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Z88 Old Computer Links


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PC Link 2

PC Link II is the Cambridge Computer PC link program. It allows you to transfer files from a Z88 to any true IBM PC based computer as ASCII, or translate them from Pipedream into Wordstar or Lotus 1-2-3. By downloading the correct filters, the Wordstar file may be imported into Microsoft Word. Likewise Microsoft Excel can import Lotus 1-2-3 files for spreadsheets.

Alternatively, you can download files from your fixed system as an ASCII file to the Z88, and then translate them into PipeDream as 'Plain Text'.

  It consists of

PC Link Cable

(9 way 'D' male plug to a 25 way 'D' female socket)

25-to-9 way adapter lead

a 25-to-9 way adapter lead *

 3½" and 5¼" disks
3½" and 5¼" disks

Z88 to MAC  *
PC Link II ROM
PC Link II  *
CD and 3-1/2" Disk
Software and User Guide now supplied on CD
You will receive either one of these ROM packs. They both have the same sofware installed.
The cable to connect the Z88 to the PC with an adapter for computers that have a 9 way male plug for its serial port * Instruction manualmanual
The PC-LINK USER GUIDE is now out of stock. This is now supplied here and on the CD supplied.
The PC_LINK USER GUIDE Cover
* Items required for Eazylink upgrade.

PC Link II Quick Guide

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Z88 to PC Lead

Z88 to PC Lead & 9/25 adapter
Z88 to PC lead9 way connection



The Z88 to PC Lead consists of the moulded 9 way plug that fits into the Z88 correctly and has a 25 way female connector for the PC's COM port (which was the standard connector when the Z88 came out). Most computers now have a 9 way plug for the COM.1 serial port. An adapter lead (9-25 way) is also suplied. This is used on the PC end.
25 - 9 way adapter cable

If the cable you have has a 25 way male connector - it is the serial printer cable, you cannot use it for the PC,

 

STOP! WARNING!Some users have been tempted to 'build their own' only to find that the cover that fits over the plug stops the plug from fitting into the Z88 correctly.
This type of cover does not work

If you really want to do it yourself make sure

  • you use a moulded plug with the locking screws removed to fit into the Z88 and
  • have the correct connections (it is not a standard cable)

- or better still just buy this correct cable.

Moulded plug you can use


No Serial Port on PC?
USB to Serial Adapter




USB Serial Adapter should work, as long as Windows sees it as a serial port you should be OK.

The trick is to look up which com port the PC has allocated it to and let the program you are using know which com port it has used!

Available on the web. Click here to search on Google.

 

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Link 2

 

RangerLink 2 is a high performance PC to Z88 file transfer package featuring throughput at four times the speed of PC Link II, multiple file transfers and true data transparency.

The PC client end has been re-written to allow faster computers to use this program again.

The Z88 computer is often used as an extension of desk-top PC systems, allowing users to take data into the field and to bring back reports, notes and correspondence written "on the move." When used When used in this way, the Z88 offers by far the best combination of size weight and capability for the needs of typical portable computer users, especially when compared with expensive "laptop" computers.

Data is usually transferred between PC and Z88 by serial connection, using software on each computer to control the transfer. However, existing transfer packages suffer from slow data rates and can only handle one file at a time. RangerLink addresses these issues by providing a wide range of new facilities, including the ability to mark multiple files or the contents of entire directories for transfer in either direction.

RangerLink consists of an application ROM (v5.02) for the Z88, together with a PC program disk and a connecting cable (which can be purchased separately if requested). The application is driven from the Z88, which displays "windows" showing the current PC and Z88 directories, together with a command menu. Commands can be selected from either

the menu,
from the command menu
or by using the short form <> keystrokes.

This program allows selection of device and directory on both the PC and Z88, and files to be copied, renamed or erased.

The communication protocol used to communicate between the computers continuously checks for the connection, so that it is not necessary to start the programs in any order. If the RangerLink program is interrupted, for instance in order to use the a different application on either the Z88 or PC, communication is automatically re-established when RangerLink is re-invoked. When file transfer is in progress the Z88 screen shows a display of the file name currently being transferred, the file size, the waiting in the queue. Filenames appear in the destination device window as they are transferred.

A useful feature of RangerLink is "Type," which allows a quick look at the contents of any file on the Z88 screen.

The original PC program (v3.56) was quite useful if you are using an old PC in DOS (up to a 486) with a small amount of memory. Dennis Gröning has now re-written this allowing faster computers to use it and the ability to change the serial ports.

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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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Z88 Software INDEX
Application header

Alarmsafe

Bootstrap
Internet Compilation

Bounder
Internet

Diskfiler 2
Compilation

Dstar

Eazylink

EP-Fetch

EP-Fetch 2

EPROM

Events
Application Compilation

Fileview

Finger
Application

Flashstore
Application

FreeRAM

Installer

Jet Set Willy

Lockup

ManicMiner

PC Link
Manual

Pyramid

Quick Edit
Manual

Ranger (Disk1)
Compilation Manual

RangerDisk
Manual

Rangerlink
Manual

Rangerlink 2

School Organiser

Scrazble

Sir Lancelot

Space

Squeez~88
Manual

Stopwatch

Thinkz

Toad

T-Touch

Unzip

Unzip Lite

VisionL
Vision /L manual

Vision 2
Vision2 manual

What Now

Wordfinder
Manual

XY-Modem

Z80DIS

Z88 Chess

Z=Tape

zBASE

ZCHECK

ZetriZ

Z-Help

Zipup

Z-Macro

ZMENU

ZMonitor

Z-Term

Key A=Application C=Compilation I=Internet M=Manual
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  Z88 Archive Com Links section

Introduction

BBC Link

Eazylink

Making a Z88 to PC Lead

Maclink

Nimbus link

PC Link Applications

PC Link II

Ranger Link 2

Vision/L

Z88 - Mobile

Z88 - PC Lead

Z-Tape

Z-Term


 
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Z88 Internet Links



z88 logo

Z88 Wiki

Z88 Forever

Z88 RAM Applications

Z88 Development Group

Z88-development 2003

Project: Z88 Development: Summary

Z88 Developers' Notes V4.3

Retroisle

Keith Korner

Colin Parsons (RIP)
Z88 Page (Archived)


Computer Classic Games Server including Z88 files (Archived) [GONE]

Matthew Soar Home Page


FWDcomputing on the Z88 and QL [GONE]

Dominic Morris Z88 Projects

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BBCBASIC.org

Use Graphics on your Z88 with the BBC BASIC Patch

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