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    I bought a PS/2 model 30 (8086 CPU) which has to arrive yet and I'm thinking about buying a PS/2 keyboard and mouse set, relatively new. I didn't even know there were optical PS/2 mice.

    Am I right in assuming that any keyboard will work flawlessly, but I need a DOS driver for the mouse (which doesn't exist)? If I need to use an old mouse that works with the "IBM compatible mouse" driver or something, I might look for that. The system is supposed to be used with a mouse, so... It would be cool to have a mouse for the DOS shell and all that stuff.

    Maybe chances are higher that I could use a modern mouse with Windows. But it seems that I could only run Windows 3.0 in monochrome mode. Using another VGA driver it might be possible to run 320x200 with 16 colors, maybe even 256 colors. I might also test Windows 2.x.

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    Any PS/2 Mouse should work, and yes there are DOS mouse drivers. I use CuteMouse - http://cutemouse.sourceforge.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADAD8 View Post
    I bought a PS/2 model 30 (8086 CPU) which has to arrive yet and I'm thinking about buying a PS/2 keyboard and mouse set, relatively new. I didn't even know there were optical PS/2 mice.

    Am I right in assuming that any keyboard will work flawlessly, but I need a DOS driver for the mouse (which doesn't exist)? If I need to use an old mouse that works with the "IBM compatible mouse" driver or something, I might look for that. The system is supposed to be used with a mouse, so... It would be cool to have a mouse for the DOS shell and all that stuff.

    Maybe chances are higher that I could use a modern mouse with Windows. But it seems that I could only run Windows 3.0 in monochrome mode. Using another VGA driver it might be possible to run 320x200 with 16 colors, maybe even 256 colors. I might also test Windows 2.x.
    Give Geoworks a shot. Its a gui that will run faster than win3.x
    Thomas Byers (DRI)- "You'll have a million people using the A> [MS-DOS prompt] forever. You'll have five million using [nongraphic] menu systems such as Topview, Concurrent PC-DOS, Desq, and those types. But there'll be 50 to 100 million using the iconic-based interfaces."

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    Thumbs-up for both above posts. CuteMouse is lean and efficient (doesn't hog memory).

    Geos 1.x/2.x was a far better GUI than Windows 2.x/3.x ever conceived of being...Berkley Software (the then owners of Geoworks) didn't have the marketing like the Microsoft behemoth of the day. It had as good a support for printers and far better support for video than Windows ever had. Also 2.x came with it's own integrated "mini office-suite".

    https://tedium.co/2019/06/20/geoworks-geos-history/

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    Thanks for your answers. I might try Windows and GEOS. I would love to create a backup of the HDD first / transfer the files to my PC to test some things in DOSBox etc. But because of the proprietary HDD interface I can't connect it to another system, so the only way is copying everything using 720 k floppies, right?

    I'll have to use floppies for getting any software/OS on that machine anyway. Also chances are high the DOS (version 4.01) is Italian. Do I have to reinstall a german/english version or can I change the language?

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    Can’t go wrong with the good old Model 30. I’ve got two and I love them.

    Geos looks neat, but I will say I love early versions of Windows. I have an early version of Windows on pretty much all of my systems. I like to call myself a “Windows enthusiast.” I’d kill for a boxed copy of Windows 1.01.

    Is Geos an “Environment” or an operating system (didn’t read too much into that article)? Because the early versions of Windows are not operating systems.
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    Geos is a GUI (or a shell built on top of DOS) just like every non-NT version of Windows. No disrespect intended, but it was way better than any version of Windows prior to perhaps Win95 (with far fewer resources consumed). It's failure was due to a lack of marketing and the afore mentioned strong-arm tactics by Microsoft. I ran it on a Compaq Portable II long ago and even had dial-up internet (on a 286 processor with 640K of ram)
    Last edited by T-R-A; August 1st, 2019 at 10:04 AM.

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    None taken. I need to put Geos on something and see what it’s like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by compaqportableplus View Post
    None taken. I need to put Geos on something and see what it’s like.
    The best version of it that I had was "New Deal Office 2000", which was "supposed" to be for 386/486 CPU's, but ran on 286's (and maybe 8088's---never tried). Never had a try at the later version "Breadbox Ensemble", but I'm sure there was little difference. I'm glad to see be spun off to a GitHub project...maybe something still good to come from it.

    https://github.com/bluewaysw/pcgeos

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADAD8 View Post
    I didn't even know there were optical PS/2 mice.
    Fujitsu also makes a PS/2 Laser mouse in gray and black
    The only bad thing is that the horizontal scroll only works with the USB connection.
    https://www.fujitsu.com/fts/products...m530-grey.html
    https://www.fujitsu.com/fts/products...530-black.html

    I also have replaced the USB cable on my Fujitsu Laser mouse with the PS/2 cable from a dead PS/2 mouse so i don't have the big adapter sticking out the back of my system's

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