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Any Epson QX-16 owners out there??

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    I purchased a semi-complete set of Epson MS-DOS 4.01 disks that's missing diskette #1 which I assume holds the utilities and other necessary stuff to allow formatting new diskettes. #3 is a boot disk and so I'm able to boot into DOS and read the directories of the other 2 diskettes, but little else.

    Seems I'm doomed to have boot disk issues at every step of the way in progressing with my QX-16.

    My conversion of the QX-10 monitor to use a wall wart works great and with the 2nd eBay seller CP/M boot disk I purchased I've got back up copies of the CP/M diskette and can also run my light blue Epson box copy of dBase II 2.4 and make backups of those diskettes too. Next issue is to find an Epson QX-10/16 overlay copy of Modem7 so I can transfer files to/from a PC. If anyone has it I'd be willing to buy a diskette copy. Perhaps if I can setup a old PC with DOS I can make use of my Walnut Creek CD of CP/M software that seems to hate Windows 10.

    Until then I guess I'll be working on my Ampro Little Board project that's also in need of TLC.
    Crazy old guy with a basement full of Pentium 1 laptops and parts


      An old slow brain having to relearn long forgotten lessons leads to surprisingly stupid moments. I've been fighting with the QX-16 using CP/M (applies equally to a QX-10) trying to get MTERM to talk to the outside world. I'm using a Wimodem to wifi connect to the outside world and have no problems getting the wifi to connect to my router and talk to the outside world using my CRT terminal at various baud rates using AT commands to reset the Wimodem. So I know the Wimodem is behaving. But connecting it to the QX-16 and I had all the classic signs of baud rate errors. Go back into the QX's SETUP utility and set the baud rate once again, 300, 1200, 2400, 9600 and configure the Wimodem with my terminal to match and #@$#$## each and every time. So yesterday I started to press random keys on the QX's keyboard while in MTERM and bingo, pressed the "help" key and help pops up. Duh! Turns out MTERM ignores the QX port settings set with SETUP and requires software settings in its own .DAT file to be set to the baud rate. So as of yesterday the QX-16 is talking to the outside world via Wifi. Now time to find a few BBS's that support CP/M and play around relearning dealing with remote BBS sites.
      Crazy old guy with a basement full of Pentium 1 laptops and parts


        I created a QX-10 & 16 user group here on VCF and I hope anyone with interest in these computers will join the group. I hope to add as much information as possible there so searching everywhere isn't necessary to learn what's already known.
        Crazy old guy with a basement full of Pentium 1 laptops and parts