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Olivetti
PC 1

The Olivetti PC 1 was designed to be a family computer and Olivetti’s answer to the Amstrad PC 1512.

It uses the TV screen instead of a special monitor, but one could be used if you wanted to use one. It was sold with a mouse.
No internal slot : to use ISA cards, an expansion box had to be connected onto the expansion connector. This device supplied two 8-bit ISA slots, hard disk connector (for a 20 mb hard disk, 85 ms) and 128 KB ram. It runs under MS DOS 3.2.

The most particular feature is the disk-drives mounted above the keyboard. The computer was sold with 1 or 2 of them.

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I still have one of these, it has not the DD floppy drives$ it has two 1.44MB DSHD drives. Oh, and just giving it a power on test before deciding what to do with it, you have the option on boot, during POST, as to whether or not to use Turbo Mode.

Now I know it works, I think I''ll blow the dust off a couple shrinkwrapped disks and load the thing up with DOS EDIT. After all, you don''t need four cores and 8GB of RAM just to type a document, right? For that matter I could go completely retro and do my HTML coding on the thing as well!

          
Tuesday 31st March 2015
Jim Moore (England)

I did not know that this did Olivetti computer to compete with the Amstrad PC 1512, not least because I got to use both computers at the same time!

          
Monday 2nd June 2014
Pedro Renato (Portugal)

I did not know that this did Olivetti computer to compete with the Amstrad PC 1512, not least because I got to use both computers at the same time!

          
Monday 2nd June 2014
Pedro Renato (Portugal)

 

NAME  PC 1
MANUFACTURER  Olivetti
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Italy
YEAR  1988
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  None
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke 82 keys with 10 functions keys and numeric keypad
CPU  Nec V40
SPEED  4.77 / 8 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Yamaha custom chip
RAM  512 KB (up to 640 KB)
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  40 x 25 / 80 x 25
GRAPHIC MODES  CGA graphic modes : 320 x 200 / 640 x 200
COLORS  4
SOUND  Tone Generator
SIZE / WEIGHT  39(W) x 31(D) x 9(H) cm.
I/O PORTS  Centronics, RGB monitor and TV, RS232, Mouse, Audio, Floppy disk, Expansion connector
BUILT IN MEDIA  1 or 2 x 3.5'' 720 KB FDD
OS  MS DOS
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  Expansion box
PRICE  $639 - £399


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