Re: Viper version of the SS/80 Exerciser software

Tony Goodhew

Actually it looks like this was originally on a HP85 tape and the SERVC module which would be most useful doesn’t seem to be included on any oif the tape to image conversions.


Thanks again everyone for the help – Really appreciate it.




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From: <> on behalf of Tony Goodhew <tony_goodhew@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 7:12:59 AM
Subject: Re: [VintHPcom] Viper version of the SS/80 Exerciser software

Thanks Sven – Appreciate it – Looks like I’ll need to try and find the original SS/80 program mentioned by the service manual:


(pg 4-6) If an HP-85 and the SS/80 Exerciser, P/N 5010-0310, are available it is recommended that the Exerciser be used to diagnose the failure and verify a repair.


Really appreciate you going to the effort to test.






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From: <> on behalf of Sven Schnelle <svens@...>
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2018 11:51:20 PM
Subject: Re: [VintHPcom] Viper version of the SS/80 Exerciser software
Hi Tony,

i did a quick test in a virtual /360 with a 9122D floppy drive (also
virtual), and the CS80 Exerciser states that it doesn't support SS/80:;data=02%7C01%7C%7Ca7cf4fa3e53f46e0c56508d617b2fe1d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636722454860389548&amp;sdata=OCaxFzxVMcmILk55mNXpbHBeBlCJ2k0qovMDRmN1e%2FQ%3D&amp;reserved=0

So you definitely don't have to worry about getting this thing to run on
your Viper card.



On 09/10/2018 10:01 PM, Tony Goodhew wrote:
> Hi All,
> I've started work on cleaning up the drives in the 9122D unit and
> they're moving freely but still failing to initialize. While I was
> reading the service manual I noted a mention of an automated service
> program called the "SS/80 Exerciser".
> I've looked around for this and found a link to a Teledisk version of
> something I assume is similar - The CS/80 Exerciser
> (;data=02%7C01%7C%7Ca7cf4fa3e53f46e0c56508d617b2fe1d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636722454860389548&amp;sdata=OgJga6nlHIuKAC6C5lp7KcxnLh3sANbAIpQIMOSr%2BTk%3D&amp;reserved=0) and then links
> saying this TD0 is corrupt and that a fixed version exists over at
> GitHub (;data=02%7C01%7C%7Ca7cf4fa3e53f46e0c56508d617b2fe1d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636722454860389548&amp;sdata=6RzdUkhMlGhTzI4cLB5xv0%2Fsekc0k0JJNsCInJO8ldY%3D&amp;reserved=0).
> However I have had no success in getting any of these to work using
> the HP 82324A Viper card. I either get errors when writing to the PC
> drive (where I can format the LIF disk but the TD0 seems to have
> sector errors towards the end) or I can get a LIF disk but the file
> format is unrecognized by the Viper card (GET, LOAD, etc all return
> incorrect file format).
> Anyone happen to have a working version of this or any tips for what I
> might not be doing to get the software to run?
> Thanks,
> TonyG

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