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Offline Spirantho

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Triumph-Adler Alphatronic PC
« on: December 10, 2011, 08:41:52 PM »
Hi people,

I was just wondering...

I can find scant little documentation on this machine. Should I scan the manual I have? And image the disks for it? I think I have the CP/M and Disk BASIC disks....

Or has someone already done it?
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Re: Triumph-Adler Alphatronic PC
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2011, 10:36:04 AM »
Always worth doing I suppose, this is the sort of thing that if it's hard to find now, think what it will be like in 5 to 10 years time !

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Re: Triumph-Adler Alphatronic PC
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2011, 10:41:43 AM »
My thoughts exactly.

I've so far scanned in the first part of the manual (the user's guide - the second part is the BASIC manual).
I need to make a dump of my CP/M disk and Disk BASIC floppy too...

They're nice little machines though, and make very good CP/M machines for people who don't want to spend a fortune as they're so cheap... when you can find one!

I think I'm right in thinking though that there's no TA emulator yet - even MESS doesn't do it!
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Re: Triumph-Adler Alphatronic PC
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2011, 05:31:43 PM »
Its a nice little machine. Not had a go on ours yet. We have a few disks for ours too.
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Re: Triumph-Adler Alphatronic PC
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2011, 09:19:05 PM »
This is my era really.

I'm a big fan of the old CP/M-80 machines like this one.


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Re: Triumph-Adler Alphatronic PC
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2011, 08:16:43 PM »
For those who are interested, I've finished scanning in the entire manual!

I need to put it into a friendly format than 50-odd JPEGs, but after I've done that is it possible for the RCM to host the manual? I can imagine it'd be really handy to have all the manuals online for the machines in the RCM - a true information repository!

If not I can host it myself but I'd rather other people had a copy too so it can't get lost completely.
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Re: Triumph-Adler Alphatronic PC
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2011, 08:46:04 PM »
We can host it for you mate - no problem! :)

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Re: Triumph-Adler Alphatronic PC
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2011, 09:13:51 PM »
That's great. I just want to be sure it doesn't get lost to the ages, so to speak. :)

Next step is to dump the ROMs. Can't emulate it without the ROMs...

Edit: Just dumped the ROMs via the cassette port and a very large REM statement. There's no way to save binary!
Now to get the ROMs out of the REM statement and into three 8K binary chunks for emulation!

Can you host the ROMs too, or is that too copyrighty?
« Last Edit: December 15, 2011, 11:07:43 PM by Spirantho »
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Re: Triumph-Adler Alphatronic PC
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2017, 10:27:03 PM »
I have actually got an emulator running with this machine.  It runs under linux and gnome.  I am not sure about releasing the disks/uveprom that come with the machine, but they are available on the net.  Look at the file matmos.cfg for the configuration file to use and start with xbeaver matmos.cfg once installed.

I also have the the technical manual scanned if that is of any help to anyone.

Look at http://81.105.120.101/xbeaver

Note this was originally an 80bus/nascom emulator but has been expanded to include the Intel MDS controllers and also the Alphatronic (Matmos) PC controllers.

Not 100% emulation, but good enough to run the basic roms, disk basic and the CPM distribution.