|Thought the same thing myself at first, but when I saw "old DOS machine running DOS 6.22" I figured that it probably couldn't handle it...though DSL (Linux) might work if it's 486 class...|
While I haven't tried it myself on a FAT16 partition, I do know knoppix reads FAT32. I suspect it will read FAT16 as well and considering the amount of time and energy you'd have to invest in trying it (ie: download knoppix, burn it to CD, boot to it and see) and the money you'd have to invest (cost of one blank CD) it's got to be worth trying it
The Knoppix cd sound interesting. However, my application is a ongoing file transfer rather that a one time transfer. Would it work foor that?
If knoppix can indeed read a FAT16 partition then yes, it will work this way as well. As long as you don't shut the machine down. If you know your way around linux, you could write a little script to do your transfers, save it to the PC's hard drive and then even if you power the unit off, as soon as it reloads into knoppix, you just run your script again.
Increased network traffic appears to be causing problems that are reported as "unable to create directory" and locks up the machine causing us to lose data. It was recommend by our IT department to use FTP to overcome this issue but we have tried running Windows on the machine in the past and the application is not compatible. Would knoppix help here? Or what would you suggest?
Hmmm...........I'm not sure how increased network usage could cause it to be "unable to create directory". If you're using switches and not hubs in your environment it's not like you're suffering from broadcast storms or extreme numbers of collisions.
If you have to run the app in DOS 6.x then no, it's not likely you'll be able to run it under knoppix. I misunderstood that you needed to run an app and have it continuously transfer files. I thought you were talking about a one shot transfer type thing (looking back at your original post, that's exactly how it sounds) so knoppix may not be your solution.
However, you do have to start thinking about getting some new software to do whatever it is you're doing on that old DOS machine. As you can see, it's getting harder and harder to get your old software to work anymore and the day is not far away when it won't anymore...............period. So it's definitely time to look at upgrading the software.