If anyone has that driver could they send it to me, too? I have a Tandy
1000TL 286 XT w/768K RAM, and no way to access it. Maybe the driver will
work in it, too. Maybe it won't - but it's worth a shot :-)
> From: Russ Blakeman <rhblake(a)bbtel.com>
> To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
> Subject: EMS/XMS memory driver needed
> Date: Sunday, August 09, 1998 9:21 PM
> Someone I know has just acquired a motherboard, XT type aftermarket,
> with 768k onboard ram. I'm fairly sure the system is going to need a
> special driver to access the memory over DOS's 640k. Anyone have such an
> animal and can attach it to email or know of a commercial program that
> will handle the job?
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could you please tell me what isbn number and the publisher was on the
"Computer power for small business" book though I could try and track it
down in some used book syores around here.
At 10:25 AM 06/02/98 -0800, you wrote:
>I added another 37 volumes to my vintage computer library yesterday.
>By far the most valuable from a historical standpoint is the book
>_Computer Power for the Small Business_ from 1979. It is a buyer's guide
>for microcomputers of the mid- to late -0's era. Talk about a treasure.
>This book has pictures and decriptions of many computers I've never even
>It contains information on systems we know much of, such as the Atari's,
>Apple, PETs, Radio Shack, etc. But it also has blurbs on systems that
>I've not seen mentioned anywhere else (at least not in a way that is
>looking back on these systems with a historical perspective) like the RCA
>Cosmac VIP, the Sol-20, Exidy Sorcerer, Heathkit H-8 and H-11, Intecolor
>The best part is the descriptions of systems I've never knew about before.
>Has anyone ever heard of an Outpost computer? Its a fully integrated
>package with keyboard, display and 5.25" drive, but its almost three feet
>wide, with the two 5.25" drive bays to the side of the display! How about
>the PeCos One from APF Electronics. I have a pong machine made by APF but
>who would've thought they once made computers? How about The Renaissance
>Machine (aka Compucolor II)? There's also mention of the Teal SHC-8000,
>which is sort of like a pet with display, keyboard and cassette player in
>It then has a listing with about 40 different system descriptions,
>including CPU, memory, external storage, input (ie. keyboard, lightpen),
>output (ie. display, printer) and basic cost. There's also the company
>address which is extremely valuable for research.
>Here's an interesting tidbit. Apparently Data General made a line of
>computers dubbed "The Digital Group". According to this entry in the
>table, they were systems based on the Z-80, 8080A, 9080A, 6800 and 6502
>processors; they had 2K of main memory; they used cassettes for storage.
>Can anyone verify this?
>I also got another similar book entitled _The Peter McWilliams Personal
>Computer Buying Guide_ circa 1985. I haven't had a chance to go through
>it in much detail but it is basically more nice descriptions of early- to
>mid-80's computers, again some of which I've never heard of. I'll do a
>In my travels I also picked up a Victor 800 electric adding machine. I
>don't collect adding machines and only rare grab them for specific
>reasons. In this case, this is the same Victor as the Victor 9000
>computer. I knew right away because the 'o' in the "Victor" emblem was
>that striped-circle that is telling of a Victor product (plus it had a
>Scott's Valley, CA address on the back).
>Sam Alternate e-mail: dastar(a)siconic.com
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> Coming Soon...Vintage Computer Festival 2.0
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I've searched the world web over ,but never did I find......
There seems to be a lot of info on Mods. 1,3,100,Coco etc. but nada
on this beast. Any sites I might have missed ? Merch , Cord ?
What I have is a TRS Model II with 1 internal 8' fdd and 1 external
fdd , 3 humungous 5Meg hdd ( about the size of a large XT) , K-B ,
TRS model 7 modem , and a box of 8" disks with CP/M 2.2 , TRSOS,
Scripsit and a bunch of other prgms.
When I boot up with or without an OS disk I get a "boot error ht'
msg. The dd spins up and sounds like its loading. Could it have been
set up to boot off one of the hard drives ? I'm really a novice with
TRS-80s but have Coco 1 and 2 in my collection and a Scriptsit cart.
Is there something I'm not doing ?
To everyone: Some judicious snipping of quoted email replies would make it
MUCH easier to read, and really is common net-etiquette these days.
As far as want-list;
Me, I'm open to trades - I have a spare Exidy Sorcerer and assorted
I'd like some of the early single boards - such as sym, etc.
>> ah, if we're going to get on to the "what do i wish for?" list...
>Well, I don't recomend killing me to get your hands on my little
>collection... And I rarely sell machines.
>> a perq. any perq. please, PLEASE!!!...
>Keep looking... There are still some out there. No, my 4 (!) are not
What is a perq and why is it good?
>> any system based on the 32xxx (a ceres would be nice, but we doubt
>> they're available...)
>More practically, there are still a number of Whitechapel MG1's about.
>Repairing one is not hard - the main problem is the NiCd battery used
>starting it. A Technical manual does exist...
>> an original archimedes, with the original arthur os and the gui in
>Hmm... I still have my Arthur programmer's reference manuals, but I
>I could find a set of the ROMs, alas...
>> a dg nova
>Again, keep looking. They were popular in embedded control systems at
>time. Mine came off an electron microscope....
Speaking of novas, I finished Soul of a New Machine. Great book!
