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 – I bought a fair number of “used” 8-inch floppies from eBay – 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 “shhhhhh…shhhhhhhhh…shhhhhhhhhhh” 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 “driver” 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.
From: n8vem...@googlegroups.com [mailto:n8vem...@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of John Monahan
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 3:11 PM
Subject: RE: [N8VEM-S100:675] CP/M-68 on the ECB mini-M68k CPU board
Guy’s FWIW, the data on 8” SD disks is not as labile as you might think. I have about 100 of them here from late 70’s to early 80’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 8” plastic sealed boxes in a cool dry place but nothing special.
John Monahan Ph.D
From: n8vem...@googlegroups.com [mailto:n8vem...@googlegroups.com] 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
I'm impressed 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 Rubin <jack....@ameritech.net> wrote:
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>; n8vem...@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 utilities
> 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 written.
> What is running now really has the feel of CP/M.