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WinWorld Safe? Need Kaypro 2000+ DOS 3.21

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    WinWorld Safe? Need Kaypro 2000+ DOS 3.21

    Has anyone ever used a site WinWorld? I need a copy of Kaypro MS-DOS 3.21 and they have it.

    (Actually, I need the Kaypro 2000 Plus MS-DOS 3.21 and I hope that is it.

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    Originally posted by Fezzler View Post
    Has anyone ever used a site WinWorld? I need a copy of Kaypro MS-DOS 3.21 and they have it.

    (Actually, I need the Kaypro 2000 Plus MS-DOS 3.21 and I hope that is it.
    I just went there and downloaded it.
    RAR archive with two disk images in it. BASIC+DIAGS, and BOOT. Both 360KB.

    Didn't get any fake download links or "Install this downloader program which contains 50 malware features built in".
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      #3
      I have used a lot of images from Winworldpc. Have never had one flag under anti-virus, and every one I've installed has worked flawlessly. They even provide license keys for properly abandoned software.
      Current Vintage Equipment:
      IBM Thinkpad 390, IBM Aptiva A12, IBM PS/2 Model 25-004. Compaq Contura 4/25C.
      Asus P5A-B Socket 7 Box, Tandy 1000RLX-HD "B" & 1200-2FD, VIC20, Zenith ZFL-181-93, Packard Bell 300SX.
      Looking for: 286 Laptop, 386 Laptop, C64. Packard Bell Legend 20CD.

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        #4
        It's a sad state of affairs on the web when getting downloaders/malware is the expected behavior. Yet people put up with it.

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          #5
          Originally posted by SomeGuy View Post
          Yet people put up with it.
          Is there an option not to? Not much can be done, as far as I know. The best anti-malware resides between the chair and the computer, imo, but even that can fail on the best of us.
          Current Vintage Equipment:
          IBM Thinkpad 390, IBM Aptiva A12, IBM PS/2 Model 25-004. Compaq Contura 4/25C.
          Asus P5A-B Socket 7 Box, Tandy 1000RLX-HD "B" & 1200-2FD, VIC20, Zenith ZFL-181-93, Packard Bell 300SX.
          Looking for: 286 Laptop, 386 Laptop, C64. Packard Bell Legend 20CD.

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            #6
            Boy, it has been a few years since I downloaded vintage disk images and created floppies.

            Questions one. Even though the images are for a 360k disk, can I create 720k disk?

            If yes, I recall there is a special software application to handle. Any tips?

            Since the image is for 360k disks, I suspect this is not the 3.21 specifically for the Kaypro 2000 Plus. I'm sure it will work and boot if 720k disks can be made, but probably missing any K2000+ utilities.

            Man, I have looked for years for the Kaypro 2000 Plus ("plus is important") OS disks. Not only can't I find the images, I have never come across anyone who owns a K2k+ in their personal collection or a museum. It must have not sold many units.

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              #7
              WinImage can resize between MS/PC-DOS formatted 360k, 720k, 1.2mb, and 1.44mb disk images. They will remain bootable as long as the version of DOS supports that format.

              I believe the 3.21 disks are intended for one of the desktop models. The only Kaypro 2000 specific version I know of out there is MS-DOS 2.11, but that is for the original 2000, not the Kaypro 2000+.

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                #8
                Originally posted by SomeGuy View Post
                I believe the 3.21 disks are intended for one of the desktop models. The only Kaypro 2000 specific version I know of out there is MS-DOS 2.11, but that is for the original 2000, not the Kaypro 2000+.
                They must have sold only a handful of the Kaypro 2000 Plus models as it is very difficult to find any information on it, which is saying something in this day and age. I have found a few general magazine reviews, but that is it.

                I have the User's Guide and it references some special utilities that came with the DOS. KSYNC.COM; KBOOT.COM; COLOROFF.COM; LCD.COM; CGA.COM; CHATTR; D; KCOPY; and LOCATE.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Fezzler View Post
                  They must have sold only a handful of the Kaypro 2000 Plus models as it is very difficult to find any information on it, which is saying something in this day and age. I have found a few general magazine reviews, but that is it.

                  I have the User's Guide and it references some special utilities that came with the DOS. KSYNC.COM; KBOOT.COM; COLOROFF.COM; LCD.COM; CGA.COM; CHATTR; D; KCOPY; and LOCATE.
                  Great news, I hope. I solved my power issue with the K2K Plus and was able to boot with a Kaypro 2000 MS-DOS 2.11 disk that has many if not all the special utilities on it. I'm going to guess/hope they are the same. I have a copy of MS-DOS 3.21 so hopefully I can make a new 3.21 boot disk, copy the Kaypro utilities over and this baby is back in action!

                  These are so rare. I never see them. Wonder what it's value is to someone interested in it?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Fezzler View Post
                    These are so rare. I never see them. Wonder what it's value is to someone interested in it?
                    There's the rub. The 2K had a terrible display and was a bit awkward. The 2K+ attempted to improve on a lackluster reception by including an EGA-compatible display. That was pretty interesting for a laptop--but it was too little too late. Kaypro filed Chapter 11 in 1990. See Jeanne Albrecht's column in PC Magazine for a good summary of the situation.

                    Another aspect of trying to make a PC in 1988 was the DRAM shortage. This one hit Kaypro hard and delayed shipments of the 2K Plus. James Martin wrote a good summary of Kaypro's problems in 1988 in this issue of Computerworld. "Too many Kays and not enough pros."

                    Sadly, the late 1980s were a time of great carnage in the personal computer business. Lots of competitors who were once golden either dropped out, were acquired or simply concentrated on other things.
                    Last edited by Chuck(G); July 7, 2017, 09:44 AM.

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