Sirius1/Victor 9000 - has anyone ever seen one working?
javickers at solutionengineers.com
Tue Apr 15 16:26:39 CDT 2008
The flashing disk icon, as you've ascertained, suggests the machine would
quite like a disk, please...
I *think* the "x01" means that it's found a disk in drive 1.
The fact it's not booting suggests that either the disk label is in error,
or it's not a Victor/Sirius disk, or the disk has corrupted over time and is
no longer bootable, or being a backup it was never bootable in the first
place. My knowledge of CP/M is also derisory, my machine came with an MSDOS
disk (v2.1 IIRC).
I can't give you any further advice just now, as a) my Sirius is in bits in
England, and b) I'm not in England.... However, one of the jobs I have to do
is re-assemble it after I return; and since I've successfully booted it from
floppy disk in the past, I'll check out what actually happens.
One question - if you listen to the drive, is it spinning, and are the heads
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Subject: Sirius1/Victor 9000 - has anyone ever seen one working?
A very generous chap here (thanks Steve) sent me a bunch of media for my
Victor 9000, as I've had no bootable software for it. Most of the new disks
are application programmes, but there's one labelled:
SYSGEN 5/20/82, CP/M 86 2.2, BACKUP
Which I figure should be on the money (although, admittedly, I've never used
CP/M before, so I may have it wrong).
The Victor has a pair of Tandon TM100-3's, which as far as I can find online
are SS/DD - and the diskettes I have are also labelled SS/DD, so that lines
I have read (in the Vector Tech Ref, thanks BitSavers) that the machine will
boot from either diskette drive, which is good since the drive latch
mechanism on my left-hand drive is damaged and won't allow the drive to
Anyways. I stick in the CP/M floppy and hit the switch. The VDU warms up
and, after it checks out the disk drive with the floppy in it, I get a cute
little floppy disk logo in the bottom-right hand corner of the screen and
next to it is "x 01", as in, "disks times one". From there, nothing.
I've tapped all the keys on the keyboard without any apparent change. If I
remove the floppy the disk with 'x 01' disappears and I get a blinking
floppy logo, so it certainly appears functional in that respect.
The Tech Ref manual on BitSavers tells me how to low-level access graphics
and helpful things like that - but I need the "Victor9000 for Dummies"
guide to tell me what in the heck I'm even looking at.
Can anyone help?
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