• Using Dos Comms Software with Lantronix UDS-10

    From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to All on Fri May 31 20:41:42 2024

    Hey everyone, hope your weekends have started off nicely.

    Following on from the mass of helpful suggestions I received in response to
    my earlier post asking for BBS client suggestions, I have got hold of a couple of lantronix UDS-10 devices & have finally got my retro 286 setup to use one with dos comms software as nice functional BBS client.

    Thought I would share my setup here, as there are few mistakes/traps to avoid & although the UDS-10 doesn't do DNS, there is a way around that so you can
    'dial' your favorite telnet BBSes using their DNS names & not have have to
    find their IP address to dial.

    So first of you need the following to get started:

    1 - A lantronix UDS-10, I got mine off ebay pretty cheap. There seem to be a
    lot of them there.

    2 - The UDS-10 user guide: https://www.lantronix.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/UDS10-UDS100_UG.pdf. This is critical to understanding how to setup the network, com port an a number
    of other parameters. I advise that you look through this. I will be referring to various tables in this document throughout.

    3 - A null modem cable wired as per the user guide. This may not be needed, a standard null modem cable may work, however I have not tried this. I didn't have a null modem cable with the correct connectors so I ended up just making one as per the user guide....

    4 - A `server` computer/vm with a static IP address & internet connectivity which will be used to run tcpser as an ip232 server. I used a linux VM, though you should be able to do this in windows as well, I have not tried.

    5 - tcpser. There seem to be various versions of this about. I compiled from source using this version: https://github.com/fozztexx/tcpser

    Ok so first of all, setting up the UDS-10. The initial setup can be a bit fiddly so you'll need a bit of patience.
    The initial setup:
    1 - Connect your UDS-10 to PC with working serial port, obvious I know, however I found out that one of my com ports was broken in a very odd way after much pointless messing about... also turn the UDS-10 on.
    2 - Connect to that port with whatever comms sofware you prefer at 9600 baud, 8 bits, no parity, 1 stop bit & no flow control.
    3 - This is a bit fiddly, while holding down the x key in your terminal software, reset the UDS-10. If you do this just right, this will force the UDS-10 into a failsafe setup mode & you should see a message in your terminal software asking your to press enter to enter setup mode.
    4 - Set factory default with option '7' & save and exit with '9'
    5 - The UDS-1o will restart & you'll need to repeat step 3 again to enter setup mode.

    6 - Setup the Server configuration (network setup, ip address ect) with option '0' and you will be prompted for the following:
    6.1 - IP address. If you intend to use DHCP to assign the UDS-10 an IP, set this to 000.000.000.000
    6.2 - Set Gateway IP Address. Not needed for this setup, answer N.
    6.3 - Netmask: Number of Bits for Host Part. Depends on your network setup. My network is a class C network, so for me this is 8. If you are unsure what to set, get your netmask & look up the correct value in table 5-1 & 5-2 of the UDS-10 user guide.
    6.4 - Change telnet config password: If you want to use a password for the telnet config (we enable this later) set it here. Its only 4 chars though... 6.5 - Change DHCP device name: set this to whatever you want. It will appear in your DCHP server's (usually our internet router/modem) list of active leases.

    7 - Channel 1 configuration, option '1'. This is where we setup com port settings, handshaking & configure the UDS-10 to connect to our server.
    7.1 - Baud rate: I'd advise you stick to 9600 initially & experiment with increasing it later once you are happy everything is working correctly.
    7.2 - I/F Mode: I advise '4C' which is RS-232, 8 bit, no parity, 1 stop bit. See tables 5-3 & 5-4 of the user guide for more info on this setting.
    7.3 - Flow (Flow Control): Initially '00' (no flow control) is probably fine, once you start experimenting with higher baud rates you'll probably need to
    set this to something else, I ended up using '02' (RTS/CTS) at higher speeds with my terminal software configured accordingly. See Table 5-5 for more info. 7.4 - Port No: This is the port for incoming connections, I left this
    set to the default of 10001. Knowing this setting is helpful for debugging.
    7.5 - Connect Mode: Set to 'C5' to enable incoming connections & to auto connect to the configured remote IP (that is coming up). See table 5-6 for
    more info.
    7.6 - Remote IP Address: This is the IP address of your server computer/VM.
    7.7 - Remote Port: The remote port that you'll configure tcpser to list for connections on. I used '10002'. Make sure it is a port that is unused for anything else on your server.
    7.8 - DisConMode: I left this at the default of '00'. There is a massive table on pages 64-65 of the user guide that shows all the options available for this setting.
    7.9 - FlushMode: Again I left this at the default of '00'. The possible settings are covered in an even larger table than DisConMode that spans
    pages 66 to 71 of the user guide.
    7.10 DisConnTime: I used the '00' the default value to disable inactivity timeout. If you want to set a timeout, specify it in 'minutes:seconds'
    format.
    7.11 SendChar 1 & SendChar 2: I left both set at the default of '00'. There is more information about this setting on page 35 of the guide.

    8 - Security option '6'
    I won't go through this in detail, however ensure that "telnet setup" is not disabled & I advise disabling the web setup as it is unlikely to work & needs
    a web browser from the windows 98 period running a really old and insecure version of java to work......

    9 - Save and exit the setup with '9'.

    Now that you have made these changes, I advise checking a few things out first before going any further.
    1 - The USD-10 should now be configurable via telnet at port 9999 on its IP address. Check that this works.

    2 - Check that you can send/recieve data with the UDS-10. Connect your terminal/comms software to it via com port & on another computer on your network, establish a telnet connection with the UDS-10's port (10001 if you followed these instructions). You should be able to send messages from the telnet client to your terminal software and back if all is working correctly.

    Ok now for the final bit, setup your server. This is pretty simple.
    1 - Get tcpser from https://github.com/fozztexx/tcpser, I just used git to clone it & ran 'make' to compile it on my linux vm server.
    2 - Run tcpser configured for the correct baud & to listen on the port that you configured your UDS-10 for in step 7.7 above. If you followed my suggested settings this will be 10002. So the command to run is:
    tcpser -v 10002 -s 9600 -l 4
    -v set the port to listen to for incoming ip232 connections
    -s sets baud rate and should be equal to what you set the UDS-10's serial port to.
    -l set the logging level. Use higher numbers to get more info about what tcpser is doing.

    And that's it! with all this setup, reset your UDS-10 & open your terminal/comms software and try dialing a telnet BBS of choice with: ATDTbbs.roonsbbs.hu:1212 <- replace with your BBS of choice!

    At the server end you should see messages like this from tcpser in the
    console:
    ip232 device configured
    Connection accepted from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx <- your UDS-10's IP address
    Link has come up
    taking modem off hook
    Connecting line
    Connecting to somebbs.that.i.dialed established
    Detected telnet

    Pretty quickly you should see the BBS you dialed displayed in all it's glory!

    I've used this setup to get RIPterm for dos working on my 286 retro build & so far have got it working fine at 38400 baud without any problems. When I get more time I will try this setup with GTO power BBS's terminal sofware as I believe it will also supports RIPscript & looks like it could be a bit more flexible as a terminal client.

    If you are not able to use high baud rates, check what UART you've got on your com port, (I used a program called UART, I believe I found it on Titantic BBS ttb.rgbbs.info) & if you have 16550A or better, use a tool like 16550 (also available at titanic) to enable the UART's fifo buffers. This helped in my case.

    Anyhow I hope this of interest to some of you & should make it easier for others to get online using one of these UDS-10 devices.

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  • From AKAcastor@21:1/162 to Kirkspragg on Sat Jun 1 11:46:24 2024
    Following on from the mass of helpful suggestions I received in response to my earlier post asking for BBS client suggestions, I
    have got hold of a couple
    of lantronix UDS-10 devices & have finally got my retro
    286 setup to use one
    with dos comms software as nice functional BBS client.

    That's great you're online with the UDS-10. Are you noticing any issues with it, or does everything just work great after the initial setup? What speed are you running at, 9600 or did you bump it up a bit faster?

    Thought I would share my setup here, as there are few
    mistakes/traps to avoid & although the UDS-10 doesn't do
    DNS, there is a way around that so you can
    'dial' your favorite telnet BBSes using their DNS names & not have have to find their IP address to dial.

