Quote: Originally Posted by joel406
Just thought of something.
OK, well let me try the other HDD from the old computer and see if I can access that. All I can say is when we had the present HDD as the master before I did the windows 7 setup, I got what looked like my old desktop back in reduced video resolution but everything seemed to be there. I didn't try to access any of the files though, after I saw my old desktop I just jumpered the old drive back to slave and let the new HDD do it's setup. After that it went like I said.
Thanks for the tips you guys! I'll get back to you after I do the swap and tell ya what happened!
Good news everyone! Turns out the problem was a mispositioned jumper on the suspected bad HDD. The diagram that they paste onto the drive as to where to put the jumpers is very confusing so I just decided to try different positions until something worked.
Anyway it looks like all my old files are accessed and I'm almost
back in business, Almost except I tried running an old program (Which ran fine in Win 2000 pro) called GWbasic.exe in the dos window and I get a Windows error message says the current version of windows won't run it & I should contact the original Publisher (Microsoft) for the 64 bit version - Ha! A 64 bit version of a 1987 Dos program? I think back then they were still at 8 bit!
Fat chance, right? I bet there's nobody here old enough to have ever even heard of GW Basic!
I used to have a job back in the late 80's where part of the time I was writing GWBasic programs for technicians to use to calculate parameters for PC Power supply environmental tests, calibrations and diagnostics. They are still great for quick figuring Ohm's law, inductor values etc.
But hey maybe there are some old timers among you who could relate? Are there any Dos boxes that will actually work like the old dos?