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Wang 286.386 Disks

PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 7:59 pm
by SpidersWeb
Sorry if it's in the wrong section, I wasn't sure.

I recently recovered (it took hours of finding the best drive and cleaning them continuously ) a set of Wang PC 200/300 series configuration disks. With the Wang PC selling on trademe, I thought it'd be a good idea to post it on here - because they must be around.

User: vintage
Password: abc123

D1 - Setup (head park tool, options/config guide, configuration tools, low level formatter etc etc)
D2 - EMM (Expanded memory driver - useful if you have a Wang EMS board - even if you don't have a Wang PC)
D3 - PC Local Office Connection (for use with the LOC card - seems to let you emulate various terminals)
D4 - PC LOC stuff for Windows

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       To use the Wang PC System Preparation Diskette, you need a Wang
       PC 200/300 Series system with at least one diskette drive.  The
       following table lists the minimum BIOS (basic input/output system)
       versions needed for each system:

       System               BIOS

       PC 240, PC 280            Version 3.10.02
       PC 380               Version 1.10.03
       PC 381, PC 382            Version 1.10.05
       PC 250/16, PC 280/12, PC 280/20      Version 3.10.00
       PC 350/16S, PC 380/16S         Version 1.10.00

       You also need:

       -   A compatible color or monochrome monitor and the appropriate
           monitor controller card

       -   A compatible keyboard

Re: Wang 286.386 Disks

PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 10:57 pm
by Gibsaw
SpidersWeb wrote:<snip>it took hours of finding the best drive and cleaning them continuously <snip>

Well, while I have no need for wang disks, it's reading sentences like this that remind me why I'm here. That someone took the care and time to spend hours with continuous cleaning (and the implied continuous partial dismantling.) to recover these.

It's important that we pay attention to software as well as resurrecting failed hardware. Well done.

Re: Wang 286.386 Disks

PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 11:53 pm
by SpidersWeb
Cheers. I must admit I do have fun doing things like that, feels like I've accomplished something.

I did make someone's day, got a private message soon after I announced it, he had been looking for over a year. Normally I'd just put them to one side and leave it for another day, but when I couldn't find it anywhere on the net.... had to be done.

The disks were shedding pretty bad, and the magnetic strength was weak (you could visually see the wear on them), which is why it took a while.

PC-240 is back on trademe, so I've put in my 'pretty please' postage question.