The Sinclair ZX Spectrum was one of the most popular European computers of the 80's. Two models were launched: one with 16 kb RAM and one with 48 kb RAM.
One of its most "interesting" characteristics is its keyboard! Some keys have more than five (!) functions! It is impossible to type BASIC keywords letter by letter, instead you have to use function keys. A lot of peripherals and programs were developed for this computer. It seems that several models of this computers were launched (at least 3), but I've no technical details about them. It was replaced in 1984 by the Spectrum + and in 1985 by the Spectrum 128.
Alan Wilson reports to us :
The 16K version of the computer had only the 16K ram chips loaded, while the 48K version had both banks full.
To keep the prices down Sinclair used faulty 64K chips (internally 2 X 32K). All the chips in the 32K bank of RAM had to have the same half of the 64K chips working. A link was fitted on the pcb in order to choose the first half or the second half.
It was possible with a few logic chips for the experimenter to have access to the faulty 32K bank.
My first computer was soviet-build clone of Spectrum 48K. I remember a lots of pirate audio-cassetes with cracked games from Poland (most popular string in loader was "Cracked by Bill Gilbert") 15-20 games on each. Whats a wonderful time!
Thursday 23rd January 2014
lol I remember the awful keyboard with the shift-control-stand on head combinations, I had the 16k version with a 32k expansion pack sat in the back ! ... I wrote a load of games in assembler $ basic for the spectrum which were published, fun days !
I hope nobody will be against posting a link to my little project here, as I''m sure it can be really interesting to many ZX-Spectrum fans. http://zx.maros.pri.ee/eng/ - this is a ZX-Art, a largest collection of ZX-Spectrum classic games loading screens and modern demoscene art.