Compaq Deskpro boards/hard drives from the late 1990s
lproven at gmail.com
Fri Jul 23 12:23:52 CDT 2021
On Fri, 23 Jul 2021 at 18:56, Grant Taylor via cctalk
<cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> If memory serves, that mass of floppies was dwarfed by Windows 95,
> particularly later versions.
Win95: 13 disks.
Win98: 38 disks.
Netware 3.1: can't remember... lots:
Ha! Trying to google, I found a piece I wrote myself!
I think it was circa 20-25 disks. I remember I had to copy them before
installation, in case. And at that time, the DOS 3.3 DISKCOPY command
didn't swap to disk or XMS/EMS, and with 640 kB of RAM, copying a 1.4
MB floppy could take 3-4 reads and as many writes.
It took me over an entire working day to duplicate all the disks, IIRC.
> Aside: I don't think I've ever seen Windows 98 on floppies. I think
> I've only seen CD-ROM. Though I expect that there is a way, likely from
> Microsoft, to create the floppies.
There was, and I think in some markets -- Japan maybe? possibly
because of non-adherence to CD standards? -- it was sold on floppies.
I also have unpleasant memories of trying to install Slackware from
floppies, because it couldn't see my SCSI card, and the only CD-ROM I
had was SCSI. The command switches for Linux kernel modules weren't
standardised and I couldn't find out how to tell Linux about my cheap
& nasty built-in AHA1520 SCSI controller's IRQ and DMA settings. I
knew what they were, but I didn't know the syntax to tell the
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