    Thank you for sharing that great writeup for configuring the UDS-10 for BBS telnet use! There's definitely enough to the process to make documentation like this really valuable.


    Chris/akacastor


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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to AKAcastor on Sat Jun 1 17:49:14 2024
    That's great you're online with the UDS-10. Are you noticing any issues with it, or does everything just work great after the initial setup?
    What speed are you running at, 9600 or did you bump it up a bit faster?

    Seems to top out at 19200 baud for me, anything higher and I start running into issues with zmodem file uploads/downloads ect.

    Also there is one persistent issue that only seems to affect connections to BBSes running Mystic BBS. It is really strange but mystic's indexed file and message readers just do not work with this setup. Everything else is fine though... very strange. For some reason with my setup, attempting to browse files/message areas with the up and down keys just does not work. I've tried several different terminal clients and the result is the same... up/down sometimes work, sometimes do nothing and sometimes does an escape instead kicking you out of the indexed reader/file browser...

    Thank you for sharing that great writeup for configuring the UDS-10 for BBS telnet use! There's definitely enough to the process to make documentation like this really valuable.

    Thanks and I hope this is useful for others in future. Also worth pointing out that you can leave out tcpser if you are happy dialing ip addresses. This setup is described here:
    https://famicoman.com/2020/08/22/get-your-vintage-computer-online-with-a-lantron
    onix-uds10/

    I haven't checked if this setup has the same issue with Mystic BBS's indexed reader/file browser but I will check this out & play with a few other settings to see if there is a way around this.

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  • From AKAcastor@21:1/162 to Kirkspragg on Wed Jun 5 10:53:08 2024
    Seems to top out at 19200 baud for me, anything higher
    and I start running into issues with zmodem file
    uploads/downloads ect.

    19.2k isn't too shabby at all! That sounds pretty good.

    Also there is one persistent issue that only seems to affect connections to BBSes running Mystic BBS. It is really strange but
    mystic's indexed file and message readers just do not
    work with this setup. Everything else is fine though...
    very strange. For some reason with my setup, attempting
    to browse files/message areas with the up and down keys
    just does not work. I've tried several different
    terminal clients and the result is the same... up/down
    sometimes work, sometimes do nothing and sometimes does
    an escape instead kicking you out of the indexed
    reader/file browser...

    Interesting issue. Sounds like the keycodes for the arrow keys are being remapped? Maybe related to a 'doorway mode' switch or similar?

    Arrow keys from terminals are shrouded in mystery - how will each terminal act seems hard to predict. (at least I haven't entirely wrapped my head around it)

    Thanks and I hope this is useful for others in future.
    Also worth pointing out that you can leave out tcpser if
    you are happy dialing ip addresses. This setup is
    described here:
    https://famicoman.com/2020/08/22/get-your-vintage- computer-online-with-a-lantron
    onix-uds10/

    Thanks for the link to the IP-only setup also!


    Chris/akacastor

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to AKAcastor on Wed Jun 5 18:13:16 2024
    Interesting issue. Sounds like the keycodes for the arrow keys are being remapped? Maybe related to a 'doorway mode' switch or similar?

    Arrow keys from terminals are shrouded in mystery - how will each
    terminal act seems hard to predict. (at least I haven't entirely
    wrapped my head around it)

    Also strange that this seems to only be a problem with BBSes that run mystic. AFAIKT this is transmission speed issue, I am doing all this on a 286 so even in dos my terminal software struggles to keep up with everything leading to at times quite severe input lag. I think that sometimes the full ANSII escape code sequences for up/down arrow (ESC[U & ESC[D) not being send all at once, i.e. there is a significant delay between the transmission of the ESC char and the rest which is probably confusing mystic.

    Pretty much confirmed this in procomm plus for DOS. Disabling the comm sofware's status bar improved performance noticeably... and all of a sudden the arrow keys started working correctly.

    I can only imagine how bad this would be on a 8088/NECV20 machine...

    Thanks for the link to the IP-only setup also!

    The main differences from my instructions are:
    1 - Set a gateway in the Server Setup.
    2 - Set connect mode to D6 in the Channel 1 Setup.
    3 - Skip setting up a remote IP and port in the Channel 1 Setup.
    4 - Tcpser & a server to run it on no longer required.

    The rest should be the same or at least should work even if it

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  • From AKAcastor@21:1/162 to Kirkspragg on Wed Jun 5 19:41:32 2024
    Also strange that this seems to only be a problem with
    BBSes that run mystic.
    AFAIKT this is transmission speed issue, I am doing all
    this on a 286 so even in dos my terminal software
    struggles to keep up with everything leading to at times
    quite severe input lag. I think that sometimes the full
    ANSII escape code sequences for up/down arrow (ESC[U &
    ESC[D) not being send all at once, i.e. there is a
    significant delay between the transmission of the ESC
    char and the rest which is probably confusing mystic.

    Wow that was not an issue I was expecting! I assume it's not an issue with BBS software written for modems, as there was always some delay between bytes, but for a telnet BBS like Mystic there could be an assumption that the multi-byte characters would arrive all at the same time (in the same TCP packet). Interesting edge case.

    Pretty much confirmed this in procomm plus for DOS.
    Disabling the comm sofware's status bar improved
    performance noticeably... and all of a sudden the arrow
    keys started working correctly.

    That's some good detective work!

    I can only imagine how bad this would be on a 8088/NECV20 machine...

    I have such fond memories of XT machines, but I do find using them today to be so much more painful than I remember.


    Chris/akacastor

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to AKAcastor on Wed Jun 5 20:51:48 2024
    I can only imagine how bad this would be on a 8088/NECV20 machine...

    I have such fond memories of XT machines, but I do find using them today to be so much more painful than I remember.

    Yes! After persisting with a NECv20 based retro pc build I finally gave it up for a 286. The performance difference between even a 'fast' XT class machine and a slow 286 is really quite staggering.

    Also you get nice things like more IRQ lines and DMA channels. The number of IRQ lines is so horribly limited on an XT as between com ports, parallel port/printer interface & hard drive controller, there's not many left of the 7 available IRQ lines to use for anything else.

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  • From AKAcastor@21:1/162 to Kirkspragg on Wed Jun 5 21:38:24 2024
    Yes! After persisting with a NECv20 based retro pc build
    I finally gave it up for a 286. The performance
    difference between even a 'fast' XT class machine and a
    slow 286 is really quite staggering.

    I don't have a 286, just the fond memories of playing games on friends' 286s. I got a Book8088, fun little XT mini-laptop made new from old parts, and while I enjoy it, the limitations show up pretty often. Then the Pocket386 (386SX mini-laptop made new from old parts) came out and I realized that's probably a lot more interesting/useful for me. Maybe I'll find an old 286 desktop someday and fill the gap between the XT and 386. :)


    Chris/akacastor

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to AKAcastor on Thu Jun 6 00:09:27 2024
    I don't have a 286, just the fond memories of playing games on friends' 286s. I got a Book8088, fun little XT mini-laptop made new from old parts, and while I enjoy it, the limitations show up pretty often. Then the Pocket386 (386SX mini-laptop made new from old parts) came out and I realized that's probably a lot more interesting/useful for me. Maybe
    I'll find an old 286 desktop someday and fill the gap between the XT and 386. :)

    To be honest the performance difference between a 286 and 386sx of similar clock speed is not much. With the 386sx you'll get more convenient memory management with emm386/QEMM ect windows 3 & deskview will both work much better - this is all a bit more complicated with 286 class machines & is more dependent on chipset/bios. If you do decide to get a 286 you might want to do some research first.

    For example I have a couple of 286 boards that should support EMS memory in hardware, but can I find a driver that works with either of them? no I can't.

    ... Don't ask me, I just work here.

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Fri Jun 7 03:13:00 2024
    Also strange that this seems to only be a problem with BBSes that run mystic. AFAIKT this is transmission speed issue, I am doing all this
    on a 286 so even in dos my terminal software struggles to keep up
    with everything leading to at times quite severe input lag. I think
    that sometimes the full ANSII escape code sequences for up/down
    arrow (ESC[U & ESC[D) not being send all at once, i.e. there is a significant delay between the transmission of the ESC char and the
    rest which is probably confusing mystic.

