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Hello,
I am having a number of IBM SureOne POS machines (Model 4614 - A04). These machines are running PCDOS 7.0 and are equipped with NSC Ethernet adapters. I want to put the machines in a network for file transfer. How I can do this? If I have a TCP/IP stack running on these machines then I shall be able to use FTP to do that. But I am not getting the TCP/IP stack for PCDOS. The network card driver for PCDOS is also not there. IBM is not able to help. Any help please.

With regards,
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DOS never came with an IP stack.  You had to get a 3rd party IP stack.  I don't know if there are any, any more - Microsoft killed off most of them by the 2nd half of the '90's.

I'm surprised that IBM doesn't supply one for these POS machines.  Have you checked on their support site?

Have you done a google search?  
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p.s. - don't look just for "pcdos" - there should be a dos-compatible driver set for the NICs in your machines.  If it works with ms-dos or DRDOS, it should work for PCDOS too.

There are instructions somewhere on making an IP boot disk for NetWare access - I'll look for them; they may be germane to your issue.

If I knew that the POS programs on those machines were also available for Linux, I'd suggest installing Linux instead of PCDOS.
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OK.

You first have to get your NIC drivers.

If you have Windows NT, there should be a utility for creating an MS-DOS client.  Run that, to create a folder with all that stuff in it.  It includes an IP stack.

You can go to http://www.dabcc.com/win2k/docs/18_steps_to_a_tcpip_boot_disk.htm and adapt the instructions so you know what to move to the PCDOS machines.

If you have Win2K/XP, you can do the same thing, only following the instructions at http://www.certificationsuccess.com/index.cfm?pageid=206&siteid=1

You could also download this program to create an IP boot disk: http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/tools/1465.html 
For more info on what it creates, see http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/netware/features/trenches/tr_dos_nw6.html

In all of these cases, after creating the IP boot disk, all you should need to do is copy the driver and IP stack programs to your PCDOS machines' hard drive.  It may take a bit of experimenting to get it to work, but it should give you the stack you need.

As far as other utilities, like an FTP client, or telnet, or whatever,  I can't say.  I haven't looked that closely at it.
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