Linux Box + DOS 3.2 box + (1)5.25 floppy drive (okidata 3305BU) = HELP!!!!!!!!

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Fri Feb 27 14:41:41 2004

On Fri, 27 Feb 2004, B.Degnan wrote:
> I would not attempt to remove the 5 1/4" drive from the compaq, at least
> not yet. Someone someplace must have a 5 1/4 DOS disk and simple terminal
> program like Smart Term that you can use with a modem to download files to
> your compaq.

Forget about terminal programs and everything else until you get the
computer to boot.

> Possibilities:
> a) There is a program called Laplink that you can use to copy files to the
> Compaq without using the diskette drive. You'll need a straight-through
> serial cable, or a parallel cable that's made specially for
> laplink. Using serial mode only (somehow) laplink can install itself on a
> target computer (compaq) through the serial port without having to install
> software via the disk drive.

It can't install ANYTHING without software. MODE.COM is adequate, but
without software, (such as MODE.COM), you CAN NOT INSTALL ANYTHING.

> What I did for these situations was go to the Good will and find a PC with
> both 5 1/4 and 3.5" drives. Very useful! Every vintage computer hacker
> needs a system with multiple drive types.

Add a 3.5" drive to the Compaq.
The Portable and Portable 286 have enough room above the boards
to cut a hole to mount a 3.5" drive!

Grumpy Ol' Fred
Received on Fri Feb 27 2004 - 14:41:41 GMT

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