ruthven, on Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:39 PM, said:
Thanks for the info. I didn't realize the Z80 was required to run CP/M in general. I guess the C128 has a Z80 coprocesser which is how I am able to access CP/M disks on that machine. Specifically, I was trying to recreate a piece of software that controls an old synthesizer. This software has never been ported from it's original Kaypro II format. I managed to find the raw files on the net and get them into C128 CP/M format. From here I can use C128 software to write a Kaypro II CP/M disk of these files.
But what was really cool was that I found I could just run this software straight up on the C128. Only problem is I'm stuck in 40 columns with my current C128 setup... So I was thinking it would be cool if I could get it running on the 130XE (another feature of Omniview XE is built-in 80 col mode). I guess this would be possible if I had the ATR8000, which I would need anyway for the COM port to control the synth.
probly better off getting 80 columns on you C128 running... and yes C128's have a Z80, it actually controls the machine on first cold start, and then transfers control to the 8501...
my second ATR
could probly be pried from my fingers for a decent sum, but the first one would require some serious bread as its the uncommon black one.... but an offer of trade for a ICD MIO, would get one in a heartbeat...