Monthly Archives: December 2017

Miscellaneous Manuals, Software, and Documentation

This post is for copies of manuals and other stuff 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 searching for specific things listed here.  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 sold my copy on eBay so you’re probably out of luck if you want an original. If all you want to do is look at it, here you go:

DBtech 35mm Film/Slide Scanner

DBtech has made a number of film/slide scanners under a variety of names and model numbers. The one I have doesn’t seem to have a model number, so you’ll have to look at the pictures in the manual to see if it is like yours.

I think they are all pretty similar in operation, so if yours is different this may still help. It’s not easy to figure out how it works without the manual.

Teac FD235 Series 3.5″ 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive Installation Guide

This is interesting because it describes how to install 3.5″ drives in PC/XT/AT computers that don’t have BIOS support for them. There is a reference to a driver that provides such support (“Bastech driver”). I don’t have one and don’t know where to get one. Google will probably help.

Multi I/O Card IODE-3290U

This is a manual for yet another no-name multi-I/O card, this one “Model IODE-3290U”. The card has IDE HDD/FDD/2 serial/1 parallel/1 game ports, like most all such cards.

If you have one of these or one that looks like it, the jumper settings might be helpful.

Bektronic Multi-Motherboard Driver CD from 2001

This is an ISO CD image file containing the contents of a driver CD that came with a 2001-vintage Bektronic motherboard. It has drivers for most of the motherboard chipsets of the era and would probably work for most motherboards based on those chipsets. I would have uploaded a zip file of it but WordPress doesn’t allow them.

Here is a picture of the CD which lists chipsets and Bektronic motherboard models which are supported by this CD:

I’ve also uploaded the ISO image of this CD to the Internet Archive http://archive.org should you wish to access it that way. The Internet Archive is a great and growing resource for obsolete software of all kinds.

Below this line is a list of chipsets and motherboards as printed on the CD, to help people find this post using search engines. Chipsets are listed with the Bektronic (“BEK”) motherboards that use them following each group of chipsets. A ew other thigs on the CD are at the bottom of the list.


Intel I810
Intel 810DC-100
Intel 810E
BEK 6P2M810
BEK 6P2A810
BEK 6M810E
BEK 6B810E
BEK 6F810E
Intel I815
Intel 815EP
BEK 6A815EP
BEK 6A815EPT
Intel I845
BEK P4A845D
BEK P4A845S
BEK P4A845
VIA 693A
BEK 6VA693A
BEK 6VA693AM
BEK 6VA693AT
BEK 6VM693A
VIA 694X
VIA 694T
BEK 6VA694
BEK 6VA694T
VIA PRO266 DDR
BEK VAP266A
BEK PRO266
VIA KT266A
BEK K7VA266A
VIA KT133
VIA KT133A
BEK K7VAT
BEK KTAPRO
VIA KLE133
BEK K7MKLE
VIA PLE
BEK 6VPLE1
BEK 6VMPLE1
BEK 6VMPLE2
VIA PM133
BEK 6VMPM
VIA P4X266
BEK P4VAS
VIA P4M266
BEK P4VAD
BEK P4VAS
SIS-645
SIS-650
BEK P4SAD
BEK P4SMD
NET2100 Driver
TV2100 Driver
Flash ROM Program
RTL 8139 LAN Driver
RTL 8100 LAN Driver

[Trying to figure out how to upload zip files…]

Sears Craftsman 315.25020 Power Plane

These use a special cutter head with integral blades that is no longer available, so my guess is that there are few people still using them. But for anyone who still is, here’s the manual.

Sears Craftsman 3/8″ 12V Cordless Drill-Driver

This is the English part of the manual for this drill. Mine is about to be recycled as the battery is dead and I have much better, newer drills. I suspect no one is using these any more.

This manual represents the period when Craftsman power tools had begin to deteriorate in quality. For example, there is not a complete parts list — you’re not expected to fix them, just throw them away.

Black & Decker NST2118 Trimmer/Edger

This is the English part of the manual for this trimmer/edger. I am selling mine on eBay because I bought a Ryobi one. The B&D one is better, actually, but the batteries are a pain, and I have lots of Ryobi batteries.

Jaton Video-158PCI Quick Start Guide

This is the manual that comes with the Video-158PCI (GeForce4 MX440) video card.

Apex Data IBA-1414 Modem User Technical Reference Guide

This is a manual that came with an internal 14.4K modem made specifically for the IBM Thinkpad 350C by Apex data. It cost $180 in 1994(!).

While there are probably few if any of these modems still in use, the manual has very extensive technical details of the modem, especially commands and return codes. Such details would apply to many modems of the era.

Sears Craftsman Jointer/Planer 149.236223 Owner’s Manual

This is a copy of the user manual for this 4-1/8″ benchtop jointer/planer, which is probably also similar to a number of other models.

I am selling blade sets and belts for this machine on eBay:

 
Poulan/Electrolux Mowers; Tecumseh Engines & Carburetors

I just retired an old 2002-vintage Poulan/Electrolux push-type rotary mower. So I scanned the manuals before throwing them out and am posting them here. Maybe they will be of use to someone…

The mower was a Poulan model P35TN20SE with a Tecumseh LEV-80 (LEV80) engine.

Toro Rake and Vac Superblower/Vac Blower/Vacuum

Applies to model numbers 51573 and 51591-210000001-up of this machine.

This is a pretty good machine but only works well with very dry, “fluffy” leaves. I gave up on mine and am selling it on eBay. I figured I’d scan and post the Operator’s Manual before it’s gone.

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 the latest 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 with SendTo: create “CLP 1-sided” and “CLP 2-sided” links in the SendTo folder.


Version 10/19/20: Fixed a bug that caused pages to be printed in landscape orientation if the printer driver was defaulting to that. Changed to force use of Portrait orientation.


Version 11/10/20: Fixed a related bug that caused duplex pages to flip horizontally rather than vertically.