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„Let your CP/M computer use diskettes from other computers“

There's no better way to describe it:

UniForm
MicroSolutions Brochure, 1987: UniForm
UniForm gives you the ability to directly read and write diskettes from most of the popular CP/M computers, to initialize blank diskettes in the format of your choice, and to transfer files from some non-CP/M operating systems.
UniForm User's Guide (1984)

UniForm (for CP/M computers) should not be confused with UniForm-PC (for DOS PC's), also from MicroSolutions.

Uniform versions

As you can see from the figure above, there are 16 different versions of UniForm. Each version is specially adapted for "one" CP/M computer or computer familiy (like the Kaypro, Morrow or Televideo TS).

  1. Actrix
  2. Bondwell 12
  3. Bondwell 14
  4. Epson QX-10
  5. Epson QX-10 (European)
  6. Kaypro (all models except Robie)
  7. Micromint SB-180
  8. Morrow MD2/3
  9. Morrow MD5/11/16/34
  10. NEC PC-8801
  11. Osborne 1 (double density)
  12. TeleVideo TS 801/802
  13. TeleVideo TS 803/TPC 1
  14. Toshiba 100
  15. Xerox 820-II
  16. Zenith Z-100 (CP/M-85)

Kaypro

UniForm by Micro Solutions
Version 3.16 for Kaypro 10

UniForm for the Kaypro consists of five files or programs. These are:

  1. UCONFIG.COM
  2. UCONFIG.DAT
  3. UNIFORM.COM
  4. UNIFORM.DAT
  5. UNIFORM.OVL

Number 1 and 2 contain the installation routines for the complete Kaypro family (10, 4, 4-84, II, 2X, 2). Number 3 to 5 contain the actual UniForm program.

The file UCONFIG.DAT is only available if there are several variations in a CP/M computer series, e.g. the Kaypro. With the Micromint SB180 this file does not exist, because there is only one computer.

UniForm
UniForm configuration for the Kaypro familiy
UniForm
UniForm configuration routine for the Kaypro 10

Was it possible to connect 3.5 and 8 inch floppy drives to a Kaypro?

Micromint SB-180

UniForm by Micro Solutions
Version 3.00 for Micromint SB-180

I do not own a Micromint SB-180 computer, but UCONFIG for the Micromint SB180 can still be run on the Kaypro 10! I have previously used UniForm (for Kaypro 10) to initialize the Micromint SB-180 floppy disk format for drive C: and then run the installation routine from the Micromint SB-180 disk.

UniForm
UniForm configuration routine for the Micromint SB-180

Morrow MD2/3

UniForm by Micro Solutions
Version 3.00 for Morrow MD2/MD3

I do not own a Morrow MD3 computer, but UCONFIG for the Morrow MD3 can still be run on the Kaypro 10! I have previously used UniForm (for Kaypro 10) to initialize the Morrow MD3 floppy disk format for drive C: and then run the installation routine from the Morrow MD3 disk.

UniForm
UniForm for the Morrow MD3

Epson QX-10

UniForm by Micro Solutions
Version 2.00 for Epson QX-10

I do not own a Epson QX-10 computer, but UCONFIG for the Epson QX-10 can still be run on the Kaypro 10! I have previously used UniForm (for Kaypro 10) to initialize the Epson QX-10 floppy disk format for drive C: and then run the installation routine from the Epson QX-10 disk.

UniForm
UniForm for the Epson QX-10

Documents and information

My series about MicroSolutions

Part 1: --> The Three Musketeers
Part 2: --> The CompatiCard
Part 3: --> UniForm-PC / UniForm
Part 4: --> UniDOS