Possible to speed up I/O subsystem of 5150?

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Wed Dec 8 16:45:55 2004

On Sun, 5 Dec 2004, Jim Leonard wrote:

> I have a few IBM model 5150s that I use to code entries for programming
> competitions and I'd like to try to speed up the hard disk in any way possible.
> (If you're curious what my last project was, check out
> http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=13722 to download and try it out -- it
> displays full-screen full-motion color video with sync'd sound -- yes, on a
> 4.77MHz 8088, no fooling). I've been looking for any way to speed up the hard
> disk subsystem (currently WD1002 with Seagate ST225) and I simply can't get
> more than 130KB/s out of the darn thing... so:

Hey Jim.

Are you allowed to use more modern versions of DOS (i.e. post 3.3)? If
so, why not use a version that has SmartDrive built in? Better yet, use
Speedstor or some equally capable caching utility. Or will caching not
work for your purposes?

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Received on Wed Dec 08 2004 - 16:45:55 GMT

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