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    Default What kind of boot disks can be used for the Hyperion?

    Dear all,

    My name is Jens, I am a new member here and recently found my first vintage computer: the Hyperion!

    The seller tells me the Hyperion is in good shape, but has some CRT issues (image compressed towards the bottom). I have some background in electronics, so I will hopefully be able to fix that. Unfortunately, the Hyperion does not come with any boot disks. This is a true "chicken and the egg" problem for me, since I do not own any other vintage computer, so I am not able to write any 320K 5 1/4" floppy disks that the Hyperion needs.

    As I understand it, as an IBM compatible the Hyperion should be able to boot from a "generic" DOS disk. For example, David Murray in his video [1] simply inserts a MS-DOS 3.3 boot disk. So I searched on Ebay, and, sure enough, you find a lot of DOS disks. My problem: I can never tell if these disks are 320K or 360K (or even 720K).

    My question is simple: where can I find a 320K boot disk that works for the Hyperion? Sorry if this is a rather basic question, your help is very much appreciated.

    Best wishes
    Jens

    [1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEMhpInIACk&t=564

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    Does it have to be 320k? I don't know the Hyperion enough to determine if the 8-sector track is a necessity or if it works with the later 9 sector track. PC-DOS 1 and 1.1 shipped on 160k disks; PC-DOS 2 5.25" shipped on 180k disks; PC-DOS 3 shipped on 360k disks or on 3.5" disks. It is a bit harder with clones but most exact clones shipped with MS-DOS on 5.25" 360k formats. DOS 1.1 handles 320k formats and later DOSes could be forced to make a 320k disk if that is necessary.

    What is your location? It might be easier to get someone local to supply a working disk to get the process started than hope that an online site is selling DOS with working disks.

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    Hey, Snuci, you able to chime in here?
    I know there was a thread a few years back where you were asking the same about disks but the link you posted at the bottom doesn't work anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeXT View Post
    Hey, Snuci, you able to chime in here?
    I know there was a thread a few years back where you were asking the same about disks but the link you posted at the bottom doesn't work anymore.

    http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthrea...5H-Disk-Images
    Ya', but he also said this:

    Quote Originally Posted by snuci View Post
    DOS 2.11 - The disk I use to boot up the Hyperion. I don't think it's particular to Hyperion
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    I found the information that it uses 320K drives [2], but on Wikipedia [3] it says 360K. So I am not sure. I am located in Alberta, Canada. Do you know of any vintage computer clubs in the area?

    Best wishes
    Jens

    [2] http://oldcomputers.net/hyperion.html
    [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperion_(computer)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeXT View Post
    [...] the link you posted at the bottom doesn't work anymore.
    New link location is here, at the bottom of the page: https://vintagecomputer.ca/files/Dyn...rion/software/ . Unfortunately I don't have the hardware to create these disks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    Ya', but he also said this:
    Jens emailed me. I will try to make some disks and archive some of what I have also. I may have cornered the market on Hyperion software and manuals.

    Hyperion Manuals small.jpg

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    The Hyperion arrived and is sitting on my desk now, so excited! When I turn it on there is only a cursor at the top left screen, but with both drives empty I cannot do anything. When I try to type something on the keyboard, nothing happens. Is that normal behavior? Or is this an indication that something is electrically wrong with my keyboard? Thanks!

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