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This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Open University, UK Hektor 3 computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message! For other purposes like sales messages, hardware & software questions or information requests, please use our main forum.

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Wednesday 10th October 2012
Colin (UK)

I have just obtained an old Hektor III open university computer from 1983. Does anyone have a manual for this. Also it did not come with a power supply, so if you have the schematic then this would be usefull


Monday 31st October 2011
schaap (The Netherlands)

Here is one with some pictures on Ebay:$LH_DefaultDomain_146$hash$item336dc4a470


Sunday 2nd May 2010
Dave Shawyer

I have a Hektor III but it has a different ROM O/S from the one I used on my OU course. This ROM doesn''t give access to BASIC. Has anyone experienced this and indeed does anyone have a copy of the original ROM?



Friday 17th April 2009
Rob (UK)

My Father had one of these Hektor computers, which was indeed, as described on the hektor page of your site, on loan for his Open University course (not sure what course it was).
As I was too young to know much about such things at the time, which I''ve certainly made up for over the years, one thing I do remember very clearly, is that-

when a certain key combination (quite possibly shift+the key in the top right corner) was pressed... it would play a tune!! (Definately hardware not software)

..which has obviously had a lasting impression on me! I would love to hear the tune again for nostalgia, but it seems the Hektor is so rare with so little known about it, I can''t see that happening! lol

You have a great web site, keep it up!

Monday 26th March 2007
Ruth Cammies (UK)

For information, an example of the HEKTOR III, with a manual, is available to view at the Open University Archive, at the Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK. For further information or to make an appointment to come and look at the computer, contact: 01908 653378

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