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04-29-2008, 12:04 PM
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Solve My Problem, and a Treasure Awaits Ye...
Ok. So many years ago, I downloaded parts of an ancient Harvey Danger live show from Indiepoplive. These files currently reside on my ancient computer, which has recently been re-discovered. I would like to retrieve these files and put them on my new computer so I can put them on the internets for all to enjoy. Problems:

1. At present time, this ancient computer has no hope of going on the internet itself.

2. It runs windows 98, and has no driver for any type of flashdrive/external hard drive.

3. It has a CD Rom drive, but no burner.

For the record, the show is live at Celophane Square in Seattle on 04/03/1998 and appears to be promoting the release of HD's new album: WHATMMG? The tracks are:

intro
Wooley Muffler
Private Helicopter
Jack The Lion
Problems and Bigger Ones
***missing*** (Carlotta Valdez?)
Flagpole Sitta (cut off before the ending)

So...any ideas?

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04-29-2008, 12:36 PM
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Do you have an external hard drive? You might be able to pull the HD out of the old computer and put it into the external HD case (depending on cable/connector compatibility) and get files off it via usb. That's what I did to get the files off the HD out of my old laptop that fried itself and now I have the bonus of a small 40gb drive that's great for moving files and backing stuff up.

You could also burn the driver file for a flash drive onto a cd using a newer computer and install that using the cd reader in the old comp, then use your flash drive to get the files off. You can usually download flash drive drivers from the manufacturers website (needs to match your flash drive), that's how we use flash drives with the ancient computer in the lab. Might be easier than option 1, as long as the driver installs ok, etc.

More tech-savvy types than I might be able to give you some kind of high-tech cable to cable setup between the comps, but I think the flash drive method should work. Also, the driver loading via cd should work for an existing external HD that you might have.
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04-29-2008, 04:48 PM
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Just take the hard drive out and toss it in one of these:
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04-29-2008, 04:50 PM
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Or, if this computer has an ethernet port you can network it to your present computer with a Cat5 crossover cable.
You can do this with a BNC cable as well but I HIGHLY doubt you're newer PC has a BNC port, and I'd give it a 25% chance that your W98 PC does
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04-29-2008, 06:44 PM
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I shall consult with my techno-geek friend. I think a Cat-5 crossover cable is probably your best bet, however.

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05-01-2008, 08:11 PM
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I just finished networking another PC to mine with a crossover cable so I can help with this if you take that route
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05-02-2008, 04:16 PM
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Worst case scenario, plug the audio out from the old computer into the line-in on the new computer. Not the best quality, but it'd work.
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05-02-2008, 10:02 PM
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The ancient computer has no ethernet port.

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05-03-2008, 04:19 PM
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Cannibalize the hard drive.

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05-03-2008, 04:29 PM
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Why can't you just burn them to a data CD?
Also, you can buy an ethernet card on ebay for like, a dollar
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05-03-2008, 04:38 PM
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TRM Wrote:3. It has a CD Rom drive, but no burner.
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05-03-2008, 05:00 PM
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Oh, sorry...forgot about that part.

With this cable you can network them together with the Parallel port
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Here are some directions:
http://home.ptd.net/~bwatt/directcc.html

N/M, here are better directions: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305621
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05-04-2008, 12:08 AM
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the doctor Wrote:Cannibalize the hard drive.

Do my audio out to line in method first, then cannibalize, or else they may be writing about the tragedy of the loss of this hard drive for centuries.
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05-04-2008, 10:01 AM
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Zachary Wrote:Oh, sorry...forgot about that part.

With this cable you can network them together with the Parallel port
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Here are some directions:
http://home.ptd.net/~bwatt/directcc.html

N/M, here are better directions: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305621

The bottom link says it works with Windows XP...would it work with Windows Vista to Windows 98?

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05-04-2008, 03:35 PM
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I think so, the instructions were for windows XP but I'm fairly sure that they didn't change or remove the ability to network in older ways with Vista.
Before spending money on such a cable look in your Vista CP for stuff referenced in the MS article.
I've never networked anything with the parallel or serial port so I'm no help there, I just know it's possible
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