Reading HP2000 tapes
rickb at bensene.com
Sat Jul 14 15:50:32 CDT 2018
Dan Veeneman via cctalk wrote:
> I recently received the following request:
>> I just recently found a (9 or 7 track?) tape of mine made on an
>> HP2000 (probably C, maybe F) in 1977 from a DUMP of two accounts.
>> I've had it for 40 years with nothing to process it. Now I have
>> simh to process it on, but nothing to read it with.
> Does anyone have experience and the ability to read such a tape?
..and Chuck responded:
>I can read 7-track as well as 9-track (800 NRZI, 1600 PE and 6250 GCR)
>tapes. My output format is SIMH .TAP files. Interpretation is up to you.
Once you get .TAP files, here's a link to the tools you need to extract the catalog directories, as well as decode the BASIC programs on the tape. They work fantastic:
Once you get the tape read and have a .tap image, please put it somewhere where Time Shared BASIC fans can download it and take a look at what's there. If it's a HIBernate tape, could potentially be fired up under SimH and run just as it was the day the tape was made.
If it's a 9-Track tape, I do have ability to read them, but no 7-track capability. I'm in Oregon.
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