Visi On 1.x

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  • Without the unprotected executable, it won't work.

  • I've repackaged the Visi On downloads for easier downloading, and I have included a "cleaned" copy of the Application Manager disk 1 that resets the protection so you can select a different mouse. Although, as I've mentioned, this won't do anyone much good unless you have a serialized Visi On Mouse Systems S1 mouse.

  • edited June 2020

    First, uploaded archive seems to be broken.

    Second, Application Manager disk 1 can be reset the protection secttor easily.
    But the problem is on disk 2.
    When the installation is processed, both disk 1 and 2 are modified.
    It is nearly possible to reset on disk 2, but it is impossible to match with original.
    Therefore redump is needed with original factory default disk.

  • I re-re-uploaded the first archive which somehow got broken.

    Quite right, ideally we would want completely untouched originals, but given how uncommon this software is, this will have to make do unless someone comes forward with additional dumps.

  • Anyway original untouched dump is needed.

  • MS-DOS 6.22 is compatibile with Visi On?
  • Yes, MS-DOS 6.22 works with Visi On, but you must use a FAT12 partition (16MB in size or less).
  • edited May 2021
    It appears that there was a Visi On 2.0 afterall, at least according to this brief news piece in Software News 1986-02:
    https://archive.org/details/sim_software-magazine_1986-02_6_2/page/66/mode/2up

    Likewise, Visi On Query is listed in this 1984-05 PC World issue as if it was available:
    https://archive.org/details/pcworld25unse/page/300/mode/2up
  • Thanks for finding those references. It seems like it is getting harder and harder to find such information with Google Search.

    I was fairly sure Visi On Query was released, but I have never seen one come up on eBay or elsewhere.

    It is interesting that Control Data Corp made any statement about Visi On, as they were supposedly only dealing with the corporate enterprise market.

    Also interesting, this page: https://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=472 seems to suggest that Visi On was adapted for the TI Professional Computer, but I can't find any other references about that. That Visi On promotional video clearly showed Visi On running at a higher resolution on Wang Professional Computers. So there still could have been other ports.
  • The ads from early 84 had a fine print saying Visi On was available for PC XT, Wang Professional Computer, TI Professional Computer, Honeywell 7900 Series and Compaq Plus. So that's at least 3 machines that aren't PC-compatible running Visi On. I believe DEC was also often mentioned early on as another potential OEM, probably for the Rainbow 100, but that one seems less certain.

    I also found a news piece saying Wang acquired the rights to market their port etc. In the course of researching Windows 1.0, I also found and saved a lot of information about other similar software, including Visi On. Unfortunately it's still just a bunch of bookmarks for now, I would need to clean it up and organize it in a more presentable state.
  • edited October 2021
    @SomeGuy have you tried installing Visi On with your cleaned disk 1 on real hardware and then installing the applications?

    In emulation, it appears that using the cleaned disk to install the system will then cause application installations to fail - disk 1 is not recognized. Doing the same on a system installed with the used disk 1 doesn't have this problem.

    This was in 86Box using the KF dumps converted to MFM and then from that to 86F. All the other images are identical compared to my older copies that 100% work, hence why I suspect it's a problem caused by the cleaned disk 1 that differs.
  • I think I didn't test that. I seem to recall the last time I looked at it, I was in a bit of a rush.

    Well, I'll make a note of that and take another look at it some time.
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