Networking Problems Win95

By Eddie_42 ยท 10 replies
Sep 7, 2009
  1. Hey all,

    My dear mother decided she needs a file off of her old computer....emphasis on old. It operates on Win 95, and dial-up. As she no longer has dial up that isnt an option.

    I have an Ethernet adapter that i found win95 drivers for, installed just fine. But upon reboot, windows says: Found Ethernet adapter, found drivers, insert win95 disk (theres the problem), This disk is lost to the nether regions of the world.

    There are no USB ports, and I doubt id be able to get a driver installed.

    The A drive works like a champ, but the file would take 5 disks. This would be an option if i could then recombine all of the files into one on a modern computer.

    The CD drive is non writing. and when i try to plug in a CD-Rw drive the computer wont boot (not even enough to turn the monitor on).

    Help would be great

  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    If I understand correctly, the file you need off the PC will take 5 floppies. It's been a while, Windows 95/98 is a bit rusty, but in acase like this, I used PKZIP, and was able to create ana archive over as many disks I required. All I did was define how large each file needed to be, then PKZIP would put them all together.
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    It is sometimes called spanning. You can probably find a freeware archive utility that supports spanning so you can split the file into however many parts you want.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Or you could just remove the hard drive, and put it in your computer. Making sure not to try and boot from it, and making sure the jumper is set properly. Boot up and pull the file off, its just FAT, so you won't have any access permissions issues.
  5. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    Would it also work in an external enclosure?
  6. freythman

    freythman TS Booster Posts: 113   +10

    Yes. That should work as well, and it would be much easier, too.
  7. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 173

    We fixed it. I do like the idea of a zip(compressed) file. i didnt think of that.

    The file was a quickbooks back up, and she wanted to use her new laptop that doesnt have a floppy drive, nor does the newest quickbooks know that backup files can be on floppy disks.

    So, i installed both the older and newer version onto my PC, up loaded the backup to the old one, created a new backup, loaded that into the latest version, created a backup from there, burned it to a CD and uploaded onto the Laptop.


    Thanks for the ideas though. I appreciate it.
  8. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    Well that changes things a bit.
    As a Quicken user, you can separate {archive} the files by month or year within Quickbooks to make the files smaller.
  9. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 173

    she needed all of them. She runs a small personal business and all of her inventory and records were on the old PC. She had to take the accountant 5 disks for him to do what he needed. Now we can discard the old hunk (i lol'ed when i first booted it, 64mb ram and 3.4gb hard-disk, and we thought the computers were more then we would ever need.)
  10. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    Ahh yes, I still have some nostalgia myself. Old (very old) 8Mb Ram chips, 20Mb HDD...:haha:
    You think back and realize how much things have progressed...
  11. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 173

    oh ya...the first PC my parents bought (i was in high school) was $3000 and they paid for all the upgrades so they wouldnt need another one. 266MHz Intel FTW.

    Played my games in DOS. I think my cell phone is smarter then that computer was. and its not a fancy phone.
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