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Re: [N8VEM-S100:312] Re: Disk Images

One of the places that I worked had a large number of PS/2 machines. Anytime we needed to do anything to them, it was always a pain to find the correct configuration disk. Seems like every model they ordered was just different enough to require a different disk.

I always liked having the jumpers on the board; at least when I was in control of the settings, I could definitely tell that's what the problem was. With Plug 'n' Pray, you could never really be sure...

On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 2:51 PM, Douglas Goodall <douglas...@mac.com> wrote:
I hated that whole deal. It meant if you didn't have the floppy that went with a
particular system or board, you were out of luck, and since the configuration
floppies were copyright IBM, I don't remember ever having a central location
to get replacement configuration floppies other than to order them from IBM,
if they even still had the floppies are orderable part numbers after a few  years.


On Jun 13, 2011, at 11:41 AM, Bill Lewis wrote:

> Remember the IBM PS/2 reference disk (or whatever they called it)
> "solution" to the jumpers and dip switches.
> Bill
> On 6/13/2011 2:39 PM, Douglas Goodall wrote:
>> In the PC world, it became a pathological issue that lead to the "Plug
>> and Pray" initiative, which failed because
>> of the need to register your devices with a central authority and there
>> was BIOS level database issues.
>> The final solution for PCs was the PCI spec which allowed the BIOS and
>> hardware to sort out the port, interrupt
>> and DMA requirements.
>> S100 being part of the First Cause of micro-computing still requires
>> manual integration and anything we can
>> do to streamline (and make understandable) that process is helpful.
>> Boards with fixed (unconfigurable) I/O, interrupt, or DMA requirements
>> become fixtures around which other
>> boards must be configured, and in the case of an unresolvable conflict,
>> hard decisions must be made about
>> board combinations that cannot be used.
>> Douglas