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29890RE: [midatlanticretro] How do I make boot floopy? IMSAI + Northstar + CP/M?

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  • telmnstr
    Mar 26, 2013
      I just looked. MDC-A4 is the floppy controller.

      Looks like a video card, and there is a serial card but I haven't
      identified it. The cards are in there... very tough to pull out.

      4 ram cards as well.

      I'm going to look to replace the 4 huge electrolytic caps on the psu.

      On Tue, 26 Mar 2013, Bill Sudbrink wrote:

      > Systems Glitch wrote:
      >> Depending on the card you're using, you can set it up to appear
      >> enough like the North Star serial interface to get things up and
      >> going.
      > That's a pretty major "depending". There seem to have been dozens
      > of different serial cards, each using different I/O addresses,
      > different bits in the byte to indicate status. That's why Processor
      > Tech went to such lengths on the 3P+S. You could strap everything
      > on that card.
      >> Or you can patch the I/O routines into the OS once it loads from disk
      > Or you could patch the diskette image before you transfer it from the
      > PC to the IMSAI.
      >> You may also run into an issue with which North Star controller you
      >> have -- there are two, a single-density version (old, original one) and
      >> the double-density version (used in the Horizon).
      > I'll bet you a beer at the next VCF East that, if he has a N* controller,
      > it's an mds-ad3. I have one single density controller -vs- a whole
      > stack of ad3s. Totally by accident, found at random as I've added to
      > my collection.
      >> There are more pre-built OS disks available for the double-density
      >> version. I've yet to find a prebuilt CP/M image for the single-density
      >> controller (does anyone know of one? I'm almost certain they had to
      >> have existed at one point).
      > I think I have the tools to generate a single density CP/M boot disk.
      > Remind me when the next VCF gets closer and I'll try to make you one.
      > Bill S.
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