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Old Nov 21, 2009, 01:53 PM   #1
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Techstep

Hello all,

I managed to come across an apple Techstep similar to this:

http://www.forcedperfect.net/hardware/other/techstep/

It's pretty cool and all, but I I seem to be missing the installation disks. Is there anywhere they are available? Would love to test this device out!
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Old Nov 21, 2009, 11:26 PM   #2
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I've heard of this - haven't seen pics until now...

They're pretty cool and ultra rare - nice find for you!
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Old Nov 22, 2009, 07:52 PM   #3
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I've got both original 800k images. If you still need them, let me know.
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Old Nov 22, 2009, 10:59 PM   #4
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Where did you find the Techstep?
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Old Nov 23, 2009, 06:48 PM   #5
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I've got both original 800k images. If you still need them, let me know.
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Where did you find the Techstep?
I've actually had it for about 3 years and ran into it a few days ago. Originally purchased on ebay from a seller that marketed surplus medical equipment. I'm not sure how they ended up with a Techstep!
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Old Mar 3, 2011, 06:29 PM   #6
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I googled Techstep primarily for vanity's sake to see if anyone out there even remembered it.

I earned 3 patents for Apple with the design and project and am somewhat amused that it's become a minor collectors item.

OBT, there is no such thing as "installation" software for Techstep. You simply put in the correct ROM Pack, attach the cables to the output ports of the appropriate Mac(s) and go.

Software (aside from the ROM packs) was created to provide testing examples and probably to feedback to an Apple repair center (I can't remember exactly).

Note that the serial port built into the side of the Techstep was for "Remote Diagnostics". That was where you could hook up a modem from where you were and we could take over the diagnosis or download tests that weren't in the ROM packs. The ONLY reason it was never implemented was because we had no internal infrastructure (people) to support it. Other than that it worked very well.
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Really Really Neet, Now where using USB Bootable diags and netboot images. Shows how much technology has changed over the years
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Old Mar 8, 2011, 08:12 AM   #8
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 06:47 PM   #9
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Source for TechStep software?

Bit of a thread necro, but relevant to the original post...

I've got two of these that I've had laying around for ~15 years or so that were piled in a drawer with some other older stuff. Looking for floppy images as I'd like to putter around with them a bit, and verify they are both working properly before deciding what to do with them.

The original manual (covering Classic through IIcx & SCSI drives) is right at 100 pages; if I'm feeling particularly adventurous I may create a PDF version since that also appears to be sought after.

DZ/015 - I'd PM you but since I'm a long time lurker, and never had the need to post, the forums won't allow me to do so; if you still have access to these images I'd appreciate a copy!
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 10:04 PM   #10
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Update-

Adding some pictures; forgot that one of these was a prototype; figured somebody would enjoy seeing these.

Bottom:


Rear:


Carts:


TechStep ROM version. NOTE - notice that at this point it's called "TechTool" in the firmware, vs. "TechStep" in the final product.


CPU Test Vol. 1 ROM version:


SCSI Test ROM version:
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 05:31 AM   #11
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DZ/015 - I'd PM you but since I'm a long time lurker, and never had the need to post, the forums won't allow me to do so; if you still have access to these images I'd appreciate a copy!
Message has been sent.

Anyone else need the images? There are two 800k disks that came with the techstep. They enable generating reports based on the diagnostic tests that are run.
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Anyone else need the images? There are two 800k disks that came with the techstep. They enable generating reports based on the diagnostic tests that are run.
Awesome; appreciated. "sprout.the" at that commonly used google email domain.

I'm assuming one of these two is the diagnostic I've seen mentioned - kinda doubt it's going to be any good for the prototype version, but will be good for checking the production one at least!
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