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This British computer was one of the most popular computers in Europe in the beginning of the 80's. It was a small computer, which was a competitor of the Sinclair Spectrum.

The two models (16 and 48) had the same technical characteristics.
A small plotter was available for this computer.

Notice that the sound chip was the same one used in the Amstrad CPC, MSX computers and Atari ST!

Its ROM was very buggy, & was later replaced with the Oric Atmos.



The Oric is one of those things that you ''fall in love with'' when you are a disaffected teenager. You choose a machine that isn''t exactly the coolest or most popular around but clearly is ''something else''.
How many ways do we "lurve" thee, Oric?
Check out the threads and posts here to find out, guys:

Friday 16th February 2018
8Bit Baz (Hull, UK)
Oric World @ Atari Sector

I remember when I got my first Oric-1 (I was still in school then) and immediately took it apart. Back then it was all magic. Computers these days don''t inspire me in the same way. Sigh!

I met the guy who wrote the ROM and he was rude to me! He nearly crushed my dreams but luckily failed.

Friday 19th September 2014
DigitalDunc (England)


2013 marks the 30th birthday of the Oric 1.
Some of the Oric community main sites have joined to organize some celebrations during 2013.

You can read more about it on the official celebration page (english and french) here:

We also have a facebook page with regular posts about the Oric machines, their history, peripherals, etc...

Tuesday 8th January 2013
Mickael Pointier (Norway)


TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  United Kingdom
YEAR  1983
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Oric Extended Basic v1.0
KEYBOARD  Chicklet keyboard, 57 keys. ESC, DEL ,CTRL, 2 x SHIFT, RETURN, 4 x arrow keys and one large spacebar
CPU  6502A
CO-PROCESSOR  Custom gate array chip
RAM  16 KB or 48 KB
ROM  16 KB
TEXT MODES  40 x 28
GRAPHIC MODES  240 x 200 (high resolution)
SOUND  Programmable Sound Generator AY-3-8912 (from General Instruments)
3 voices, 8 octaves + white noise
SIZE / WEIGHT  28 (W) x 17.8 (D) x 1.5 (H) cm / 848 g
I/O PORTS  Bus, Printer, Tape, RGB
POWER SUPPLY  External power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  4-pen plotter printer, 3'' floppy disk drive unit
PRICE  £129.95 for 16K model with starter pack (UK 1983)


That was my first computer ! Nothing can replace it in my heart, except the Atmos maybe...


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