[Coco] OT: Need someone w/a PC and 5.25" drive, CD-R to copy discs
farna at att.net
farna at att.net
Sun Feb 4 10:00:29 EST 2007
Thanks for the offer Dan, I took Jim Hickle up first. I want the files copied. It's an old version of Windows (2.0) and DOS (3.21?) along with GW-BASIC and a couple mouse drivers. I just want to keep them as a historical reference. The disks are 360K -- DS/DD 40 track -- surprisingly! They originally came with a Zenith Z-248 AT clone, 8MHz. The Z-248 was later available up to 20MHz IIRC, and there were some 386 (SX?) processor cards made for them. I seem to recall a few 486 boards, but they weren't popular -- was getting to the point that it was little more to get a new computer by then. These were backplane machines with separate I/O and processor boards, all on an AT buss. These are the last 5.25" disks I have -- went through and sold/gave away all the MS-DOS and CoCo software around five years ago. Saved my book files on CD-ROM before shipping the original floppies (3.5" though) to Glenside even before that. So nothing for the CoCo was trashed!
I still have a couple CoCos in storage, but didn't save a CC3. When I decided not to pack one of mine up there were still enough people using them I thought it better to let someone have them who would continue using them. They were both highly modified -- one repacked into a Tandy 2000 case w/Disto 4-n-1, two 5.25" and one 3.5" floppies, and a small SCSI hard drive. IIRC I got the 4-n-1 at a steep discount because either the parallel or serial port didn't work and Tony DiStfano couldn't trace it out to fix it. I bought it from Tony in person at one of the "Last" CoCofests -- one of the last for him I know! I hjust wanted the SCSI controller anyway. The other one was mounted in a Kaypro II case with the same floppy setup, no hard drive. I think I had to use a short disk controller to get it packaged with no cables. I'd intended to get a Y cable and HD controller, or another Disto SCII, but never did. I never really used the HD in the other machine either. Oh well, enough remi
g for now! Maybe I can get an emulator working on that old laptop...
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2007 15:46:59 -0800 (PST)
From: Dan Olson <dano at agora.rdrop.com>
Just a few questions:
How many disks? I'm guessing less than 10?
I have boxes of 1.2M drives, that should read these disks with no trouble,
would you be interested in adding one to your PC?
Do you want the files off of these disks, or a sector dump?
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