Free Model I for Pickup Outside Chicago



Update: Claimed.

TRS-80 Model I with screen, expansion interface, and keyboard/CPU + some software (all as shown) free for local pickup outside Chicago. Owner has no idea if it CURRENTLY works, but said it did work when last used 20 years ago.

As always, first to contact me at the following email address, first served. Email to freetrs80 at trs-80 dot com

Issues in TRSTools and TRSREAD for Certain DOS’s

A site visitor who received a bunch of tapes and disks from Charles Guy (owner of Cornsoft) before Charles passed away in 2004 has identified that DOSPLUS 3.4A for the Model III is not properly handled by TRSTools/TRSRead.

Two other DOS’s which do not read properly are TRSDOS v2.3B and TRSDOS 2.7SD.

So if you are dealing with those DOS’s, try VDISK instead, and don’t make the mistake I did of believing the images are damaged (mea culpa).

Trash Talk Live on September 26th

TRS-80 Trask Talk LIVE is coming up on September 26, 2020 at 5PM Eastern Time (2PM California Time).

In addition to the usual revelry and camaraderie of our typical live show, we’ll be having a few special presentations to make up for the lack of Tandy Assembly this year. 🙁

Arno Puder and Andrew Quinn will be giving a presentation and demonstration of two exciting new TRS-80 projects, TRS-IO-M1 and PocketTRS.

Here are some of the highlights:
TRS-IO-M1:
  • TRS-IO port to the M1
  • Supports all features of TRS-IO (FreHD, RetroStore, trs-nic, etc)
  • Same code base as the TRS-IO MIII
  • Has a 32kB SRAM chip included
  • Auto-boot feature
  • Fully Open Source
PocketTRS:
  • Hardware emulation of a MIII
  • Display via VGA. Color can be set to green, white, or amber
  • Keyboard via PS/2
  • Audio interface can be used for game sound as well as cassette input (500 Baud only)
  • I/O expansion bus emulation: one can connect external cards such as FreHD
  • Has TRS-IO embedded
  • Fully Open Source
Then, Tim Halloran will give us a short demo and progress report on hacking the CHOMRAtrs.

Despite glacial postal service between the US and Australia and chip shortages, a few of the new CHROMAtrs boards from Ian Mavric are working (based on work by Pascal Holdry). You may not know that Robert S French released much of the software (Ira’s site) and it is possible to obtain the code and work on it. That’s what Tim Halloran has been up to (with help from George Phillips) — in particular making it easier for cassette-based systems to use the board.

So mark the date and time and come join us on Zoom. Everyone is welcome, even fans of other vintage computer platforms. See you on Zoom!

To attend, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86907465958?pwd=a1lLQzFKaGN0dzludU9MWUs2TDhsUT09 at the appropriate time!

Hope to see you there!