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IBM Palmtop PC110 OS imaging etc

#1 Post by solidpro » Wed Jul 05, 2023 10:33 am

Spent 24 hours trying to get the PC110 working with as many operating systems as possible and be able to make images of those bootable CF cards and recover them to other CF cards.

Some of you may already know that the PC110 is unusual is that it has a 4Mb flash drive ‘built in’, which is HDD 1 in the BIOS. You can treat it like any other HDD and FDISK it, format it and copy what you want to it. I think it was originally included so that IBM’s own little PDA style software “Personaware” could just be the main software for the device – providing PDA-like functionality, like Schedule, Notebook, Addressbook, Email, Fax, Telephone, IR, World Clock, Calculator, Draw memo.

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In the machine is both a PCMCIA card slot which, I think can accommodate a solid state drive and there is a bootable CF card slot. The CF card slot is HDD 2 in the BIOS, PCMCIA as a bootable option also (presumably with a floppy/optical/or PCMCIA-CF card adaptor)

I don’t know a way of making an image of the built in storage.

So OS partitions we end up with is:

4Mb In-Built Flash PC-DOS (J)
CF Card MS DOS 6.22
CF Card MS DOS 6.22 + Windows 3.11
CF Card Windows 95

CF Card Windows NT
CF Card OS/2 Warp
CF Card Linux

I only managed to successfully install, image and recover the images for CF Cards with MS-DOS 6.22, Windows 3.11 and Windows 95. The installation of NT4 seemed to kick off fine but then gets stuck on the NT Loader boot screen (the blue screen reporting the version, CPU count and memory at the top).

I think the only way to install OS/2 warp is to spend hours and about 60+ floppy disks doing it manually. I didn’t have the time so canned that one.

The 3 images are stored here

Apparently in the past, people have installed Linux but I can’t find much documented experimentation on this to even try.

So really partial success but I hope my images will go on to help people in the future who don't have raw media, a floppy drive or a dock.
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Re: IBM Palmtop PC110 OS imaging etc

#2 Post by karotlopj » Thu Jul 06, 2023 12:15 am

This site may be worth looking at...

http://www.basterfield.com/pc110/whatisit.htm
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Re: IBM Palmtop PC110 OS imaging etc

#3 Post by yyzkevin » Fri Jul 14, 2023 12:48 am

It is actually on my list to do what you are doing, to create a bunch of different CF cards with different operating systems.

I generally do not use the built-in 4mb, I have not spent a lot of time with personaware but I will play with it soon. I also believe there is the partially translated english one somewhere. Any time I have, I just reinstalled from the media but an image could be made.

On the topic of Linux, this is a pc110 have had running linux for just over 800 days now for fun. It is not a very practical one, but I should have an image of what is running.

http://pc110.yyzkevin.com/

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Re: IBM Palmtop PC110 OS imaging etc

#4 Post by solidpro » Fri Jul 14, 2023 3:23 am

It was actually the chap who created http://www.basterfield.com/pc110/whatisit.htm who gave me the idea and we've traded a few emails...
I generally do not use the built-in 4mb, I have not spent a lot of time with personaware but I will play with it soon. I also believe there is the partially translated english one somewhere. Any time I have, I just reinstalled from the media but an image could be made.
The 4Mb is a weird but somewhat explainable addition to the machine. It does tend to confuse OS installs because it often flips around the C: and D: partition depending on how the machine is booted and then with some of the older OS installs the confusion gets irrecoverable, so something turns into a weird fudge just to get it going. The Personaware is also a very japanese bit of software with weird frills, such as the different pictures in the middle, but it doesn't do much!

2 questions for you yyzkevin:

1) You have so many machines with working screens. Did you get them still good, repair them with new polarizing film or replace the LCDs? I can never find polarizers that give adequate replacement colour representation and still trying to source something that matches.

2) What is the linux machine actually doing?

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Re: IBM Palmtop PC110 OS imaging etc

#5 Post by Mike1978 » Sat Nov 04, 2023 4:09 am

Solidpro - Are you from the IBM Discord group?

There were personaware files hosted on Seamus Waldron’s website the site is no longer up but accessible via web archive.

You can find it here:
https://web.archive.org/web/20040628125 ... t_down.htm

Also it may also you joining the new pc110 Facebook group.

Andy Curtis is selling screen kits now that we’re made in conjunction with Kevin and can be found here:
https://www.gadgetretro.com/product/ibm ... grade-kit/?

Facebook link here:
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