On Thursday 31 March 2005 23:49, Ethan Dicks wrote:
On Apr 1, 2005 2:07 AM, Lyle Bickley <lbickley at
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 (PUTR).
TELEDISK and PUTR will not solve the problem that a PC can *not* write
RX02-format 8" disks. They are a strange mixed-density beast that can
only be written by RX02-compatible drives. RX01 disks _can_ be
written by a PC with the right FDC chip, but since the DECmate I
shipped with RX02s, not RX01s, its disks are RX02-format.
Possibly one could build RX01 diskette images with the right contents
(with twice as many diskettes) and migrate things over that way, or
emulate the RX02 itself with a PC, but one can *not* just slurp and
burn RX02s directly from a PC.
Ooops, my goof - My Decmate IIs use RX50 Diskettes, not RX01's. I knew there
was another reason why I sought out DECmate IIs over DECmate Is. I chose the
DECmate II also because it will run CP/M (with the Z80 option) as well as
supporting a HDD. Of the DECmate I, II and III, the II is most "versatile".
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