Solved Can I send files from an old MS-DOS 3.2 HeathZenith computer

November 6, 2016 at 11:23:54
Specs: MS-DOS 3.2
Can I transfer files from an old MS-DOS 3.2 Computer using Hayes Communication's SmartCom II to a Windows 10 network computer?

See More: Can I send files from an old MS-DOS 3.2 HeathZenith computer

Report •

✔ Best Answer
November 7, 2016 at 23:02:50
I saw that other posting too. Yeah, likely the drive is corrupted. You could run CHKDSK and see what it says. It will probably ask about fixing bad sectors. Say NO to that for now. It doesn't fix anything. It just moves whatever data it can to another spot and marks that one bad.

If the computer has an 8088 or 8086 cpu then your 5 1/4 drive is a 360K. If the cpu is at least a 286 it can handle high density drives--a 1.2 meg 5 1/4 or 1.44 meg 3 1/2. You might want to find out first what you have.



#1
November 6, 2016 at 11:24:34
Can I list an old ms-dos computer for sale here?

Report •

#2
November 7, 2016 at 02:29:40
I don't think you can move data from one computer to another using a modem. I wanted to do that once but couldn't find a way. A modem won't connect to an ethernet port on the other computer anyway. Starting with dos 6.0 they have the interlnk and intersvr that allowed you to move data through a serial or parallel port but nothing like that for 3.2

Does the dos computer have a 1.44 drive? If so you can copy the files to floppy disks or use the BACKUP command to copy multiple files to a series of floppy disks. That computer probably only has a 20 or 30 meg drive in it so you could backup the entire hard drive with just a few disks if you wanted to. I don't know about windows 10 but earlier versions had a lot of the old dos commands hidden away, including RESTORE.


Report •

#3
November 7, 2016 at 02:33:31
Oh, it'd be best to list the computer on ebay or craigslist. Then maybe you can post something here like 'hey I'm selling this' with a link to the page.

Report •

Related Solutions

#4
November 7, 2016 at 02:59:02
You can certainly transfer data via a serial port (with or without intervening modems), but it relies on the Windows 10 computer having such a port. Most don't.

message edited by ijack


Report •

#5
November 7, 2016 at 03:59:20
Hi Billie, somewhat confusingly, you posted a important related query here:-

http://www.computing.net/answers/do...

On that thread disappointingly the op never bothered to return.

a) are you sure the WORD and/or MULTIPLAN applications you have are dos?

Would expect them to open on the old pc - does it have a hdd?
If so, could the battery have failed, causing the bios to reset such that the hdd is not opening..

b) go for the simplest method of transferring files - floppy disk to a normal pc.

The WORD files should open with a later WORD.
If not, try WORDPAD (it is better than NOTEPAD).

Opening MULTIPLAN files may not be so easy and may require the original application under DOS, or possibly EXCEL (which replaced MULTIPLAN) to open.

Please advise back on progress.

As a matter of interest,where are you based (City/State)? I am in West London.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


Report •

#6
November 7, 2016 at 05:20:43
The problem with floppy disks (obviously the best solution) is that most modern computers don't have floppy drives. External 3 1/2" drives are avalable, so would be a possible solution. But if the MS-DOS computer has 5 1/4" drives you are stuck. But there are firms who will transfer data frm floppy disk of any size to CD-ROM, so that would be a possible soultion. It all depends upon what the data is worth.

Report •

#7
November 7, 2016 at 12:02:02
I'm in Bozeman Montana.
Everything on the computer is originally as installed in 1984-85, including Word, MultiPlan, BasicA, Norton, and software that I wrote during subsequent years. All of the BasicA files list, load, and execute perfectly. The Word files hang up the system without loading the Word Software itself, the MultiPlan loads the software; but isn't able to load any of the listed MP files - I can input formulas, etc into spreadsheet and they will execute.
The system prints to HP ThinkJet 2225C printer, communicates with a Promethus modem, executes most it not all of the DOS commands, function keys execute as they should, most if not all keyboard functions (i.e. Cntl P) work just fine.
I suspect that the MP and Word software and possibly related file may have been corrupted; but because everything else works I find that hard to believe.
Thanks to all of you, anything else will undoubtedly help me. I may have to just copy them to 5 1/4 floppies, delete them and sell system as is - with or without modems(2), printers (2).

