PCM didn't support!!! The next night is when I ordered the floppy drive, realizing I was pretty stuck.
So I am sure a really smart and clever person could edit the boot sector of the Fujitsu PCMCIA HD on their normal Windows laptop, and that would be all it would take to get it working. And if someone wants to do that and points me to a good program for capturing that, I will be happy to capture mine...for either the Fujitsu 340 meg PCMCIA HD, and/or the 260 meg PCMCIA HD, since I have one of each.
However the more pedestrian way to get things working using another laptop is to get DOS card and socket service drivers running on it so that one can run PCMFDISK off the Fujitsu utillity disk downloaded from their site. The current owners of PCM (it has changed hands many times) are @ssholes about shutting down sites on the net that have copies of PCM on there, but it looks like it is still available here and there, or you can buy it for $70. Hehe.
Or you can just be a totally pussy like me and buy the floppy drive =)
I have actually been wanting to get into DOS PCMCIA stuff for a long time. And this has really been my first foray. I'm definitely going to get my ancient ass Xircom PCMCIA Ethernet card working using DOS drivers, as well as my ancient ass Panasonic 2x portable SCSI PCMCIA CDROM working as well. Just for educational purpose.