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Erik
July 21st, 2003, 03:47 PM
As per the thread discussing documentation archives (http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/viewtopic.php?t=221) I have set up an area for this very thing.

The goal of this message area is to act as a repository of links to documentation sources on the web.

The only way this will be useful is if there is sufficient information along with each link.

At an absolute minimum there needs to be enough make/model/version information for a reasonable search to locate the thread.

So, if I know where a manual to a Commodore Pet 2001 is stored, I need to specify at least the following:

Manual for Commodore Pet 2001
URL = www.blahblahblah.com/manuals/commodore/pet2001.pdf

Obviously more information would be a lot better (date of publication, version (first printing, etc.), quality, type of file (bmp, jpg, pdf, txt, etc.) and more.

For a software manual the basic information is manufacturer/software/version plus what the manual is for.

A CP/M 2.2 user's manual on the web might be listed as:

CP/M 2.2 for CompuPro 8/16 User's Manual
URL = www.blahblahblah.com/manuals/cpm/compupro/8_16users.pdf

Again, more information is better.

In order for this to work, we'll need the following:

1. People willing to share their sources for online manuals.
2. People willing to host manuals online
3. People willing to convert paper documents into online documents.

Anyone can fill any or all of those roles or they can work with others who compliment their skills. If someone has the webspace and bandwidth to host documents but can't find the time to scan and PDF them, hopefully they'll hook up with someone with a scanner and a bit of free time, etc.

So, with all of that said, here are the rules:

Please post related discussions, requests for scans, storage or whatever in the "Requests/Discussions" forum.

Please post links to manuals in the "Manuals" forum. If this area gets big enough I'll consider breaking it out into categories, but for now let's lump it all together. If you have a review of a document or any follow-up information about a given posted link, please add it to the thread about that link.

Please include as much information as you possibly can when posting manuals. Please limit yourself to one document or one document family per post. For example, if you know where there are manuals for an Atari 800, an Apple ///+ and a CompuPro 8/16, please put those into separate threads. If, on the other hand, you know where there are a set of documents for the Altair 8800, please put them all in the same thread or even the same message.

Before you post a new manual, PLEASE search the boards to see if there is already a link to that document. Also, please only post about documents that have something to do with the vintage computer hobby. I'll do my best to moderate, but I'm hoping I don't have to do much!

Thanks to Thomas Hillebrandt for this exceptional idea! We’ll continue to revise it as the concept evolves. Hopefully this is a good starting point, though.

Erik

ribbets
September 1st, 2006, 05:18 AM
As I clean out my old shop, I've been copying all the old disk and hard-drives from my server to CD's. Most of the 5 1/4 are still readable and there is a lot of 3 1/2's ... Not many games but mostly set-up disks for every part we sold in fifteen years of business.... As for the manuals and books I'll store them the best I can , until possibly scan them into PDF

mpickering
September 13th, 2006, 08:14 AM
I found this site that contains a huge amount of documentation. It is targeted at mainframes and minis from the 50s into the 80s but also has documentation on early micros from the 70s and 80s under their appropriate manufacturers.

Great resource for those interested in old computers in general.

http://www.bitsavers.org/

Matt

atari2600a
September 13th, 2006, 11:21 AM
Great source! They even have Xerox Alto documentation! :p (Didn't see any Star docs though...)

Sharkonwheels
September 27th, 2006, 11:57 PM
Here:

http://www.xs4all.nl/~fjkraan/comp/index.html

Is info, and links to docs and software for:
Espon HX-20
Epson PX-4
Epson PX-8 Geneva
Epson PX-16
Epson QX-10
Epson QX-16
Epson PF-10 Floppy
Epson TF-20 Floppy
Olivetti M10
Olivetti M15
LNW80



Tony

Sharkonwheels
October 9th, 2006, 10:00 PM
http://www.retroarchive.org/docs/index.html

kaypro technical reference manuals
CP/M 68K manuals
CP/M programming
CompuPro Concurrent DOS (CDOS) manuals

applefreak
October 9th, 2006, 10:24 PM
apple manuals

apple II and peripherals
http://www.old-computers.com/museum/docs.asp?c=68&st=1

macintosh service manuals
(some links are broken)
http://home.earthlink.net/~strahm_s/manuals.html#imcs

archives of mac/info
http://ring.riken.jp/archives/mac/info-mac/

Graphic user interface gallery
http://www.guidebookgallery.org/index

.

