two steps forward one step back

Jason Symes jsymes at
Wed Dec 11 10:09:27 EST 2002

I'm not vary familiar with cmos settings, but I'm vary familiar with Open
Book and the scanners it supports. A SCSI or usb scanner would be a good
upgrade, and most scsi and usb scanners work with open book perfectly fine.
Unfortunately, the newer hp scanners however are by no means supported by
open book, and I'd steer clear from them. I bought a brand-new 5300c
scanner from them, not knowing open book was uncompatible, and the thing
only lasted six scans before it gave up the ghost, and the ocr software hp
provided was garbage compared to open book. That's what you call quality!

At 09:45 AM 12/11/01 -0500, you 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.
>The reason I have preserved a DOS partiti9on is to support two legacy apps
>I have relied on. One is the Arkenstone Openbook software which runs under
>Windows 3.11. The ISA slot on the old system supported a scanner interface
>card for this ancient Scanjet Plus flat bed scanner, so without that card
>and without DOS/Win3.11, I guess I kiss Arkenstone goodbye.
>The other legacy app is an old DOS version of "CheckFree" with which I pay
>my bills electronically. So I guess I kiss my bill paying goodbye.
>I will probably move the Scanjet card and Arke;nstone software to an old
>486SX which will also run the CheckFree program too, so all is not as
>bleak as I made out. However, it seems too bad to ask a 486SX to do OCR
>when a perfectly good Athlon XP 1600+ is spinning its wheels on email and
>web browsing trivia.
>The only thing I can think to do is collar someone to help me sort through
>the menus of the CMOS setup program on my new system to see if there are
>some settings that might sabotage my DOS. If anyone knows what I might
>look for on the setup menus I would appreciate some suggestions.
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