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Here you can find useful utilities, drivers and misc programs. I use a lot of them on my IPC Laptop and it should be no problem to use the files on other machines. Please read the included information and take care of the copyright!


These files are for setting up the machine to a dual boot system with Windows98 IDE and pure DOS. The used drivers have reduced memory requirements (compared to the original Microsoft files) and provide much free memory in the first MB for DOS programs. The boot-files are working for my IPC starnote. Use them as an example, customization may be required.

File Description
DOS/Windows boot
msdos.sys (zip)
msdos.sys for Windows98 installation, location c:\
autoexec.bat (zip)
autoexec.bat for Windows98 installation, location c:\
config.sys (zip)
config.sys for Windows98 installation, location c:\
dosstart.bat (zip)
dosstart.bat for Windows98 installation, location c:\windows
Drivers, put into search path (i.e. c:\windows\command\)
tastatur.sys (zip)
very small (494 bytes) german keyboard driver, substitute for keyboard drivers from Microsoft
kbdfast.com (zip)
faster repeat rate for keyboard (if not already supported from BIOS)
mouse.com (zip)
old, but small DOS mouse driver, v6.26
umbpci.zip
very small and fast upper memory driver, replaces EMM386, v3.05


For Windows there are special drivers and notebook specific programs.

File Description
Windows drivers
vgas3vmx.zip
S3 ViRGE/MX Display driver for Windows9x, v4.10.01.3007-5.01.17
yam_SAx.zip
YAMAHA OPL3SAx Sound Driver for Windows9x, v4.05.2339
ps2mouse.zip
Driver for Touchpad (Logitech)
(not only) Notebook specific programs
wfp.zip
Waterfall Pro v2.1a, control of CPU load and temperature, reduced power consumption
rain.zip
Rain, control of CPU temperature, "little brother" of Waterfall
fmempro.zip
FreeMem Professional v4, Memory Management Tool, useful for systems with less memory


If you prefer Linux or want to run a multi-OS system, here are files needed for your setup and for managing the boot-sequence. Please read also Linux on IPC.

File Description
Linux files
www.xfree86.org
Please use this link to get the latest version of the X Window SVGA server (XF86_SVGA). This one should support almost all actual laptop display adapters.
Booting your system...
xfd1083b.zip
great bootmanager with look-and-feel of the OS/2 bootmanager plus FDISK functionality, v0.8.3b


To keep the system up-to-date, here is the latest BIOS version.

File Description
BIOS
40106.zip
PhoenixBIOS v4r6 for IPC Starnote (NORMA Laptop) , v4.01.06 M5+, date: 01-06-99

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