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32478re: [midatlanticretro] RE: Mid-Atlantic Altair CP/M

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  • B. Degnan
    Sep 23, 2013
      -------- Original Message --------
      > From: "corey986" <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 12:50 PM
      > To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [midatlanticretro] RE: Mid-Atlantic Altair CP/M
      > Not surprising. An Altair if you don't use the front panel is just an
      s100 chassis. You could have used one into the early 90's and even run
      msdos, but you would have different CPU and memory boards. This is why I
      think the IMSAI in WarGames is plausible. Last kid could have bought an
      IMSAI chassis cheap and built his own modern for the time S100 cards to go
      inside. The 8" disks are the only thing that doesn't fit. Then again if
      he was hacking a system together it might be all he had. Cheers, Corey

      I disagree. Who among us does not have a 10 year-old computer in their
      house for regular use? Don't many of you with school age kids have XT
      systems in their rooms that are perfectly good? Being that computers were
      even more expensive then, why is it hard to believe if not expect a
      highschool kid with a 6-7 year old (for 1983) IMSAI with 8" drives?

      AND They were selling tons of S-100 parts, 8" drives and disks in 1983.
      Look it up.

      FYI - The system referred to to start this thread is a stock Altair 8800b
      turnkey with an Altair 8" drive running all Altair parts. There is
      evidence that it was in production use as late as 1988.
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