On Wed, 19 Mar 1997, George Lin wrote:
I picked up a very nice Osborne 1 from a local thrift store yesterday. The
system powers up. Everything looks good. However, I don't have the boot
disk. I tried the CP/M boot disk from my Kaypro II. No good. If I
Hey! I currently have a similar problem. I brought a Kaypro II home
recently (last week? I've forgotten already) and although it had a boot
disk in the drive, it wasn't an OS disk, and I can't format disks or
other boot disks. And the disk that was in the drive (a pirate copy of
WordStar) is flaky.
I transferred FORMAT.COM
from my TeleVideo system, but
they gave me little more than the (C)1982 TeleVideo Systems message
before hanging the Kaypro. <s>
remember correctly, the disk drives on old CP/M
machines are not compatible
with each other even though the binaries are. It looks like that I need an
Osborne formatted CP/M boot disk. Does anyone know where I can get one?
Seek out the comp.os.cpm FAQ. There is information in there on how to
get boot disks for CP/M systems. I'm still hoping to find someone with a
Kaypro II locally. I generally sit on these things for a while to see
what turns up before becoming really active in seeking things out.
In case you can't get the Osborne disk anywhere else (doubtful) I do know
a chap who ran a BBS on an Osborne until recently. He should have what
you're looking for. I could bug him to send you one if you send the
relevant information to me in e-mail.
Also, it would be nice to get a CP/M communication
software on an Osborne
formatted disk so that I can start transferring other CP/M software to it.
You should be able to also xfer software to the Osborne with a utility
for the PC called 22disk. Get it at:
I've used it a couple of times myself (in fact that's how I got those
files from my TeleVideo to the Kaypro) but you need an IBM-compatible PC
with a 5.25" disk drive (preferably 360K) which is something I don't have.
I actually had to open up my father's PC to plug in a 5.25" drive just
for that one operation. :/
In the same store, I picked up a Peripheral Expansion
Box for my TI 99/4A.
It comes with 1 floppy disk drive, 32K memory expansion, serial adapter,
and flex cable adapter. However, the fuse and the cap that holds the fuse
in place are gone. Does anyone know the specification for the fuse or know
where I can get a replacement for it and the cap?
Heh. This also sounds familiar. I have a CBM 2040 drive, sans fuse and
cap. I know at least one of the drive units works, as I got a directory
from a 1541 disk on my PET while holding a screwdriver
in the fuse
socket. Don't do this at home. :)
Any help is greatly appreciated.
George Lin "Accelerating your business through
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