wierd_w Posted July 30, 2022 Share Posted July 30, 2022 Some days ago, I bought a 90s laptop. A Fujitsu Lifebook 420D, sporting 16mb of RAM, a neomagic 128 1mb video chip, with an ESS1876 sound chip. Sadly, as a late 90s laptop, it has a passive matrix display, but that just adds to its charm. It came without hard drive, battery or charging brick. Over the past 2 weeks or so, I have been having trials and travail of getting it working. It predates USB, has no optical drive, and suffers the 8gb CHS limit. To top it off, the diskette drive's rubber drive belt gave up the ghost. I have so far: Cobbled together a working kludge for the broken drive belt,after carefully slicing a PET water bottle, then VERY CAREFULLY stretching the resulting plastic ring until it was the correct diameter. I ordered some rubber drive belts, but none of them were a fit. The plastic ring is thin, but very tough, and already at basically maximum stretch. It is "sufficient" to drive the spindle, and allow the drive to operate, even if it is not proper. I looked up the actual diskette drive itself, and found that factory refurbished models are available for 35$ from Newegg. It's not important at this point though, as the ghetto kludged diskette drive is sufficiently functioning for me to have installed a 320gb hard drive I had laying around, install Ontrack DiskManager's DDO, and get a functional win98SE deployment loaded. I dug around in my antique collection, and rounded up my old LPT based Iomega ZIP 100 drive. Sadly, the media is very old, and full of bad sectors. Surprisingly you can get NOS cheap on amazon, so I ordered some. It has PCCIC PCMCIA card slots, so I hunted, and learned that a cisco aironet 350 is not only legit PCMCIA (and not cardbus! This unit predates cardbus, so bonafide PCMCIA is a must!), but can also do WPA. I will use the zip100 to get drivers for it, and the odyssey client installed, as well as shuttle over some other useful stuff prior to getting the wifi card installed. I did test out a small handful of "fits on a floppy" dos games. Audio works like a champ. The damaged media has been running dos scandisk for several hours, and should be "Ready" (ahem) to attempt data transfers as soon as I go home, while I wait for the NOS media to arrive tomorrow. The Aironet 350 is in shipping limbo at a postal processing center in indianna. Who knows when I will get it. 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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