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Loading dos on PCMCIA Drive f

December 16, 2006 at 18:10:47
Specs: DOS 6.22, pentium 133 128m

I have an Itronix 6000 laptop that has no OS or drives I need to load DOS from another computer with PCMCIA slot to work the Itronix. I have tried all I know and no success. Any help or ideas would be appreciated.


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#1
December 16, 2006 at 20:23:19

I'm not sure why folks insist on trying to do things with crippled computers - you would be well advised to install a floppy drive

Your best bet (short of that) would be to connect the drive to another computer and install DOS from there, if that is your ultimate goal - if it's your intention to install some version of Windows, there would be other considerations. Laptop drives require an adapter to connect to a desktop IDE cable

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter


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#2
December 16, 2006 at 23:58:41

An ATA flash card will sometimes do it but, as I recall it's a little involved. There are still a couple of Itronix groups on Yahoo where you'll find a lot of help and files.

If you have a 6000, it uses a Viper 1.8" pcmcia hdd...either the 260 or 340Mb flavor. 6250's use a 2.5" hdd.

You can pull the drive, plug it into a type III pcmcia slot on any DOS machine. Fdisk, format and sys the drive. Make a DOS directory and expand the files from your 6.22 disk into that directory.

These things aren't real easy to take apart and reassemble...all screws have loctite and you'll need quality torx drivers to work on that thing. Most screws are T-10 or T-8. Insure all "o" rings etc. are in place when you reassemble the machine.

The 6000's come with either 8 or 16Mb proprietary memory and a SLC50 processor. The 16Mb models do a pretty good job running 95 and IE 5.5 but, I recommend you stay with DOS and 3.xx. Pen Computing for Windows is installed on the touchscreen models.

The only reliable external floppy is the Accurite but at about $60US just ain't worth it for a 20 buck laptop.

If you get it working, you'll like the greyscale screen...perfectly visible in direct sunlight. Will it survive a drop onto pavement? Yep. Can you use it in the rain? Yep again...hail storms too. Good little machines but don't spend any real money on the 6000 or the nonpro 6250.

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#3
December 17, 2006 at 01:30:00

Oh, well... that's what I get for not looking it up

Sure does appear to be a sturdy little bugger

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter


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December 17, 2006 at 01:44:04


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#5
December 17, 2006 at 02:35:09

"has no OS or drives"

Surely an up hill fight to 'install' any SW.


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#6
December 17, 2006 at 09:22:47

I've used a serial null modem cable and interlnk/intersvr to hook up two machines and load an os. It ain't fast...30 hours to install 98se on a 6250 and about 6 hours to copy w95 install folder to a 6000.

Many of the links to Itronix information and files from a couple years ago have gone dead but, I think I still have a complete copy of my first 260Mb XC-6000 hdd...I'll look for it sometime today.

I don't currently have a 6000. The 6250 and 6250Pro300 machines I use both run 98se so that disk backup is the only hope I have of helping you much.

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#7
December 28, 2006 at 18:58:15

I was a little rusty but was able to do a "format /s" on a 10Mb ATA flash drive...a md dos and copy of the dos directory was next, followed by a basic autoexec.bat and config.sys finished the job.

Both my IMB 755c's, and both Itronix machines will boot from pcmcia, as will my main desktop...they all work just fine.

The few small games I have on the flash drive are copied to a 16mb ramdrive allowing me to take a 15 year step back in gaming while still lettin' me to save a Works 2 for DOS document.

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#8
December 28, 2006 at 20:00:19

Hi Skip,

Pretty cool.


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