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Basics for Using Northstart Horizon DOS

by billdeg - 08/24/2008
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This is a copy of an email I sent to a fellow collector, regarding what to do at the plus prompt ( + ) upon successful boot of a Nortstar Horizon computer, using Northstar DOS. Here is my answer: I assume you have two working drives, if not stop and contact me. I am not sure how much you know about the N*, they're sometimes cryptic to follow. See if you can find a copy of the North Start System Software Manual. + means from the N* DOS prompt > means from the N* monitor (I assume you know what a monitor is) if you find yourself at this prompt the command OS will return you to N* DOS. drive 1 = left drive drive 2 = right drive +GO CD [enter] (follow the prompts) +GO CF[enter] (follow the prompts) CD means copy diskette CF means copy file +GO CF ABC ABC1 (copy the file ABC to ABC1) +LI 1 [enter] (what's on the left drive?) +LI 2 [enter] (what's on the right drive?) ... [ read more ]

TRS 80 Model 1 Early Magazine References

by billdeg - 05/26/2007
Total messages in this thread: 2
Last Post: [ which is first appliance computer? ] 08/13/2008
Currently working on my VCF East 3.0 exhibit, the 30th Anniversay of the TRS 80 Model 1. I scanned some research materials for possible use. These are the earliest references that I could find to the TRS 80 Model 1. http://www.vintage.../magazine/ Regarding the so-called low-cost "appliance computers" unveiled in 1977: the Apple II (Jan) came well before the PET (June)or the TRS 80 Model 1 (Aug). The TRS 80 was first publicly displayed in August of 1977 at Computermania (Boston) and I believe also PC-77 (Atlantic City), both on the same date.... [ read more ]

Interfacing an SWTPc 6800 using MP-S

by billdeg - 08/07/2008
Total messages in this thread: 2
Last Post: [ current configuration of your SWTPC ] 08/12/2008
Bob Grieb and Dan Roganti came by for some vintage hardware hacking, and we decided to try and interface an SWTPc 6800 with a Teletype model ASR 33. The SWTPc has an MP-S card installed. To start, the system was set to connect to a 300-baud terminal and it worked just fine. Why not take apart something perfectly good and *downgrade* the speed? First take a look at the same MP-S card first wired for a terminal, and second for a TTY:
SWTPc MP-S wired for a display terminal running at 300 baud. Note the baud jumpers at the bottom of this picture.
Compare with the next two pictures depicting the same card with the addition of a second cable connected to a teletype:
SWTPc MP-S "bottom view" with R1 shorted... [ read more ]

AT&T 6300 Restoration

by billdeg - 07/15/2008
Total messages in this thread: 3
Last Post: [ SW3 #1 to control hard drive ] 08/10/2008
Cobbled together a system from spare parts, but it's 100% AT&T stock for the 6300. I had trouble with the display for a while, but it revived itself. The system came to me with generic DOS 4.01. Decision time If my goal is to return the system to its original state which OS should I install given the following....? [a] The manual states that DOS 3.1 was shipped with the system. [b] The original AT&T 3.1 boot disk is missing. I only have the 2nd (supplemental/operating) diskette. [c] What I do have: AT&T 3.3 or MS DOS 3.1 DECISION I decided to go with AT&T 3.3, because manufacturer trumps version IMHO ________________________ Two more interesting things. [1] When the system boots, the system runs Resident Diagnostics Rev. 1.21 ... at C800:0000
At&T 6300 boot screen when optional ROM... [ read more ]

How to clean yellowed plastic

by billdeg - 08/08/2008
Total messages in this thread: 1 Sounds too good to be true, but I plan to test this ... stand by.... [ read more ]

Sock Puppet Interview at Last HOPE

by billdeg - 08/07/2008
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"..Here's the video us sock puppets shot at the Last HOPE convention... .." http://www.youtub...tch?v=rw-LCwLAm0o If you watch the whole thing, you'll see where I am interviewed about vintage computers, specifically the Osborne 1 MARCH was displaying.... [ read more ]

SWTPc 6800 and ASR 33 Video

by billdeg - 07/28/2008
Total messages in this thread: 1
Thanks to Bob Grieb and Dan Roganti ... This video depicts me using an ASR 33 teletype as a terminal with an SWTPc 6800 computer. The RAM cards are jumper'ed (at present) to 0000 -- 0FFF and 7000 -- 7FFF. The processor card uses some of A000 --->, and the SWTBUG uses the E000 --> page. enjoy...I will write more on the how/when/where's of this restoration project asap. ... [ read more ]

