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    Quote Originally Posted by paul.brett View Post
    Directories on disk:

    DOS
    FACTDATA
    MTN_TAPE
    MULTIFAC

    ORIGINAL
    WORDSTAR
    WS2000

    ...any clues on what these might be?
    I'm pointing a horse to water here but I dunno, open the directories and investigate things like config and readme files? Just remember that you shouldn't be blabbing about all the things you find on an old computer you find for the sake of the previous owner's privacy.

    HAve you done any preventative maintenance to this thing yet like cleaning or tantalum cap rail checks? These machines will drop dead between power cycles if you do absolutely no maintenance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul.brett View Post
    Directories on disk:

    DOS
    FACTDATA
    MTN_TAPE
    MULTIFAC

    ORIGINAL
    WORDSTAR
    WS2000

    ...any clues on what these might be?
    I love it when they leave their data behind. Anything personal or that identifies the previous user gets deleted obviously, but sometimes some great forgotten drivers/software gets found. Anyway, MTN_TAPE I would bet would be Mountain tape backup software. I recently acquired a very cool tower system that had an old DPT EISA SCSI controller in it and luckily the old MS-DOS utilities for that controller were still on the boot drive which made setting up the EISA card a cinch. Although, after some heavy searching, I found even more software for it on some obscure Taiwanese university FTP site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul.brett View Post
    Directories on disk:

    DOS
    FACTDATA
    MTN_TAPE
    MULTIFAC

    ORIGINAL
    WORDSTAR
    WS2000

    ...any clues on what these might be?
    MTN_TAPE is almost certainly backup software for Mountain Tape drives. I think that Mountain Computer (Scotts Valley, CA) was purchased by Nakamichi (late 1980s) and then spun off or dissolved.

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    I've got a boxed, almost new, Mountain FileSafe TD-250 with manuals and software in it and some NOS and used tapes to go with it.
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    A nest of mice?
    One dark evening, I grabbed an old computer that was in a junk bin. When I moved the computer and tossed it in my trunk, I heard a rattle-like noise. It didn't sound like a single baby rattle, more like a bunch of maracas.

    The noise was very unexpected and it took be a bit to process what it was. I shined a light in my trunk (hatchback with horrid interior lighting) and my horrors were confirmed. The computer case was filled with tiny grains of rodent fecal matter that now was all over my car.

    That was disgusting. I learned a valuable lesson that day.
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    I've worked on gear where a 1 cm. layer of dried mouse poo was firmly cemented to a PCB. Not to mention the corrosion on the sheet metal from the urine and bits of hair and grass making a nest. Not as bad as finding a mess of roaches crawling over a dead mouse carcass, but close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    I've worked on gear where a 1 cm. layer of dried mouse poo was firmly cemented to a PCB. Not to mention the corrosion on the sheet metal from the urine and bits of hair and grass making a nest. Not as bad as finding a mess of roaches crawling over a dead mouse carcass, but close.
    *shudders* Yeah, that is really gross. Must have been one important system for you to undertake that task, haha.
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    Nah, a NEC daisywheel printer. Cosmetically, the thing was in fine shape--until the top came off. I couldn't bear to scrap it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offensive_Jerk View Post
    The computer case was filled with tiny grains of rodent fecal matter that now was all over my car. That was disgusting. I learned a valuable lesson that day.
    Was the valuable lesson, to use the wife's car when collecting old computers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeXT View Post
    I'm pointing a horse to water here but I dunno, open the directories and investigate things like config and readme files? Just remember that you shouldn't be blabbing about all the things you find on an old computer you find for the sake of the previous owner's privacy.
    All checked with the previous owner before posting.
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