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A > ACT > Apricot PC


This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the ACT Apricot PC computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Monday 15th July 2019
Peter Elliott (Wigston Leicester UK)

I have a Apricot LS 550 model LV 83741-0 Could it be of use to you guys ? I know nothing about PC !!$$128559$

Sunday 10th July 2016

Hi i search the computer who see in the movie Electric Dreams... what is the model and where is possible to buy it. i know is a vintage computer ^^ but i want to make a exposure about movie''s computer ...thank''s

Tuesday 24th May 2016
David Fisher (UK)

Hi our company used apricot to run out factory manufacturing snooker balls, we still have loads of the 3.5" disks (Supercalc) and would love to access some of the infromation, does anyone know how to convert the disk to work on dos. I know it can be done as he have had it done before.

Sunday 22nd May 2016
Sergio (Italia)


I''''m looking for the original Apricot mic for my act portable, if someone has one to sell please contact me.

Saturday 21st May 2016
Sergio (Italia)


I''m looking for the original Apricot mic for my act portable, if someone has one to sell please contact me.

Wednesday 21st January 2015
Iliya Kovac (Birmingham, England)

My first ever contract was with Apricot Computers in Birmingham in the R/D, England. I wrote all the test software for their computers (except the hard drive).

Apricot PC/Xi, F1 and another one I can''t remember.

The software tested the computers and did burn-in test in production. I wrote an O/S that loaded the programs and ran them. Even did a simple GUI menu. After a few months I went down to manufacturing and saw my program running on loads of computers. So satisfying.

The S/W development team was really looked after. Even had own lunches cooked to order and eat them at the computers while still working. We were paid to work during meals!

Tuesday 23rd December 2014
Graham Smith (New Zealand)

Hello John Moore,

I recently acquired an Apricot xi. It posts but the main transformer in the power supply is over heating$ smells a bit. Can you help with parts?

Wednesday 1st January 2014
John Moore (New Zealand)

Besides a F1e originally purchased back in 1985, I also have 3 Apricot PCs in differing stages of repair. I have pilfered the ram of 512k out of one to add to the 256k already in another to bring it up to its maximum of 768k. All the PCs have 720k double sided drives (as opposed to the 315k single sided drive). I did get one with an external 20meg Winchester drive. From memory I think the PCs were about NZ$7500 and up to 10grand+ for the xi version. The 20meg drive (back in the mid 80s) we''re about 5 grand - a bit ridiculous by today''s standards. I had a variety a software with the various computers, which included Wordstar a fairly good word processing package. All the previous F1 programmes worked including the activity. I seem to remember that the PC also came with its own version of activity ...but not too sure. One of the PCs was running the ACT version of DOS3.2. Unfortunately this eventually failed and I had to fall back to 2.1..doh! As an aside I got two 12 inch screens and one 9 inch with these computers. Unfortunately we had problems with ants in our roof and one of the 12 inch monitors became a fairly big ants nest!!! Strike out one monitor!! I loved the keyboard of the PC with the extra screen that brought up certain features of the software being run. Why oh why did ACT not make these IBM compatible, it would have been fantastic.
I did see a pic of the ACT Zen with a telephone as part of the keyboard. I think this was the 286 version with the 20meg drive.

Wednesday 28th December 2011

Apricot was not the first outside of Japan witht the 3.5"
HP preceded Apricot with 3.5" microfloppies. (HP 150 eg.) HP announced they had moved 25,000 of them in June 1983 (EDN 11/10/1983 p49)

Thursday 20th January 2011
GP (South Africa)

Was browsing the Internet for the boot up files for the apricot. I still have an original apricot PC which start the development of what is now an extensive product sold internationally. As part of a display we would like to show the original software as it was developed on the apricot (not sure if these disk will even work) but we don''t have the original startup boot disks (dual drive floppy machine). Any suggestions.

Saturday 4th September 2010
Old Geek (US)

I recently found an apricot (the original) and want to restore it. Any tips or user groups?

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