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wdegroot



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:34 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

THEREF has been a valuable recorce foir the old computer people.
richard falbo is the author
it is presently down or crippled
as he lost his hocting
I recently exchanged a message with him
it would be nice if there were a free site when he could put his 5 meg file.
I have a copy TH99FREE.TAR.GZ
but for the life of me I cannot umnzip it.
simtel.net supposedly had a copy but I cannot find it..

I gave him this url he may show up here and ask questions.
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mf_2



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

th99free.tar.gz is the text-only version of th99 (Total Hardware 99).
The whole th99 is accessible via uncreativelabs.de/th99/
It contains a downloadable copy of the th99free, however it is in the rar format:
http.//www.uncreativelabs.de/th99/th99free.rar

That should be his file, just with a different compression algorithm.
It comes in at just a little over 5 megs.
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T-R-A



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Actually TheRef is a little different than TH99, concentrating on old floppy-drives, hard-drives (and their geometry), and optical-drives. I've got both v4.3 and 4.5a sitting on my HDD. I'll just zip both up and e-mail both to you mf_2 if you like.
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wdegroot



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:37 am Reply with quoteBack to top

yes please send it to my email do you have it ?
I will pm you to be sure
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mf_2



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:05 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

@T-R-A: Please mail them to me as well and I will mirror them.
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T-R-A



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:51 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Check your mail
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wdegroot



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:14 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

on this forum it is good and easiest to use
after installing win rar
I downloaded and used oit
it is pretty much the same
the black backround and green letters is easy to read
HOWEVER several times I scrolled dpown and the black backgroulsd went WHITE
hard for me to see
I tried several times same thing.
a also now havbe an ascii version
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T-R-A



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

There's actually a slew of information that would be good to have and make available on the site, but I'm not sure of the legal status of doing so. I know I have plenty myself, but getting hold of the authors (for permission) would be challenging at best.
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mf_2



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

wdegroot wrote:

[...]
HOWEVER several times I scrolled dpown and the black backgroulsd went WHITE
hard for me to see
I tried several times same thing.
a also now havbe an ascii version


Walter, what subpage were you viewing? I loaded the th99 and the index page and a few subpages seem to load fine (green on black).

T-R-A wrote:

There's actually a slew of information that would be good to have and make available on the site, but I'm not sure of the legal status of doing so. I know I have plenty myself, but getting hold of the authors (for permission) would be challenging at best.


What kind of information is it? Maybe it will suffice if we put up a notice such as "If you see anything that's yours and you want it taken down, email us at <insert mail address here>"?
I guess iof it is just a few text files we should be fine. Of course the issue is different on old software, especially if it is not all that old and was pricey in its day.
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mf_2



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

T-R-A wrote:
Check your mail


Thanks. I added them to our downloads section.
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T-R-A



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:16 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Quote:

What kind of information is it?


There's old utilities and text files---mainly from my early days (c. 1992) on CompuServe---pertaining to old PC's (largely XT and '286-class machines). Setup disks and diagnostics stuff as well, but they're "lost-in-the-pile" type stuff...[/b]
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wdegroot



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:59 am Reply with quoteBack to top

mr falbo in his recent email said he had not worked on THE REF for about 10 years and that " he was not ewilling to pay for hosting"

I now have a few copies
a copy of the jumnpoerless eidemaxII
and the original manual for the eidemax ( with jumpers)
seems it will use it's bios to enable other drives in the same system to supoport up to 8.4g
the drive does not have to be connected to the card. and type 1 is set in cmos.

I find the ata 66 100 and 133 cards to
work very well in pic mb.
BUT this system is using a silicon image controller tpo operate two ide drives.
when a drive si connected to a pci ata card is just is recognized. no fuss.
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T-R-A



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:23 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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mr falbo in his recent email said he had not worked on THE REF for about 10 years and that " he was not ewilling to pay for hosting"


Walter, it would be best if you could get him to send us something to verify that. I don't think it would be a bad thing if we could host his site (which as I recall had more than just "TheRef" files). If we had the space and authorization, there's still a lot things we could host, similar to:

http://stason.org/TULARC/pc/index.html
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wdegroot



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I will suggest to mr falbo that he contact you
send me your direct email not a PM
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T-R-A



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:07 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Have him contact Puckdropper, not me. I don't really have the time like I once did for the administration of this site.
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