Wanted: Cromemco assistance

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Wed Aug 21 23:24:00 2002

On Wed, 21 Aug 2002, Curt Vendel wrote:

> I am planning on purchasing a Cromemco Z-2 system shortly, it has
> some special purpose Atari designed boards installed and was used within
> Atari to develop Atari 2600 VCS games. However the unit is missing the
> front cover, disk drive and OS software. If anyone can point me to a
> site(s) with good information on the systems and anyone who may have
> spare parts to sell like boards, keyboard and so forth, please let me
> know, thanks.

Wow! Super cool! As you know, I have a set of these boards that I got
over 10 years ago way before I realized their significance. Which boards
did you get?

The Cromemco Z2 is a typical (well, much nicer) S-100 system. If it had a
keyboard attached at all, it would have been a parallel keyboard. Much
more likely, though, is that you'll just need to find a decent dumb
terminal to connect up to one of its serial ports, or just use a PC with
some good terminal software (like ProComm).

I can't help you with the front cover, but as far as the disk drive,
probably any single-sided, single density 5.25" drive will do, such as a
Tandon T100 (I hope I got the model right).

I have various versions of Cromix on 5.25" and 8" disks, but will have to
dig these out, and the chances of this happening in the next 2 months is
close to zero :( Is that what they used for these systems, or did they
use CP/M? In that case, again, I have the OS, but it will take a while to
dig them out.

Write me privately if I can be of assistance.

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger http://www.vintage.org

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Received on Wed Aug 21 2002 - 23:24:00 BST

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