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Greetings from the cold north..

Quarryman

New Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2012
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Location
Oslo, Norway
..Norway that is. Now, I don't consider myself to be a collector of vintage hardware, I only own two vintage computers, a C64 and a Kontiki 100, I have no intention of getting more and I don't find using old software to be very interesting. ;) I do however find it quite fun to program these old things, which is how I ended up here. :)

My current quest is to write a demo for the Tiki 100, with the current sub-quest being to upgrade it first, preferably to two drives supporting the Tiki 800k format so I can store a sensible amount of data. Unfortunately I only have one potential candidate drive so far, a Teac FD55GFR, and my attempts to use that for the Tiki hasn't worked out yet. Does seem to be quite a lot of know-how around here though, so maybe someone will be able to tell me what I'm doing wrong. (or that what I'm trying to do can't be done and that I should instead focus on trying to find the correct kind of drive, which according to the documentation would be an FD55F).
 

luvit

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Feb 16, 2014
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east of Newark, Oh i;m luvit
Hello there,
I hope you get the information you need. I don't know what a Kontiki 100 is, but is sounds interesting enough for me to look it up.
Hope to see something in the future about your programming projects!
 

barythrin

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Texas
Welcome to the forums :) Interesting system, first time I've heard of it but of course found some description and a picture. I'm not sure about the floppy issue but there is a manual and some information on modifying that same model of drive you have over on oldskool.org that might be related.
 

Quarryman

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Sep 9, 2012
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Oslo, Norway
Thanks for the welcomes. :) And yes, I did find that guide on oldskool.org, and after following the instructions for the 149-U (which seems to have an identical jumper layout as the 142-U I have) I got the Tiki to at least reconize the drive, but it didn't read any of the floppies I tried booting from. Another problem I'm having is that the Tiki hangs after a random period of time, not sure what could be causing that. It boots fine, I can usually list the contents of the floppy, and depending on its mood I might be able to start a program, but then it justs hangs and doesn't respond to anything, the only way out is to powercycle it. Guess I might have to test downgrading the ROM to the original again, if that doesn't work then I'm for the time being out of ideas.
 

tingo

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Aug 12, 2009
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Oslo, Norway
Greetings! This winter has been more wet than cold. :)
A Tiki 100 is nice. It is one of the machines I would love to have (not that I have space for more machines, but...).
 
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