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QP/M 2.71 up and running (with IOS multi-boot management...)!

A project log for Z80-MBC2: 4ICs homemade Z80 computer

8MHz Z80, 128kB banked RAM, RTC, Disk on SD, Basic and Forth interpreters, CP/M 2.2 and 3, cross Assembler and C (SDCC) toolchains

Just4FunJust4Fun 09/17/2018 at 18:260 Comments

With the latest IOS revision and the corresponding new SD image (see the Files section) there is an interesting alternative to CP/M developed by MICROCode Consulting that supports also file timestamping, and it is 100% CP/M 2.2 "compatible".
MICROCode Consulting has released the original installation files and all the documentation in their site with the "restricted usage" condition, that means free for non-commercial use and for personal use only.

To enable timestamping (see upper screenshot) you need to install the optional RTC module.
I suggest to read the QP/M documentation for the various commands (see the Downloads section in their site).


AUTOEXEC

The QP/M uses for the batch file the .QSB extension. So the AUTOEXEC file is now renamed AUTOEXEC.QSB. To enable the AUTOEXEC execution after the cold boot change the corresponding state to ON from the usual IOS boot selection menu. In the drive A: there is an example of AUTOEXEC.QSB file ready to run.


IOS MULTI-BOOT MANAGEMENT

Now the IOS has a new entry (8) in the boot menu to manage the OS multi-boot configuration:

Each OS is associated with a set of virtual disks called "Disk Set", and changing the "Change Disk Set..." entry (8) will switch all the virtual disks of his "environment".

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