Sharkonwheels
October 10th, 2006, 10:28 PM
Lotta Tandy 1000 trs-80 docs, manuals, FAQ's

http://www.oldskool.org/guides/tvdog/


Tony

Sharkonwheels
October 10th, 2006, 10:31 PM
S-100 bus systems, cards, and info:

http://www.s100-manuals.com/

http://www.hartetechnologies.com/manuals/

I mean alot of it!

Altair
IMSAI
Cromemco
CompuPro
SSM
Morrow

and the list goes on...


Tony

SunDown79
December 22nd, 2006, 06:56 AM
I have started scanning quite some docs and there are more coming from a friend too.

Check em out at http://www.computer-museum.net (click on Vintage Document Library on the left).

The next addition will be the "Intel SDK-2920 System Design Kit User's Guide" from 1981. These were already old copies and the quality was not the best so a good time to start scanning ;-)

tezza
October 6th, 2007, 05:06 AM
Hi,

I have scanned manuals for this EACA machine at
http://www.webweavers.co.nz/system-80/


The three user guides that came bundled with the machine (http://www.webweavers.co.nz/system-80/manuals_bundled.htm)
The technical manual showing the schematics (http://www.webweavers.co.nz/system-80/manuals_technical.htm)
The manual for the expansion interface (http://www.webweavers.co.nz/system-80/manuals_expansion.htm)

There are also other manuals produced by Dick Smith to support this machine on the site.

lenegade
January 5th, 2008, 08:44 AM
Rich Cini's Classic Computing has a number of docs:

http://highgate.comm.sfu.ca/~rcini/classiccmp/systems.htm

Erik, they have a PDF of the tandy model 100 manual.

Silent700
December 8th, 2008, 06:27 PM
We here at Chicago Classic Computing are building a document library to augment Bitsavers and the others out there. It consists mainly of stuff I've found in my travels (often in my own basement ;) that didn't appear to be scanned anywhere else on the 'net. It is small now but will grow over time. All are welcome to mirror the site or incorporate the docs into their own archives:

http://chiclassiccomp.org/docs/

hexsane
March 25th, 2009, 02:57 AM
http://stason.org/TULARC/pc/

Configuration information for 100's (1000's?) of ISA, EISA, Motherboards, drives, etc.

netfreak
May 22nd, 2009, 12:33 PM
Xerox Alto manuals:
http://preterhuman.net/texts/computing/xerox_alto_manuals/

Apple service PDFs for quite a few models:
http://preterhuman.net/texts/computing/Apple_Service_PDF/

Docs for the Apple Network Server:
http://preterhuman.net/texts/computing/Apple_Network_Server/

Seagate specs for all older drives:
http://preterhuman.net/texts/computing/disk_specs/seagate/


I've got quite a bit more in the general computing directory but too much to sort through :)

kyeakel
February 18th, 2010, 08:16 PM
Manuals for a wide variety of computers.

http://www.amaus.net:8217/static/s100/index.html

dave_m
February 18th, 2010, 10:22 PM
Manuals for a wide variety of computers.

http://www.amaus.net:8217/static/s100/index.html

Thanks for the link. A lot of good stuff there. The site is a little slow but very worthwhile.

MikeS
February 20th, 2010, 09:18 AM
Manuals for a wide variety of computers.
http://www.amaus.net:8217/static/s100/index.htmlThat's Marcus Bennett's labour of love; he pops up here from time to time. There's also a lot of software and disk images there, as well as brochures etc.; worth browsing.

ziloo
July 26th, 2010, 04:40 AM
Manuals for a wide variety of computers.

http://www.amaus.net:8217/static/s100/index.html

Very nice reference...it was! I don't seem to be able to connect to it again!!!
Is it me line, or you folks have the same problem??

ziloo

wmmullaney
July 26th, 2010, 05:58 AM
Very nice reference...it was! I don't seem to be able to connect to it again!!!
Is it me line, or you folks have the same problem??

ziloo


Looks like it's down. Are there any mirrors?

Chuck(G)
July 26th, 2010, 07:55 AM
Could it be that this is just another alias for Marcus' collection?

http://maben.homeip.net/static/S100/

ziloo
July 26th, 2010, 10:42 AM
Could it be that this is just another alias for Marcus' collection?

http://maben.homeip.net/static/S100/

Thank you Chuck (........he knows everything.....)

ziloo :)

Roman78
July 5th, 2011, 01:35 AM
http://www.1000bit.it/main.asp

Here you will find 1055 Manuals, 2372 Brochures and a lot more from a lot of different computers.

And Yes.. it is in English.

