Jim MacKenzie
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What is the oldest computer capable of running a modern version of GNU/Linux?
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I have a 1991 Sun Ultra 1 from 1991 which can run the very latest Linux kernel (I do so under the Gentoo distribution). As old computers go, though, it is quite modern, with a 64-bit CPU, and I've ...

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Why does this BASIC program keep restarting?
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Here is how you do it in Commodore BASIC: 10 IF A=0 THEN PRINT "LOADING, PLEASE WAIT..." 20 IF A=0 THEN A=1:LOAD"LIB",8,1 30 REM "IF A=1" IS TEMPTING HERE BUT IS UNNECESSARY, SINCE A MUST NOT EQUAL ...

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Getting your Commodore VIC-20, 64 or 128 online
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Here are the answers of which I am aware, and I know there are others: https://jammingsignal.com/commodore-wi-fi-modem/ Schema's WiFi modem. Connects via the user port. Has a TFT display, and you ...

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How can I view BASIC code hidden by SYS?
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A lot of Commodore 8-bit computer games used a disk that had random-access files on them. This means they were written directly to disk blocks, not via a program, sequential or relative file, which ...

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Adding the third floppy drive?
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In addition to the other answers, SCSI floppy drives do exist, although they are fairly uncommon. These would be usable on even modern systems, as you can get SCSI controller cards for nearly all ...

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Where can I find a Windows 10 driver for old Syquest Drives?
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Your best bet to rescue this data, in my opinion, will be to use the Linux operating system. It supports older hardware extremely well compared to most operating systems. If you know what you are ...

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Is there a way to execute CP/M binaries on a modern Linux computer
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Because you're running code for a different CPU family (8080/Z80) as opposed to running code compatible with the CPU you are actually running, a compatibility layer will not do. You need to emulate. ...

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How to use BASIC after "LOAD "$",8 on the C64
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The best way is to have some sort of accessory program installed. There are a few options: on the Commodore 1541 test/demo disk there is a program called "DOS WEDGE". You can load and run this, and ...

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When did 1200bps become the modal speed of installed modems?
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It is hard indeed to answer the question, but I can share my Canadian anecdotal experience and I think it will give a general sense of the timeline, plus or minus. I acquired my first modem in 1984 - ...

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Why was Windows 3.1 so dreadfully slow on an Amiga A2286 bridgeboard?
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An educated guess - the video was really handled by the Amiga, so that it could appear in an Amiga desktop window. (You could hook up a video card into one of the ISA slots, but then you'd need a ...

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Largest ratio between base and maximum RAM
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This answer doesn't win the contest at all, but I include it for interest's sake and the hope to inspire future readers to play with the hardware. The Commodore VIC-20 shipped with 5 kB of RAM and ...

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Cartridge modems - was the Vic-20 a special case?
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So-called cartridge modems existed for a few different platforms: Commodore - originally came out with the VICModem (1600) but also, later, the 1650, 1660, and 1670 modems, all of which fit onto the ...

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How do I Secure Erase a PATA hard drive without a compatible desktop motherboard?
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https://www.amazon.ca/Mosuch-Adapter-Converter-Optical-External/dp/B002OV1VJW You need a device such as this - which has a USB to PATA (and SATA) interface. An external power supply (usually ...

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Manufacturing cost breakdown for a 16-bit computer
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This doesn't directly answer your question, but I believe your indirect question is really why 16/32-bit computers were more expensive than 8-bit computers sold at the same point in time. The answer, ...

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Largest practical motherboard for early computers
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Until bank-switching techniques arrived, the real limiting factor for system RAM was the maximum address space that the CPU could address. In the 8-bit era, this was usually 64 kB, although some more ...

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Is it possible to bank out Kernal in Commodore PET, VIC-20 or 264 series computers?
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While you can't do this on the VIC-20 at all, nothing is stopping you from programming your own ROM. It would not be difficult to create a ROM-switching socket or adapter of some sort, à la JiffyDOS, ...

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What we commonly call PCs are in fact ATs, correct?
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A good metric of whether PCs still exist might be whether such a computer can run MS-DOS (or better, the successor OpenDOS which is actually still maintained). The answer for many of the computers we ...

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Transfer files to DOS over serial cable from Linux?
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In addition to the suggestions above, you can run the terminal program "minicom" on Linux, and use a PC terminal package (e.g. ProComm), and transfer the files between the two machines using zmodem or ...

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Why did 3.5" floppies win (and not another size)?
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I'm going to answer the question from a practical user perspective, having been an active microcomputer user through this transition. 5.25" floppies have a few disadvantages: Limited capacity. Yes, ...

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