Gemini 80-Bus Resource

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Advert from Personal Computer World July 1983

HELP NEEDED!..... I am desperately seeking to archive Gemini 80-Bus software before it is lost forever. I am particularly interested in GemPen, CP/M bios versions, MFB-1 and MFB-2 software and any disk images that may be around. I am also keen to preserve as much hardware as I can (finances allowing). Please get in touch if you can help or have a similar interest.

John, October 2020

Related Articles:

Aliens running under CP/M on the Gemini with IVC Video Card.
Ladder running on the Gemini with IVC Video Card.
Ladder running on the Gemini with IVC Video Card.
Catchum running on the Gemini with IVC Video Card.
Catchum running on the Gemini with IVC Video Card.


This page is designed to bring all of my Gemini software, firmware and documentation into a single resource. I have also included documents that, whilst not directly related to the Gemini system, I have referred to during the Gemini restoration (see The Gemini 80-Bus Saga - Part 1 and The Gemini 80-Bus Saga - Part 2). Naturally, this page will be updated as more items come to light.

Software Library Disk Images

The following download contains all of the software I have collected so far, stored in a single archive. The disk images are raw, track interleaved images in either GEMDDDS 35 track 340k format or GEMQDDS 80 track format and each is bootable with a 64K Version of Gemini's CP/M. In addition, GEMDDDS images can be used with CPMTOOLS (I am working on getting CPMTOOLS to support GEMQDDS images). However, both GEMDDDS and GEMQDDS imagew will work with the Gotek disk emulator using the configurations detailed in the articles The Gemini 80-Bus Saga - Part 1 and The Gemini 80-Bus Saga - Part 2.


Software Library Contents

The software library disk images are created using python scripts and CPMTOOLS and only include GEMDDDS format disks as at the time of writing I have been unable to get CPM tools to work correctly with CPMTOOLS. The GEMQDDS software I have available is listed elsewhere on this page.

  • GM555_64K_CPM - 64K Version of CP/M based as supplied with the GM555 (BIOS 3.5) distribution.
  • GM512_64K_CPM - 64K Version of CP/M based as supplied with the GM512 (BIOS 1.4) distribution.
  • DiskUtils - Format utilities retrieved from a gemini system. This disk also includes the CopySys program (see text).
  • DBASEII - Ashton Tate's DBaseII
  • Wordstar3 - Wordstar 3 configured for the Gemini IVC Video Card.
  • TurboPascal - Turbo Pascal 3 from Borland.
  • TurboPascalDBToolkit - Turbo Pascal 3 database toolkit from Borland.
  • AztecC - Aztec C compiler and library utilities.
  • VEdit - VEdit text editor.
  • Tex - The Tex text formatter from Digital Research.
  • Ascom_2.2 - ASCOM ver 2.2 for CP/M 2.2 is a Communications program. Originally came on an Osbourne disk but was running on a Microbee.
  • Roots - The Roots genealogy Program.
  • GemZap - GemZap, the Gemini Z80 compiler.
  • NSweep - NSweep, the CP/M file manager.
  • SargonChess - Sargon Chess.
  • Zork1 - The Zork1 adventure game.
  • Aliens - Space Invaders for CP/M
  • Ladder - Ladder 'Super Mario' type clone for CP/M complete with terminal configuration utility.
  • Catchum - Catchum 'Pacman' type clone for CP/M complete with terminal configuration utility.
  • Nemesis - The Nemesis adventure game.
  • Hitchhiker - Dont Panic!, it's the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
  • CBasicCompiler - CBasic Compiler.
  • GemDebug - GemDebug, the Gemini Z80 debugger.
  • Macro80 - Microsoft's M80/L80/LIB80/CREF80 Assembler, linker, library and cross referencing utilities.
  • Fortran80 - Microsoft Fortran 80.
  • Cobol80 - Microsoft Cobol 80.
  • MBasic - Microsoft Basic.
  • Mumps4 - Massachusetts General Hospital Utility Multi-Programming System.
  • T-Net - Serial port based networking utility developed by John B. Hanson, see text.
  • ZSID - The Z80 symbolic instruction debugger from Digital Research.
  • XIZtoXZI - Z80 to Intel, Intel to Z80 convertor.
  • Mallard80Basic - Mallard Basic.
  • SuperCalc2 - Supercalc 2 spreadsheet program.

Gemini CP/M Bios

CP/M 2.2

The source code for the Gemini Multiboard Auto Density System (1.4) BIOS is located below. Whilst the BIOS is version 1.4, the CP/M version is 2.2.

