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Reviving a Kaypro 16

Rebuilding the hard drive in a Kaypro 16 without original Kaypro 16 system disks (at least this is one way to do it):

  1. Using TeleDisk, create an 360K book disk from the MS-DOS 5.0 Image.
  2. Copy the Hard Disk Diagnostic program to your new DOS 5 boot disk (it does not appear to work with DOS 2.11).
  3. Boot your Kaypro 16 from the DOS 5 boot disk and run hdat.com.
  4. Format drive 1 and flag known bad sectors.
  5. Again using TeleDisk, create a 360K boot disk from the Kaypro 16/2 Utilities Image.
  6. On this utilities disk, delete autoexec.bat and autostart.bat, and then rename autouser.bat to autoexec.bat.
  7. Boot your Kaypro 16 from the utilities disk and run fdisk.exe.
  8. Create a DOS partition and exit fdisk (the machine will reboot).
  9. Use "format c:" and "sys c:" to prepare the hard disk for booting ("format c: /s" might take care of both - I didn't check to see if this version of format.com supported the /s option).
  10. Remove the floppy from the Kaypro 16 and reboot the machine.
  11. Hopefully you are now booting from a functional hard disk!
Additional disk images are provided below. If you happen to have access to the utilities disks from the Kaypro 16 (not the 16/2), please contact Slor.

UtilityDescription
dos5boot.zipMS-DOS 5.0 Boot Disk
hdat210.zipHard Disk Diagnostic 2.10
teled215.zipTeleDisk 2.15
Disk ImageDescription
k16as1.zipKaypro 16/2 Autostart Diskette #1 - MS-DOS and UTILITIES
k16as2.zipKaypro 16/2 Autostart Diskette #2 - MITE and GW-BASIC
k16as3.zipKaypro 16/2 Autostart Diskette #3 - WORDSTAR and MAILMERGE
k16as4.zipKaypro 16/2 Autostart Diskette #4 - CALCSTAR
k16as5.zipKaypro 16/2 Autostart Diskette #5 - STARBURST
k16as6.zipKaypro 16/2 Autostart Diskette #6 - INFOSTAR + (1 of 2)
k16as7.zipKaypro 16/2 Autostart Diskette #7 - INFOSTAR + (2 of 2)
k16as8.zipKaypro 16/2 Autostart Diskette #8 - MICROPRO TUTORS & LESSONS (1 of 4)
k16as9.zipKaypro 16/2 Autostart Diskette #9 - MICROPRO TUTORS & LESSONS (2 of 4)
k16as10.zipKaypro 16/2 Autostart Diskette #10 - MICROPRO TUTORS & LESSONS (3 of 4)
k16as11.zipKaypro 16/2 Autostart Diskette #11 - MICROPRO TUTORS & LESSONS (4 of 4)
k16-memx.zipKaypro 16 - 256K-512K MEMORY EXPANSION KIT
sidekick.zipKaypro 16 - SIDEKICK

You can browse the raw file archive here.

Also, the non-standard pinout for the Kaypro 16 stock serial port can be found here.

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