IBM PC/XT Clone and 1.44MB FDD

From: Joe R. <>
Date: Wed Mar 24 06:56:43 2004

At 12:21 PM 3/24/04 +0400, you wrote:
>I've got a generic PC/XT 8088 clone (contains NEC processor) with no HDD
>and two 5.25" FDD. Needless to say that the media as well as the O/S (M$
>DOS) is not available in my local market.
I was wondering if it's
>possible to:
>(1) Install a 3.5" 1.44MB FDD in it.

  There were plenty of aftermarket disk drive controller cards that had
built in BIOS that supported 1.44 drives. Other than that you can use the
DRIVER.SYS program in MS-DOS to handle the floppy.

>(2) Acquire FREEDOS and boot the machine

    I'm not familar with FREEDOS so I can't help there.

>(3) Use some sort of DOS terminal program to connect to a Linux machine

    There are LOTs of terminal programs available for the DOS only PCs.
Used commercail programs can be found cheap and there's plenty of shareware
programs available on the net.

Received on Wed Mar 24 2004 - 06:56:43 GMT

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