[vcf-midatlantic] PC needed for VCFed BBS

william degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Wed Apr 26 10:26:01 EDT 2017

I am sure the spirit of what you're asking for is not really a maxed-out
RAM (64mb in the case of DOS 6.22) but enough to get the job done.

DOS 6.22 running a vintage one model BBS would be fine with 2 Mb RAM.  Its
more important that HIMEM.SYS is turned on so that the RAM is made
available to the OS whatever amt is loaded into the system.    I may not be
able to get up there for the next workshop but I am happy to supply a
system if you want to ship it or someone pick it up on their way to the
workshop (I live in Landenberg).  I have at least two systems running 6.22
now and I use this OS as my tweener box, dual boot, with Win 2000.  While I
am at it I can put image disk and a 5 1/4" drive on there and you can use
the system also for disk imaging.

You may be able to do all of this locally however.  There has to be an old
box iin IXR or nearby one can build on site next Sunday.  DOS 6.22 comes
with new Windows 3.1 software if you happen to have a copy in the
warehouse.  Win 3.1 is plentiful.

What BBS software is running?  The program software setup instructions
should tell you what RAM you need.  certainly anything over 8Mb would be

I am in North Carolina at the moment heading south to VCF SE, should arrive
around dinner time I guess.


On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 9:05 PM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> Hey everyone,
> As announced a couple of weeks ago: we need a PC for the VCFed BBS.
> Some requirements:
> - It should be a PC that's already fully working, we don't want to get
> some junk and have to fix it up.
> - It should NOT be a tower: we prefer a mini- or micro-ATX
> - All it will ever run is one or two DOS programs. In fact, you'll save us
> time/effort if you pre-install MS-DOS 6.22 on it.
> - Mobo should be maxed-out with the most memory that 6.22 can handle.
> - The more quiet and energy-efficient, the better.
> - SSD > HDD
> - We'll attach a traditional dial-up modem or two, so it should have
> (serial?) ports for this. (Big ol' telephony card not wanted.)
> Who can donate something to meet these requirements?

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