Z88 & QL Link Feature

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Z88 & QL Link Feature

Postby vanpeebles » Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:59 pm

Today my new Z88 arrived from RWAP, so I thought I'd write up my initial thoughts plus some details on how the link kit works.

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The first part I wrote on the Z88:

Part One

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Always keen to add to my Sinclair collection this is my latest
addition. A Cambridge Computers Z88 which is a pretty nifty portable
computer with a crisp display and a good range on four AA batteries.
I've also acquired a link kit to use with the QL.

I'll be taking a photos as I go with some details on the Z88 plus how I
get on with the QL link kit. All written on the Z88 then transferred to
the QL and finally posted on the QL Forum.

The Z88 itself arrived in some very attractive packaging, the Z88
packed in a kind of plastic corrugated "cardboard" the same
material used for the boot liner on the C5. This silver packet also has
a handle to double up as a carry case.

The first step was to install the four AA batteries then perform a hard
reset to initialize the machine. Next up I set the date and time in the
clock, no problems with Y2K either!

To write this article I'm using the main application on the Z88 called
Pipedream which is a multipurpose office program. The menu key is used
to toggle through the various menus for setting options, saving,
adjusting page layout etc. Plus you also have a built in interactive
help which is accessed using the help key.

While writing your article or using other applications, the index key
will suspend that program, allowing you to run something else such
as the calculator, filer etc and then switch back to your suspended
task later.

Considering the age of the Z88 (around 1987/8) it's a very impressive
machine sporting a battery life of over 20 hours, a super fast easy to
use operating system plus the use of battery back ram and flash ram for
quick saving. I don't have any extra cards yet but the machine has
three sockets in the bottom allowing for extra ram and storage.

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Re: Z88 & QL Link Feature

Postby RWAP » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:28 am

Glad it got there OK - like the review so far!


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Re: Z88 & QL Link Feature

Postby vanpeebles » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:24 pm

Part Two : The Link Kit

The link kit consists of a serial cable and a floppy disc which contains a whole host of utilities plus help files all ran from a main menu, making it very easy to use.

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I opted to use option 4. which is the impex95 transfer program. The default settings are already enabled on QL with serial 2 used and files saved to ram drive. The Z88 needs a few settings changed for flow control and parity. The QL is then set to receive the file while the Z88 sends the file using the import-export utility.

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The transfer itself takes a few seconds and the file is copied to the ram drive on the QL where it can be renamed then saved somewhere better :)

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All simple to use and fairly quick :ugeek:


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Re: Z88 & QL Link Feature

Postby RWAP » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:32 pm

Glad you got the link working so well :D



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