A Virtual repository of information on the, Husky Hunter Series of Computers.

The Husky Hunter 16/80


After moving to the PC compatible path eventually the need was to address the 40 column limitation
which these machines had suffered from

Enter the Husky Hunter Sixteen/Eighty

A revised Hunter 16 with a new LCD Panel giving (80 x 25) and (80 x 12) screen modes.
( the ORIGINAL 40/8 LCD had been fitted to the Hunter 2, the Hawk and the 16 )
So no more scrolling around the screen ?? ( Well maybe ! )

This machine arrived in full working order complete with batteries fitted, it worked from the first
press of the power button and has obviously been in use till recently. Or within the last two years !

The bios level for my machine is 4.04 ( yours may vary )
The following table of keyboard shortcuts was written out from my experiences
with my first Hunter 16 and I have underlined the differences I have found so far.

SPECIAL KEYSTROKES FOUND SO FAR ! = (Paw Key) = (-) @ lower right ( on my keyboard )

(Paw Key) and R or C increase or decrease backlight !
(Paw Key) and X or E increase or decrease LCD screen contrast !
(Paw Key) and H  = Screen / Keyboard / power settings.  No facility to set Char size 
(Paw Key) and M  = Toggles between ( 80 x 25 ) and ( 80 x 12 ) screen mode
(Paw Key) and L  = Backlight on/off toggle
(Paw Key) and S  = Sounder on/off toggle
(Paw Key) and 9  = Scroll lock toggle
(Paw Key) and F1 = retype single char.
(Paw Key) and F3 = Dos line retype . 
(Paw Key) and F5 = @(cr) . 
(Paw Key) and F6 = ctrl + Z
(Paw Key) and F7 = ctrl + @

STANDARD = CTRL + ALT + DELETE = reboot

Under Gwbasic :- (Paw) and F(1) to (9) and (0) =
 F(1) = LIST  
 F(2) = RUN(CR) 
 F(3) = LOAD" 
 F(4) = SAVE" 
 F(5) = CONT(CR) 
 F(6) = "LPT1:"  
 F(7) = TRON(CR) 
 F(8) = TROFF(CR) 
 F(9) = KEY 
 F(0) = SCREEN 0,0,0 (CR)

For other settings use UTIL.COM (v1.2)= 
Set up for Time, Date, Floppy(A?)(B?) , Format C:(D:), Com1 and Com2(?) settings    

Please note even this machine is not Y2K compliant ( wont rollover the year 1999 to 2000 barrier )
So I use the standard fudge of using the last valid years in the 20th centuary as alternatives,
so 2008 = 1997 to get the right day of the week in basic and applications. 
( I am told that later versions of the bios have solved this problem )
This is actually quite a common problem and TSR's do exist to correct dates on old PC's !

As I am still getting used to this machine, more info will be added as I discover more about the capabilities.
However peripheral devices are hard to come by, but a project page is bieng set up to show what can be done with
the basic machine

So far I have attached a Tandy Portable Disk Drive to the serial port and it Talks RS323 to the Hunter
Please note no driver code available, so thats the first project !

I am also experimenting in another expansion option, but I need to find out a lot more about this machine and
its Bios code first ! More chatting to the user group will follow, So pop back and visit from time to time.

Update ! This machine arrived with an Oracle GT drive, however the Drive is untested till I resolve the
issue of the power unit it needs to both power it and recharge its internal batteries.

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