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3740RE: [Altair Computer Club] Re: Altair 8800 Troubleshooting Help

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  • Rick Bensene
    Apr 5, 2014
      What hardware configuration does your machine have? Do you have any kind of disk drive on your system? Without any mass storage, the only practical way to put software on the machine is to use a loader that transfers software over a serial port, or using a paper tape reader. There are loader ROMs that can be used to receive software from a serial port, if your system has ROM board. With a PC and terminal emulation software hooked up to the serial port, you can stimulate loading paper tape images at 9600 baud, which is time consuming, but works well. There are many sources for software on the Internet that can be downloaded, including most of the various BASICs that were made for the machine. If you do have disk drives, then you need to find someone who can write some disks that are compatible with your disk system, with software on them. I can't make copies right now, as my second 8" drive is currently down. ...That is the next thing on my project list.

      Rick Bensene

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Michael George Hart [michael.george.hart@...]
      Received: Saturday, 05 Apr 2014, 1:39PM
      To: altaircomputerclub@yahoogroups.com [altaircomputerclub@yahoogroups.com]
      Subject: Re: [Altair Computer Club] Re: Altair 8800 Troubleshooting Help

      I have a working Altair 8800 system but zero software

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      > On Apr 5, 2014, at 12:31 PM, <deramp5113@...> wrote:
      > Great work! It is frustrating when seemingly random failures take down a machine that you have fixed up and working. I have to keep reminding myself lots of the parts are nearing 40 years old and that finding and fixing the problems is "fun!"
      > It's good to find out there is one more collector out there with a working Altair floppy on their Altair. They're becoming extremely rare!
      > Mike
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