    The main differences from my instructions are: 1 - Set a gateway
    in the Server Setup. 2 - Set connect mode to D6 in the Channel
    1 Setup. 3 - Skip setting up a remote IP and port in the Channel
    1 Setup. 4 - Tcpser & a server to run it on no longer required.

    Ponder, I haven't followed this much at all, but a 286 12Mhz+ ought to be
    able to push 19.2k on an 8250/16450 with no fuss.

    I started this reply before noticing that you'd swapped TCPser out for something else. You'll need to keep in mind that any serial/tcp conversion
    is going to add latency to the stream. So does any port extra port
    forwarding. I have this kind of problem on TLP. I'm using RLFOSSIL for the serial/tcp conversion, and I have inboard port forwarding to make each node active off one outside port, which has already been forwarded to the system with node selection on it. Even running all of this on the same system adds significant overheard.

    I believe all that gets in the way of ANSI detection, involving some escape sequence, it fails 50-75% of the time. Also stops file transfers in their tracks too.

    Spec


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  • From AKAcastor@21:1/162 to Kirkspragg on Thu Jun 6 10:52:08 2024
    To be honest the performance difference between a 286
    and 386sx of similar clock speed is not much. With the
    386sx you'll get more convenient memory management with
    emm386/QEMM ect windows 3 & deskview will both work much
    better - this is all a bit more complicated with 286
    class machines & is more dependent on chipset/bios. If
    you do decide to get a 286 you might want to do some
    research first.

    I don't think I've ever dealt with the quirks of 286 systems, and adding EMS memory etc - thanks for the tip that it can get a bit complicated.

    My biggest memory of "oh damn, a 286 is pretty powerful!" was playing Wolfenstein 3D on a friend's 286. I forget the specs of the machine other than being a 286, but I remember playing Wolfenstein 3D and being surprised that was possible. Seems like a 286 can do everything important. :)

    For example I have a couple of 286 boards that should
    support EMS memory in hardware, but can I find a driver
    that works with either of them? no I can't.

    I assume you already checked 'the usual places', I think the VCF forum and Vogons forum are the most active places to locate this kind of stuff? Winworldpc and Archive.org are usually my first stop for files.

    I mention this less to give you advice and more in hope that other good resources get mentioned. :)


    Chris/akacastor

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  • From Nightfox@21:1/137 to AKAcastor on Thu Jun 6 12:08:02 2024
    Re: Re: Using Dos Comms Software with Lantronix UDS-10
    By: AKAcastor to Kirkspragg on Thu Jun 06 2024 10:52 am

    Wolfenstein 3D on a friend's 286. I forget the specs of the machine other than being a 286, but I remember playing Wolfenstein 3D and being surprised that was possible. Seems like a 286 can do everything important. :)

    I had a 286 when I first played Wolfenstein 3D. I had just gotten a VGA graphics card & monitor, and I remember having a Sound Blaster card as well. I didn't really think about powerfulness at the time; I just enjoyed playing it. I got a 386SX-16 a bit later, in order to play some games that required a 386, but it seemed it was about the slowest 386 there was. I could play Doom, but it worked best if I shrank the video size down as small as it would allow. I also wanted to play Microsoft's then-new Flight Simulator 5.0 on it, and it did run, but it was like a slide show.

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@21:4/122 to AKAcastor on Thu Jun 6 12:57:57 2024
    Re: Re: Using Dos Comms Software with Lantronix UDS-10
    By: AKAcastor to Kirkspragg on Thu Jun 06 2024 10:52 am

    To be honest the performance difference between a 286
    and 386sx of similar clock speed is not much. With the 386sx you'll get

    I don't think I've ever dealt with the quirks of 286 systems, and adding EMS memory etc - thanks for the tip that it can get a bit complicated.

    I disagree with the previous poster's minimizing the difference between 286 and 386 systems -- I went from a 286-13 (I replaced the crystal myself) to a 386SX16, and the difference was very noticeable - moreso then a couple of mhz more.

    Those were the days when incremental upgrades were significant - that was a 19% speed increase!
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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to poindexter FORTRAN on Thu Jun 6 15:07:58 2024
    I disagree with the previous poster's minimizing the difference between 286 and 386 systems -- I went from a 286-13 (I replaced the crystal myself) to a 386SX16, and the difference was very noticeable - moreso
    then a couple of mhz more.

    Interesting, how much of that speed increase was due to processor & how much to the motherboard & chipset?

    I've got two 20Mhz 286 motherboards with different chipsets, one SARC the other Headland.

    The SARC based board is a real slug, and basically performs about
    as well as a couple of the 16Mhz boards I have. The headland board is noticeably faster though, I don't have any figures. It's noticeable
    in games like wolf3d where you can run the game with the window size a few steps bigger & have a reasonable experience.

    All this talk of performance begs the question, what do folks here use to benchmark and compare systems of this age?

    ... Familiarity breeds contempt - and children. (Mark Twain)

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  • From AKAcastor@21:1/162 to Poindexter Fortran on Thu Jun 6 15:20:30 2024
    I disagree with the previous poster's minimizing the
    difference between 286 and 386 systems -- I went from a
    286-13 (I replaced the crystal myself) to a 386SX16,
    and the difference was very noticeable - moreso then a
    couple of mhz more.

    I like the 13 MHz - makes me wonder if that machine was lucky, or cursed? :)

    Those were the days when incremental upgrades were
    significant - that was a 19% speed increase!

    As nice as it is to have computers that last a bit longer, being able to run newer software (a 10 year old computer in 2024 is a lot more usable than a 10 year old computer was in 1994!) - I do miss the huge jumps in capabilities that we used to see with upgrades. It was exciting!


    Chris/akacastor

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  • From AKAcastor@21:1/162 to Kirkspragg on Thu Jun 6 15:31:04 2024
    All this talk of performance begs the question, what do
    folks here use to benchmark and compare systems of this
    age?

    I'm also curious about this topic!

    One that I have heard of is TOPBENCH (The Oldskool PC Benchmark) by Trixter: https://dosbenchmark.wordpress.com/

    I watch Adrian's Digital Basement on youtube pretty regularly so I should be familiar with some other benchmark tools but nothing else is coming to mind.

    Something that Adrian Black (Adrian's Digital Basement) pointed out is that different benchmarks include different subsystems in their final score - in some cases this means that video cards have a very large influence in the benchmark. If comparing two complete systems to each other it's probably ideal to factor in as many subsystems as possible, but when comparing motherboards it's something to keep in mind.


    Chris/akacastor

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  • From Nightfox@21:1/137 to poindexter FORTRAN on Thu Jun 6 15:50:31 2024
    Re: Re: Using Dos Comms Software with Lantronix UDS-10
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to AKAcastor on Thu Jun 06 2024 12:57 pm

    I disagree with the previous poster's minimizing the difference between 286 and 386 systems -- I went from a 286-13 (I replaced the crystal myself) to a 386SX16, and the difference was very noticeable - moreso then a couple of mhz more.

    Similarly, I went from a 286-12 to a 386SX-16, and I thought the difference seemed a bit more than just a few mhz faster. It also allowed running games that required a 386 - They would at least run, but wouldn't necessarily be fast. For Doom, I had to shrink the display as small as it would go, and Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0 just didn't have a good frame rate (it was like a slide show).

    I later upgraded to a 386DX-40, and it was much better.

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  • From fusion@21:1/616 to Nightfox on Fri Jun 7 13:45:37 2024
    On 06 Jun 2024, Nightfox said the following...

