Thanks to the advice on restoring my rained-on Osborne 1 (especially from
Tony Duell - thanks Tony), it is now up and running, and asking for a boot
disk, which of course I haven't got.
Is there any way to create a boot disk from an image, and if so where can I
find such an image? I'm pretty sure my Osborne has a double-density
controller (it is the blue version, and the floppy drives appear to be
plugged into a daughterboard).
I addition to a PC with a 360K floppy drive, I have a copy of Sybex's
22disk and a copy of a much earlier program called ALIEN.COM
, both of which
can read and write CP/M disks in a variety of formats. (BTW, does anyone
have a version of ALIEN.COM
later than 1.0Fj?)
I also have a Commodore 128D, plus external 1571 and 1581 drives, and I've
found a CP/M program called Jugg'ler-128, which is supposed to allow
reading and writing of around 140 different CP/M formats (including, it
seems, Osborne 1 single-density).
So given these resources, is it possible for me to create an Osborne 1 boot
disk? I understand that I can get one (for a small fee) from the Dina-SIG
CP/M System Disk Archives via Don Maslin, but this involves getting the
disk shipped halfway around the world, not to mention the added
complication of getting a few Australian dollars converted into (even
fewer) US dollars.
Also, is it possible to get images of the other disks that originally came
with the Osborne 1 (Wordstar et al)? Are there any licensing issues with
this? I would have thought that, since the programs came with the machine
originally, owning the machine would imply having a license, but I'm sure
things are more complicated than that.
Thanks in advance.
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