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bsdimp #118209 12/27/20 03:48 PM
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That commit added configurable ram size with a default of 128K while it was hard coded to 896K before. Try -ramsize 896K on the command line.

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-ramsize 896K
That's the ticket. I hadn't noticed it was 128k before with only 21k free. 256k seems to be the smallest that Venix can boot to the login prompt with. Now, time to try at least mame0226, if not the tip of master.

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Originally Posted by rfka01
Vas and crazyc have been discussing the state of the Rainbow driver in the shoutbox and commented that the driver's not booting the operating system because of differences in the interrupt handling between the A and B models.

On the "B" model, a few ROM patches allow the machine to skip hitherto unemulated parts of the Rainbow. Bavarese has furnished me with the equivalents for the "A" model, and I've issued a pull request for them. This allows the emulated Rainbow 100A to boot from disk cpm860mb.td0, it will also allow mdos201.td0 at least boot as far as the system message, but it will hang after loading track 8.
It appears that at least this CP/M-86/80 image is not yet available, I've uploaded an archive with my Rainbow disk collection to the FTP.

Sorry Robert but I cant' work out from the above whether you are missing the "CP/M-86-80 image" for A or B :-)

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Hi exidyboy,
it's been a while since I last checked the Rainbow driver.
I have disk images for CP/M-86/80 2.0(1.1) and 2.1(1.1), this is how they identify themselves on the boot screen.
Both the emulated A and B models can boot from either disk image. There's another disk image that is called cpmv11.td0, which boots on neither model, and I can't even display its directory if I boot from another floppy image - maybe it's an image of a defective disk.
I have only ever come across B models, so I can't really say how the A should react and what it should display. The emulated "A" seems to have a different display/terminal emulation attached, as the screen is not cleared when CP/M starts to boot, and you can see a screen formatting code instead.


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Originally Posted by rfka01
There's another disk image that is called cpmv11.td0, which boots on neither model, and I can't even display its directory if I boot from another floppy image - maybe it's an image of a defective disk.

I've owned a Rainbow 100B since 1984. I couldn't even buy 1.1 at the time, and didn't see it until I returned to using the Rainbow after years away...

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I have only ever come across B models, so I can't really say how the A should react and what it should display. The emulated "A" seems to have a different display/terminal emulation attached, as the screen is not cleared when CP/M starts to boot, and you can see a screen formatting code instead.

The "A" and "B" have the same VT100 embedded in them as far as I can tell from the schematics that I've studied (though I can't seem to find the "A" schematics I thought was on bitkeepers so I can't confirm). The differences are the ability to move interrupts, a few extra features in the BIOS (ring the bell, get the version, etc) and better pinouts to the memory expansion card to get an extra 128k of expansion...

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Originally Posted by rfka01
maybe it's an image of a defective disk.

I tried a couple different teledisk reading programs: both decoded the cpm21.td0 but failed on the CPMV11.TDO that I could find online.

I bought a collect of Rainbow disks years ago. I'll see if i have a copy of this in that collection...

I have one disk that has a label:
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CP/M-86/80 V1.0 BIN RX50
That boots like this on the 100B
[Linked Image from people.freebsd.org]
and like this
[Linked Image from people.freebsd.org]
on the 100A (the weird escape sequences after A> are from my taking the screen shot)
would that be useful to upload?

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Confirmed that my copy works the same on the 100A as the 100B and the picture matches what I posted for the 100B. Looks like escape sequences are getting lost in the 100A one in MAME for some reason. I have screen shots of the physical rainbows, but I didn't include them because they didn't add any info and I thought it might be seen as bragging (plus my machine room is a mess).

Also, my 100A identifies itself as having version 01.01.11A firmware rather than the 04.03.11A firmware that's in the archive. I've not snagged the ROMs to see what the difference might be.
[Linked Image from people.freebsd.org]

I've uploaded the CP/M 1.0 disk image in physical sector order. The label says:

CP/M-86/80 V1.0 BIN RX50
Serial No. PC100-528-38978
Part # BL-N648A-BV

I've never got the hang of converting the images I have to TD0 or ImageDisk format. frown. Since only the Lotus 123 disks have the copy protection stuff on it, it hasn't been much of an issue...

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Hi bsdimp,
looks great, thanks! For most of my stuff I use either Teledisk or Imagedisk, if necessary I have converted those images back to pure sector images.

If you can, please dump the ROMs of your Rainbow 100 A ... looks like you have quite an early set from the boot message you posted.


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The person I've been put in touch with has 100A's and 100B's - are there 'on device' options that he could use to create disk images without needing any other gear?

Otherwise I could mail him some blank disks and image the copies...

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Originally Posted by rfka01
Hi bsdimp,
looks great, thanks! For most of my stuff I use either Teledisk or Imagedisk, if necessary I have converted those images back to pure sector images.
Yea, for me it's mostly a container format I've not needed. I'll convert the raw images to imagedisk and upload them.

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If you can, please dump the ROMs of your Rainbow 100 A ... looks like you have quite an early set from the boot message you posted.
Dumped to a MS-DOS floppy. Will upload once I can transfer it with the 100B I have setup for that stuff... I'll post when I have both these things done.

And I'll go through the metadata that I have for the drives. Some stuff that is just a little too early to be interesting for my present quest to find Univation Drivers for their Hard Disks, but there may be some other interesting bits mixed in that I've not noticed til now...

Warner

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