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If you are expecting to install some variant of 'Linux' AND retrieve errant M$ files - - - - I would suggest that you start by using 'systemrescue cd' to be found at system-rescue.org . I have used said tool a number of times and can verify that if you 'follow the directions' (they're reasonably good and quite clear compared to other technical tools I've run into!!) you should be able to rescue your files first - - - - then and only then do you get to work on installing something else.
I wish I had a working very old laptop to use for portable computing. If you were closer I would suggest you come for a visit - - - - where I think I would be able to achieve for you (with your permission) what you desire. Watching someone else do for me was my entry point into Linux.
I thimpfk that 'systemrescue' requires that one be able to at least boot up in msux. This I am not able to do. I cannot get past the point of my password. I thimpfk my files are probably still intact. I suspect it is something wrong with msux itself. Before it died, it was slowly then quickly acting up. The thing is, the laptop had gone thru airport security several times and ariport security is not very gentle on laptops. Every time I take a laptop thru security, it degrades the computer. Of course, they are looking for bombs or smuggled somethings but my gods, Thor and Wotan, how do you get a bomb or smuggles in a laptop that is only 3/8th inch thick? So anyway, I just intend to use a USB to boot up, not install it, at least not till I test it out.

Where do you live? MN I took as Minnesota?
 
I thimpfk that 'systemrescue' requires that one be able to at least boot up in msux. This I am not able to do. I cannot get past the point of my password. I thimpfk my files are probably still intact. I suspect it is something wrong with msux itself. Before it died, it was slowly then quickly acting up. The thing is, the laptop had gone thru airport security several times and ariport security is not very gentle on laptops. Every time I take a laptop thru security, it degrades the computer. Of course, they are looking for bombs or smuggled somethings but my gods, Thor and Wotan, how do you get a bomb or smuggles in a laptop that is only 3/8th inch thick? So anyway, I just intend to use a USB to boot up, not install it, at least not till I test it out.

Where do you live? MN I took as Minnesota?

Absolutely no need to boot into anything!
The 'system rescue' software is installed onto either a DVD (have you found writable CDs at anything approaching the cost of DVDs in the last 5 years?) or onto a USB stick (thumb drive etc).
Even if you can't get past the point of your password you HAVE gotten past the point of your bios loading.

From what you're writing it seems to me that you have already decided that nothing can help and so nothing will help.

(System Rescue CD even contains information specific to its use on M$ systems - - - - and has since the first time I ran into it - - - - I think some almost 12 or more years ago and I didn't get version 1.xx either!)
 
Absolutely no need to boot into anything!
The 'system rescue' software is installed onto either a DVD (have you found writable CDs at anything approaching the cost of DVDs in the last 5 years?) or onto a USB stick (thumb drive etc).
Even if you can't get past the point of your password you HAVE gotten past the point of your bios loading.

From what you're writing it seems to me that you have already decided that nothing can help and so nothing will help.

(System Rescue CD even contains information specific to its use on M$ systems - - - - and has since the first time I ran into it - - - - I think some almost 12 or more years ago and I didn't get version 1.xx either!)
OK, I'll try this. I've heard of it, but like anything one has "heard of", one doesn't trust it till one tries it, right? I Was going to have a professional I know work on it, he usually charges me a small fee (not too small for a retard person). I would be glad to get my files out for that fee but I would be even gladder to have a Linux Box that doesn't have the msux problems, BUT, I'd be gladdest to win the billion $$ lottery and then I could probably buy a Cray and rent it out to customers.
 
Here is the information on the plans for the Bolton triple in Model Engineer, the title of the series and issue date of the beginning of the series.
 

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Poppy , what model is your ENCO lathe ? I have one from @ 87 I have been looking for a manual .
thanks
animal
 
ok , mine is a 110-2011 , do ya have a full picture of your lathe ?
thanks
animal
 
ok , mine is a 110-2011 , do ya have a full picture of your lathe ?
thanks
animal
As you can see, I have made a number of modifications so it no longer looks as it did originally, but the basic form of the lathe is still there.
 

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WOW I think a " numbers of modifications " is just the begenning . That looks like it looked just like my lathe at one time . I can understand most of the mods , the one that interest's me is the blue box mounted on top of the gear box . Some kind of speed control ?
thanks
animal
 
The larger of the blue boxes houses the trip release for the screw cutting auto-stop. George H. Thomas described the mechanism in Model Engineer and I have made it for both my lathes. The setup on the Logan lathe follows the Thomas design almost exactly, but the presence of the gear box on the Enco made a complete redesign necessary to fit a similar system on that lathe.

The smaller box on top of that has the spindle speed readout and forward/reverse switches for the VFD-driven motor. The knob should control motor speed but does nothing. It is wired into VFD as per the directions on the directions on their web site but no joy.
 
ok , so what are you using for oils for teh headstock , gearbox & apron ?
thanks
animal
 
ok , so what are you using for oils for teh headstock , gearbox & apron ?
thanks
animal
I not going to be much help here, animal12. The manual certainly isn’t, as you can see from these photos. Not a word on the lubrication chart (or elsewhere in the manual) about oil to be used. I bought a supply of ‘spindle oil’ and way oil a number of years ago; the labels came loose so I marked the cans with S (spindle) and W (way). Good enough for me, but no help for you. Sorry.
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When I bought my 1950-something Cincinnati TrayTop lathe, it came sans manual. The machinist friend who helped me buy the lathe and get it in working order suggested I use ISO 46 hydraulic oil, which I was able to source relatively inexpensively. Be sure it is a type that is friendly to bronze bearings. Eventually I was able to get a manual, and what do you know - once I translated the "Saybolt" specification into ISO, it was right on the money for ISO 46.
 

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