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

n5wsw at yahoo.com n5wsw at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 26 21:10:54 CST 2014

Crazy, but cool, let me look I think I might have that driver wow.

Give me till tomorrow evening, as I have to go through some old stuff!


Don Jones, N5WSW
A Student of Life & Life Long Learner

Sent from Don Jones

> On 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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