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oxygenfarm
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SupersPort 286

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I just inherited a Zenith SupersPort 286 Model 20 and am wondering what to do with it. Will it run any version of Mint?
It is probably a museum piece.

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It is probably a museum piece.

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Re: SupersPort 286

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:shock:
Can it run FreeDOS (http://www.freedos.org/) ?

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Re: SupersPort 286

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I don't know. The machine looks almost new, and has an owner's manual, a book on MSDOS, and even the original sales receipt.

(If it truly is a museum piece please i.d. a museum which collects such pieces)

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Re: SupersPort 286

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The machine is truly a museum piece, though what museum would take it I do not know. Well, you could look here:

http://www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/zenith_l/


Absolutely no version of Linux at all will run on Such a machine since Tovalds specifically coded for the 386 in 32 bit code. The 286 is 16 bits and, thus, Linux is a non-starter and that's before we talk apps! FreeDOS is also 32bit code only now as well, from what I read. So I would backup DOS 6.22 if I were you!

Personally, I would install Windows 3.0 on it with all the trimming and Word for Windows 1! Both will run on a 286 with 640K.

If you wanted to wordprocess on such a machine the above would do OK is you export via RTF. There are tricks to even get text over to Word 1 or 2 via RTF though what storage media you would use escapes me now the floppy disk is RIP. But you're pretty limited to Wordprocessing, old renderings of Excel and a few DOS games, and I mean the oollllldddd ones on such a machine. This is the sort of machine I would have loved in days gone by but my needs have changed. I always said I would enter the 21st Century only when I could video edit with comfort. Well here I am.

If you REALLY want to put the machine to some work I could probably help. It (was/is) my forte. But it depends on how much you like playing around with ancient tech. If you're not keen I do suggest you put it on ebay and give it a good home.
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Re: SupersPort 286

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Many thanks for the thoughtful reply. I will look to donate it; doubt if anyone wants to pay the shipping from Cincinnati.
My first computer was a Tandy Model 4 so I have some recollection of ancient technology: perhaps it would run LSDOS or TRSDOS?
Or maybe someone much younger and more energetic might want a challenge.

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