The BIOS reports its version as shown below.

   Gemini Multiboard Auto Density System (1.4)   
   64k CP/M vers 2.2   

This can be built with the Microsoft M80 assembler and L80 linker.

Boot disks for this and others are available within the Software Library (see #Software Library Disk Images).

CP/M 2.2 Multi Format Bios (Bios 3.4)

Note that MFB-1 was designed to to run with the GM829 controller. MFB-2 requires the GM849 controller specifically modified for the Multi Format Bios (MFB). In addition, the Simon 4.1 (MFB only) ROM should be used. In order for the system to boot a Xebec controller needs to be connected to the GM849MFB controller.

Boot disks for this and others are available within the Software Library (see #Software Library Disk Images).

CP/M 2.2 (Bios 3.5)

Boot disks for this and others are available within the Software Library (see #Software Library Disk Images).

ROM Images


This is the last RP/M ROM image produced. The archive below includes two ASC files one for use with the serial default set for 300 and the second for 9600 baud.

Standard version of RPM are here:

This version 2.2 of RP/M was (supposedly) never released, the version numbers leapt from V2.1 to V2.3 to avoid confusion with version 2.2 of CP/M, this was confirmed in an article written for 80-bus news by RP/M's creator Richard Beal (80-BUS vol. 3 iss. 6 p. 9). However, this image was discovered on a Multi-Board machine in 2019 and attempts to boot in a different way to the normal RP/M. It is presented here for completeness.


The following ROMs were taken from various G812 IVC Video cards.


The following ROM was taken from a G832 SVC Video card.


Simon 4.1 taken from a Gemini GM925 Multi-Format system.

Simon 4.2 Kindly sent by Colin Cracknell



GM803 EPROM Card



GM821 Keyboard



Gemini Multi Format BIOS Documentation

SASI/SCSI Related Documents

Floppy Disk Related Documents

SASI Implementation (GM829/GM849)

The Gemini GM829 Floppy controller also includes a SASI interface (SCSI-1) that can be used to connect via a 50 pin ribbon to a hard disk controller. There are two ports available to to access the interface. Depending upon the setting of LK5, these are either C5h and C6h or E5h and E6h. The latter pair is the normal configuration and will be assumed in this article.

Port E5h is a status/control port and allows software to read and write to the SASI control signals. Port E6h is the data/message port.

The control port (E5h) is implemented as follows;

On reading the port e.g IN A,(0E5h):

   Bit      Signal
    0        -REQ
    1         I/O
    2         C/D
    3        -MSG
    4        -BUSY

On writing to the port e.g. OUT (0E5h),A

   Bit      Signal
    0        -ATN
    1        -SEL
    2        -RST

Please note that at the time of writing I have been unable to get the GM829 controller to access a hard drive due to the timing of the select line (see The_Gemini_80-Bus_Saga_-_Part_1). I am told that a genuine Xebec controller may work but I have been unable to test this. The later GM8489 controller uses a latch to keep the select line active until de-activated by software.

For example to toggle the select line (ignoring any required delays etc.);

   LD  A,5          ; set bit 1 low (-SEL activated, -ATN and -RST deactivated)
   OUT (0E5h),A
   LD  A,7          ; set bit 1 high (-SEL, -ATN and -RST deactivated) 
   OUT (0E5h),A



The following is a list of articles that may be of particular use to the Gemini owner. Please note that the complete set of IMC News, 80-Bus News and Scorpio are available below.

Computer Press

  • Personal Computer World (Oct 1982)
    • Gemini Galaxy 1
  • Practical Computing (Nov 1982)
    • Galaxy 1
  • Computing Today (April 1983)
    • Gemini Galaxy System Review
  • Practical Computing (Jul 1983)
    • Galaxy 3
  • Personal Computer World (May 1986)
    • Galaxy Enigma

INMC 80 News

  • INMC 80 News (Issue 5) File:INMC 80 News 5.pdf
    • Video Routine - Software for the Gemini Video Card Page 59
    • (More INMC Articles to be added shortly)

