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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Eric R Snow, Jul 7, 2005.

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  1. Eric R Snow

    Eric R Snow Guest

    I have a CNC machine that uses a pentium computer for the brains. The
    CNC software does not use windows and I believe windows was removed
    from the machine. Can a USB card still be added to this computer to
    emulate or replace a floppy drive?
    eric R snow
  2. Chris W

    Chris W Guest

    If you don't have windows, you have to have some other OS (Operating
    System). It would depend very much on what that OS is and what version
    of said OS you are running as to whether or not you can use USB flash
    drives. Even if it were running windows you would need a version that
    is new enough to support USB flash drives. You need to find out what OS
    and what version you are running.

    Chris W

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  3. Guest

    FWIW, my Gigabyte board (GA-7N400 Pro2) will read and write to a PNY
    Attache flash drive from MS DOS 6.22. It will only do this if the flash
    drive is plugged in during boot up. It surprised the devil out of me
    when I found the drive letters re-assigned the first time.

    The HDD is 3 partitions, 2 gig FAT 16 MS DOS, 2 FAT 16 gig shared area,
    115 gig NTFS for Win XP. Don't know if other boards do this.

    Glenn Gundlach
  4. Eric R Snow

    Eric R Snow Guest

    Thanks for the info.
  5. Eric R Snow

    Eric R Snow Guest

    I have a pny thumb drive. I'll look for that board and see if it
    works. Thanks,
  6. Install FreeBSD OS, and then use the DOS emulator to run your DOS programs.
    Use another disk just to try it out first :)
    DOS drive files/info could be transfered to the USB Flash disk using

    Drives mounted under FreeBSD might be directly accessible via the emulated
    Other UNIX flavours could used. It might just be worth a try.

  7. Jim Douglas

    Jim Douglas Guest

    Does the software look like "windows" software or look like DOS software
    (ugly green screen?)??? I have seen tons of software that does a good job of
    hiding the OS and usually a call to the vendor would find out how to get to
  8. Have a look at the following URL

    These guys seem to sel USB drivers for DOS

    Gerhard v d Berg
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