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2002\07\24@160707 by Josh Koffman

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Hi all. Recently I was given an old 5x86 based laptop manufactured by
"Magitronic", model 800, type 820T. Since the company is out of
business, I'm trying to figure out what hardware is in it so I might try
to obtain drivers somewhere. Does anyone know of a program that will do
some sort of system inventory. I have a blank hard drive, so it can't be
windows based. I only have a floppy, so I'd like it to be compact if
possible. Would MSD (of forgotten days of MSDOS) give me PCMCIA
controller names? Any other suggestions? Anyone have one of these
laptops by chance? :)

Thanks,

Josh
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2002\07\24@162823 by Peter L. Peres

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I don't know your laptop but you can boot linux single floppy and see the
equipment list detected. There is a pretty good chance that DOS will not
do any PCMCIA on a 5x86 CPU without some proprietary drivers. Type your
laptop id into a web search engine and see what comes up.

Peter

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2002\07\24@163453 by Barry Gershenfeld

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Linux.  No! Don't hang up yet!  No installation necessary.  The
kernel gives a very thorough report, including anything
willing to identify itself via PCI.  Off the top of my head:
- memory size
- hard drives names, size, any partitions
- disk transfer modes (PIO, DMA)
- serial ports with addresses
- ide controllers, addresses
- CPU type, speed, and known bugs (with workarounds)
- printer ports
- network card sometimes

Anything bootable will work; an install CD, an install floppy,
Tom's root-boot, etc.  You can download a floppy-sized image,
write it to a floppy, and boot from it.

BTW,
There's a really amazing package at http://www.litrux.com  A CD made
from that image (CD-sized, 500+MB) will boot up, detect
your hardware go into graphics (X) and if you are connected
to a LAN with dhcp, get the addresses and you are ready
to surf--without touching anything.  It's a demo. I think
they will be selling it once it's finished.

Barry

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2002\07\24@163703 by Larry Williams

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why not just boot up with a dos disk, use laplink, transfer windows cd
to a directory, for ex: win98cab or win95cab. then run install from that
directory and let windows find everything. Those didn't have a lot and
they're old enough that windows can probably tell you everything you
want to know.

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2002\07\24@183835 by M. Adam Davis

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Magitronic didn't go out of business as much as they changed their name.

Magitronic was the 'white box' computer for a company called infotel
distributing.  They only sold to resellers, and they didn't have much of
a web site for end user support.  They did have end user phone support.

The company that was infotel is still infotel, but was purchased by and
is a subsidiary of some company I can't recall now.  Their brand of
computer (and laptop) is now 'Ultra'.

At any rate, if you go to http://www.infoteldistributing.com/ then
you'll find some customer service information, though it is geared
toward resellers.  The support button takes you to a web site asking for
your serial number, so you might find system info there.  At minimum
they should be able to give you the name of the reseller they sold the
system to originally, and you can contact the reseller for support.

If all else fails, I am a current reseller with them and I might be able
to get some amount of information for you, though I doubt much made it
through the various transistions.

-Adam

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2002\07\25@081858 by Eoin Ross

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That company would be Systemax (out of New York) - the computers were (and still are) assembled in Ohio in the middle of the cornfields on route 36 13 miles east of Piqua (there may have been other assembly plants too - been 2 years since I worked there)

http://www.mwmicro.com/
http://www.globalcomputer.com/main/home.jsp http://www.systemaxpc.com/

>>> RemoveMEadampicTakeThisOuTspamUBASICS.COM 07/24/02 06:36PM >>>
Magitronic didn't go out of business as much as they changed their name.

Magitronic was the 'white box' computer for a company called infotel
distributing.  They only sold to resellers, and they didn't have much of
a web site for end user support.  They did have end user phone support.

The company that was infotel is still infotel, but was purchased by and
is a subsidiary of some company I can't recall now.  Their brand of
computer (and laptop) is now 'Ultra'.

At any rate, if you go to http://www.infoteldistributing.com/ then
you'll find some customer service information, though it is geared
toward resellers.  The support button takes you to a web site asking for
your serial number, so you might find system info there.  At minimum
they should be able to give you the name of the reseller they sold the
system to originally, and you can contact the reseller for support.

If all else fails, I am a current reseller with them and I might be able
to get some amount of information for you, though I doubt much made it
through the various transistions.

-Adam

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2002\07\25@101250 by Dale Botkin

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On Thu, 25 Jul 2002, Eoin Ross wrote:

> That company would be Systemax (out of New York) - the computers were
> (and still are) assembled in Ohio in the middle of the cornfields on route 36
> 13 miles east of Piqua (there may have been other assembly plants too -
> been 2 years since I worked there)

Piqua...  wow.  First time I've ever heard a reference to that place,
other than my birth certificate.

Dale

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2002\07\25@163245 by Josh Koffman

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Actually, there's a conversion van company there...I see the name on
spare tire covers quite a bit here in Columbus, OH.

Josh
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> Piqua...  wow.  First time I've ever heard a reference to that place,
> other than my birth certificate.
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