[Coco] Sloppy decoding

Joel Ewy jcewy at swbell.net
Sun Oct 29 20:47:36 EST 2006

I downloaded 10 or 12 1.44M SLS images off of Delphi and installed them
on a '386 SX/40 with 16M RAM and 2 MFM hard drives.  They both started
out life as Seagate 40M HH drives, but one had a serious and audible
physical problem.  Figuring I had nothing to lose, I opened the case on
it and discovered that the R/W head on the top surface of the top
platter had come loose.  I removed the offending head, bent its arm up
out of the way, reassembled the drive, and told the formatter program it
had 3 heads instead of 4 -- which was quite true.  Probably if it had
been any other head this wouldn't have worked.  But the drive ran for
quite some time before I replaced both with an IDE drive. 

I'm still doing "inadvisable" things with Linux, like installing it on
68K Macs.


wdg3rd at comcast.net wrote:
> Whaddaya mean "short term"?
> Over 13.5 years since I first installed a 5.25" high stack of 5.25" floppies on a 386/25 with 4mb RAM.  SLS, the predecessor to Slackware.
> --
> Ward Griffiths    wdg3rd at comcast.net
> When you let people do whatever they want, you get Woodstock. When you let governments do whatever they want, you get Auschwitz.       Doug Newman
>  -------------- Original message ----------------------
> From: "John W. Linville" <linville at tuxdriver.com>
>> Sounds like Apple needs to discover PAE...short term fix: use
>> Linux. :-)

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