|Re: Making a LIF image file under DOS?|
Message #13 Posted by Vassilis Prevelakis on 22 May 2006, 9:20 p.m.,
in response to message #11 by John
> > a) Why not use your Series 80 computer to read the floppy and xfer the entire floppy image
> > to your PC over the serial link
> Because it is slow and fiddly to set up.
slow is an understatement, it takes forever, but then who cares,
you start the process and go to the pub. If you have multiple disks, and you have multiple drives (e.g. most 9121s have two drives) you can set up the program to switch to the next drive until you run out of drives. The "fast" version (that does compression) is signigficantly faster, though it needs more RAM.
> > Assuming you have an old 720kb drive for your PC [...]
> I think LIFUTIL must perform some additional commands [...]
This is the setup I used to prepare all my Integral PC floppies (though these are double sided, i.e. require the built-in Integral PC floppy drive or an external 9122 drive).
> Yes a HP9000 Model 300 is on my wish list [...]
> (I didn't know they ran OpenBSD BTW, I was looking for just the RM Basic version).
I have both (one is a standard 9000 Model 300/345, while the other is a 19 inch rack mountable monster with built-in CRT, HD, floppy, and a keyboard that folds to cover the screen). I haven't managed to do a lot with the RM Basic one, though (you can spend hours trying to do the simplest tranfer. The OpenBSD is much easier to use, but this may be because I use OpenBSD for my everyday work.
Do note, however, that OpenBSD does NOT support the 68010 models of the 300 range (IMHO the 310), and some Apollo ones.
PS thanks for the briken links tip, the site is down at the moment, but I'll fix them as soon as it comes back up (tomorrow hopefully).
Edited: 22 May 2006, 9:23 p.m.