>> a linn rekursiv (wouldn't you? ;> )
>Ooooh... Now that's a machine I don't have, and would like!
Is the machine as weird as the name?
>> one of the two machines we know about that ever used a z8000
>> m20 or onyx..?)
>What about a Zilog 8000 ? It was/is (there's at least one still
>operational) a Z8000-based unix box. Mine has an SMD disk controller
>a QIC tape drive. It's built in slices about 2' square - the bottom
>is empty, the next contains just the RS223 port distribution panel, the
>next contains the drives, and the top slice contains the cardcage.
>There's the CPU card, a memory card (some machines had ECC memory, I
>think), and assorted device controllers.
>> a perq
>Does the fact that you've listed 'perq' about 4 times mean that you
>one from each series?
>> an original cp/m system or three (hm systems; the minstrel always
>What do you mean by 'original'? If you mean a machine designed to run
>CP/M, then there must still be some RML 380Z's (very solid UK CP/M
>machines used in schools) about. Ditto for DEC rainbows, Amstrads
>(although I don't like those myself), BBC Z80 second processors, Epson
>QX10's (IMHO one of the nicest CP/M machines ever built), etc.
Was CP/M made for any specific machine originally, kind of like
DOS was made for a PC (leaving Seattle Computers aside for a moment)
>MDS800, then good luck in finding one.
>> any really weird 70s mini (small honeywell machine, perhaps? tony
>> speaks highly of the philips p850...? maybe an icl thingy...?) - must
I believe the system/34 was a Mini. I think that's what those UPS
tractor-trailers are for :)
>of it, although as it was the machine that got me into computer
>collecting, I do have a somewhat biased love of it. Mind you, with 2K
>(max) of memory, 16 CPU registers, a strange instruction set, and a CPU
>based on a hard-wired state machine rather than microcode, it must be
Isn't microcode hard-wired anyway?
>Philips P800 series machines are not at all common, alas...
>> nice to put forth on, though
>> oh, did we mention that if someone would provide us with a perq at
>> reasonable cost and proximity to bradford, we would be quite
>> and mount a one-person campaign to get him or her canonised?
>Which reminds me... I must Canon-ise my PERQ again - that is, repair
>Canon laser printer port. The crystal oscillator lost its legs, and
>I was trying to repair it, the local cat stepped on the device and the
>quartz crystal plate is now in about 100 pieces... I must try to obtain
>Just out of curiousity, why aren't you looking for the following
>DEC PDP8, PDP11, Vax, any other PDP's?
What does PDP mean, exactly? Is it something like the PC standard?
>AMT DAP (Distributed Array Processor)
>The Xerox D-machines (somewhat PERQ-like in many ways) - Brian Rosen
>involved in the design of both AFAIK. The only problem with these is
>low level hardware/software docs seem to be next-to-impossible to
>The PERQ has the advantage that there are some _very_ clueful
>(not me, alas) who will help you with just about any problem.
>Torch XXX, quadX, etc
I can just imagine "Sabrina's jungle dungeon - hosted on a Torch XXX"
>Tiger. Now there's a strange machine.. A Z80 + 64K RAM, a 6809 + 8K
>RS232, parallel, cassette ports, 1200/75 baud modem, 7220 graphics chip
>96K RAM, etc, etc, etc. It was going to be sold as a home computer...
So, how much RAM total?
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In a message dated 98-02-26 22:08:24 EST, somebody wrote:
<< Geez, where do you guys keep all these computers??? >>
well, with living single, and a 3bedroom house for me and my dawg, it's easy!
ah, if we're going to get on to the "what do i wish for?" list...
miracle qxl card. (but a friend at work has promised us a sack of ql
pieces, so that shouldn't be a problem)
a perq. any perq. please, PLEASE!!!...
any system based on the 32xxx (a ceres would be nice, but we doubt
an original archimedes, with the original arthur os and the gui in basic
a dg nova
a novix card for pc, or a metaforth board
a linn rekursiv (wouldn't you? ;> )
one of the two machines we know about that ever used a z8000 (olivetti
m20 or onyx..?)
an original cp/m system or three (hm systems; the minstrel always
any really weird 70s mini (small honeywell machine, perhaps? tony duell
speaks highly of the philips p850...? maybe an icl thingy...?) - must be
nice to put forth on, though
oh, did we mention that if someone would provide us with a perq at
reasonable cost and proximity to bradford, we would be quite delighted
and mount a one-person campaign to get him or her canonised?
-- Communa (together) we remember... we'll see you falling
you know soft spoken changes nothing to sing within her...
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Is this rare/desirable? I'm thinking of passing it up anyway, but just
I have one of the double-density models and can provide you with
copies of docs and some software. I have a bunch of application
software but it's in quad-density format for the Advantage and I
haven't bothered to transfer any of it to the Horizon.
The Horizon is a terrific, solid machine. The first serial port
is for the console and the second port is available for a printer,
etc. Both are easily reconfigured via the USER.ASM code (at least
my Lifeboat CP/M version). Two parallel ports are also available
on the motherboard.
I'm not sure if the Horizon bus is fully IEEE-696 compliant. Tim or
BTW, California Digital (www.cadigital.com) sells hard-sectored
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out of double-sided, unfortunately).
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