What made us want this system so bad back in the day? See the advertising that turned us on to this slick little system!
My Ampro System:
On the Spot Reports
Here are some blog posts I made about bringing up and using the LB+:
- Bringing Up the Ampro Little Board Plus
How I first brought up the Ampro.
- Retrocomputing with CP/M, and Only CP/M
Using the Ampro with nothing but the included software. ED for editing, ASM for compiling assembly code.
- 8085 Homebrew Concept
How using the Ampro to program in 8080 assembly code inspired my 8085 project.
- Retrocomputing Summer
Setting up the Ampro in a new location, with a new terminal.
I'm not done with this system yet.
Among the work yet to be completed are:
- Putting the Ampro in a smaller, nicer enclosure. (I have one picked out, stainless steel, shiiiney.)
- A real time clock. I have a daughterboard made just for the Ampro that adds one. On a quiet afternoon, I'll install it and get the software checked out.
- Blue sky: I have a PCB for a 1MB RAM expansion. It appears to mainly be intended for RAM disk, which I don't feel a strong need for at present. But I may add this later just as a matter of "tricking out" the system even more.
Retrocomputing is a team sport.
Here are some Ampro-specific resources on the web:
- The Retro Computing Archive Ampro Section
- The Ampro section of the CP/M CD-ROM (courtesy of the Retro Computing Archive.)
- Ampro Manuals courtesy of Harte Technologies.
- Ampro Floppy Disk Formatter Source Code decompile by the CBIOS Boneyard.
Finally, I'd like to thank IQ Technologies (now the Smart Cable Company) for their wonderful serial SmartCable. It's worth its weight in gold. I bought it many years ago (about '84 or '85) after a particularly frustrating bout of trying to get a couple of pieces of equipment to talk. I felt like I was paying through the nose for it at the time but it has repaid me many times over, and continues to do so. You can still get one! Do so, and don't worry about the price. It's worth it!
(If they were cheaper I'd just use Smart Cables on everything, and forget about using regular serial cables!)