Looking for North star software
cisin at xenosoft.com
Mon Jul 2 19:48:37 CDT 2018
On Tue, 3 Jul 2018, dwight wrote:
> I was thinking someone has already done this. If no, as you say, it is
> not an impossible task.
It can be done. It has been done. It is not the easiest.
A friend did it, but he died 4 years ago, and his stuff is GONE.
There should be GOOGLE reachable stories of how people have done it, and
some .ASM or .HEX files of useful utilities.
> The TSS/B is suppose to be their scientific package. It at least has
> BASIC in it. I have another disk marked CP/M in the same box. I should
> be able to put something together under CP/M.
If you have CP/M, in a bootable form, then the utilities that come with
CP/M (PIP, LOAD, SAVE, . . . ) can be coerced into creating a
bootstrapping program to bring stuff over, to bring over more versatile
utilities, etc. PIP.COM, alas, is not an internal command.
If you use a PC as your terminal, you can come up with ways to move code.
You can PIP from the console. (to bring over a .ASM or .HEX file)
> It is a North Star Horizon. There seems to be some images out there so I
> don't know how they are being captured.
The images are probably created on a NorthStar.
There exist some rather rare hardware boards for PC to read/write hard
sector. Not easily available.
It may be possible to use a flux-transition board that has access to the
index signal and write code to do it.
BUT, the Horizon can also manage 8" drives (SSSD soft-sector CP/M
standard!) with appropriate controller, or use other S100 FDC boards.
Once the CP/M system is up, there are utilities that have been written for
it (some assembly required), for serial port transfer.
I have no idea what's available for NorthStar-DOS, but there is probably
I think that the original drives of the Horizon were Shugart SA400, but
Tandon TM100-x should work just fine.
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at xenosoft.com
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