Ultralite comments

Dave, MRO1-3/C6, DTN 297-8251, 508 467-8251 (dbrown@milkwy.enet.dec.com)
Wed, 28 Aug 96 09:03:28 EDT

Hi,

My $0.02 on:

Batteries:

NEC has been very good about replacing batteries, including
the new ones - so I wouldn't cut one up before asking them to
replace it with a brand new NiMH one for free.

I built an external battery pack out of a VHS videotape case
(like they use in the video stores). It holds C cells and
runs the UL for about 4 hrs.

Connectors:

I have bought and used both the power and serial connectors from
Digikey. Note that soldering the center wires on the serial
connector is not for the clumsy. The power connector has
no center pins and is not too tricky to solder (I have an extra
one...)

RAM Card Applications:

Don't forget Wordstar (I have it), Lotus Agenda, and
XyWrite III Plus (I think I can get you one...make an offer!)

Archives of this conference:

Almost everything you'd want to know is in there. I merged
all the old ones and cleaned them up to make them easier to
search. (Trimmed it down from about 27000 lines to a mere 13846!)
I cut out a bunch of redunant Email headers which is probably
against the rules for reposting anywhere.

Sector size reduction:

The NEC default wastes alot of space with large sector sizes
on their silicon hard drive.
Previous instructions on the subject were somewhat difficult to
follow, so I wrote this fairly simple instruction list below.
These instructions are also flawed, because I don't have time to
write detailed comments and I didn't mail a bootable floppy with
ZipZap (shareware) loaded on it to everyone on this distribution.
(Proving once again that you get what you pay for.)

Dave
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Turn UL on

>From Manager 'Applications' menu:

Initialize Hard Disk

Format System Hard Disk

>From Manager 'File' menu:

MS-DOS

(Insert zipzap boot disk now)

>From MS-DOS D> prompt:

A:

Path A:;D:

Zipzap71 C:

>From Zipzap:

F3 (puts you in edit mode)

For a 2 MB drive:
The top center of the screen should look like this:

"[ ZipZap 7.15 ] "
" "
"080100020002570FF80200"
^ ^^

Type a "1" over the "8" and "10" over the "02". It should look like this:

"[ ZipZap 7.15 ] "
" "
"010100020002570FF81000"
^ ^^
For a 1 MB drive:
The top center of the screen should look like this:

"[ ZipZap 7.15 ] "
" "
"080100020002570FF80100"
^ ^

Type a "1" over the "8" and "8" over the "1". It should look like this:

"[ ZipZap 7.15 ] "
" "
"010100020002570FF80800"
^ ^
F4 (Write sector to disk) (Y)

F9 (Quit ZipZap) (Y)

>From MS-DOS A> prompt:

<Ctrl-Alt-Del>

(UL boots from A:)

>From MS-DOS A> prompt:

Path d:;a:

format c: /s (Y)

(You're done! To check:)

Zipzap 71 C:

(Should look like above)

F9 (To quit Zipzap)

(at this point in time, you may wish to load c:)