IBM ROM BASIC or lack thereof

From: Iggy Drougge <>
Date: Thu Oct 4 21:34:39 2001

Tony Duell skrev:

>> Really, who doesn't? While I've not seen many colour-coded computers, I've
>> seldom seen any without properly labeled ports.

>Didn't we go through this a few weeks back? When some of us posted about
>connectors found on ISA slot covers, and others guessed what they were?

Yep. It seems as though a few "elite hackers" still aren't convinced, though.

>However, I've seen too many computers with incorrect labelling. I've seen
>PCs with a DE9 COM port with a mouse icon over it. OK, so the
>pre-installed version of Windows presumably expected a serial mouse on
>COM1: . That does not make that port a mouse port, though, at least not
>to a hardware hacker like me.

No, D9 mouse ports are for quadrature mice. Everyone knows that.

Speaking of quadrature and improperly labelled ports, why do HP call their
PS/2 mouse to HIL adapter "quadrature adapter"? The quadrature ends before it
even goes out of the mouse and onto the cable.

>> Are you going to set up your computer by trial-or-error?

>Well, it ensures that people who can change buffer chips will always find
>a job after some idiot plugs a printer cable into a DB25-S RS232 port....

IMO he wouldn't be an idiot if the port wasn't labeled as an RS-232 port.

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