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HeadStart Explorer

Posted: Tue 06 Oct, 2020 6:17 am
by Banjo
Does anyone know much about the HeadStart Explorer, an old XT from 1989? Would it be possible to emulate one using PCEm at some stage (obviously, the right patches and roms would be needed)?

Just asking because I had never heard of this PC before, but recently learned about it and am fascinated by it's custom OS and would love to fiddle with it someday! :)

Re: HeadStart Explorer

Posted: Tue 06 Oct, 2020 12:49 pm
by omarsis81
Never heard of it either but according to this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE0zuQnY-WU is boots DOS 3.1 and then it launches a GUI

Re: HeadStart Explorer

Posted: Wed 07 Oct, 2020 6:03 am
by Banjo
omarsis81 wrote:
Tue 06 Oct, 2020 12:49 pm
Never heard of it either but according to this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE0zuQnY-WU is boots DOS 3.1 and then it launches a GUI
Here is more info (with files that might be really helpful). Apparently, DOS and the OS were stored in the ROM.

Re: HeadStart Explorer

Posted: Wed 07 Oct, 2020 11:34 am
by omarsis81
Where is where? Haha. You forgot the link (don't paste any link to copyrighted files please)

Re: HeadStart Explorer

Posted: Thu 08 Oct, 2020 7:02 am
by Banjo

Re: HeadStart Explorer

Posted: Sat 17 Oct, 2020 2:14 pm
by Banjo
So... nobody knows any more about the system and possibility of emulating it?

I wasn't expecting it to be immediately emulated or anything, or even have it widely know about, as I'd never heard of the machine myself until now, but I just wondered if anyone who'd owned one had any fondness for it or desire to recreate it using PCem.

Re: HeadStart Explorer

Posted: Sat 17 Oct, 2020 3:46 pm
by omarsis81
I believe we need to know what chipset the system uses and if there is a datasheet available to download to emulate it

Re: HeadStart Explorer

Posted: Sat 17 Oct, 2020 4:31 pm
by SarahWalker
It's an obscure machine. Odds are quite low that anyone on this forum had actually heard of it before you posted this, let alone had a burning desire to emulate it.