The Kaypro II Preservation Page
(Or how to get the F*****G thing
It can be a bit tricky to get these old beasts running,
all the software is readily available at a few different sites on
the 'net (including here) the big problem is getting it onto a disk
that the Kaypro can read. There are a few things you will need in
order to acomplish this.
- An older computer running MS Dos 6.22 (they may
work under Windows 95/98) Does not work under Windows 2000 or up.
- A 360k 5.25 floppy drive(1.2 meg floppy drives
will not work) and a standard 3.5 - 1.44 meg floppy drive- A couple
of boxes of 5.25 DSDD 360k floppy disks (DSHD disks will not work)
- The files and programs can be found HERE
unzip them to a 1.44 floppy, you will have 3 directories 22Disk,
Now the fun begins, the first thing you need to
do is make a disk that can boot up the Kaypro. Install the ImageDisk
and 22Disk programs on your Dos 6.22 computer (just copy the entire
To run the ImageDisk program, at the C:> prompt
When the program first comes up, you will have a
white screen, this is the Help screen, hit the esc key, you should
now have a pink screen.
Type "S" to get the Setup screen (you
have to do this every time to start the program)
Change Drive to "B"
Change Cylinders to 40
Change Sides to ONE
Change Double Step to OFF
The rest can be left as-is.
Press the esc key to go back to the main menu.
Now press "W" to write a disk, place your
disk in the B drive, select the Kaypro1.imd file, this will give
you a Kaypro boot disk.
Use the same procedure to make disks of any of the
other .imd files