    Similarly, I went from a 286-12 to a 386SX-16, and I thought the difference seemed a bit more than just a few mhz faster. It also
    allowed running games that required a 386 - They would at least run, but wouldn't necessarily be fast. For Doom, I had to shrink the display as small as it would go, and Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0 just didn't
    have a good frame rate (it was like a slide show).

    yeah MHz has never really translated well between generations or types of processors..

    the 386dx for example does 2.15 million instructions per second @ 16MHz
    the 286 does 1.28 @ 12MHz .. here MHz doesn't really scale the same

    the 486dx @ 33MHz, 11.1 MIPS
    AMD Am386 @ 40MHz, 9 MIPS

    however the 386dx above @ 33MHz does 4.3MIPS .. same base scales a little
    more consistently (486dx2 also, from intel)

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Fri Jun 7 18:42:00 2024
    For example I have a couple of 286 boards that should support EMS memory in hardware, but can I find a driver that works with either of them? no I can't.

    You sure they support EMS and not XMS? Back then standards were all over the place. If I recall right, XMS is older, and if you're lucky you'll find a driver that will make XMS available as EMS.

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Sat Jun 8 16:29:00 2024
    Interesting, how much of that speed increase was due to processor & how much to the motherboard & chipset?

    I've got two 20Mhz 286 motherboards with different chipsets, one SARC the other Headland.

    The best performing 286 I had was a Chips n Tech chipset with a AMI NEAT BIOS on it. It was nominally a 21, there wasn't much you couldn't tweak on it, but all the way back then it was a bit like black magic.

    I have no idea what its lowest rated component was, but I couldn't get it
    past ~23Mhz and at that the difference was barely noticable.

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Sat Jun 8 16:32:00 2024
    All this talk of performance begs the question, what do folks here use to benchmark and compare systems of this age?

    These days nothing, back then Landmark as much as anything, it was useful
    until mid range 486s arrived after which it wasn't scaling very well.

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to Spectre on Fri Jun 7 16:28:09 2024
    I started this reply before noticing that you'd swapped TCPser out for something else. You'll need to keep in mind that any serial/tcp

    I'm still using TCPser. I did try without using the UDS-10's build in telnet capabilities just to see if it helped & it does. But that doesn't support DNS, so I'd have to get & update the ip addresses of my fav BBSes if I continues down that route.

    something else. You'll need to keep in mind that any serial/tcp conversion is going to add latency to the stream. So does any port
    extra port forwarding. I have this kind of problem on TLP. I'm using RLFOSSIL for the serial/tcp conversion, and I have inboard port
    forwarding to make each node active off one outside port, which has already been forwarded to the system with node selection on it. Even running all of this on the same system adds significant overheard.

    I believe all that gets in the way of ANSI detection, involving some escape sequence, it fails 50-75% of the time. Also stops file transfers

    That fits with my observations. I think the combination of serial/tcp conversion and my comms software being a bit laggy mess up the ANSI detection. I managed to alleviate this by using door mode or something similar which disabled a few features (status bar, pop up menus ect) in my comms software & things started behaving.

    Have been playing around with procom plus & GTO Power's terminal software for dos. I've got telix and terminate downloaded somewhere to also play with.

    Ponder, I haven't followed this much at all, but a 286 12Mhz+ ought to be able to push 19.2k on an 8250/16450 with no fuss.

    I've not been able to get anything over 19.2k to work reliably so far & I have been using a util called 16550 to enable the fifo buffers. I'll try other comms software out and see if that helps.

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to AKAcastor on Fri Jun 7 16:47:12 2024
    One that I have heard of is TOPBENCH (The Oldskool PC Benchmark) by Trixter: https://dosbenchmark.wordpress.com/

    Thanks for the recommendation, I'll give it a whirl.

    I watch Adrian's Digital Basement on youtube pretty regularly so I
    should be familiar with some other benchmark tools but nothing else is coming to mind.

    Love his channel, I can do some really basic repair but nothing like what he does, the man is a champion!

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to Spectre on Fri Jun 7 16:57:54 2024
    You sure they support EMS and not XMS? Back then standards were all
    over the place. If I recall right, XMS is older, and if you're lucky you'll find a driver that will make XMS available as EMS.

    Lets be clear about acronyms here as EMS and XMS tend to get mixed up.

    By EMS I mean Expanded Memory AKA LIM memory which is the earlier standard developed to support apps using more than 640k on an 8088 class machine.

    XMS is extended memory is available on 286+ machines with more than 1mb of memory.

    Anyhow I'm currently using EMM286 which emulates EMS/LIM but is quite slow as it copies memory around to simulate how the EMS page frame works.
    Hardware support would improve performance a bit, but it's not a big deal for me at the moment.

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to Spectre on Fri Jun 7 17:02:21 2024
    The best performing 286 I had was a Chips n Tech chipset with a AMI NEAT BIOS on it. It was nominally a 21, there wasn't much you couldn't tweak on it, but all the way back then it was a bit like black magic.

    I'll need to keep an eye out for something similar. Though finding one on Ebay that hasn't got corrosion damage could take a while. The NEAT bios & chipset has a reputation for being quite nice to play with.

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Sun Jun 9 05:26:00 2024
    I'm still using TCPser. I did try without using the UDS-10's build in

    I never had any joy with TCPser on anything. I was able to get a functional result by using a Raspi as a pad, serial to it, and telnet from there.

    That fits with my observations. I think the combination of serial/tcp conversion and my comms software being a bit laggy mess up the ANSI detection. I managed to alleviate this by using door mode or something similar which disabled a few features (status bar, pop up menus ect) in my comms software & things started behaving.

    I'm a little perplexed that disabling terminal options appears to improve performance. It would be saying to me that either the serial work isn't well optimised or the whole thing is to much for the grunt of the system you're driving it with.

    for dos. I've got telix and terminate downloaded somewhere to also play

    If I recall correctly Telemate has direct support for 16550s. I do recall problems with Telix at higher speeds later on, not sure if it was handshaking problems or something else. But it was showing its age and not getting
    updates.

    I've not been able to get anything over 19.2k to work reliably so far & I

    19.2k tends to be the limit for 8250/16450 on anything up to a 286, even the old 21Mhz wouldn't reliably 38.4. You'd probably need more horsepower.
    16550A may improve things, but it wasn't really aimed at slow machines, it
    was aimed at faster systems where the actual interrupt service time was shorter. So it could dump what it had in a short time.

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Sun Jun 9 05:34:00 2024
    You sure they support EMS and not XMS? Back then standards were all

    Lets be clear about acronyms here as EMS and XMS tend to get mixed up.

    Been a long time since I had to think about them, and despite minimal
    knowledge never really used them beyond the 384k on 286 systems. Mine only
    ever had the 1Mb total.

    Extended Memory vs eXpanded Memory.

    There used to be drivers around for conversion in all directions. Even in
    QEMM support still existed, not sure if available in all versions. Again my experience is pretty limited but in the 286 age you had systems looking for both types of memory. Off hand pretty much everything ought to have XMS but EMS generally requires support.

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Sun Jun 9 05:45:00 2024
    By EMS I mean Expanded Memory AKA LIM memory which is the earlier standard developed to support apps using more than 640k on an 8088 class machine.

    Ponder, the only memory I saw for those was on Cards which were pretty much
    all LIM. But its been to long, and I never used them...

    XMS is extended memory is available on 286+ machines with more than 1mb of memory.

    Huh, I got it backwards again...

    Anyhow I'm currently using EMM286 which emulates EMS/LIM but is quite slow as it copies memory around to simulate how the EMS page frame works. Hardware support would improve performance a bit, but it's not a big deal for me at the moment.

    Makes me wonder if you could get Win3.11 to run on that thing, however
    slowly. So far as I was able to tell Memory access was the biggest issue.

    never saw EMM286, went looking for a looooong time... for that and QRAM I
    think it was... had the possibility of getting 4Mb into one 286 but never got there.

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to Spectre on Sat Jun 8 16:26:24 2024
    Makes me wonder if you could get Win3.11 to run on that thing, however slowly. So far as I was able to tell Memory access was the biggest Sp> issue.

    Am running Win3.11 on my 286 right now. With trumpet winsock you can even run early telnet clients on it (one of which which I am using to write this message).

    No sure how much XMS you need as a minimum to make this work but I've got 10Mb total ram in this thing (so 9mb XMS) and it works just fine.... if a little slowly at time.

    I'd say it's usable (if you can find software that doesn't require a 386) but a bit slow.

    I have no idea if win 3.11 will use EMS. I suspect not, but I'm not sure.

