MiniNote 3000

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Uityyy
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MiniNote 3000

Postby Uityyy » Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:34 am

I have the 4MB version of the MiniNote(TM) 3000
The software on it is:
- MS-DOS 5.0
- Microsoft Works 2
- Race Pen II (PIM)
- Microsoft Interlink (for file transfer over direct cable connection)
- Various drivers
- Unlike what the DOSPalmTop index lists for very closely related models, the is no Microsoft QBasic included. There is DOS's DEBUG.EXE, however.

The BIOS is PhoenixBIOS(TM) version 1.03.01 FOR PALMTOP SOLUTION. Likely BIOS setup keys just produce an error. I'm not sure if there even is a BIOS-level setup utility.

The annoyance the index lists of not being able to boot anything but DOS can likely be overcome by booting *FROM* DOS as it doesn't protect against dangerous actions like loading and executing someone else's kernel. I'd imagine you could start a small Linux with loadlin and possibly even run GRUB for DOS from AUTOEXEC.BAT
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Re: MiniNote 3000

Postby Kyodai » Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:39 am

Very interesting machine! I have dropped you a PM. :)

Well the loadlin trick works on every machine - so you could boot something like minix - i even did that on the Sharp PC-3100 once. With a 386 and 4 MB even better unix flaours should be possible. However - only unix can be loaded by loadlin - so other OS like OS/2 or different DOS flavours (Like FreeDOS) are not possible afaik.

The BIOS of ALL tidalwave are terrible imho. No Setup options, no boot priority settings, no inversing the screen. From the Race Pen tool (and by some command line switches) you should however at least be able to switch CPU speed, turn on/off serial port and so on, but that's already the best you can do.

The index page about the mininote was mostly just copied from the earlier (1000 series) Tidalwave. Since the rest of the software (Dos 5.0, works, Race Pen) sounds similar I'd have assumed that QBasic stays included. I am a bit surprised to hear this one has actually LESS software than the older machines. Maybe they had to include more drivers and didn't want to buy larger ROM chips, so something had to go? XD

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Re: MiniNote 3000

Postby Uityyy » Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:30 am

Here's the full file system in case anyone is interested: (I'll deal with the PM later.)
This is hand-typed so expect errors

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C: [LABEL MS-ROMDOS]
   [RP]
      RP       BAT    307
      CITYTIME DBF   8955
      CITY_PHO DBF  17335
      CTR_PHO  DBF   5078
      EXCHD    DBF    815
      HELP     DBF  30851
      MEASURE  DBF   2794
      SORT     DBF    455
      PREFER   INI     25
      CITY_PHO NTX   7168
      HELP     NTX   8192
      SORT     NTX   2048
      DISVDO   COM     17
      ENVDO    COM     17
      INSTALL  EXE   9544
      RPCGA    EXE 152110
   [TOOLS]
      TXMSDISK SYS  4408
      POWER    EXE  8052
      HIMEM    SYS 11616
      MEMCARD  EXE 45430
      MS-FLASH SYS 53762
      DBLFLASH EXE 14878
      PCMATA   SYS  9290
      DEBUG    EXE 15707
      SDPDRV   SYS  4959
      PCERASE  EXE  5320
      UTIMENU  EXE  1902
   TDLWAVE  SYS  1065
   TDLWAVE  BAT   271
   UTIL     BAT   285
   $$AUTO$$ EXE [HIDDEN]
   $$FOR$$  EXE [HIDDEN]
   MAINICON EXE  4240
   SETUP    COM  6933
   ROMDRIVE SYS  1178
   ROMFLASH SYS   706
   KEYBOARD SYS 34697
   MODE     COM 15543
   FILL     BIN [HIDDEN]
   AUTOEXEC BAT   272
   CONFIG   SYS  1065-
   [144896 BYTES FREE, WRITABLE]
D: [LABEL WORKS]
   [DOS]
      FORMAT.COM
      INTERSVR.EXE
      INTERLNK.EXE
      DOSKEY.COM
      XCOPY.EXE
      LABEL.EXE
      PRINT.EXE
      KEYB.COM
      ATTRIB.COM
   WORKSEXE.EXE
   SPELL.OVL
   HELP.OVL
   WORKS.OVL
   CANONBJE.PRD
   COMM.SCD
   EPSONL01.PRD
   F001.SFT
   F04003.RFT
   F04004.RFT
   F04005.RFT
   F04006.RFT
   IBMQUICK.DAT
   IBMQUICK.PRD
   INTL.RSC
   MAIN.DIC
   SCREEN.VID
   WORKS.BAT
   WORKS.HLP
   WORKS.INI
   HP3.PRD
   BROTHER.PRD
   NEC.PRD
   [5632 BYTES FREE BUT IS READ-ONLY]
E: [LABEL XMSDISK]
   [RP]
   [A WORKS DIRECTORY GETS CREATED WHEN I RUN WORKS WITH SEVERAL FILES COPIED TO IT]
   [509952 BYTES FREE, WRITABLE]
F: [LABEL MS-ROMDOS]
   PCMCS    EXE 31096
   PCMSCD   EXE 17682
   MAINMENU BAT   681
   PRSPF    SYS  8387
   SDPFIX3  SYS  4959
   PSEUDO   SYS  1568
   [5888 BYTES "FREE" BUT IS READ-ONLY]

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Re: MiniNote 3000

Postby Kyodai » Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:36 am

Would be interesting to get the drivers. Some stuff is custom made for this machine. Since there's no PCMCIA flash drivers for the PS-1000 models I'd love to try and see if they work on the older machines, then we could use Flash cards or CF on these... It's kinda long shot, but if the PCMCIA controller is the same that might work. :)


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