Tales of Rescuing Old Hardware

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Tales of Rescuing Old Hardware

tosh.jpgOn the BSD DevCenter Mikhail Zakharov has an article about installing NetBSD on an old Toshiba T2130CS- Intel 486DX4 75MHz notebook. The challenge was, with a lot of old hardware many of us have, is to install without the benefit of using a CD-ROM drive. With only the floppy drive and the LPT/COM ports, it’s usually tough to get anything on old machines. Link.

0 thoughts on “Tales of Rescuing Old Hardware

  1. SteveCuster says:

    I love hearing tales of resurrecting hardware, but wouldn’t it have been simpler to toss the HDD into the desktop machine and copy the requisite files to it that way? Don’t get me wrong, the way he did it was technically quite creative, but I’m not sure if it was necessary.

    Then again, given the materials he had, this may have been the most straight-forward solution that didn’t involve soldering or new cables/adapters/whatever.

  2. gmoyle says:

    Let me preface this with .. I read every delicious detail .. TWICE. BUT with great hardware like a USB to IDE bridge (for 2.5 and 5.25 drives), you don’t even need to stick it IN the new machine.

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