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Sun Jun 9 23:24:00 2024
    Am running Win3.11 on my 286 right now. With trumpet winsock you can even run early telnet clients on it (one of which which I am using to write this message).

    Woot, never had near that kind of memory available on any 286, I suspect largest supported configurations would've been ~4Mb. Only had 256k SIPPS in one, I think I tried some 4Mb SIMMS in adapters but it wouldn't recognise
    them.

    If this is the thing you're running ProComm on I'm not surprised it
    struggles. Win would put to much phutz between the terminal and actual serial port. Straight DOS software ought to do MUCH better.

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to Spectre on Sat Jun 8 22:07:19 2024
    If this is the thing you're running ProComm on I'm not surprised it struggles. Win would put to much phutz between the terminal and actual serial port. Straight DOS software ought to do MUCH better.

    Procomm for windows using a serial port is a disaster on my 286. It can do telnet over tcp/ip with trumpet winsock however, and is actually Ok, but the screen updates are a bit slow. It does do a better job of ANSI/ASCII than MTCP's telnet client & that's one of the reasons I keep using it.

    Regarding DOS terminal clients, I've tried RIPterm, Procomm for dos & GT Power. RIPTerm does RIP script graphics & actually works on a 286 so that's nice, but it's not a great performer & isn't great to use on text only BBSes. Procomm for dos can't dial DNS "numbers" from the dialer menu so that's out & GTO Power is something I need to play with a bit more because it can do RIPScript apparently (if only I can find the time to set it up), has a nice dialer menu & seems to support ANSI/ASCII correctly from what I have seen so far.

    All this started a couple of months ago when I finally got sick of the limitations of the MTCP's telnet client. It doesn't have dialer/favourites menu and doesn't quite work right on some ANSII art heavy BBSes which sucks - for example ANSII TV at the vault thevaultbbs.ddns:2323 does not quite work right & I've seen it mess things up with some of the art on 20 For Beers.

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  • From AKAcastor@21:1/162 to Kirkspragg on Sat Jun 8 23:14:58 2024
    Procomm for windows using a serial port is a disaster on
    my 286. It can do telnet over tcp/ip with trumpet
    winsock however, and is actually Ok, but the screen
    updates are a bit slow. It does do a better job of
    ANSI/ASCII than MTCP's telnet client & that's one of the
    reasons I keep using it.

    I haven't actually tried mTCP's telnet client, so I'm a bit ignorant on the topic. I'm curious if you've tried the jhpyle fork of mTCP with enhanced telnet capabilities?
    https://github.com/jhpyle/mTCP

    It says it supports sixel graphics which caught my attention right away! (though I haven't tried it)


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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Mon Jun 10 05:37:00 2024
    Procomm for windows using a serial port is a disaster on my 286. It can do telnet over tcp/ip with trumpet winsock however, and is actually Ok, but the screen updates are a bit slow. It does do a better job of ANSI/ASCII than MTCP's telnet client & that's one of the reasons I keep using it.

    Not sure if you've mentioned what video card you have in this thing...
    depends just where the bottleneck is though, something like an ET4000 might help, seeing as the system doesn't have to spend as much time servicing the video, but if its a rendering problem, it's probably pretty much what it is.


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  • From Bob Worm@21:1/205 to AKAcastor on Sun Jun 9 21:18:39 2024
    Re: Re: Using Dos Comms Software with Lantronix UDS-10
    By: AKAcastor to Poindexter Fortran on Thu Jun 06 2024 15:20:30

    As nice as it is to have computers that last a bit longer, being able to run newer software (a 10 year old computer in 2024 is a lot more usable than a 10 year old computer was in 1994!) - I do miss the huge jumps in capabilities that we used to see with upgrades. It was exciting!

    Yes, working on this 20 year old Acorn reminded me of the fact (long forgotten) that for a good while back in the day a 2 year old computer was basically fit for the bin.

    Not that I want to bin the Acorn... It's just when I'm coding on it I start work in an emulator on an M1 Mac, then move it to the real Acorn for optimisation. It's literally 100 - 1000x faster in emulation, and this was a quick machine for its time!

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to AKAcastor on Sun Jun 9 12:53:56 2024
    I haven't actually tried mTCP's telnet client, so I'm a bit ignorant on the topic. I'm curious if you've tried the jhpyle fork of mTCP with enhanced telnet capabilities?
    https://github.com/jhpyle/mTCP

    It says it supports sixel graphics which caught my attention right away! (though I haven't tried it)

    The sixel graphics thing is interesting I will have to take a look, do you know of any BBSes/Door games that have/use sixel graphics?

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to Spectre on Sun Jun 9 12:58:48 2024
    Not sure if you've mentioned what video card you have in this thing... depends just where the bottleneck is though, something like an ET4000 might help, seeing as the system doesn't have to spend as much time servicing the video, but if its a rendering problem, it's probably
    pretty much what it is.

    Yup got an ET4000 so my setup is probably as fast as its going to get in windows.

    Originally had a trident 9000 or something like that, I can't remember the exact model number. I was a bit skeptical about the forum posts & web pages that said the ET4000 was unusually fast for an ISA video card - that was until I got hold of one. They really do perform surprisingly well.

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Mon Jun 10 22:03:00 2024
    Yup got an ET4000 so my setup is probably as fast as its going to get in windows.

    Originally had a trident 9000 or something like that, I can't remember the exact model number. I was a bit skeptical about the forum posts & web pages that said the ET4000 was unusually fast for an ISA video card - that was until I got hold of one. They really do perform surprisingly well.

    Trident, Oak, I'm sure there's another one... S3 they were all pretty similar you could find some performed better than others but usually within cooee of each other. Tseng Labs in general, and especially the ET4000 were head and shoulders better than anything else, right up until 3D became a thing. I
    think the ET6000 was meant to be the 3D card for them, and it was a slug,
    they ended up selling their IP to ATI/AMD.

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to Spectre on Sun Jun 9 21:16:44 2024
    Trident, Oak, I'm sure there's another one... S3 they were all pretty similar you could find some performed better than others but usually within cooee of each other. Tseng Labs in general, and especially the ET4000 were head and shoulders better than anything else, right up until 3D became a thing. I think the ET6000 was meant to be the 3D card for them, and it was a slug, they ended up selling their IP to ATI/AMD.

    So Tseng lost the 3D race to ATI/Nvidia just like so many others. Was the other one you were referring to Paradise or maybe Cirrus Logic? They made VGA cards as well. Cirrus Logic vesa local bus cards were supposed to be quite decent performers, I wonder if they made any ISA vga cards??

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  • From AKAcastor@21:1/162 to Kirkspragg on Sun Jun 9 22:08:46 2024
    The sixel graphics thing is interesting I will have to
    take a look, do you know of any BBSes/Door games that
    have/use sixel graphics?

    I found out about sixel graphics on Dock Sud BBS bbs.docksud.com.ar - there are a couple sixel graphics shown after logging in (I think there are multiple that are in rotation), it's very cool.

    On my BBS, Another Millennium, another.tel there is the astronomy picture of the day viewable as sixel, and a small photo gallery with a few photos I've taken.

    20 For Beers 20forbeers.com:1337 and The Quantum Wormhole bbs.erb.pw both have options to see a picture of the sysop on the main menu.

    I think some others were mentioned in discussion about sixels in the past couple months here on fsxNet but names are slipping my mind.


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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to AKAcastor on Tue Jun 11 06:46:00 2024
    On my BBS, Another Millennium, another.tel there is the astronomy picture of the day viewable as sixel, and a small photo gallery with a few photos

    I think off hand, don't hold me to it, Particles BBS has sixels, it's running on original commode hardware...

    Spec


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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Tue Jun 11 06:54:00 2024
    So Tseng lost the 3D race to ATI/Nvidia just like so many others. Was the other one you were referring to Paradise or maybe Cirrus Logic? They made VGA cards as well. Cirrus Logic vesa local bus cards were supposed to be quite decent performers, I wonder if they made any ISA vga cards??

    It was actually Cirrus I was trying to recall not S3.. I don't recall any of the VESA cards being particularly good. In my area 95% of VESA cards were Tridents.

