Since I'm replying to my own post, I get to top post too. The little
goober is a Convergence Technologies NGEN B26 cluster node, except this
one's fitted with a copy-protection serial dongle and a Barondata
keyboard. Looks like court-reporting software. It's an 8MHz 80186,
512k memory, weird green-screen graphics. Still haven't gotten past the
password prompt, but at least I know what it is now. There's a picture
of a B26 without the disk module at:
Looks just like mine. The disk module is same size and shape, and
latches on alongside.
Is there a CTOS boot disk online anywhere?
On Thu, 27 Jun 2002, Doc Shipley wrote:
This was my birthday present, and a nice one indeed. It's so cool I
can't find it at all on Google. It's a little modular desktop, the CPU
unit & drive unit (5.25 floppy and 10M hard drive) are separate units,
latched together. Each has its own external PSU. The display looks
like a proprietary serial terminal, powered off the main unit on the
DB25 connector. The keyboard plugs into the display base.
On front it says "Series 186" on the system module and "Hard Drive"
the drive unit. The stickers on bottom have Model numbers "CP-001/9 AA"
and "HD-002 AD" respectively. Both tags say "For use with N-GEN
It powers up, runs through a batch job that I don't recognise -
$JOB blah blah
$RUN blah blah
$RUN blah blah
and ends up at a login prompt that I can't go around. It claims to be a
"BaronData Transcription System" running (OS t1stndmp 9.7X) or OZ 4.1.
If I can find a v3 or v4 DOS disk, should this guy boot from it? I
want to preserve the OS on it, but I also want to log in.