[SATLUG] A challenge for all seasoned experts :-)

Othniel Graichen othniel at gmail.com
Sun Jan 26 14:30:02 CST 2014

Yes.  I can do all that.  Let's talk.

On Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM, Borries Demeler <
demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu> wrote:

> Here is a challenge for all you seasoned experts with previous DOS
> experience:
> I have recently revived an old but excellent spectrophotometer that was
> built
> on top of a 486 motherboard. Miraculously, the motherboard still works
> (after
> resetting the bios with some jumper surgery), but now I am facing a second
> hurdle: The spectrophotometer has a bad 3.5" floppy drive that was used to
> output
> the data. All floppies I have tried fail to be recognized, although
> they work fine on some other computer which has a floppy drive. So forget
> the floppies - don't want to deal with them anyway. There is an old 3c509
> network card (isa) in this spectrophotometer that has a (presumably)
> 10baseT
> cat 5 ethernet connector. The whole system is running MSDOS DOS 3.3.
> The software controlling the spec needs DOS (its not a windows program).
> So, right now everything is stored on an old 40 MB (!) seagate harddrive,
> which also miraculously still works. I want to first make a backup of the
> whole system and then find some backup hardware that can be retrofitted
> onto the old motherboard in case other stuff fails - the spec is really
> high quality and I would hate to lose it. The controller boards are all
> ISA and so I cannot use a new motherboard.
> For now, I would be happy to somehow just get the 3c509 network card to
> work under dos 3.3 and hook up an ethernet cable and be able to dump files
> out over the network. Now I forgot pretty much anything about DOS
> networking
> and wouldn't know where to get the files. I can probably find an old driver
> on the harddrive for the 3c509 card, but maybe there is something else
> available? What is the best way to network this old computer, and where
> could I find the necessary software?
> command line ftp, scp, rsync or similar would be fantastic, am I asking
> for too much? What are my options here? The machine has 4 MB of RAM, and
> is a 486. I *might* be able to find some more RAM for this if this is
> necessary.
> Thanks, -b.
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