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    Good online source for batteries?

    What OS? I have IBM DOS 5.0, DR-DOS 6.0 and Win 3.1 available to me now. Also have OS/2 warp for Windows. Hmmmmm. My only experience with OS/2 is looking at screen shots. Never touched it. Seems to me that this might be fun and new.
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    I'd install IBM DOS 5.0 and on top of that Windows 3.11. OS/2 is cool, too. I've never used it, but I've got it in a box.

    As for the battery, I've bought the exact battery from this seller before and it works nicely in my IBM PS/2 70-386 and is the exact replacement.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/TADIRAN-COMPUTER...2em118Q2el1247

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    If by fun and new you mean frustrating and irritating...

    OS/2 is great on supported hardware. You should be fine with your PS/2 and Microchannel cards.

    God help you on a clone machine with generic ISA cards or semi-modern drives.

    If you are a real glutton for punishment you can try and get it on the internet relatively easily in OS/2 using Microsoft's TCP/IP stack under Win-Os/2 with the 16 bit IE5. The pages will render funnily because it doesn't recognize modern JS and so forth.

    I've personally never been able to get any OS/2 lower than Warp 4 on the net. But I'm flogging a copy of Warp 3 connect right now.
    Last edited by dpatten; January 20th, 2009 at 06:57 PM. Reason: cuz...

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    Here is the release announcement for the exact submodel you have: http://www.IBMMuseum.com/ohlandl/8580/187-150.txt

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomFCS View Post
    Right off the top...

    Good online source for batteries?

    What OS? I have IBM DOS 5.0, DR-DOS 6.0 and Win 3.1 available to me now. Also have OS/2 warp for Windows. Hmmmmm. My only experience with OS/2 is looking at screen shots. Never touched it. Seems to me that this might be fun and new.

    I snagged 10 or a dozen for about $12 shipped NEW on ebay, still have a few left. I was going to buy them at Walmart but they were $20 each! They are the same type used in some older cameras so most battery shops will have them.

    As far as OS/2 I had Warp3 connect and Warp 4 on my PS/2 95, I have older versions I plan on using on the 60/65sx/80 just havn't bothered to yet.

    DOS 6.22 is nice on an 80 (386 isn't it?), both of mine have 486 upgrades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomFCS View Post
    What OS? I have IBM DOS 5.0, DR-DOS 6.0 and Win 3.1 available to me now. Also have OS/2 warp for Windows. Hmmmmm. My only experience with OS/2 is looking at screen shots. Never touched it. Seems to me that this might be fun and new.
    I used to run OS/2 2.0 on a Zenith 386 and it ran fine. Later I used OS/2 Warp extensively on a 486DX/66 machine. Some of the applications I ran were Lotus SmartSuite for OS/2, Describe Word Proccesor for OS/2, CorelDraw of Windows and VisualAge for OS/2(IBM C compiler). Stardock's Object Desktop for OS/2 is a nice exhancement to the graphical interface.
    I have OS/2 currently installed on an IBM model 70, 9577, and 9595 P60.

    I am thinking about trying AIX v1.3 on the 8580 machine.

    Taken from this link: http://ps-2.kev009.com:8081/moreaixps2/aix-supp-hw.html

    "AIX PS/2 Operating System Version 1.3 and its associated Licensed Program Products (LPPs) provide full hardware support and exploitation for all models of IBM PS/2 system units based on the 32-bit INTEL** 386sx-16MHz up through the INTEL 486DX2-66MHz, utilizing both IBM Microchannel or IBM AT-Bus architectures. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yzzerdd View Post
    I'd install IBM DOS 5.0 and on top of that Windows 3.11. OS/2 is cool, too. I've never used it, but I've got it in a box.

    As for the battery, I've bought the exact battery from this seller before and it works nicely in my IBM PS/2 70-386 and is the exact replacement.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/TADIRAN-COMPUTER...2em118Q2el1247

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    Thanks much, I ordered one this morning.

    IBMMuseum - Here is the release announcement for the exact submodel you have: http://www.ibmmuseum.com/ohlandl/8580/187-150.txt
    Excellent, thank you. I've got a much better idea of what I have here now.

    Chuckster_in_Jax - Taken from this link: http://ps-2.kev009.com:8081/moreaixps2/aix-supp-hw.html
    I saved that too. I only had time now to quickly read through it, but it looks pretty interesting so far. Thanks.

    BTW - I dug out the OS/2 box last night. What I actually have is OS/2 for Windows Ver 2.1. I was posting from memory last night. I looked up the drive too this is what's inside.
    http://stason.org/TULARC/pc/hard-dri...5-FH-ESDI.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomFCS View Post
    BTW - I dug out the OS/2 box last night. What I actually have is OS/2 for Windows Ver 2.1. I was posting from memory last night. I looked up the drive too this is what's inside.
    http://stason.org/TULARC/pc/hard-dri...5-FH-ESDI.html
    That's a good drive--I still use one. Heavy, over-engineered honker that should work nearly forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    That's a good drive--I still use one. Heavy, over-engineered honker that should work nearly forever.
    Thanks that's encouraging. I really didn't know too much about the track record of these drives. That's nice to know.

    Another thought, I googled around a bit and there really doesn't seem to be many options for audio support on these machines is there? Lot's of discontinued stuff and dead links.

    Quite a few MCA cards still for sale (mem expansion, SCSI....), but pretty much zip as far as audio cards goes. It's not really all that important to me, just seemed odd that apparently very few were even produced. It does make sense though, as I suppose these were geared mostly towards buisness cutomers.

    Guess I won't be playing "Super Android Pinball" anytime soon on one of these.
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    IBM offered the Audiovation card. They can still be found.

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