[vcf-midatlantic] PC needed for VCFed BBS

William Dudley wfdudley at gmail.com
Wed Apr 26 11:17:34 EDT 2017

I have a Compaq Deskpro "pizza box" with Win 98 on it, and it has two
serial ports.
(It's hard to find serial ports on computers anymore).

I'll see if it'll boot up and let you know how that goes.

If it works, and you want it, I'm close to the museum and can drop off

Bill Dudley
Jackson, NJ

This email is free of malware because I run Linux.

On Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 10:26 AM, william degnan via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

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