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GIDE and Osborne

Sharkonwheels

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anyone got or know of a standard GIDE for sale?
Actually, a KC GIDE would be best!

Anyone know of anyone getting one working in an Osborne1?


Tony
 

Terry Yager

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Check with Tilmon Reh, in comp.os.cpm. Last I knew (early spring?), he was planning another run, if there was enough interest (50 orders?). Mebbe he has some available (I ain't been following the ng much lately).

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Sharkonwheels

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Dude!

Thanks for the heads up! The KC is the one I wanted, as it supports laptop IDE drives!

Heading over there now...


Where is this CP/M Bulletin Board?



Tony
 

chuckcmagee

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<smile> he might be trying to tell you that it's all in German. Look around that first URL (like try HOME).

I took German in college for 2 WEEKS. One German word covered 1 and 1/2 lines in a book I was looking at, One word! I was taking the course Pass-Fail so I dropped it fast.
 

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Got the KC-Club GIDE adapter in the mail today - nice piece of kit.

These guys are good.

If you're reading this, which I doubt, thanks Frank!

Anyways - lemme know if you guys want pics while I build the kit. Gott get a better soldering iron, though.

I KNOW I'm gonna have a question, though, and see it already:

There are (2) 40-pin sockets on this puppy, and they're on opposite side of the PCB, offset by a couple mm. Now, once you solder one in, all's fine. but, when you go to solder the one on the opposite side, the pins to solder are blocked by the other socket you soldered in already?!?!? :confused:

I guess careful soldering, and a very fine point sodlering iron?

Here's pics to show:

http://www.iee.et.tu-dresden.de/~kc-club/gide/gide2.html

Look at the last picture, which is a PCB end-on shot. If you look on top-side, behind the black capacitor, you see a socket with an IC, and you can see the one on the underside, and you can see they are offset by like 2mm or so.

You can see my dilemma, my not being a soldering expert!

FYI - this is an IDE host adapter board for Z80 machines. I plan on putting it on either my Osborne 1, or a (hopefully) soon to be acquired Kaypro. I'm having doubts on the Osborne, as mine has a Nuevo DS/DD+80column upgrade, and I can;t see finding source to THAT BIOS (for auto-booting hard disk), unless I find a stock OCC1. I'd prefer an OCC2 at this point, though - larger screen, or the utimate would be a kaypro, though. The board has both standard 3.5" 40-pin IDE interface, and a 44-pin laptop style port as well. I ordered (2) 20MB KittyHawk 44-pin IDE drives from an eBay vendor here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=140043242347

Which SHOULD be the ticket - 20MB on CP/M is a ton!
And this thing will be super low-power, small, and quiet!

Me thinks I will get to learn CP/M very intimately REALLY quick - I've been reading through sources, and reading the alteration guide...and got a headache! I'm no programmer, but I'm hoping to kludge something together by seeing the GIDE work of others!



Tony
 

chuckcmagee

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Yep, need a fine point soldering iron. Keep it tinned nice too. Trip to Radio Shack time, I guess. I have one but I use it all the time nowadays.
 

Mike Chambers

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<smile> he might be trying to tell you that it's all in German. Look around that first URL (like try HOME).

I took German in college for 2 WEEKS. One German word covered 1 and 1/2 lines in a book I was looking at, One word! I was taking the course Pass-Fail so I dropped it fast.

warum hast du das nicht fur ein bischen mehr zeit versuchen? deutsch is nicht so schwierig! :)
 
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Mike Chambers

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man i had no idea there was anything like GIDE for z80s!!! i am really tempted to get one for my osborne, that's freakin awesome! man that'd be sweet. pull out one of those double-height floppies, and put an IDE hard drive and a CD-ROM in it's place. i wonder if i can burn DVD's from the osborne. (that is, without having died of old age by the time it's done) :eek:

on a similar note, i've burned a CD on my 386 DX/40 and even that was painful... thank God there was only about 20 MB i wanted to burn.
 
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