Boy, I'm always replying late to these threads!
'All 10 of my adapters' - stocking up?
hyperfrog wrote:Got 10 adapters, Jon? What for? I guess I should have taken two, after all!
I wouldn't call 10 Xircom adapters stockpiling. I call 7 PCjrs, 2 IBM 5160 XTs (one with a 5161 Expansion Unit), 1 8088-compatible XT, 1 286-compatible, 1 386-compatible and a Dell 486SX/33 stockpiling!
Okay, I'll save all of this for another off-topic thread.
Back to the subject at hand, let me give you an idea of what I have set up for my main PCjr...maybe this might help you, Christian.
My Racore-DMA'd 736KB Junior has 2 LPT ports - one on the Racore sidecar (4-bit mode, set to LPT2), one on the IBM sidecar (bi-directional mode, set to LPT1 (which has the Xircom adapter connected)). I then connect a standard CAT5E (not crossover) cable to a 10/100Mbps switch. From there, it can access all of my P4 machines (running WinXP or Server 2003 x86-64). I've used Mike's mTCP routines on this machine, and it pings just fine. Even used FTP to copy some 100KB+ files to my B drive without a problem.
The big test I used was using my networking trick to get my Junior to access files on another computer with only 1 boot disk. I tested your adapter on 2 of my Juniors (one with the Racore setup, the other with only an Impulse (640KB) memory/clock/LPT sidecar) and my P3 laptop. I was able to run some old games on my systems just fine.
The REALLY big test was to see if my diskette archival routine would work with your adapter and my systems. With this test, my systems would run old copies of IBM Antivirus, copy files to my server, create images using SAVEDSKF and zip files up using PKZIP (it's around 4MB of software accessed to archive 1 diskette). I was able to archive around 20 360KB diskettes or so per system and a few 1.44MB diskettes on my laptop with absolutely no problems.
Very interesting with the cooling trick. I noticed that all of the Xircom adapters I've tested do get a little warm after a while. You may be right...it could be a bad solder joint in there. When I tested the adapter, the A/C in my apartment wasn't working, so the temp in my place was pushing 90 degrees F (don't worry...it's been fixed since
If you don't mind doing me a favor, Christian, check your e-mail. I need you to test something for me...mainly, my networking article. I've e-mailed you a big .ZIP file - the article, a 360KB bootable diskette image, and additional instructions. I want to see if this will work on your setup, and it could help me determine what's going on with all of this.
Sorry...nothing personal...but I have "issues" when someone says something that I shipped them doesn't work even after I tested it. If the adapter is truly bad, we can work out a swap option or something.