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    Default Orchid Ramquest 50/60 manual or software

    Just picked up one of these Orchid ram expansions for my PS/2 model 60 but I'm having a little trouble finding the setup disk or a manual for it. It's got a couple sets of unlabelled jumpers on it and the system doesn't immediately recognize it so I know I'm going to need a disk to set it up

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    http://ps-2.kev009.com/ohlandl/misc/ramquest.html

    Take a look. Not sure, it might not support your model, butthen again, it might.

    http://ps-2.kev009.com/ohlandl/misc/...st_RQX1632.zip

    Orchid RamQuest II [William Walsh]
    http://greyghost.mooo.com/mcastuff/orchidrqII/
    Last edited by ardent-blue; April 7th, 2020 at 11:46 AM.

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    I saw that but it seems to be completely different to mine. Mine has what looks like SIPP ram soldered to it on the one end.

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    The only two memory adapter products referenced on the 1996 Orchid website can be seen here:
    https://web.archive.org/web/19961113...d.com/support/
    no manuals, and onboard memory implementation changes could easily be accomodated in the same design.

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    Thanks for the link, it doesn't look like they have the driver for my model though and both of the drivers on there say they're for specific cards and not any others.

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    My guess (I've never dealt with the 286-based systems, even in the '80s) is this:
    https://web.archive.org/web/19961113...t/r8utl_11.exe
    is the 16-bit adapter support diskette utilities, RAMQuest 50/60 is just a marketing name.

    However, as noted on Louis's page:
    http://ps-2.kev009.com/ohlandl/misc/Ramquest.htm
    the ftp-based links were never archived, so we're SOOL. Unless some helpful soul stuffed it on bitsavers or other archive.

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    On the other hand, MCA adapters are supposed to be jumperless install, so maybe you're just missing its ADF?
    Go here:
    http://www.mcamafia.de/mcapage0/qbmca.htm
    and create Peter's QBMCA boot diskette, then boot the system with the adapter installed. Identify its CardId after the slow BASIC-based identification process.
    Then look here for your ADF to download:
    http://www.mcamafia.de/mcapage0/mcaindex.htm
    N.B. Set Configuration requires DOS all-uppercase filenames to operate correctly, ensure you correct this when doing a file "Save As..".

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    Quote Originally Posted by WBST View Post
    On the other hand, MCA adapters are supposed to be jumperless install, so maybe you're just missing its ADF?
    Go here:
    http://www.mcamafia.de/mcapage0/qbmca.htm
    and create Peter's QBMCA boot diskette, then boot the system with the adapter installed. Identify its CardId after the slow BASIC-based identification process.
    Then look here for your ADF to download:
    http://www.mcamafia.de/mcapage0/mcaindex.htm
    N.B. Set Configuration requires DOS all-uppercase filenames to operate correctly, ensure you correct this when doing a file "Save As..".
    I'll check that out. Laying low in northern Vermont at the moment away from my computers but I'll get back to it hopefully soon

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    I couldn't find the ADF for my Orchid card, but I did see the one for my 286 2-8mb memory expansion option. It's not downloading the file though, just redirecting me to a page that's presumably the text that's in the file.

    Edit: I'm an idiot and overthinking it again. Figured it out.
    Last edited by RadRacer203; May 19th, 2020 at 05:11 PM.

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