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Texas Instruments
DS990

This DS990/1 system was the basic model of the DS990 series which was also comprised of the 990/2, 990/4, 990/10 and 990/12 models. They were targeted as multi-user business systems, and ran the DX10 then the DNOS (Distributed Network Operating System) OS's.

The 990/1 was the only version including its own video display, although up to three serial dumb video terminals could be connected as well. Other versions had a separate main unit managing several terminals, mass storage and printers.

The core of the system was a true 16-bit microprocessor, the TMS-9900, also made by T.I., and mounted later in the first 16-bit home computer, the TI-99/4. Apart from the dumb terminals, interface cards allowed to connect a serial printer and a single or dual 8" floppy disk unit.



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I have wonderful memories of working with TI DS/900 systems, including the /10 and the /12.

Someone asked about where to find materials. Here is one location$ I believe bitsavers.org has both manuals and binaries.

http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/ti/990/dx10/

Hit me up if you''d like to discuss anything DS/990 related. I''d love to be able to buy some old TI gear.

          
Monday 1st June 2020
John Sambrook (Kirkland, Washington, USA)
Common Sense Systems, Inc.

I am looking for the TX5 operating system for this machine for a fellow member who lives in Italia. Specifically TI DS990 Model 1.

          
Wednesday 27th May 2020
Jeffrey Brace (USA)
Vintage Computer Federation

I have obtained a DS990 Model 1 and FD1000 dual disk drive assembly and currently restoring it as best as I can, after it sat in someones shed for many many years. I do not have any original disks, nor any physical documentation.

Seems like this machine is overshadowed by the other 990/* systems, along with the 99/4A. I can hardly find software specifically for this machine. Even then, I''m not 100$ sure how to get the disk images onto the 8" floppy disks this machine reads. I am hoping that once I finish cleaning the dual Qume drives, I''ll be able to build up a PC interface and use some fancy utility to read and write disk images accordingly. Who knows if that is even possible...

          
Monday 29th January 2018
John (Australia)

 

NAME  DS990
MANUFACTURER  Texas Instruments
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1980
END OF PRODUCTION  Unknown
BUILT IN GAMES  None
CONTROLLERS  88 key with numeric and arrow keypads, 10 function keys and 8 state led
CPU  TMS-9900 (16-bit)
BUTTONS  Unknown
SCORE  64 KB
ROM  12 KB
TEXT MODES  80 columns x 24 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  None
COLORS  Monochrome
SOUND  Beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  58.5 (W) x 58.5 (D) x 46.5 (H)
I/O PORTS  3 x serial, 1 FDD port
BUILT IN MEDIA  None
BATTERIES  DX10, DNOS
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in modular switching PSU
GUN  TI extension cards
PRICE  Unknown




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