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Trying to keep Lexicomp alive and useful


Slash V. Lagopus
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Ok I am new here so not sure if this is right place. I have a lexicomp LC-8600 palmtop that runs MS-DOS 5.00. Most sites I go to for information is in another language but I saw on one page its a 4/8mhz device and another that its 14mhz. Regardless its not that powerful. The Hard Drive is only 40mb in size and already contains MS Works for DOS, PKUnzip, and Nettamer. http://pc110.com.ne.kr/LC8600-gallery.htm this site has pictures of the device. At current time I am trying to find actual specs on the thing even though I been looking. Maybe find some way to replace the HD for a flash drive and maybe the EPROM (I think thats what it is with the UV window) with a compatible flashable chip. Another thing I am wanting to do is make it into a terminal device so I can connect to servers terminal via the serial interface. I am sure there are dos terminal programs and I have found a few though most of what I found are mostly hyperterm kind of stuff and would need to use the modem not the serial interface. I also know that Orinoco has dos drivers and I assume other cards might like spectrum 24 cards. As it is and may be a pathetic attempt but the machine works and I want to keep it working and have some usefulness to it. I don't like to throw away something that is still showing signs of life. On another note: the device can recharge cells and I would assume NiCad cells. I am currently using 3Nickel-Metal Hydride cells in it. I am not sure if the charging of NiCad and NiMH are the same or not and should completely refrain from using in system charging.

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Hardware necrophilia is a hard disease to break.

At some point you need to realize that it's time for your old friend to die. If old men became immortal, their old ideas would hold back the human race. At some point you just have to "let go". I know it's hard, as I still have a sick love for the old 286 that I used to play Sim-City on, and keyed my first DOS commands... Long dead, I keep its memory alive by carrying a 2MB SIMM on my keychain to remind me of my old friend.

It's a sickness and you may need professional help.

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Another thing I am wanting to do is make it into a terminal device so I can connect to servers terminal via the serial interface. I am sure there are dos terminal programs and I have found a few though most of what I found are mostly hyperterm kind of stuff and would need to use the modem not the serial interface.

Most terminal programs should also support connecting directly to the port, with no modem attached (it is possible in hyperterm, at least). I used to use Telix in DOS with a modem to call BBSs but it should be able to be setup to just open the port without dialing and watching for carrier detect, etc. (you may have to set it to 'direct connection' or 'null modem' or otherwise disable carrier detect and possibly flow control)

As it is and may be a pathetic attempt but the machine works and I want to keep it working and have some usefulness to it. I don't like to throw away something that is still showing signs of life.

As already mentioned by others, if a useful device is what you are looking for you are probably better off with something more modern.

If you are looking just for a way to use this little computer (and usefulness is a distant second), then I can relate to that totally. :D (and in fact if you decide to sell it to get something more modern, I'd love a chance to bid on the item. ;))

On another note: the device can recharge cells and I would assume NiCad cells. I am currently using 3Nickel-Metal Hydride cells in it. I am not sure if the charging of NiCad and NiMH are the same or not and should completely refrain from using in system charging.

I know very little about batteries, so you should do more research rather than listen to what I have to say. (but I'll say it anyway) I think that NiCad and NiMH are mostly compatible. (though I would be sure to use all of one type, not to mix and match) If you do decide to try charging the NiMH cells, make sure they don't get hot (I wouldn't leave it unattended), if you plug them in and they heat up then certainly that'll be a Bad Thing.

According to this page: http://www.greenbatteries.com/bachfa.html the charging systems for NiCad and NiMH are similar, but a smart charger is recommended, especially for NiMH.

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