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

Othniel Graichen othniel at gmail.com
Wed Jan 29 08:22:41 CST 2014


Its commercial software.  for MS-DOS 3.3


On Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 6:53 PM, Borries Demeler <
demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu> wrote:

> 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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