S-100 score!

From: Richard Erlacher <edick_at_idcomm.com>
Date: Sat Dec 29 13:39:00 2001

When you say SMS, do you suppose you could have meant SDS? I've got a
display board from SDS and could, possibly, scrounge a boot disketted for an
SDS setup that uses the SDS video board with keyboard, and their FDC.

Unfortunately, there was a lot more diversity among S-100 board sets than
among those we've come to know and love/hate since the evolution of the IBM
PC. What you need to generate a "boot diskette" for your particular
combination of boards can vary quite a bit.

If I were you, I'd leave the unassembled boards unassembled until you're
sure you need them otherwise.

Figure out what you have, whether it works, how it works, and go from there.
Once you know what, exactly, you have available, you can figure out how to
make it play together.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ethan Dicks" <erd_6502_at_yahoo.com>
To: <classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2001 1:46 AM
Subject: S-100 score!

> My sister-in-law works at the Post Office and knows lots of the
> local customers. She happened to learn that one gentleman had
> some "old computers" in the attic. When I called him, it turned
> out to be an XOR S-100 box w/dual 8" drives, a Liberty 100
> terminal, and some loose S-100 cards (including a Cromemco
> serial/parallel card still in the shrink wrap, a few 8K cards
> (2102 and 2114-based) and a couple of SMS video cards, one as
> yet unstuffed with the chips under plastic).
> No OS, few docs (some of the cards _do_ have manuals).
> He kept the S-100 prototype card he once wrapped for his first CPU
> (sockets intact, chips missing, wires removed).
> The sad news is that he mentioned that he used to have an old computer
> that he threw out... his son brought it home ($20 at a yard sale)
> back when Dad had a 386 in the living room - it was a Digital Group
> machine. :-(
> So... Anyone have any info on XOR boxen? I have a CP/M disk for
> the C-128 and stuff for the Kaypro, but nothing on 8". Can I mail
> anyone blank disks to be copied onto? What sort of information
> would I have to provide to be able to put together a compatible
> disk? Brand of disk controller? Type and manufacturer of CPU card?
> Serial card vendor?
> Also, how did S-100 video cards work? Did you still have a console
> terminal but use the video card as a secondary peripheral?
> -ethan
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Received on Sat Dec 29 2001 - 13:39:00 GMT

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