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Thread: Baby Blue II CPU Plus (ISA card): software + scans of manuals, inserts, disks

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    Default Baby Blue II CPU Plus (ISA card): software + scans of manuals, inserts, disks

    Hello, all.

    I recently picked up a complete Baby Blue II CPU Plus on the cheap. This is a Z80 co-processor card that allows super-oldie PCs to run CP/M-80 natively. Yee-hah!!
    I didn't see scans anywhere, so I made some myself. The operating software is also available, direct from the original 160kb 5.25" floppies. Please download & enjoy.

    Operating software...

    Baby Blue II CPU Plus - Operating software

    Manuals...

    Baby Blue II CPU Plus User's Manual Version 1.0
    BSTAM - Byrom Software Telecommunications Access Method Version 4.6

    Inserts...

    Battery Protector
    Warranty Registration Form
    Byrom Software End User Software License Agreement

    Floppy disks...

    Floppy disks


    These downloads will be permanent. Eventually I plan to host a modest, informative website about the Baby Blue cards.
    So! Keep an eye on this space, I guess...

    www.diskman.com/presents/babyblue
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    I had to look at the manual to realize I have the earlier version of the same board: The Baby Blue. Yours is in better shape than mine But for posterity I've archived both sets of manuals and software here: ftp://ftp.oldskool.org/pub/drivers/Microlog/

    From the earlier version's manual:

    "Baby Blue is a single-board microcomputer which enables the IBM Personal Computer to run programs written for the CP/M-80 operating system. Although small enough to fit in a single expansion slot, it contains a high-speed Z-80B microprocessor and a full 64 Kilobytes of memory, making it actually more powerful than most first-generation microcomputers.

    "Baby" connotes a symbiosis in which Baby Blue handles CP/M-80 code written for the Z-80, while depending on the the host PC's 8088 microprocessor to manage "life support" (operating system) functions - keyboard, screen, disk drives, printers, etc. The closeness of this "mother-child" relationship is Baby Blue's unique strength; you get dual operating system capability under PC-DOS alone, not the hassle of maintaining two separate operating systems."
    Offering a bounty for:
    - A working Sanyo MBC-775, Olivetti M24, or Logabax 1600
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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    I've got one of the first-gen boards myself, with the Xedex branding, though it is in pretty piss-poor shape (still works, though).
    Thanks for adding the scans + software to your site; the wider distribution, the better.
    Cruise by Diskman Presents: filled with geektastic classic gaming goodness!

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    OK! I, just the other day, acquired an original Baby Blue CPU Plus card, complete in box, also on the cheap. So that stuff had to be scanned too, natch. Once again I got lucky and everything's in fantastic shape, esp. considering it's from 1983. Only problem is the floppy disk seems to be dead but that's fine; the software is downloadable from Trixter's archive linked a couple posts up.

    Scans...

    Baby Blue CPU Plus User's Manual
    Floppy disk
    Microlog Accessory Price List


    Enjoy!
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    I like your scan of the floppy disk
    Torfinn

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    Quote Originally Posted by tingo View Post
    I like your scan of the floppy disk
    that has been standard practice to establish provenance of floppy dumps for a while now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Kossow View Post
    that has been standard practice to establish provenance of floppy dumps for a while now
    Until you run across one that was faked, which I did a few years ago. So I treat them as reference, but not proof.
    Offering a bounty for:
    - A working Sanyo MBC-775, Olivetti M24, or Logabax 1600
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tingo View Post
    I like your scan of the floppy disk
    They were just buying consumer floppies in bulk and pasting their own labels over them. The older the labels get, the cheesier they look.
    Cruise by Diskman Presents: filled with geektastic classic gaming goodness!

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