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

From: Fred N. van Kempen <>
Date: Tue Mar 2 03:48:58 2004

On Thu, 26 Feb 2004, Lyos Norezel wrote:

> Hey y'all... I need some help. I recently acquired a Compaq Portable(ye right... at 35LBS no one is crazy enough to carry this machine around) II... with a hard drive and a 5.25 floppy disk drive. The hard drive apparently has MSDOS 3.2 and some Novell application. When booted up it first checks the memory then it checks active partions... then it starts going in some kinda loop looking for a file server that isn't there. I don't have any other 5.25 floppy drives so I am unable to create disks to transfer files to this box. I was wondering if it was possible to connect the floppy drive to my linux box and copy the files to the disk(s) from there and retransfer the drive to the compaq to use. Problem is that the Linux box is an RH9 platform on a PII (686) system. Would RH9 even have the needed drivers for a drive this ancient? Can this be done or am I, for all intensive purposes, screwed?

Linux should have no problems writing to 5.25" floppy drives,
or old hard disks, assuming that the "driving" hardware is
still working.

Check out the kit at to create a
small set of diskettes to boot the box with, and install a
working Linux on it. Then, the rest can be done over its
network connection (it has one, since they did Novell stuff
with it...)

Fred N. van Kempen, DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) Collector/Archivist
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Received on Tue Mar 02 2004 - 03:48:58 GMT

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