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    Default Formatted text recovery from Wang Word Processor disks

    Hello,

    I am attempting to recover formatted text from what I assume are old Wang PC disks. I was able to dump a dozen 5.25 disks to an .img file, but can't mount or make sense of the formatting.

    Any suugestions?

    -Thor

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    There were a few circa 1990 products that would convert Wang PC documents and retain most of the formatting. Examples include Word for Word and Software Bridge and it was one of the bundled conversion for PFS:Professional Write. Finding those utilities now may be a challenge. There are a number of companies specializing in Wang PC document conversion but the prices are high enough to be daunting for anyone not involved in a current lawsuit.

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    Don't know, but I may have an extra copy of Star Exchange. I don't recall if it does Wang. I do know that I've handled Wang stuff in the distant past (including the hard-sector 8" floppies).

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    Since I do have a working 2200 with WANG WP 2.6 I might be able to load the texts into the original WP Software.
    If you would like me to give it a try pm me with one of the images.
    I do have a Disk Emulator that attaches to the 2200 and takes SD cards, so inputting the img should be possible.

    Also I saw in your other thread that you were enquiring as to emulating the environment and the WP Software.
    Yes by all means this is possible and I actually have an image up and running as well.

    Take a look on Jim Battles Website: www.wang2200.org for the emulator it also has a software section with the WP 2.6 installation files.
    If you need help with the setup I do have a fully configured .img that I could share.
    Last edited by vhauffmr; March 16th, 2020 at 12:38 PM.

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    Thanks for the replies,

    I have contacted Jim Battles and others and I am thinking these might be documents saved from the WOA system. I wonder though if the documents might be able to be opened by other systems running the Word Processor. I'll look into the other utilities as well. The hardest part will be getting these disk images readable to extract the documents. They are non-DOS compatible so not sure how to mount them.

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    There is 2 different file structures that could be on those disks.
    The internal WOA structure in which case it will be difficult.
    If however, as would be probable these are archive disks which were used to port data from one WOA to another WOA, 2200 or VS system then might well be as simple as inserting them and importing the archive.

    Are we talking 5 1/4 or 8 inch?

    If the data is not too sensitive I could just give it a try with one of the disks on my system.

    Yours,
    Martin v. Hauff

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    Just realised you said you already have them as .img.
    Then it should be even more simple to try this out.

    If you want send one over and Ill give it a go on the weekend.

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    Thank you for the offer, I can't release the disks unfortunately.

    Here are a couple headers for two disks.

    Code:
    00000000  48 69 73 74 6f 72 79 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  |History.........|
    00000010  00 00 00 00 00 00 23 00  20 02 00 01 10 00 02 02  |......#. .......|
    00000020  b9 07 02 00 e0 04 00 02  ff 04 00 00 00 00 00 00  |................|
    00000030  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  |................|
    *
    00000050  00 00 02 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  |................|
    00000060  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  |................|
    *
    00000080
    Code:
    00000000  43 41 48 32 00 00 00 00  16 0a 57 1b 09 5a 00 00  |CAH2......W..Z..|
    00000010  00 00 00 00 00 00 5a 00  c8 02 00 02 08 00 02 00  |......Z.........|
    00000020  ba 07 00 00 b0 02 00 02  9f 05 00 00 00 00 00 00  |................|
    00000030  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  |................|
    *
    00000080

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    I don't know if it will be helpful in your case, but I also imaged an entire archive of Wang disks and it's up over @ -0 degrees. It has two version variants of the Wang word processor.

    http://minuszerodegrees.net/manuals.htm#Wang

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    Quote Originally Posted by liqmat View Post
    I don't know if it will be helpful in your case, but I also imaged an entire archive of Wang disks and it's up over @ -0 degrees. It has two version variants of the Wang word processor.

    http://minuszerodegrees.net/manuals.htm#Wang
    Yes! I have downloaded the images. I have been attempting to install the Word Processor via QDAE, but not successful yet. Not sure if the Wang PC will be compatible with the WOA disks. I attempted to mount one in QDAE, but came up non DOS still. Need to find some WOA disks.

    Thank you.

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