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

Othniel Graichen othniel at gmail.com
Wed Jan 29 20:22:46 CST 2014


Still Unemployed.


On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 7:51 PM, Borries Demeler <
demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu> wrote:

> Sorry, already figured it out.
>
> -b.
> On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 07:28:12PM -0600, Othniel Graichen wrote:
> > As I am unemployed you can contract with me to do the project.
> > Othniel Graichen
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM, Borries Demeler <
> > demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu> wrote:
> >
> > > Who sells it, and where can I get it?
> > >
> > > On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 08:22:41AM -0600, Othniel Graichen wrote:
> > > > 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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