On Thursday 31 March 2005 22:49, Ethan Dicks wrote:
OS/278 has the necessary patches to deal with the
differences in the
console IOT behavior that was well described in another post. Dunno
about download, but you'd have a problem with the downloaded file,
since the RX02 format can _not_ be written by a PC FDC (it's a hybrid
format that only the RX02 drive (and DEC-compatible 3rd-party
drives/controllers) can write.
I have a couple of DECMATE IIs and I use PUTR (running under DOS) to format
RX50 diskettes and transfer files to the diskettes. I've also used TELEDISK
to copy entire diskettes that I have downloaded and have created virtually
all of the system programs on RX50 diskettes (OS/278, Word Processing, DIBOL,
etc.) that run on a DECMATE II.
I haven't worked with a DECMATE I since the original one I used at work many
years ago - but as I recollect it is not anywhere near as flexible as a
DECMATE II (which has HDD capability - which I've implimented in both my
The DECMATE I could still be a fun system to own - and if you can find DECMATE
I system images, both PUTR and TELEDISK will make it easy for you to create
entire copies of diskettes (TELEDISK), format (PUTR) and transfer files
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