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Introduction
Being able to communicate between the Z88 and the Desktop has always been the main attraction of having the Z88. What is the point of not being able to share files between the PC or Mac computers?

The software for the Desktop (PC or Mac) is downloadable from the Wiki.

What ever you decide, you need a USB to Serial lead or Adapter and PC - Z88 Cable (even if you use a MAC).



At first sight this looks like a 9 way extension cable. It isn't.

If you are handy with a soldering iron, you can modify existing cables to use. Again, details are on the Wiki.

Users have different requiments.

These are:-
  • to get data off their old EPROM cards, a 'once off' exercise and then get rid of the Z88 altogether.
  • to use the Z88 as it was in the 80's, transferring files as a backup to their destop
  • to use the laterst version of OZ, get faster transfer speeds and enjoy the latest refinements of the Z88.
Option 1 - Using just the cable
Using both the software on the Desktop, the connecting cables and the Z88's own Imp/Exp popdown program, files may be transferred each way. It is painfully slow and not 100% reliable,

but it works on a good day.

Commands are made on both the Z88 and the Desktop, useful for four handed operators.
Option 2 - Adding software to the Z88
Using a 32K EPROM card to run the Eazylink popdown is faster and is controlled at the Desktop end.

If you have either a



or a




32K EPROM, these may

be erased and used as an

Eazy Flash ROM

Eazy / Flash Application card.

We can do that for you on the condition that if the EPROM doesn't erase for any reason, we will return it to you.

If you haven't got either, they may be purchased.
Option 3 Upgrading to OZ 4.7.1
Eazylink here allows fast transfers at 38,400 baud and are crc checked.

Use either the 512K/512K Flash/RAM card, or
the 1M  Flash and 1M RAM cards configuration. See
OZ Upgrade


512K/512K Flash/RAM card

I have got to say it's really easy to use and very fast. It's the full file transfer and backup solution I have been looking for but never found. Everything else is really inferior. A few clicks and your files are transferred between the PC and Z88 in a whiz. Best tool I ever brought for the Z88. I really do wonder how I lived without!

Best Regards,
Steven Pannell - 04 June 2004
Technical Project Manager
zooplus AG

Note for All Users

Eazylink2 (on the PC end) has been written to run on
  • Windows xp 7/8 32/64 bit
  • Mac
  • & Linux machines
See Z88 Wiki Quick Internet Links for further information.

Key points

  • It works with a USB to Serial Converter – so even if your PC or MAC does not have a serial port, you just need one of those.
  • It retains the 12 character filenames that the Z88 uses
  • It is faster than PC Link II
  • It runs on Windows xp 7/8 32/64 bit, Mac & Linux Desktops
  • v5.2.3-06 can Save and Fetch files directly from the Flash file area. - NOTE this is available as a download
    or is available here at extra cost *.

How to use files with Eazylink

Diagram showing different ways of saving files to flash cards.
Note: The latest versions are now Eazylink 5.2.3 - 06 and OZ 4.7.

The following items are required to use Eazylink

  • a USB to Serial Converter – if your PC or MAC does not have a built-in serial port
  • either
    a Z88 - PC AT 9/9 or
    a Z88 - PC AT 9/25 way (with a 9/25 pin adapter) Serial Cable

    to link the Z88 to the Desktop computer. The PC Cable is also required if you are using a MAC. It plugs into the USB to Serial Converter.
  • the Eazylink or OZ 4.7.1 ROM to plug into the Z88
OZ 4.5 and Eazylink 5.2.2
OZ 4.5 and above or Eazylink 5.2.2 Upgrade



These updates attract an extra cost. Users may return their Flash cards with their remittance and postage (currently £30 inc VAT).


NOTE: Files on an INTEL Flash Card can not be updated

Save or Fetch files directly to the Flash card with this Eazylink upgrade.
Avoid using RAM space just as a bridge between the two.

The file areas look like RAM and are labeled :EPR.1, :EPR.2 and :EPR.3 depending which slot is used.


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Z88 Computer Links & OZ 4.7 upgrade *
Description Price VAT Total
PC AT 9/25 way Serial Cable £7.50 £1.50 £9.00
PC AT 9/9 way Serial Cable £12.50 £2.50 £15.00
PC-Link 2 (Cambridge) £29.17 £5.83 £35.00
* EazyLink or OZ 4.7 upgrade £25.00 £5.00 £30.00
PC Link 2 to EazyLink upgrade (ROM only for MAC users) £8.33 £1.67 £10.00
MAC Link or PC-Link 2 ROM only (Cambridge) £20.00 £4.00 £24.00

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