Testing the Cromemco Dazzler video cards in an IMSAI 8080. Note sense switch 12 is up, which generates the pattern displayed on the video. The test program is listed in the Cromemco Dazzler user manual
Most software produced for the Dazzler was created to be run on a Z80 Cromemco Z1 (enhanced IMSAI 8080) running CP/M.
The computer pictured is an IMSAI with an 8080 CPU and no CP/M.
I would like to try to convert the CP/M Z80 programs to 8080 format. I would then and run them from memory without CP/M. Not impossible.
So why did no one do this? 8080 is not much different than Z80, but I think it's a speed thing. I should be able to at least make basic graphics. What would realy be cool is if I could send pictures to the screen and serial terminal simultaneously. Using the Dazzler as an enhancement to a text adverture would be nice.