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

Borries Demeler demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Tue Jan 28 18:53:57 CST 2014


Othniel, where can I download that?

Thanks, -b.

On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 09:40:20PM -0600, Othniel Graichen wrote:
> I have TCP/IP for MS-DOS that I remember works with the ISA 3c509C ISA
> card.  When I say TCP/IP I mean it has all the tools telnet FTP and I
> believe ssh/scp.
> 
> 
> 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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