    Tseng somehow got caught out by the whole 3D thing. Someone either thought
    it was just a flash in the pan, or it moved forward a lot faster than they expected it. The ET6000 was s'posedly a rushed project to get anything with
    3D on it. But it was a slug as mentioned and they never recovered from
    there. They just weren't prepared for the 3D boom.

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  • From Vorlon@21:1/196 to Spectre on Tue Jun 11 20:52:50 2024
    Hi Spec,

    On Monday June 10 2024, Spectre said to kirkspragg:

    Tseng Labs in general, and especially the ET4000 were head and shoulders better than anything else, right up until

    Yeah, the ET4000 was a beast of a card for the time.. Sold lots of those bad boys.! #0-;


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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to Vorlon on Wed Jun 12 16:18:00 2024
    Yeah, the ET4000 was a beast of a card for the time.. Sold lots of those bad boys.! #0-;

    I saw a few 3000s kicking around, but they were few and far between. They
    were pretty impressive also..

    Spec


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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to Spectre on Fri Jun 21 07:26:45 2024
    Am running Win3.11 on my 286 right now. With trumpet winsock you can run early telnet clients on it (one of which which I am using to writ this message).

    Woot, never had near that kind of memory available on any 286, I suspect largest supported configurations would've been ~4Mb. Only had 256k
    SIPPS in one, I think I tried some 4Mb SIMMS in adapters but it wouldn't recognise them.
    i have a few mobos of the 286 that can support 16 mb i have one comming in today!
    Sp>
    If this is the thing you're running ProComm on I'm not surprised it struggles. Win would put to much phutz between the terminal and actual serial port. Straight DOS software ought to do MUCH better.
    ??


    how dose one use the lan tronix thingy with a 286?

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to AKAcastor on Fri Jun 21 08:32:26 2024
    I haven't actually tried mTCP's telnet client, so I'm a bit ignorant on the topic. I'm curious if you've tried the jhpyle fork of mTCP with enhanced telnet capabilities?
    https://github.com/jhpyle/mTCP

    It says it supports sixel graphics which caught my attention right away! (though I haven't tried it)


    mtcp alone is really nice. i typed this message on mtcp on my 10MHz 286 i got from VCF SW

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to Vorlon on Fri Jun 21 08:57:15 2024
    Yeah, the ET4000 was a beast of a card for the time.. Sold lots of those bad boys.! #0-;


    i have a couple of them! they are bad ass as fuck cards so fast! <3

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to Spectre on Fri Jun 21 10:10:12 2024
    I saw a few 3000s kicking around, but they were few and far between. They were pretty impressive also..

    they are cool!

    also i just got a super fast 25MHz 286 mobo the m216 rev 1.2 mobo!! :> it costed me 300$

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  • From Gamgee@21:2/138 to mary4 on Thu Jun 20 21:27:00 2024
    mary4 wrote to Vorlon <=-

    Yeah, the ET4000 was a beast of a card for the time.. Sold lots of those bad boys.! #0-;

    i have a couple of them! they are bad ass as fuck cards so fast!
    <3

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

    How cute.



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  • From AKAcastor@21:1/162 to Mary4 on Thu Jun 20 22:44:38 2024
    mtcp alone is really nice. i typed this message on mtcp
    on my 10MHz 286 i got from VCF SW

    That's awesome, I've looked at mtcp a bit but I haven't been using it. The 286 from VCF SW sounds exciting! That was the recent VCF SW (2024)? How was it? I've never been to a vintage computing event, VCF SW looks like it would be pretty huge!


    Chris/akacastor

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to Gamgee on Sat Jun 22 04:31:00 2024
    How cute.

    Mary mary quite contrary?

    There's something odd going on. I see you replying to a message I'm yet to
    see here.

    Spec


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  • From Vorlon@21:1/196 to mary4 on Sat Jun 22 11:23:32 2024
    Hello Mary4,

    Note: this message is aimed at guiding you and is not a personal attack
    on you. I have only spotlighted the swearing that is in most of your
    messages.

    On Friday June 21 2024, Mary4 said to Vorlon:

    Yeah, the ET4000 was a beast of a card for the time.. Sold lots of
    those bad boys.! #0-;

    i have a couple of them! they are bad ass as f**k cards so fast! <3

    Every other message from you has a swear word in it. People have been
    tolerant of you so far, but you need to cut it out. You want to be accepted,
    as you are, then start acting like your not a 13 year old.

    This community has a very deverse range of people and backgrounds, but
    you won't get very far swearing like your a drunken salor. A few others have also picked up on this, but have reframed from saying anything directly.


    \/orlon
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    Stephen

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  • From deon@21:2/116 to Vorlon on Mon Jun 24 23:07:58 2024
    Re: Re: Using Dos Comms Software with Lantronix UDS-10
    By: Vorlon to mary4 on Sat Jun 22 2024 11:23 am

    Howdy,

    Note: this message is aimed at guiding you and is not a personal attack
    on you. I have only spotlighted the swearing that is in most of your messages.

    Howdy, I was on the verge of writing something similiar.

    I agree, its not nessary (the foul words) to the extent its being used. The conversations can be just as engaging without them.


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  • From maple@21:1/215 to deon on Mon Jun 24 10:42:03 2024
    Note: this message is aimed at guiding you and is not a personal de> > attack
    on you. I have only spotlighted the swearing that is in most of your messages.

    I agree, its not nessary (the foul words) to the extent its being used. The conversations can be just as engaging without them.

    then let me add my two cents: i picked up on it simply as a mannerism (a "typing quirk" so to speak if you're of the persuasion of a particular webcomic) and wasn't bothered about it at all. if we're going to complain
    about what others on fsxnet are saying i'd much rather complain about the queerphobia i've experienced in my very first week here!

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  • From Utopian Galt@21:4/108 to Maple on Mon Jun 24 21:45:53 2024
    BY: maple (21:1/215)

    |11m|09> |10webcomic) complain|07
    |11m|09> |10about what others on fsxnet are saying i'd much rather complain about|07
    |11m|09> |10the queerphobia i've experienced in my very first week here!|07 Several of us are members of the community. What exactly was homophobic or transphobic?


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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to maple on Mon Jun 24 22:48:09 2024
    webcomic) and wasn't bothered about it at all. if we're going to complain about what others on fsxnet are saying i'd much rather complain about the queerphobia i've experienced in my very first week here!

    Oh thats a bit surprising & disappointing if that has happened. I've been following a few of the fsxnet boards pretty closely for several months & have not noticed any queer/transphobic comments myself. Folks here are generally pretty good about this. Would you mind pointing out the problematic messages?

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  • From Vorlon@21:1/196 to deon on Tue Jun 25 14:19:15 2024
    Hi Deon,

    On Monday June 24 2024, Deon said to Vorlon:

    Re: Re: Using Dos Comms Software with Lantronix UDS-10
    By: Vorlon to mary4 on Sat Jun 22 2024 11:23 am

    Note: this message is aimed at guiding you and is not a personal attack
    on you. I have only spotlighted the swearing that is in most of your
    messages.

    Howdy, I was on the verge of writing something similiar.
    I agree, its not nessary (the foul words) to the extent its being used.
    The conversations can be just as engaging without them.

    Yeah, 99% of other messages in FSX net have no one swearing, yet this
    person's messages 99% of the time contain it.

    For everyone else. I swear myself in real life, but not when around other people or interacting online. For starters it show's a lack of courtsey
    towards someone else.



    \/orlon
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    Stephen

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  • From Vorlon@21:1/196 to maple on Tue Jun 25 15:17:07 2024
    Hello Maple,

    On Monday June 24 2024, Maple said to deon:

    if we're going to complain about what others on fsxnet are saying
    i'd much rather complain about the queerphobia i've experienced in
    my very first week here!

    WHAT! Don't you know that there are quite a few people here in this network that are from the LGBTI community.

    One of the very first to join the network was asked about how they are going not that long ago (A couple of weeks ago). His not here now, due to other
    life reasons taking a higher attention level.

    I've not seen anything "queerphobia" (Your words) in this network, and my
    node interfaces with the main hub. Unless messages have gone missing..