WelshWizard
October 22nd, 2011, 12:35 AM
If you want manuals
Commodore
http://www.bombjack.org/commodore/

Apple Mac
http://www.ifixit.com/Device/iMac_G5_17%22_Model_A1058
http://home.earthlink.net/~strahm_s/manuals.html#imcs

Atari A8
http://www.atarimania.com/list_documents_atari-400-800-xl-xe-_8.html

Atari ST
http://www.atarimania.com/list_documents_atari-st-_S.html

Sinclair ZX80
http://home.micros.users.btopenworld.com/zx80/zx80.html

WelshWizard
October 22nd, 2011, 12:41 AM
Sinclair ZX80
http://home.micros.users.btopenworld.com/zx80/zx80.html

Atari ST
http://www.atarimania.com/list_documents_atari-st-_S.html

Atari 8 bit
http://www.atarimania.com/list_documents_atari-400-800-xl-xe-_8.html

Apple Mac
http://home.earthlink.net/~strahm_s/manuals.html#imcs
http://www.ifixit.com/Device/iMac_G5_17%22_Model_A1058

Commodore
http://www.bombjack.org/commodore/ all have a good selection of online manuals and books.

iulianv
January 14th, 2012, 01:03 PM
Various UNIX docs: http://www.tenox.tc/docs/

Can't wait to try XENIX...

orios51
July 16th, 2012, 02:48 PM
Does anybody have the Texas Instrument progammable calculator TI-57 manual in english? I already have TI-57 II manual, but I need the TI-57 one. I have looked for it in all posibble internet sites and I just can't fnd it.

I'd apreciatte any help.

Thanks and greetings from México.

abandonware
July 6th, 2016, 10:07 AM
Total Hardware 1999: Jumper settings for 18655 devices. https://th99.bl4ckb0x.de/

bocke
September 3rd, 2016, 07:44 AM
Rich Cini's Classic Computing has a number of docs:

http://highgate.comm.sfu.ca/~rcini/classiccmp/systems.htm


This seems to have moved:

http://www.classiccmp.org/cini/systems.htm


http://www.1000bit.it/main.asp

Here you will find 1055 Manuals, 2372 Brochures and a lot more from a lot of different computers.

Very nice C64 book collection.

ghostwriter
October 31st, 2016, 08:00 AM
Cann't open your links. Are there any mirrors?

lafos
April 16th, 2017, 04:10 PM
I didn't see archive.org mentioned in the thread. Many old manuals for Tandy and others.

wolf_from_wv
April 19th, 2017, 05:24 PM
Tandy information: http://support.radioshack.com/support_computer/2512.HTM

I've been trying to save those while they are still available.

dlightman
May 22nd, 2017, 07:31 AM
I have archives of the support site from 2012 and 2016 if you would like a copy. They are located here: ftp://major.butt.care/mirrors/Tandy%20Radio%20Shack%20Software/

acheter
September 7th, 2017, 08:46 AM
Sinclair ZX80 manual:
http://home.micros.users.btopenworld.com/zx80/zx80.html

fjkraan
August 4th, 2019, 12:33 PM
Sinclair ZX80 manual:
http://home.micros.users.btopenworld.com/zx80/zx80.html

As HTML: https://fjkraan.home.xs4all.nl/comp/zx80/om/
As PDF: http://electrickery.xs4all.nl/comp/zx80/doc/zx80_om.pdf

Patrick Bureau
October 30th, 2019, 04:48 AM
Various Tandy/TRS-80 Computers and Peripheral Manuals (see 00_index.txt for complete listing)
ftp://ftp.oldskool.org/pub/tvdog/tandy1000/documents/

Tandy series Computer "Setup" programs (needed for bios configurations)
ftp://ftp.oldskool.org/pub/tvdog/tandy1000/setups/

Retro Computer Scene web site carries software and manuals for C=, 8bit Apple II, Atari, MicroBee, Tandy, BBC Micro, Oric, TI, and Amiga
select type and search away.. great little site
https://cbm8bit.com/8bit/tandy/search

CP/M "Humongous" software archive, yes it cp/m but so much more, trs-80, and other system, look around you will find something your looking for
http://www.classiccmp.org/cpmarchives/

TRS-80 Colour Computer Archive
http://www.colorcomputerarchive.com/coco/

Biggest Archive of manuals of course is https://www.archive.org

TRS-80 Search : https://archive.org/search.php?query=TRS-80
Atari Search: https://archive.org/search.php?query=ATARI
Commodore search : https://archive.org/search.php?query=Commodore
etc ect you get the idea.

fritzeflink
October 30th, 2019, 11:06 AM
As there where some TRS-80 M1 and clones even in germany there is some information about (in german language mostly) at

http://oldcomputers-ddns.org/public/pub/rechner/eaca/