Same here, I have a number of 8-inch floppies
(>40) with various stuff on them, CP/M 1.4, 2.0, games
Etc. They are all SSSD â€“ I bought a fair number of
â€œusedâ€ 8-inch floppies from eBay â€“ they had been used
once for a backup in the early 80s then never touched since.
I have only had one disk fail, it refused to format and
quickly started going
â€œshhhhhhâ€¦shhhhhhhhhâ€¦shhhhhhhhhhhâ€ when spinning. I
assume something got caught in the sleeve so I trashed it.
The floppies have continued to work for me for. When I wrote
the â€œdriverâ€ for CP/M 1.4 for my IAudio Video Card I
used Teraterm to connect to the system, all compiling and
testing was done on 8-inch floppies, it worked great and was
very much like how it was done back in the day.
Guyâ€™s FWIW, the data on 8â€ SD disks is not as
labile as you might think. I have about 100 of them here
from late 70â€™s to early 80â€™s. With only one exception
(and that was a 1K DD disk) I have read about 30 with no
problem (using a Versafloppy II or our ZFDC board). They
were stored in the 8â€ plastic sealed boxes in a cool dry
place but nothing special.
John Monahan Ph.D
On Behalf Of John Coffman
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 1:51 PM
Subject: Re: [N8VEM-S100:673] CP/M-68 on the ECB
mini-M68k CPU board
if you have 8" disk drives that still work. Somehow, somehow,
I hope you can recover the data on those source disks. BTW:
I am cross-compiling with GCC. I hate the GAS syntax for
assembly code, but the GCC-generated code is second to none.
I have not posted source code or listings yet, as there are
still a few pieces needed to make a palatable distro. I am
keeping Mike Sharkey up to date with the source backups; and I
would be glad to send the zip files to you for the asking.
On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 9:18 AM, Jack
John (and other 68K fans),
I've located a bunch of old CP/M-68K stuff recently,
including CP/M-68K v 1.3,
FORTH and 68K tiny BASIC. Is there a central listing of the
software you already
have? Almost everything is on 8" disk which I should be able
to read but I don't
have a system set up currently.
Hopefully, moving to the S100 68K board should be pretty
easy from here.
----- Original Message ----
> From: John Coffman <john...@gmail.com>
> To: N8VEM <n8...@googlegroups.com>;
> Sent: Tue, January 17, 2012 10:38:50 AM
> Subject: [N8VEM-S100:670] CP/M-68 on the ECB
mini-M68k CPU board
> Motorola 68000 enthusiasts:
> CP/M-68 is working well on the ECB mini-M68k CPU
board, supported by the
>MF/PIC board for serial I/O and IDE interface
(8255). The attached screen
> F: the ROMdisk, with just a couple of
> B: the RAMdisk, 1Mb. I'm glad I put 2Mb of
SRAM on the CPU board. Half
>is for CP/M, and the other half is its RAMdisk.
> C: an 8Mb CP/M partition on a CF card. The
photo shows a different,
>smaller CF card.
> This CP/M supports up to 16 drives -- as soon as I
hook the disk
>initialization to the CF card partition table.
> Although this is CP/M 1.2, the binary utilities
are from an extensive
>collection from Douglas. The release notes
indicate that 1.3 was mostly bug
>fixes to utility programs.
> The boot process still needs streamlining, and a
utility for setting up the
>partitions on IDE disks (i.e., CF cards) needs to be
> What is running now really has the feel of CP/M.