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Tandy Radio Shack
1000 HX

The Tandy 1000 HX is a member of the Tandy 1000 series family. See this entry for more info.

The Tandy 1000 HX, released in 1987, was designed as another entry level IBM compatible personal computer and the successor to the EX. Like the EX, the HX was a compact computer with the keyboard built into the computer casing. The computer came with an Intel 8088 CPU, 256 KB of memory, and had one 720 KB 3.5" disk drive on the right side of the machine behind the keyboard. HX computers came with MS-DOS 2.11 built into the ROM and “Deskmate 2” on diskette.

The computer's memory could be expanded to 640 KB by the use of a memory expansion card; by default these cards, sold by Tandy, came with 128 KB, but one could add another 384 KB in memory chips to this board. These cards were named “Plus Cards” and used a pin configuration instead of the slot system used by IBM or the T-1000. The cards themselves followed all the IBM standards and eventually Radio Shack started selling the adaptors in their stores to allow the cards to be inserted into a standard IBM 8-bit ISA slot. There were three such spots available in the computer case.

There was also a spare 3.5" drive bay in the computer case. On the back of the machine there was a port which allowed a user to connect an external 5.25" (360 KB) or 3.5" (720 KB) disk drive. There was also a connector for a printer.

The 1000 HX did not come with a hard drive, and Tandy Corporation did not manufacture fixed disks for this type of computer. A HDD could be purchased from third party vendors, however.

It was also here that the DOS in ROM was getting a little old and for the first time the settings on the computer could be changed so that instead of looking in ROM for DOS at bootup, it would go direct to the floppy drive instead. Most versions of MS-DOS worked with the 1000 HX, including 3.x, DOS 5.x & 6.x. DOS 4.0 did not work due to a bug in its environment that prevented it from working.

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Contributors: Derek McDonald (aka “Skel”)
Sources: Switchtec's Virtual PC Museum, Emperor Multimedia Electronic Archives, Wikipedia, 8-Bit Micro, Tandy 1000 PC Museum


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My first computer. Got it for work to do payroll and track inventory. also it typed up contracts, proposals, using PC-file. It did a fantastic job even surpassing the business $35,000 IBM which had been mothballed due to the office incompetence which cost the company $$$. In time it had 640k, 2-720 , an external 360, a 2400 modem and a 42 meg internal HDD.

          
Wednesday 8th February 2017
Tom Petro

This was one of my very first personal computers, the price on this system was $699.00 in 1987, it was fun to program and play with, most program are a version of C. Deskmate was very good desk top organizer.

          
Monday 21st September 2015
Randy (United States)

Deskmate was a nice little piece of software that came with the Tandy 1000 HX - it had a faux windows look, and had a simple word processor, spreadsheet, drawing program, and a music program. Many programs at the time also supported "Tandy Color" a graphics standard in between CGA and EGA formats, that offered additional colors beyond the CGA standard, but at the same resolution.

          
Monday 12th May 2014
Tommy

 

NAME  1000 HX
MANUFACTURER  Tandy Radio Shack
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1987
KEYBOARD  Full stroke keyboard, 92 keys, 12 function keys
CPU  Intel 8088
SPEED  4.77 MHz / 7.16 MHz
RAM  256 KB (up to 640 KB)
ROM  16 KB
TEXT MODES  Unknown
GRAPHIC MODES  CGA/TGA, 160 x 200, 320 x 200, 640 x 200
COLORS  16 colours
SOUND  3 voices + 1 sound channel
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  2 x joysticks, monitor video output, composite video output, mono audio output, lightpen, parallel port, serial port (optional), external floppy drive, 3 internal expansion slots
BUILT IN MEDIA  one 3.5'' floppy disk drives (720 KB)
OS  MS-DOS 2.11 built-in ROM, DeskMate 2.0 and GW Microsoft Basic included with the system
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply
PRICE  Unknown


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