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Kaypro 16

The Kaypro 16 was the first Kaypro model to use MS-DOS and Intel 8088 CPU instead of the good old CP/M - Z80 couple. It was thus a machine that represents the new direction taken by Kaypro and the technological evolution in general.

The Kaypro 16/2 is a Kaypro 16 with two 5''1/4 floppy drives and no hard drive. Both versions shipped with a large bundle of software: MS-DOS, WordStar, MailMerge, CalcStar, InfoStar, MITE, GW-Basic, tutorials and... 13 manuals!

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The following info is provided by Joe Rigdon:
The model 16 had a detachable IBM compatable keyboard, one 360 K disk drive and a 10 Meg hard drive. It also has a built in 9 inch monochrome green monitor with a 25 x 80 display. It had an Intel 8088 CPU running at 4.77MHz. It used a 8237A DMA, an 8253-5 timer, an 8255-5 peripheral interface, an 8259A interrupt controller, an 8284A clock and an 8288 bus controller. The standard system had a motherboard and three cards and one open expansion slot.

The mother board was socketed for 512K of memory but only 256 K was installed from the factory. The motherboard contained the circuitry that decodes RGB video into gray levels of monochrome. Also on the motherboard was a WD1002 disk controller board.

One of the cards was the processor card. It contained the keyboard interface, the clock, the timer, the bus controller, the DMA, the programmable peripheral interface and the programmable interrupt controller. It also contained a socket for a math coprocessor.

The second cards was the floppy-RAM-I/O card. It contained a DB-25S connector for the parallel port and either a DB-9S or DB-9P connector for the serial port. The third card was a color graphics card for use with an external RGB or monochrome monitor. It had a DB-9S connector for the RGB monitor and a jack for a monochrome monitor. Both used standard cables.

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The Kaypro 16 was our first family computer and I logged so many hours on it that it gave me a true love for computing. Between programming and gaming I put this machine through hell and the nice thing is that I still have it after all these years. It still works too.

          
Tuesday 14th May 2013
Bill C (US)

I called the Kaypro 16 that I had ''My kickstart computer''. It had a 10MB (RLL) harddrive that would stick when you turned the computer off. You had to give the case a slap to get it to start spinning again.

          
Friday 8th April 2011
Victor Paul

Thank you for the “walk down Memory Lane.” I enjoyed your page on the Kaypro 16, my first computer (“portable” or otherwise). I bought it for $800 from the Home Shopping Network in 1989. It worked like a champ for five years. The only problem was that the metal case made static electricity a real problem and the system would lock up on me.

          
Friday 29th August 2003
Karolyn Kelly-O'Keefe (USA)

 

NAME  Kaypro 16
MANUFACTURER  Kaypro
TYPE  Transportable
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  September 1985
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  None
KEYBOARD  detachable 83-key IBM compatible keyboard, function keys and numeric keypad
CPU  Intel 8088
SPEED  4,77 Mhz
RAM  256 KB (512 KB max. on the main board)
ROM  Phoenix Rom Bios
TEXT MODES  40 or 80 columns x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  320 x 200, 640 x 200
CGA and MDA modes
COLORS  built in 9 inch monochrome green monitor
SOUND  Beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  46 (W) x 38 (D) x 20.5 (H) cm / 16kg
I/O PORTS  1 IBM expansion slot, Parallel, Serial, external monitors (color and monochrome)
BUILT IN MEDIA  One 5''1/4 disk-drive (360k) + Second FDD or 10 MB hard-drive
OS  MS-DOS
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in PSU
PRICE  $2295 (dual FDD) - $3295 (10 MB HDD)


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