Accessing files on an old AST 486SX/25

Ast comp. lc ii / 486sx/25
June 8, 2010 at 15:18:11
Specs: Windows XP, 2.8 GHz / 511 MB
I have an old AST 486SX/25. My husband would like to get the files off of this computer, but when I turn it on, this is what first shows up on the screen:

AST Computer LC II BIOS Rel. 1.00
Copyright AST Research, Inc. 1993

Then it continues starting up, and when it's done starting this is what remains on the screen:

Starting MS-DOS...

C:\>C:\DOS\SMARTDRV.EXE
C:\>

and then a flashing cursor. It just stays like this. It seems I remember having to enter a long string after the flashing cursor, something with a D in it. It's been over 15 years!! Any ideas, anyone, on how to get into this machine and access files? It has a floppy drive and a CD drive. I can access system setup by ctrl/alt/esc, but I don't know what I'm doing once I get in there.

Thanks for any help you can give!

P.S. I know info posted shows it's got a windows xp os, but it doesn't, same with the RAM, that's my own computer here that I'm posting with.

Katrinka


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#1
June 8, 2010 at 15:28:08
The computer is booting up the way it's supposed to--it's just got dos on it. You can type VER and enter at the c:\> prompt to see what version you have.

It may have windows 3.1 on it. To start that type WIN and enter at the prompt. Either windows will start or you'll get a 'bad command or file name' response.

You can either copy files from it using floppy disks or remove the hard drive and attach it as a slave in a (probably) newer computer and copy the files from the AST to the other computer.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#2
June 8, 2010 at 15:41:28
Hello, DAVEINCAPS. I typed in VER and it says DOS Version 6.00. Then I typed in WIN and it says 'bad command or file name'.

Does this mean I don't have a windows os?
Thanks for the quick response, btw.

I have to go fix supper right now, so signing off.

Katrinka

Katrinka


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#3
June 8, 2010 at 16:15:44
Try typing in c:\windows\win and enter. Usually installing 3.1 will modify the path statement in autoexec.bat to look in the windows directory. But if it's not there, the above will force it to look in the windows directory for the WIN command to start windows.

If you still get the 'bad command or file name' then it must not have 3.1 on it.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#4
June 9, 2010 at 08:52:23
Yay, DAVEINCAPS, it worked! I'm in there accessing everything now. It's great! Thanks so much . . .

I am going to be playing around with this for awhile, so may have more questions later . . . Thanks for the great info!

Katrinka


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#5
June 9, 2010 at 18:09:55
You're welcome. Post back if you need further help with it.

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