Monthly Archives: December 2017

Miscellaneous Manuals, Software, and Documentation

This post is for copies of manuals that I can’t find online. If I have a copy I will scan it and post it here. I expect this post will typically be found by people looking for things.  I’ll add things as I get them.

There are a few floppy images mostly of driver disks, made with WinImage.  You can download WinImage and use it free for 30 days, plenty of time to make copies of, or extract files from, floppy images downloaded here.  But I strongly suggest registering your copy — it is a useful program and worth supporting.


Casio MS-80TE Calculator

This also applies to the HS-85TE, the SL-305TE, and the SL-910TE.

Casio MS-80TE manual


Sears Weider Crossbow Exercise Machine

This is for model number 831.153951.  There are no doubt other similar models of this machine with different model numbers for which this manual would be useful.

As the machine is basically a copy of the Bowflex machine, books and manuals written for the Bowflex are useful for people with the Crossbow.

The machine itself has been sold as parts on eBay.

The manual is a PDF file of the original User’s Manual for the machine.  It contains assembly and adjustment instructions, a parts list and exploded view, and very brief instructions on use of the machine.  It doesn’t have information on specific exercises done with the machine.

Crossbow Manual


Bektronic Computer Parts

Bektronic was a lesser-known Chinese computer parts supplier fairly widely used back in the 1990s and 2000s.  Their manuals typically don’t have a brand name (as is true of many Chinese knock-off brands).


IBM Cobalt-AT 486 Blue Lightning System Board

IBM actually sold motherboards for building clones for awhile.  I sold quite a few computers built with these motherboards — they were cheap and fast.  I still have one which I’m planning on putting on eBay once I get the dead BIOS battery replaced.  Here is the manual for it:

IBM Cobalt-AT 486BL System Board

Here is the driver disk that came with it.  It is WinImage format floppy image (1.44 MB), zipped so I could upload it.

IBM On Board IDE Driver #1855


Generic UN-1072 IDE Multi-I/O Card

This is a very common generic 16-bit ISA multi-I/O card.  This particular one was purchased 11/02/93 from Triton for $12.27.  It has a Winbond chip and is probably typical of many of these cards.

UN-1072 IDE Multi-IO Card


Generic Oak VGA Card

This is a manual for a generic Oak VGA card from 1991.. The specs are 1024×768 512K.  It was originally purchased from IPX Informatic on 12/12/91 for $39.99.  It is amusing because it is so typical of generic parts of the era: no brand name or manufacturer but including a warranty card.  They tried very hard to look legit.

Oak VGA #28


Vitex H757AF IDE Multi-I/O Card

This is a manual for a late version of a generic Winbond-based IDE Multi-I/O card.  It was originally purchased from Triton on 8/3/95 for $10.21.

Vitex H757AF Winbond W83757AF IDE Multi-IO Card #2503


Generic Trident 8900D Super VGA Card K928

This manual is for a generic Trident 8900D super VGA card vintage 1995.  These were very common in very many generic versions.  This particular one was originally purchased from Triton on 5/31/95 for $58.45.  The specs are 1024x768x256 1MB.

Trident 8900D Super VGA #2335

This is a driver disk for a different Trident 8900D VGA card.  I think driver disks are pretty much interchangeable.

Trident 8900D driver #2492


Generic Trident PCI-47 TGUI9440AGi VGA

I found a manual for a generic version of the Trident 9440 VGA.  It took a while but I finally got a complete copy scanned.  Here it is:

PCI-47 manual


CNet CN30BC Ethernet PCMCIA Card

This is an off-brand LAN card for laptops with a PCMCIA slot. CNet sold a lot of stuff back in the day, and it was pretty good for cheap hardware. It’s probably a design used by many off-brand manufacturers. (Hint: the manual doesn’t say CNet anywhere.) Anyhow, here is the manual:

And here is a zipped copy of the contents of the driver disk:


Wentop Digital Timer

This is a cheap Chinese digital timer for controlling power to a device. It has a tiny instruction sheet which you’ve probably lost, and it’s sufficiently non-obvious how it works that you need the instructions every time. Here it is:


Atlas Workshop Tools 1952 Catalog

This is a copy of a catalog for Atlas Workshop Tools, a line of low-cost woodworking tools made in the US back when such things were made here. An eBay listing for a copy of this catalog says it is from 1952, but I suspect it may be from around 1956. In any case, it’s old.

I will be selling my copy on eBay soon if you want an original. If all you want to do is look at it, here you go:

CLP – Command Line Text File List Program

I’ve decided to post some of the useful small programs I’ve written for my own use.

CLP is a simple C# console program that lists text files on a Windows printer. It was originally intended to list C source code, but it is useful for printing many kinds of text files. Yes you can use Notepad for this but CLP has some useful differences and additional features:

1. As a command line program that takes a filename as an argument, you can put it in your SendTo list and thus be able to list text files from a right-click.

2. CLP puts a header in bold on each page with the filename, the file date and time (not the current date), and the page number.

3. Output is in a fixed-pitch font, which makes outputting things like tables easy.

4. Printed lines are 80 characters long. Continuation lines are used for lines that are too long. Continuations are marked with bullet characters to make it clearer that they are continuations.

5. Output is to any Windows printer. A CLP default printer selection is maintained, with the ability to list available printers and select a new default from the command line.

6. Multiple files can be specified and files to list can be specified with wildcards or through the use of a file containing a list of filenames.

7. Operating instructions can be displayed by simply entering the program name with no arguments. The resulting output looks like this:

C:\Users\Jim>clp
clp default printer: HL-5250DN 2-sided

clp - print file(s) to clp default printer - 12/25/16 (.NET)

To execute enter: clp [namfl1...namfln] [-p[n]] [-1|-2]

where each namfl is a file to print namfls can use paths and wildcards an @namfl prints files named in namfl.nms namfl.nms entries can use paths namfl.nms entries cannot use wildcards or @namfls
-1 simples (driver default is ignored)
-2 duplex (driver default is ignored) -p lists available printers by number -pn selects clp default printer n printer selections are saved between runs (clp has its own default printer)

The program is written in C# using the .net library. Here is a zip file containing source and executable files: CLP.zip

Enjoy!

-jimc


Version 4/12/19: The program was updated to allow parameters to specify 1-sided or 2-sided output, overriding the driver default. These are especially useful if using CLP in “SendTo” links.