    If you and mary4 didn't publicly post that you are that way, then no one
    would have known, or frankly given a crap about it.

    \/orlon
    aka
    Stephen

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  • From maple@21:1/215 to kirkspragg on Tue Jun 25 09:43:40 2024
    Oh thats a bit surprising & disappointing if that has happened. I've been following a few of the fsxnet boards pretty closely for several months & have not noticed any queer/transphobic comments myself. Folks here are generally pretty good about this. Would you mind pointing out the problematic messages?

    i don't think i should have to! i think the problem is overanalyzing one harmless thing and then when pointed out with an actual harmful thing now everyone wants to hear what i have to say

    in this area there have been snarky mentions to my pronouns and in the movies area there have been lengthy dissertations about how queer representation in media is bad pandering and should never ever happen anymore because the gays are way too much in your faces today and how dare they

    this whole discussion is a bit ridiculous i think and i just want people to stop jumping at someone's throat because they're excited about retro hardware and used expletives to express themselves lol

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  • From maple@21:1/215 to Vorlon on Tue Jun 25 09:46:10 2024
    If you and mary4 didn't publicly post that you are that way, then no one would have known, or frankly given a crap about it.

    (i never said anything about who mary4 is beside their typing mannerisms)

    i know we like to live in the past around these parts but don't ask don't
    tell was repealed in 2011

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to Vorlon on Wed Jun 26 01:04:00 2024
    Yeah, 99% of other messages in FSX net have no one swearing, yet this person's messages 99% of the time contain it.

    It does get wearing after a while. If you're using it for effect on occasion well and good, but no need for excessive use.

    For everyone else. I swear myself in real life, but not when around other people or interacting online. For starters it show's a lack of courtsey

    Its rare I break out the swearing, usually something has to have gone catastrophically wrong, like I've stuck my foot in the lawn mower again.
    (Side note: I've never stuck my foot in the mower). Or something equally painful and depressing. Otherwise you devalue the use of the word anyways.

    I'll discourage swearing for the sake of swearing here.

    Spec


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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to maple on Wed Jun 26 01:33:00 2024
    i don't think i should have to! i think the problem is overanalyzing one harmless thing and then when pointed out with an actual harmful thing now everyone wants to hear what i have to say

    Its sounding like a smokescreen for being called out over poor language choices.


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  • From AKAcastor@21:1/162 to Maple on Tue Jun 25 11:21:06 2024
    this whole discussion is a bit ridiculous i think and i just want people to stop jumping at someone's throat because they're excited about retro hardware and used expletives to express themselves lol

    Well said, thank you for your articulate message.


    Chris/akacastor


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  • From maple@21:1/215 to Spectre on Tue Jun 25 20:31:11 2024
    Its sounding like a smokescreen for being called out over poor language choices.

    i'm sure your message would've made sense if i had been the one being "called out", i think you are mistaking who said what

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  • From Nightfox@21:1/137 to maple on Tue Jun 25 15:43:14 2024
    Re: Re: Using Dos Comms Software with Lantronix UDS-10
    By: maple to kirkspragg on Tue Jun 25 2024 09:43 am

    following a few of the fsxnet boards pretty closely for several months &
    have not noticed any queer/transphobic comments myself. Folks here are

    i don't think i should have to! i think the problem is overanalyzing one harmless thing and then when pointed out with an actual harmful thing now everyone wants to hear what i have to say

    this whole discussion is a bit ridiculous i think and i just want people to stop jumping at someone's throat because they're excited about retro hardware and used expletives to express themselves lol

    I'm not sure if I was one of the ones related to what you're talking about, but there was a post where I just thought it was interesting that someone mentioned they have a "fucking" 10mhz 206. I wasn't trying to jump down anyone's throat (and I don't really see how it would have appeared that way). I also don't see how that would be in any way interpreted as a transphobic comment or anything like that.

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  • From maple@21:1/215 to Nightfox on Wed Jun 26 13:39:40 2024
    someone mentioned they have a "fucking" 10mhz 206. I wasn't trying to jump down anyone's throat (and I don't really see how it would have appeared that way). I also don't see how that would be in any way interpreted as a transphobic comment or anything like that.

    you didn't, it didn't, and i think a lot of people here have trouble reading

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  • From Bf2K+@21:3/171 to Spectre on Wed Jun 26 05:22:56 2024
    I'll discourage swearing for the sake of swearing here.

    Spec

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    I would also... except F*** is my favorite word...

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to Bf2K+ on Thu Jun 27 14:12:00 2024
    I would also... except F*** is my favorite word...

    Fork? Fortescue?? :P


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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to AKAcastor on Fri Jun 28 08:14:36 2024
    That's awesome, I've looked at mtcp a bit but I haven't been using it. The 286 from VCF SW sounds exciting! That was the recent VCF SW (2024)? How was it? I've never been to a vintage computing event, VCF SW looks like it would be pretty huge!


    it was FUCKING AMAZING!!!!!! :DD there was so much cool stuff there!! i bought 2 286 machines from there! <3

    I met many youtubers there and many people locally who has computers!! it was HUGE too it has many machines there and spanning like 2-4 buildings 2 buildings whas for machines on tables alone i saw amigas and PC XT 286 and even silicon graphics machines and even 5 lisas!! usagi electric was there!

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to Spectre on Fri Jun 28 08:15:42 2024
    Mary mary quite contrary?
    lol
    There's something odd going on. I see you replying to a message I'm yet
    to see here.


    i am confused too

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to Vorlon on Fri Jun 28 09:52:42 2024
    Note: this message is aimed at guiding you and is not a personal attack
    on you. I have only spotlighted the swearing that is in most of your messages.


    ill stop.. im sorry! >-<
    ill stop swearing. i am just excited about vintage computing. im sorry again. i mean no harm

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to maple on Fri Jun 28 09:58:27 2024
    then let me add my two cents: i picked up on it simply as a mannerism (a "typing quirk" so to speak if you're of the persuasion of a particular webcomic) and wasn't bothered about it at all. if we're going to complain about what others on fsxnet are saying i'd much rather complain about the queerphobia i've experienced in my very first week here!

    oh it is a excitement quirk. im not being malicious. queerphobia? i dont seem to notice any?? tell me examples?

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to Vorlon on Fri Jun 28 10:01:50 2024
    Yeah, 99% of other messages in FSX net have no one swearing, yet this person's messages 99% of the time contain it.

    For everyone else. I swear myself in real life, but not when around other people or interacting online. For starters it show's a lack of courtsey towards someone else.




    i did not know again im sorry. i was just simply excited. i mean no harm

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

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  • From AKAcastor@21:1/162 to Mary4 on Thu Jun 27 17:05:56 2024
    it was FUCKING AMAZING!!!!!! :DD there was so much cool
    stuff there!! i bought 2 286 machines from there! <3

    Oh geez that's already two more 286 machines than I have and I am JEALOUS!

    I met many youtubers there and many people locally who
    has computers!! it was HUGE too it has many machines
    there and spanning like 2-4 buildings 2 buildings whas
    for machines on tables alone i saw amigas and PC XT 286
    and even silicon graphics machines and even 5 lisas!!
    usagi electric was there!

    That sounds wonderful. I knew it was big but that really does sound massive. Five Lisas in one place is something I for sure would not have expected! And you can't keep those Amiga demo people away from a gathering these days, they're everywhere! (and we love them) ;)

    I had to look up Usagi Electric, just started looking at their youtube channel and it looks good - thanks for the new channel to follow.


    Chris/akacastor

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to Spectre on Fri Jun 28 10:28:50 2024
    It does get wearing after a while. If you're using it for effect on occasion well and good, but no need for excessive use.


    okay ill stop <3 thanks for telling me nicely

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to Spectre on Fri Jun 28 10:46:13 2024
    I would also... except F*** is my favorite word...

    Fork? Fortescue?? :P

    lol

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to AKAcastor on Fri Jun 28 10:52:54 2024
    Oh geez that's already two more 286 machines than I have and I am
    JEALOUS!

