Does anyone have the O/S, Applications, and Diagnostice disks for this
ancient IEEE 488 bus controller (Fluke 1720A)? It used a TI 9900
processor if I remember correctly. The operating system was called FDOS-
a custom effort too I think, distributed on three 5 1/4" floppies. This
is no longer available from anywhere or anyone, including Fluke.
Thanks for any help and/or leads.
I have been fortunate to acquire a Kaypro system that appears to be in
great condition and looks to work.
It looks exactly like this:
Thus, it says Kaypro 1 on the artwork
Still, the sticker on the rear says Kaypro 2, so I'm confused.
In any event, I have no system disks for it (There is a slight
possibility they are part of the stash with which the Kaypro was
bundled, but it's 100 sq ft of stuff). Thus, I'm wondering if there is
a kind soul who might be able to ship me a set of disks. (I'll pay
shipping, of course).
I also am the proud owner of 2 Obsorne machines (one works, the other
seems to have drive issues. They are the redesigned units, but (as I
suspected) the systems disks won't work on the Kaypro.
Jim Brain, Brain Innovations (X)
brain at jbrain.com
Dabbling in WWW, Embedded Systems, Old CBM computers, and Good Times!
It's running! Telnet to 22.214.171.124 to take a look and help me test it.
You can use the standard Windows telnet program, Putty, Linux, or
whatever you have handy.
Around 10 users can be on at the same time. When you sign on (no
password required) there will be a little menu to help you waste some
time. Some things you can do are see who else is on the server, view the
machine type, ROM BIOS date and DOS version, check the TCP/IP statistics
to see how much traffic it is handling, etc.
There are some upgrades since the last time I ran this test (in Dec 2007):
- The TCP/IP stack is much better
- I'm doing 'telnet' negotiation to figure out the terminal type, turn
echoing on, etc
- Crude line editing has been added
Right now it is running on my PCjr using a Xircom PE3 10BT. I plan to
leave it up as long as it runs, or three days, whichever comes first. It
is a PCjr so if there is a momentary delay, don't panic - it's probably
just doing disk I/O.
Backspace is a little dodgy .. it really wants ASCII 8 and a lot of
terminals and emulators do ASCII 127 instead. Try variations with the
shift and control keys if it doesn't work.
I'm still digging. I found more 550 stuff. I think this is everything
that came with the 550. Here's a chance for you 550 owner's to get the
whole set at one shot!
Original DS-DOS box and invoice.
Original Sanyo Easywriter ver 1.3 disk
Original Sanyo disk box with 550 dos ver 2.11 and BASIC 1.25, two
original Sanyo disk for InfoStar (set B disk 2 and 3 of 4; disks 1 and 4
are below), original Sanyo disk for DOS 1.25 and BASIC ver 1.1
Original Sanyo disk box with all three original disk of set A, WordStar
and CalcStar and a backup copy of DS-DOS.
Two card board dummy disks used to protect the floppy drives duing shipment.
>A few weeks ago we were talking about the Sanyo 550 series and someone
mentioned one of the alternates operating systems that supported 80 track
drives in the 550. I said that was DS-DOS by Michtron.
> Today I found an old Sanyo disk package with four disks for the 550. One
of them is DS DOS 2.11, one is InfoStar, one is MailMerge/SpellStar and the
other is a disk of misc utilities. The first three are original disks. In
additon, the InfoStar, MailMerge/SpellStar are Sanyo labeled disks that
came with the 550. If anyone wants them, trade me something I can use and
they're all your's.
I have a limited number of IBM 5151 monitors for sale. This is the
classic green screen monitor that shipped with the basic IBM PC 5150.
Condition is adequate. They are dirty but I will clean them up before
shipping out. Will test for basic functionality. No burn-in or other
problems, but no warranty either.
The price is $30 each plus shipping.
First come, first served.
Please contact me directly via e-mail.
Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger http://www.vintage.org
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>Subject: Re: Gooey TU58 rollers
> From: "Ethan Dicks" <ethan.dicks at gmail.com>
> Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 17:39:20 -0500
> To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
>On 8/27/07, B M <iamvirtual at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am trying to get a Vax-11/750 machine up and running. It looks like the TU58 drive
>> is suffering from the 'gooey roller syndrome'.
>> I see that people have successfully used 1/2 inch (ID) Tygon tubing to replace the
>> goo. Is there any specific type of Tygon tubing (eg. R3603, R2000, etc.) that is used?
>I don't know the particular variety I used in mine - I just went to
>the Lowe's down the street and bought a foot of 1/2" ID tubing -
>whatever they had on the shelf. I was unaware of a large amount of
>varieties of tubing, so I just used what they had in stock, and it
I started that many years ago like 1995ish. I spec'd Tygon (brnad name)
as that was available to me. Most any generic Vinyl tubing works so long
as it fits tight and has enough wall thickness.
After about 10 years it tends to get hard, the fix is obvious.
> does anybody have bits for the TI 960B (not 960A) minicomputer, e.g.
> software, schematics etc. ?
I have some additional material on the 960 that isn't up yet on
bitsavers. The 960 and 980 share some peripheral interfaces.
Did you end up with the 990 system as well?
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 15:08:12 -0800
From: "Chuck Guzis" <cclist at sydex.com>
Subject: Re: Service bureaus (Was: Tek 4051 firmware listing
After that, I learned to drop by keypunch to occasionally chat with
the ladies (it was comprised entirely of women), and occasionally
drop off some munchies and other things. They knew me and I knew
And I never had an issue with keypunch after that.
As a matter of fact my very first job was also in a service bureau and
that's where I also learned the importance of being able to charm the
ladies, a skill that's served me well (and gotten me into considerable
trouble) in subsequent years...
[I hope this is on-topic; I believe the machine is at least 20 years old]
I have a NEC Spinwriter 5525 printer that is available for the cost of
shipping (free if you pick it up). The printer is a wide carriage and
appears to have a RS232 serial interface. I do not know if the
printer works or not.
The machine is located in Langdon Alberta Canada (postal code is T0J
1X1) which is approximately 10 minutes east of Calgary.
The machine is rather heavy. I estimate 50 pounds or more. If there
is no interest, the machine is headed to the e-waste recycling.
I can send pictures upon request.
Contact by e mail:
i a m v i rt ihatespam u al @ @ @ g ma il . c om <-- remove
spaces and ihatespam