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Transferring files from Series 80 Emulator to HP-85 via floppy disks
Posted by Juergen (CH) on 12 Oct 2005, 7:52 a.m.
I like the Series 80 Emulator
because it let's me develop programs on my laptop (e.g. when I go to work by
train). To transfer the files from the emulator to my HP-85 I worked out the
- First you need a mass storage device in your Series 80 emulator. Copy
one of the LIF disk images which come along with the emulator (e.g.
FL86-DEMO.LIF) and rename it to XFER.LIF. Use command Edit/:D7xx/Load
to make it accessible to the emulator and execute INITIALIZE "XFER",":D7xx"
to delete all files.
- Because the Series 80 emulator is in fact an HP-87 and I have got an
HP-85, I use GETSAVE to store
the program as a string. The follwing statements assume GETSAVE is located
on the volume UTIL.
- Do not forget to save :D7xx to file XFER.LIF using Edit/:D7xx/Save. Now,
you can quit the emulator and open a command shell.
- Extract MYPROG from the LIF file XFER.LIF. I use my own program to do
this, but you may use the
LIF utilities for LINUX
(although I did not test that because I have no LINUX). It is also possible
to do this manually with the help of a hex editor, but you have to know what
- Start HP's LIF Utilities for PC (LIFUTIL.EXE) and select "DOS to LIF copy".
Enter DOS directory and file name etc. In the "File format conversion" field,
choose "Binary image: No format change, user-def. type". Press F6 to define
LIF type and enter 0010 for type and 00000001 for implementation. Finally, copy
the file to floppy disk by pressing F5.
- Insert the floppy disk in your HP-85 drive and load the program:
This procedure works well on my system and should also work on other
PC's provided that you can write SD floppy disks with LIFUTIL.
Many thanks to Olivier De Smet for developing the Series 80 emulator
and to Vassilis Prevelakis and John Shadbolt for their great Series 80
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