    That sounds wonderful. I knew it was big but that really does sound massive. Five Lisas in one place is something I for sure would not have expected! And you can't keep those Amiga demo people away from a gathering these days, they're everywhere! (and we love them) ;)

    i met the local Amiga group and i am interested in their group and wanted to join in as an appreciator of the Amiga
    AK> I had to look up Usagi Electric,
    just started looking at their youtube AK> channel and it looks good - thanks for the new channel to follow. AK>
    therre where also macintosh librarian, 8-bit guy, Adrian digital basement, and LGR where there! i might be in some of their videos ;) xD

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to AKAcastor on Fri Jun 28 10:54:24 2024
    Oh geez that's already two more 286 machines than I have and I am
    JEALOUS!


    i forgot to reply here,

    <3
    16bit POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to mary4 on Thu Jun 27 18:14:31 2024
    buildings 2 buildings whas for machines on tables alone i saw amigas and PC XT 286 and even silicon graphics machines and even 5 lisas!! usagi electric was there!

    I am so jealous! It sounds like you had a great time!

    Those XT 286 machines a super rare... I'd love to get hold of one, but it would cost a small fortune & they don't exactly come up for sale often - It was basically luck on my part that I managed to get hold of an IBM 5160 complete with working green screen monitor from a local seller.

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to kirkspragg on Fri Jun 28 11:40:21 2024
    I am so jealous! It sounds like you had a great time!

    <3 i had a blast
    Those XT 286 machines a super rare... I'd love to get hold of one, but
    it would cost a small fortune & they don't exactly come up for sale
    often - It was basically luck on my part that I managed to get hold of
    an IBM 5160 complete with working green screen monitor from a local seller.

    i want an ibm&sega teradrive

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to mary4 on Thu Jun 27 18:25:14 2024
    ill stop swearing. i am just excited about vintage computing. im sorry

    Personally I like seeing someone get excited about vintage computing, especially when they have the good taste to realize how awesome 286 PCs are..

    Though in saying that, I am eying up 386DX40 motherboard on ebay... I did own a 386DX40 for quite a while growing up so I wouldn't mind giving it another spin for nostalgia's sake.

    Probably wouldn't be on interested if I could get fastish 286 with decent EMS support (i.e. with NEAT chipset) so I can do fun things with desqview.. but those don't appear often & seem to go for a small fortune on ebay when they do. That or get one of the very rare EMS boards that can do full LIM 4.0 & backfill memory - also so I can do fun things with desqview.

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to kirkspragg on Fri Jun 28 12:08:12 2024
    Personally I like seeing someone get excited about vintage computing, especially when they have the good taste to realize how awesome 286 PCs are..

    <3 <3 <3 <3 :3
    Though in saying that, I am eying up 386DX40 motherboard on ebay... I
    did own a 386DX40 for quite a while growing up so I wouldn't mind giving it another spin for nostalgia's sake.

    i should get a 386 system someday when i finish with cherry4 (this system)
    Probably wouldn't be on interested if I could get fastish 286 with
    decent EMS support (i.e. with NEAT chipset) so I can do fun things with desqview.. but those don't appear often & seem to go for a small fortune on ebay when they do. That or get one of the very rare EMS boards that
    can do full LIM 4.0 & backfill memory - also so I can do fun things with desqview.

    there is new EMS boards being made by lo-tech

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

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  • From Vorlon@21:1/196 to maple on Fri Jun 28 15:27:39 2024
    Hello Maple,

    On Tuesday June 25 2024, Maple said to Vorlon:

    If you and mary4 didn't publicly post that you are that way, then no
    one would have known, or frankly given a crap about it.

    (i never said anything about who mary4 is beside their typing
    mannerisms)

    No you didn't, but she has.

    i know we like to live in the past around these parts but don't ask
    don't tell was repealed in 2011

    That has nothing to do with what we are talking about. You both released
    that information with out anyone asking or guesing on anyones part.

    It's like walking down the street in a bright yellow rain coat yelling out. People are going to notice, verses just walking down the steet in the yellow rain coat.



    \/orlon
    aka
    Stephen

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  • From Vorlon@21:1/196 to Spectre on Fri Jun 28 15:38:22 2024
    Hi spec,

    On Wednesday June 26 2024, Spectre said to Vorlon:

    Yeah, 99% of other messages in FSX net have no one swearing, yet this
    person's messages 99% of the time contain it.

    It does get wearing after a while. If you're using it for effect on occasion well and good, but no need for excessive use.

    That's why I brought it up.

    For everyone else. I swear myself in real life, but not when around
    other people or interacting online. For starters it show's a lack of
    courtsey

    Its rare I break out the swearing, usually something has to have gone catastrophically wrong, like I've stuck my foot in the lawn mower again. (Side note: I've never stuck my foot in the mower). Or something equally painful and depressing. Otherwise you devalue the use of the word
    anyways.

    Yep... Been there done that (Not the foot in the mower).... #-(

    I'll discourage swearing for the sake of swearing here.

    There is just no need for it.

    \/orlon
    aka
    Stephen

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  • From Vorlon@21:1/196 to mary4 on Fri Jun 28 15:47:38 2024
    Hello Mary4,

    On Friday June 28 2024, Mary4 said to Vorlon:

    Note: this message is aimed at guiding you and is not a personal
    attack on you. I have only spotlighted the swearing that is in most of
    your messages.

    ill stop.. im sorry! >-< ill stop swearing. i am just excited about vintage computing. im sorry again. i mean no harm

    You can be all excited until the sun comes up in the morning #-).
    We all get excited about our "reto" hobbies and computers. That is why we
    are here. I was just asking for the comminities sake that you refraim from
    the swearing part.

    No one has stopped writing to you, so the experiance of the comminity is
    still there, and will contine to be.



    \/orlon
    aka
    Stephen

    Rocking FSXnet with an Amiga 4000 and Zeus BBS.

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to Vorlon on Fri Jun 28 16:23:37 2024
    You can be all excited until the sun comes up in the morning #-).
    yay! <#
    We all get excited about our "reto" hobbies and computers. That is why we are here. I was just asking for the comminities sake that you refraim
    from the swearing part.

    i just have severe turama about being oustrisized from communities i am a part of. it has lead me into psychosis. .... thanks for not outcasting me.





    Vo> No one has stopped writing to you,
    so the experiance of the comminity is Vo> still there, and will contine to be. Vo>
    <3

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

    ... Some people have no idea what they're doing, and are really good at it!

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  • From kirkspragg@21:2/150 to mary4 on Fri Jun 28 03:36:20 2024
    system) there is new EMS boards being made by lo-tech

    Unless something has changed recently, the lo-tech EMS boards don't support backfill memory. Also my current 286 hates 8 bit cards, I suspect thats
    another bios bug. Maybe I should look for another 20Mhz 286 board.... or consider using a different bios.

    Do you use desqview on you 286es? How do you have it setup?

    ... "The death ray looks meekly on..." -- Tom Servo

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Fri Jun 28 23:27:00 2024
    I suspect thats another bios bug. Maybe I should look for another
    20Mhz 286 board.... or consider using a different bios.

    Got nothing to lose by trying an alternate BIOS. I used to swap AMI into most boards with something else. Never saw a board that would complain with an odd BIOS replaced in it. I'd even just collect the odd dead mobo with them
    for parts. Of course you could also harvest oscillators for overclocking,
    and for Apple II accelerator cards. :)

    Spec


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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to kirkspragg on Fri Jun 28 23:29:00 2024
    Do you use desqview on you 286es? How do you have it setup?

    You'd use it very slowly I imagine :P


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  • From maple@21:1/215 to Vorlon on Fri Jun 28 18:07:37 2024
    i am so sorry to you for me being visibly queer. deal

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  • From mary4@21:1/166 to kirkspragg on Wed Jul 3 00:59:03 2024
    Unless something has changed recently, the lo-tech EMS boards don't support backfill memory. Also my current 286 hates 8 bit cards, I
    suspect thats another bios bug. Maybe I should look for another 20Mhz
    286 board.... or consider using a different bios.

    ohh yeah :/
    good luck finding one.... the mobo that is

    Do you use desqview on you 286es? How do you have it setup?
    i just use freedos 1.3 command.com

    --mary4 (Victoria Crenshaw) the 286 enthusiast

    ... A PC a day keeps the Apple away!

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