TRS-80 Questions

From: J. Maynard Gelinas <>
Date: Sun Feb 22 18:31:29 1998

        Point your web browser here:
        You will find a large number of games, utilities, and both
LDOS and NewDos80 disk images. You should scrounge up an old XT
floppy drive and attach it to your PC - this will allow you to write
out TRS-80 floppies for your toy from the PC. You might also want to
hook the the TRS-80 up to your PC via a serial cable, but I think
you'll find that TRS-80's topped out at around 2400bps - which makes
them almost unbearable for serious file transfers. It's easier on the
hair to just get DD/DD 5 1/4" 360k drive from an XT and hook it up to
the PC. You might also look at getting a TRS-80 emulator going so you
can more easily prepare your disk images before writing to floppy.
I've successfully compiled xtrs-1.9 under Linux and can report that
it's a snap to get up and going and is freely available, source
included (obviously). There are a few shareware dos TRS-80 emulators
available, but I can't report on those.

Good Luck,
J. Maynard Gelinas

> Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 17:23:20 -0500
> From: Win Heagy <>
> To: "Discussion re-collecting of classic computers" <>
> Subject: TRS-80 Questions
> Hi,
> I've recently acquired a TRS-80 4P and a TRS-80 III. The 4P works
> and came with a system disk and a couple small programs. The
> model III did not have a boot disk or any other software. When I turn
> the III on, DISKETTE? appears on the screen. I assume it is waiting for
> a boot floppy. Since I haven't used a TRS 80 since the 70's,
> I am unsure of many of the details. What I am wondering is if
> the model III can boot from the system disk for the 4P? When the
> 4P starts, it says also has a DOS 6.2 system disk, but
> it can only be read intermittently. Is there any place that I can get
> a system disk to boot the model III? Is there an archive of
> software that I can use to demo both the 4P and the III?
> Thanks for any advice...
> Win
> --
> Win Heagy
Received on Sun Feb 22 1998 - 18:31:29 GMT

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