3Com 3Stations

From: Jeffrey l Kaneko <jeff.kaneko_at_juno.com>
Date: Fri Jul 30 15:27:09 1999


You want some advice, eh? Okay. These beasties support CGA
or EGA (you set this up from the setup screen-- No, I don't
remember the key sequence, maybe it was CTRL-ALT-ESC, I dunno),
and AFAIK, I'm pretty sure they support 1mb simms. (the later
models had VGA, and supported more memory).

It's a '286 CPU (in case you haven't looked), and while it can't
run '386 based stuff, worked fin for most MS-DOS appz.

How do you make it boot? Ha. You have to have either: 3Com
3+Start server software, or 3+Open Start (for OS/2 LanMan).
3+Start is a component of 3Com's 3+Share Network OS, and was
in direct compettiton with Novell Netware 1.x and 2.x.

MS-DOS based networking at it's best, yesindeedy. ;^)

Basically, you built a file that was just a bit image of
a standard DOS boot disk, with the necessary drivers therein.
The START service would then respond to the boot request from
the 3Station, effect a network connection, and proceed to
serve up the boot volume (volume name setttable via setup,
I'm pretty sure).

After booting, you would log on to the 3COm network. Pretty
slick for 1986, actually.

I think I still have all of this stuff somewhere, ifn you
want it. The only problem is, you'll need to dedicate a PeeCee
just to run the boot services (and whatever other network services
you want). An awful lot of work for just a '286, but still
fairly cool. You'll also have to dig up a pretty old ethernet
adaptor to put in the server.


On Fri, 30 Jul 1999 16:59:52 +0100 "Peter Pachla"
<peter.pachla_at_vectrex.freeserve.co.uk> writes:
> Hi all, I've had these two "3Com 3Stations" (model 3C1100) lying
> around here
> for the past 5 years or so and I'd like to actually get them
> running.
> Does anyone have any technical details about them; in particular
> what sort of
> graphics adapter is built in (it looks like either CGA, EGA or
> MDA/Herc), what
> sizes of 30-pin SIMMs do they take (and how do you set the memory
> jumpers) and
> how the heck do you get them to boot via the network?
> Anyone able to offer ANY advice?
> TTFN - Pete.
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