Osborne 1 - The Last HOPE 2008

by billdeg - 07/20/2008
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I took an Osborne 1b ROM rev 1.4 to the 2600 magazine "The Last HOPE" convention on July 19th, as part of a vintage computer demo. I originally planned to exhibit an "original" version of the Osborne 1 (with the tan chassis, also model rev v. 1.4), but that one had a bad A drive. "Insert Disk in drive A and press RETURN" is as far as I could get. Prior to the event I did attempt to replace the drive. First I had to see what was going on inside of the machine. It takes about 10 minutes to completely disassemble an Osborne 1, if you have a longish phillips-head screwdriver. There are only three types of screws and clearly this machine was made for field repairs. Anyway.. once I got the system completely apart so that I could get to the disk drives I learned that the drive get... [ read more ]

The Revolutionary Osborne 1

by billdeg - 03/17/2008
Total messages in this thread: 2
Last Post: [ More photos ] 07/20/2008
Osborne published a magazine dedicated to owners of it's new Osborne 1 portable computer. The premier issue of June/July 1982 contained on its cover 9 well-armed Afghani soldiers and one "IT guy", apparently manning their new Osborne portable. What better computer for the mobile freedom fighter than the Osborne 1 - rugged, dependable, and sturdy. Just like the Mujadeen solders that used it. The Revolutionary Osborne 1 "..Journalist David Kline recently covered the Afghanistan conflict for The Chicago Sun-Times using his Osborne 1. The July issue of Kilobaud Microcomputing contains the full story of how Kline managed to file his stories faster using his Osborne 1 and modem. Kline will be reporting on his travel experiences with the Osborne in future issues of The Portable Companion [ read more ]

Summary of CBM PET 2001 Systems on hand

by billdeg - 03/18/2007
Total messages in this thread: 2
Last Post: [ Update ] 07/15/2008
PET 2001-8 works. tape desk works but could use maint. keybd keys work. PET 2001-16N works. new keybd. PET 2001 32B bad 4279 chip, monitor picture shrinks after 10 minutes use - when I received system the suction cup had become dislodged from picture tube. Replaced power supply. 1 and Z key does not work.... [ read more ]

PDP 11/40 Program on YouTube

by billdeg - 07/10/2008
Total messages in this thread: 2
Last Post: [ PDP11/40 test code ] 07/13/2008
Today when I got home from work I sat down at the PDP 11/40 (in the guest room). Here is what I came up with: http://www.yout...och69Nm2F0 Basically I loaded two programs into memory using the toggle switches. I pre-loaded the following programs into memory, the video shows me running them. One is a counter from address 001000 data 005000 005200 000005 000775 by adding a command it becomes chase the lights from address 002000 data 005000 005200 006100 * 000005 000775 * = added this command The rest of the data in this section of memory is 777777 and 000000... [ read more ]

Sage II 68000 Computer

by billdeg - 07/10/2008
Total messages in this thread: 2
Last Post: [ Sage II 68000 Computer ] 07/10/2008
Pictures of Sage II. Serial number is 68615... [ read more ]

Altair 8800bt notes

by billdeg - 01/01/2005
Total messages in this thread: 8
Last Post: [ MITS 88-TPM Users Guide ] 06/28/2008
Original date: 1-1-05 Pictures: http:...S/8800b-t/ Purchased from a seller in Florida Altair 8800b turnkey notes. 1-1-2005 Overall condition - excellent, no dust or crud internally. - cards and cables appear in excellent shape. - did not attempt to remove cards ... [ read more ]

NEC PC-6001A

by billdeg - 06/05/2008
Total messages in this thread: 1
On the eve of the launch of the IBM Personal Computer in 1981, NEC also began selling computers in the USA market. The PC-6001A is the first of the NEC computer models. As part of my research into Japanese computer companies of the early 80's, the NEC PC-6001A is of special interest to me. This system was a Z80 color computer, similar to the Tandy CoCo. Pictures
Orange Keys!... [ read more ]

Another IBM 5150 rev "A"

by billdeg - 06/05/2008
Total messages in this thread: 1
I received another IBM Personal Computer model 5150 16K/64K motherboard with the black power supply. The system came with a Plus Hardcard 20, an extra 64K card (combined with the motherboard RAM = 128K system), dual IBM 36 drives with stock controller, and the IBM monochrome monitor card. Initial boot: 9010 201 + (...I then pressed F2 to clear the error, followed by...) PARITY CHECK 2 error I removed the Plus Hardcard 20 and rebooted. This time I only got the PARITY CHECK 2 error message. I checked the jumper settings and re-seated the RAM. System booted perfectly, both drives work. The serial number is 0239462 and the ROM is dated 10/27/82, one year newer than the MARCH IBM PC 5150 previously restored and discussed in this blog. I then tried the PLus Hardcard 20 again. I am not sure if I need the driver or special boot disk, but I get a 1701 error... [ read more ]
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