80 Bus News

  • 80-Bus News (Volume 1, Issue 4) File:80bus news 14.pdf
    • Gemini Multiboard Advert Page 27
    • Gemini GM822 RTC Review Page 29
    • Remote Terminals and the Galaxy Page 45
  • 80-Bus News (Volume 2, Issue 1) File:80bus news 21.pdf
    • Interrupt System of the Z80 Page 6
    • Understanding CP/M - Customising your BIOS Page 20
    • MAP 80 Ram board Page 29
    • RP/M, MAP256, SYS, Virtual DIR (R Beal Column) Page 37
    • 80-Bus + UCSD Page 50
  • 80-Bus News (Volume 2, Issue 2) File:80bus news 22.pdf
    • A Change of Tactics (CPZ, 40-80 conversion and more) Page 11
    • Gemini Multinet (Random Rumours) Page 51
  • 80-Bus News (Volume 2, Issue 3) File:80bus news 23.pdf
    • Wordstar for the Gemini IVC Page 11
    • 80-Bus Port Map Page 26
    • Large RAM Systems Using the MAP Card Page 37
    • Serial Interface Problems Made Easy Page 38
    • GM812 IVC Hardware Bug Page 50
  • 80-Bus News (Volume 2, Issue 4) File:80bus news 24.pdf
    • Colour Cards Page 5
    • SYS is Dead, Long Live? Page 20
    • 80-Bus IO Map Part 2 Page 21
    • RAM Disks Page 35
  • 80-Bus News (Volume 2, Issue 6) File:80bus news 26.pdf
    • Disk Drive Compatibility Page 14
    • Installing an 8 inch Drive with the GM829 Page 29
    • Video Output Stages Page 44
    • Mixed 5.25 inch and 8 inch Drives on the GM829 Page 45
  • 80-Bus News (Volume 3, Issue 1) File:80bus news 31.pdf
    • CCPZ and BDOSZ Page 9
    • SVC Board Page 20
    • GM809, GM829 Compatibility/Upgrading (using 8 inch mode on 5.25 inch drives) Page 35
    • Review of Compass, ZAP and Raven Assemblers Page 48
    • GM888 8080 Board Page 51
  • 80-Bus News (Volume 3, Issue 2) File:80bus news 32.pdf
    • Gemini GM860 EPROM Programmer Review Page 31
    • An insight into the Gemini IVC and SVC Part 1 Page 43
  • 80-Bus News (Volume 3, Issue 3) File:80bus news 33.pdf
    • Gempen/DiskPen a Review of the New Improved Version Page 4
    • An insight into the Gemini IVC and SVC Part 2 Page 16
    • The 80-Bus 800 Series Page 38
  • 80-Bus News (Volume 3, Issue 5) File:80bus news 35.pdf
    • Giant Intelligent Print Buffer for Gemini CPU Cards Page 9
    • GSX The Graphics interface Page 19
    • Lost Characters in CP/M Page 28
    • Gemini Cursor Page 31
  • 80-Bus News (Volume 3, Issue 6) File:80bus news 36.pdf
    • RP/M Version 2.3 Page 9
    • Interrupt Driven Printer for Gemini 2 Page 38
    • Put a Real Time Clock in your CBIOS Page 43
  • 80-Bus News (Volume 4, Issue 1) File:80bus news 41.pdf
    • An IVC Problem Page 4
    • Disk Skew and Deblocking (part of the DH Bits article) Page 9
    • Review of the Prestel Terminal Program Page 26
  • 80-Bus News (Volume 4, Issue 2) File:80bus news 42.pdf
    • The Gemini GM870 Modem Page 21
    • Gemini Bios Version 3.2 Page 25

Scorpio News

  • Scorpio News (Volume 1, Issue 1) File:Scorpio News 11.pdf
    • Disk Formats and CP/M Disk Routines Part 1 Page 25
    • Review of the 2Mb Upgrage for the Gemini GM833 Page 37
    • Prestel on Pluto Page 39
    • Review of the MAP-80 Video/Floppy Controller Page 42
    • Making CP/M More Friendly (CCPZ, ZCPR2, BDOSZ, CBIOS) Page 51
  • Scorpio News (Volume 1, Issue 2) File:Scorpio News 12.pdf
    • The ZCPR3 System PArt 1 Page 20
    • Disk Formats and CP/M Disk Routines Part 2 Page 40
    • MAP-80 Multipurpose Interface Review Page 44
    • GM809 Fast Steper Page 46
  • Scorpio News (Volume 1, Issue 3) File:Scorpio News 13.pdf
    • SVC Graphpac, Alias GM575 Page 8
    • Gemini Maintenance Memorandum Page 10
    • Disk Formats and CP/M Disk Routines Part 3 Page 11
    • The ZCPR3 System Part 2 Page 25
    • A Visit to IO Research Page 37
    • Upgrading a GM813 to 246K Page 42


The complete set of IMC News, 80-Bus News and Scorpio are available below.


At the moment this is just a list of my Gemini related bookmarks, I will sort these out and add some descriptions soon...