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    Default Kaypro CP/M Software

    Where can I find this? I plan to find a CP/M module for my C64 in the future, and in order to make software easily available for the C64 CP/M module they set it up to be capable of running Kaypro software out of the box. Thus I ask where can I find a big abandonware archive of Kaypro CP/M software so that I can get an idea of what getting one of these modules will allow me to do.

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    Some of my bookmarks:
    Commercial CP/M Software Archive
    Non-linear Systems - Kaypro software
    http://www.seasip.demon.co.uk/Cpm/

    That first link is very handy. That's where I found the CP/M version of Turbo Pascal I had lost from my highschool years.

    Hope those help.
    I'm looking forward to playing with CP/M on my C128DCR I just picked up. (My Kaypro IV is in the garage, short on desk space in my geek HQ)
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    I think you're thinking of the Commodore 128 and its 1571 disk drive being compatible with the Kaypro and other CP/M disk formats. The C-64's implementation of CP/M via it's plug-in cartridge and standard 1541 disk drive is not Kaypro compatible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Moz View Post
    Some of my bookmarks:
    Commercial CP/M Software Archive
    Non-linear Systems - Kaypro software
    http://www.seasip.demon.co.uk/Cpm/

    That first link is very handy. That's where I found the CP/M version of Turbo Pascal I had lost from my highschool years.

    Hope those help.
    I'm looking forward to playing with CP/M on my C128DCR I just picked up. (My Kaypro IV is in the garage, short on desk space in my geek HQ)
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    Nice links! I wish I had a way to write those to actual floppies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Amiga500 View Post
    Nice links! I wish I had a way to write those to actual floppies.
    As long as you have a 360KB floppy drive, there are no shortages of ways to write them to disk.

    22disk was at least at one time one of the more popular tools.
    Try some of the ideas and tools here: Harte Technologies: CP/M-80 Information and Download Page

    360KB drives aren't really hard to find. You could even borrow the drive from your CP/M system most likely.

    What system are you running?
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    The only way I could think of writing images was to download the image using PC, use Hyperterminal to transfer to Compaq Portable III (which has no 3" floppy) and use its 5" floppy drive to write to disk. No matter what I did, the disk was not readable. I tried lots of different variations. I considered that maybe the Kaypro "New 2" drives were faulty, but I tested Kaypro II images for my Kaypro II (known to have working drive) and that didn't work either. The Compaq drive (also known to be working) just isn't writing the images properly. (speed? density?)

    I have no other way I know to get the image to floppy. The only thing left is to attempt to buy Kaypro software floppies from anybody who can sell me some.

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    Is sharkonwheels off shore again? I know he used to sell bootdisk images for lots of systems including the Kaypro, given I'm sure lots of folks here could replicate that deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Amiga500 View Post
    No matter what I did, the disk was not readable. I tried lots of different variations.
    Details would be useful.
    Exactly how do you use Hyperterminal to transfer the image?
    What software do you use on the Compaq to write the image?
    What density blank floppy media are you using?

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    Damn, I knew that the C128 had a Z80 built-in, but I thought that the actual CP/M itself was the same between them, or at least similar... so the C64 CP/M isn't compatible with... erm... anything?

    Edit: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooo it's true..

    "The CP/M Cartridge, or Z-80 Cartridge as referenced in the Programmer's Reference, was manufactured in 1983 and was soon withdrawn, because it was slow, buggy and incompatible with anything else. One reason for incompability was that the 1541 was incapable to read any existing CP/M disk format." -http://www.devili.iki.fi/Computers/Commodore/C64/CPM/

    Well I'm glad I didn't shell out for it at least.
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