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D > DRAGON DATA LTD  > Dragon 32

Dragon Data Ltd
Dragon 32

Paul remembers:
I was bought a Dragon 32 computer by my parents for christmas 1982/3. To me at the time it was the best computer ever with it`s games either on cartridge or tape. I remember games like hi-lo, rommels revenge, chuckie egg, UXB, frogger and the mine game that used to make the screen look like it was exploding when you hit one.
About a year after we bought the Dragon 32 games became very hard to get hold of apart from in second hand shops, that ones one, i`m afraid to say of many bad points. The 80`s home computer was notorious for is painstaking games loading times ranging from 10 to 30 minutes, there was no exception with the Dragon 32, in fact it didn`t come with it`s own tape drive, you have to buy a flatbed tapedeck from Tandy`s and if the volume was too high or too low the game didn`t load or got to the end and displayed SN ERROR.To solve this i used a blob of tippex on the volume switch to mark the correct volume,i was not alone with this idea i`m sure.
There were also good points with the Dragon 32, the instruction manuel, a spiral bound bible gave you every bit of information you needed to know, including some basic programmes you could type in. I`ll never forget taking an hour to type in some commands in order for my name to flash on the screen in different colours making a droning sound hehe.
Conclusion: The Dragon 32 played a great part in my childhood and despite it`s faults I really enjoyed owning it. It is around at my mums somewhere but does need a new powerpack,i doubt if i`ll ever see it working again.

Finlux version by Taneli Lukka :
Dragon 32 was distributed here in Finland by a Finnish television manufacturer Finlux. The machine was just rebadged as Finlux Dragon 32, otherwise the machines were just like all the others, they didn't even add the scandinavian letters (ń, ÷ and ň) to the keyboard. These machines can now be considered ultra rare, because Dragon was also sold by other companies than just Finlux so the rebadged machines are a minority even here in Finland. It seems that Dragon 64 was not distributed by Finlux. The company still makes TV's by the way, altough it has financial problems, but Dragon remains their first and last effort in the field of computers.

Graham Johns reports :
I ran the main dealership for Dragon 32 in Wales in 1982. We sold 200 of them (at ú199) in the month before Xmas. Supplies were very limited because of processor availability and quality problems. I had at least half of them returned within a month-January 1983 was a nightmare!

John H. Clark reports :
The Dragon 32 was my first home computer, in 1983. One odd feature was that it couldn't display lower case letters on screen properly - it used inverted video capital letters instead! This prevented its use as a wordprocessor, unless (like me) you bought a third-party cartridge which emulated a 80 x 40 screen.

Dave Gamble adds:
The machine was produced in the South Wales Steel town of Port Talbot. Dragon Data was hailed as a "High Tech" success when the machines started selling, although they were substantially funded from local government and were the subject of many local media station stories. Unfortunately, they went bust in the mid-eigties and the Japanese videotape manufacture Orion took over the factory unit and who still reside there.

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