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RE: [xosl] further thought - ZIP drive

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  • James M. DeLuca
    Doc Chiron here to illuminate when I have light, prod when called for, help if possible, and humiliate only when absolutely necessary. ... Doc: Yes,
    Message 1 of 4 , Mar 25, 2004
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      Doc Chiron here to illuminate when I have light, prod when called for,
      help if possible, and humiliate only when absolutely necessary.>

      >From: "tgodfreyau" Following previous post - I thought to simply swap the
      >floppy into the new PC, but can't. Built into a Dell. If I put a Zip drive
      >in there and made it bootable, could I restore XOSL from that 'floppy'?

      Doc: Yes, absolutely!

      BTW: If yor new PC has USB, you might consider a USB floppy drive. Although
      usually US$40, I bought one for $9 (after mail-in rebate) from OfficeMax.
      The MAD DOG brand is actually a Toshiba unit, w/ no problems using it on
      Toshiba Satellite Laptop (no internal floppy).

      Also, you could make a bootable CD, but that process is much less straight
      forward.
      DOC

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    • tgodfreyau
      ... swap the ... Zip drive ... Although ... OfficeMax. ... it on ... straight ... But if I use a USB drive, or a CD, isn t the problem that XOSL can t write
      Message 2 of 4 , Mar 25, 2004
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        --- In xosl@yahoogroups.com, "James M. DeLuca" <jmdeluca@h...> wrote:
        > Doc Chiron here to illuminate when I have light, prod when called for,
        > help if possible, and humiliate only when absolutely necessary.>
        >
        > >From: "tgodfreyau" Following previous post - I thought to simply
        swap the
        > >floppy into the new PC, but can't. Built into a Dell. If I put a
        Zip drive
        > >in there and made it bootable, could I restore XOSL from that 'floppy'?
        >
        > Doc: Yes, absolutely!
        >
        > BTW: If yor new PC has USB, you might consider a USB floppy drive.
        Although
        > usually US$40, I bought one for $9 (after mail-in rebate) from
        OfficeMax.
        > The MAD DOG brand is actually a Toshiba unit, w/ no problems using
        it on
        > Toshiba Satellite Laptop (no internal floppy).
        >
        > Also, you could make a bootable CD, but that process is much less
        straight
        > forward.
        > DOC

        But if I use a USB drive, or a CD, isn't the problem that XOSL can't
        write back to the disc?
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      • James M. DeLuca
        Doc Chiron here to ... ... Doc: Because we re talking about operating at the DOS level, all drives under discussion must be either supported by the mobo BIOS
        Message 3 of 4 , Mar 26, 2004
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          Doc Chiron here to ...>

          > > >From: "tgodfreyau" Following previous post - I thought to simply swap
          >the floppy into the new PC, but can't. Built into a Dell. If I put a Zip
          >drive in there and made it bootable, could I restore XOSL from that
          >'floppy'?
          > >
          >--- In xosl@yahoogroups.com, "James M. DeLuca" <jmdeluca@h...> wrote:
          > > Doc: Yes, absolutely!
          > > BTW: If yor new PC has USB, you might consider a USB floppy drive...
          > > Also, you could make a bootable CD, but that process is much less
          >straight forward.

          >From: "tgodfreyau" But if I use a USB drive, or a CD, isn't the problem
          >that XOSL can't write back to the disc?

          Doc: Because we're talking about operating at the DOS level, all drives
          under discussion must be either supported by the mobo BIOS or via drivers
          loaded via config.sys. That support wouldn't be worth much if it only
          handled reading but not writing! BIOS support usually means the drive is
          given a letter during startup. XOSL probably uses BIOS calls for reading and
          writing, therefore XOSL shouldn't care if it was writing to a donut, as long
          as it has BIOS support.
          Many recent mobos have support for USB floppies & hard drives. If you have
          room for one, put an old 3.5" drive into your new system (here new diskette
          drives run about US$11). They only hold 1.4MB, but how often would having
          one make life so much easier?
          Another thought (gee, I thought Viagra only helped the little h..d) those
          new USB flash drives could be handy for this situation. The 64MB ones are
          only about us$10 when you can find them. Mostly now you see 128MB and 256MB
          units. Again usability depends on having USB support at whatever OS level
          you need to work. DOC

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