Thanks again


Report •

#8
November 7, 2016 at 23:02:50
✔ Best Answer
I saw that other posting too. Yeah, likely the drive is corrupted. You could run CHKDSK and see what it says. It will probably ask about fixing bad sectors. Say NO to that for now. It doesn't fix anything. It just moves whatever data it can to another spot and marks that one bad.

If the computer has an 8088 or 8086 cpu then your 5 1/4 drive is a 360K. If the cpu is at least a 286 it can handle high density drives--a 1.2 meg 5 1/4 or 1.44 meg 3 1/2. You might want to find out first what you have.


Report •

#9
November 8, 2016 at 10:15:45
Hi Billie,

are the files giving problems, word and multiplan) on floppy or hdd?

have you tried setting the system date to before 2000?

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


Report •

#10
November 8, 2016 at 12:49:13
Both (All) files are on HDD.
Tried setting date before 2000, doesn't make any difference. Although the install date on the Word executable is 12-18-2000, which makes me wonder because it wasn't installed then, that might explain Word problems. MultiPlan opens the executable (installed 10-29-1990 but still can't find the file.

Chkdsk runs fine, as well as the disk diagnostics.
Thanks again


Report •

#11
November 9, 2016 at 02:06:10
Hi Billie, I do not follow:-

"The Word files hang up the system without loading the Word Software itself, the MultiPlan loads the software; but isn't able to load any of the listed MP files - I can input formulas, etc into spreadsheet and they will execute"

a) Surely you load WORD first, then use it to open the required file?

b) Has the path been changed in AUTOEXEC.BAT.
Presume you are using the original AUTOEXEC which worked ok previously when you started the pc..

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

message edited by Mike Newcomb


Report •

#12
November 9, 2016 at 08:17:05
Yes, all processes set up at Autoexec.bat time have worked since I made the system back in 1984. I can go to the individual directory(Word/MultiPlan) and execute the *.exe file from each and it doesn't work any better than going through the *.bat files I've used for years.
Thanks

Report •

#13
November 9, 2016 at 23:29:22
What date is showing when you do the DATE and enter command? It doesn't seem like the date would matter for an old dos program but you can always change it to something 1980's or 1990's and see if that helps. Since chkdsk showed OK those programs ought to run.

Report •

#14
November 10, 2016 at 03:29:02
Hi Dave, when I raised that DATE point, I was thinking of the ' Millenium Bug' and odd funnies it caused..

It took a while to obtain a clear picture from Billie asto what is happening. This leads me to suspect it is something simple and thus easily cured.

Sometimes the www being truly ww works against us. Am sure I could rectify the problem if the pc were nearby.

Regards - Mike


Report •

#15
November 11, 2016 at 14:34:20
Let me know, if you need any more information on my situation I really appreciate you guys help. I've tried everything that I could think of, I just get back to some things work as well as ever and the two most advanced stuff doesn't; hence I was thinking the programs (Word/MultiPlan) got corrupted somehow.

Thanks again.
Bill


Report •

#16
November 11, 2016 at 23:25:10
The only thing I can think of is to reinstall those programs--if you have the original disks.

Report •

#17
November 12, 2016 at 08:50:30
I think that is about the only option I have.
I really don't need those files to execute on the system as I'm preparing it to sell. I can also get some 5 1/4 360K floppies and copy them to them and/or printing them out as well. Thanks for all you guys help, I'll know where to come back to should I need further assistance with any problems.
You guys are super.
Thanks again,
Bill

Report •

#18
November 12, 2016 at 21:10:13
In case you have difficulty finding 360K disks, you can also use 5 1/4 1.2 meg disks. You just need to reformat them in the 360K drive.

Report •

#19
November 12, 2016 at 22:19:38
"... I was thinking the programs (Word/MultiPlan) got corrupted somehow."

FWIW: Microsoft still offers a legal free download for Word for DOS. It may be able to read your Word documents, assuming you are able to retrieve them.

How well it would work on Windows 10 is another matter altogether.

http://download.microsoft.com/downl...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

message edited by T-R-A


Report •

Ask Question