two steps forward one step back

John Covici covici at
Tue Dec 11 09:58:32 EST 2001

I have a similar system -- no isa slot, but I can run DOS just fine --
although its not Windows 3.1.  You probably should get another scanner
and you'd be ok with any SCSI or USB one which is supported by
whatever operating system you would like.  The ocr is also much

On Tue, 11 Dec 2001, Charles Hallenbeck wrote:

> I am recovering from a catastrophic failure here, caused by an
> accumulation of cat hair in my fans and a runaway heating problem. I lost
> a power supply, a processor, and a motherboard. On the theory that every
> catastrophe is just a disguised opportunity, I upgraded my hardware rather
> than simply replacing it. I am now running an AMD Athlon processor at 1400
> MHz with 256 MB ram instead of the 600 MHz Athlon with 64 MB ram I was
> previously using.
> That is the good news.
> The bad news is - while the old motherboard had an ISA slot, the new one
> does not. And while the old system ran DOS on a small partition, the new
> system will not run DOS. Attempting to run DOS causes the loader to switch
> to rerunning Linux, but when that happens Linux hangs up when about 90%
> through the boot process with no speech, no keyboard control, and no error
> messages left on the screen.

         John Covici
         covici at

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