SCSI floppies

From: Jason Willgruber <>
Date: Fri Dec 25 20:09:19 1998

>I'm quite sure that things like SPARCbooks are normally considered to be
>both laptops and workstations....

SPARCbooks had a network connector, didn't they? The WANG only has a
RS-232C and a modem (300baud? I never even got it working yet.)

>Quite possible. What chips are on the interface board? Does it appear to
>have enough smarts to be a scsi->floppy controller (SCSI chip, FDC chip,
>CPU, RAM/EPROM probably), or is it fairly simple? Is it known that the
>host interface is SCSI, or is it just a 50 pin cable (which could be a
>lot of things).
It's definitely SCSI, because when I once forgot to connect the HD
(internal), it came up with a message "SCSI controller failure at address
[0]", or something like that. It's got a SCSI terminator on the non-used
plug on the floppy, too.

>A 720K drive should go straight in, unless the software is totally broken
>(the hardware interface is the same, apart from the drive having 80
Software? No software driving anything on this machine, except for the WANG
video to CGA converter and PC-emulator. Everything else is hardware. If it
was software-controlled, there would be absolutely no way to initialize the
system, since according to the manual, The computer came with a clean,
unformatted HD. You would boot from the floppy, initialize the HD,
partition it, format it, then install the system software, and configure it
to what you needed. From what it sounded like, it was the type of computer
for more experienced computer users.
                 -Jason Willgruber
                  ICQ#: 1730318
Received on Fri Dec 25 1998 - 20:09:19 GMT

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