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    Default Philips P3800 TurboDos - infos anybody?

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    Hi everybody,

    I got a Philips P3800 System today running TurboDOS 1.4. Apparently, it is a 8088 architecture (not Z80 which I expected).
    Unfortunately, there is only some information on the P3500 (Z80/CP/M comaptible?) available, but not on the P3800.

    Does anybody has Information, Software, Documentation or some other related info on this specific machine?


    The most important point deals with the startup procedure: it is asking for a username/password, which I do not know. Is there any procedure to apply to reset the passwords? Or is there a standard maintenance password available?

    Attached a short video showing the boot procedure

    https://youtu.be/a97mDVKAbvc

    Thanks a lot and best regards
    Stephan


    ..the unit is really heavy >50kg. My compact car was completely filled (main unit, two terminals, two heavy printers with stand,....)
    Last edited by spiceminer; June 24th, 2018 at 09:16 AM.

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    Bitsavers has TurboDos manuals though I don't see any disk images for 1.4. http://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/w.../ims/turboDos/ Good place to start. I think that TurboDOS passwords could be cleared with a boot disk.

    http://www.cpm8680.com/turbodos/Tdos4.htm explains the password storage method.

    https://translate.google.com/transla...32&prev=search gives one attempt to do that. If you understand German, drop to the original.

    Hope this helps a little. I am relying on web searches to supplement vague memories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krebizfan View Post
    http://www.cpm8680.com/turbodos/Tdos4.htm explains the password storage method.
    Thanks a lot.
    Next step is to save the content of the two MFM hard drives with the famous MFM emulator from David Gesswein https://www.pdp8.net/, hopefully it is possible reconstruct the file structure and to read the password file.

    The computer museum of the Amsterdam university may have the manuals. I am in contact with a friendly guy from that institution, I will keep you updated on this matter.

    Best regards
    Stephan

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