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N > NEC  > APC III


 

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Sunday 20th March 2016
Chris (New Jersey)

I have a working APC III and color monitor, fully decked out. It has the 8087 option and the SLE board, which stands for Software Library Expander, giving it essentially full IBM compatibility. I haven''t tested it, but the hard drive has/had Jeopardy loaded, and it seemed to run fine. Ok not MS Flight Simulator or Lotus 1-2-3 (IBM version), which were designated compatibility litmus tests back in the day, but I assume it''s pretty compatible. I''d have to pull it out and dust it off and mess with it some. I doubt the h/d will boot anymore, but I have all the necessary s/w images, including those necessary to activate the SLE subsystem.
From the looks of it, the III is the American market version of the PC-9801, or very similar at least. Has the same cards/card cage in the back. C-Bus? A 9801 would be very very cool to have, Japanese to the hilt, but I''m still proud of my APC III.


Tuesday 7th May 2013
Rob Sullivan (Washington/USA)

I used both the original APC and the APCIII. They were cutting edge computers at the time. My father was IS Director for NEC Technologies at the time so I got to play with most of the new NEC products, including some of their home audio gear. I really liked the APC with the two 1MB floppies and 10MB hard drive. Moonball was great on that having the color screen. My dad used it for doing letters (stuffing envelopes) for an organization outside Boston and the machine would keep me up at night as both floppies were very noisy when being accessed for the mail merge (can''t remember what the word processing program was". But it would be going all night long processing the letters and then printing them out on the NEC Spinwriter, a letter quality printer at the time. It''s funny how looking back on those days how amazing they seemed.. even compared to today with all the technology. I guess it was my age and the newness of computers, but there was something special about messing around with these computers. I''ve been in and out of IT for 35 years now (and my dad a lot longer) and these old computers have a special place in my heart.


Monday 25th February 2013
Paulo (Portugal)

I used an APC III back in 82/83. It booted in BASIC direct if no floppy was $ed. The floppy drive was an accessory that came later and a wonder to me! Before that I had to type the program I needed to run line by line every time it was turned on again! With floppies also came the possibility to boot in other operating systems. I used CP/M and the fantastic programs DR-Draw and DR-Graph. Also Wordperfect! Miss those days!


Monday 12th November 2012
Martin (United States)

I have an APC III (it was my fathers), still fully operational. He added an 8087 math co-processor to it to generate Mandlebrot sets (fractals) that are beautiful. It also has the optional sound card in it. Still have the NEC "Moonball" pinball game software - it is great fun to play to this day. I have the original NEC manuals in binders also.


Saturday 2nd June 2012
John Negus (Australia)

I am an architect and used this system to document buildings using Autocad written specifically for the APC 111. It was comparable to its predecessor, the APC CP/M computer, but used 5.25" floppies instead of 8" and was cheaper. It had 8 colours instead of the 4 of the IBM PC and a better processor (8086). I had the expansion card which allowed me to use the DOS version of Wordperfect for my specifications. I purchased it as soon as it was released in Australia and used it as a production machine until around 1990. A great machine in its day!!!


Sunday 12th February 2012
Mr Neil (Australia)

Cool machine, I had Pinball Magic? and Flight Leader. I was lucky enough to get a 2nd machine and monitor, this one had the 10mb HDD. I wonder what they''re worth these days? It''s solid and heavy, all the boards have chunky quality components.


Saturday 14th January 2012
Paul (Australia)

My father purchased this exact P.C for his floor coverings business and our family to use.

It was very frustating when it didn''t play MS DOS based games properly. Wierd graphics and dodgy compatibility made loading and playing games a challenge to say the least.

I have many fond memories though, this P.C certainly had "character" and it was super reliable over many of the dodgy asian clones being sold at the time.


Saturday 14th January 2012
Paul (Australia)

My father purchased this exact P.C for his floor coverings business and our family to use.

It was very frustating when it didn''t play MS DOS based games properly. Wierd graphics and dodgy compatibility made loading and playing games a challenge to say the least.

I have many fond memories though, this P.C certainly had "character" and it was super reliable over many of the dodgy asian clones being sold at the time.


Saturday 14th January 2012
Paul (Australia)

My father purchased this exact P.C for his floor coverings business and our family to use.

It was very frustating when it didn''t play MS DOS based games properly. Wierd graphics and dodgy compatibility made loading and playing games a challenge to say the least.

I have many fond memories though, this P.C certainly had "character" and it was super reliable over many of the dodgy asian clones being sold at the time.


Tuesday 1st May 2007
Alex Young (USA)

The APC III was my first system, and I used it for many years.

The only thing I think I can add here is a note that there was an optional sound card with a very limited range of tones.

The machine was a tank and survived at least a decade and a half before the hard drive finally failed.

There was an included diskette with a bunch of proprietary games and such on it with one addictively simple title "cows and cars".


Friday 23rd April 2004
Patrick Mannion (Lynn, Massachusetts USA)

Ahhhhh... the NEC APC III, the first computer our family had. My dad got it becuase he used to work for NECIS (NEC Info Systems) in Braintree, Mass. I remember I used to watch my dad use and some times I would sit in front of it. I never really used it, I could be wrong becuase my memory is rusty. Then, about summer or two ago I was cleaning out in our dirty dirty basement and lo and behold there it was in its glory but all dusty and dirty, then I stumbled upon a bunch of manuals, one which a ring binder of what seemed be a catalog and some expansion boards, I believe. I would be willing to share them.


Sunday 29th February 2004
Richard Bramante (USA)
Richard Bramante's Homepage

This was a tough machine for me to get software for. I serached the net for quite awhile and came up empty. I got lots of offers for original APC software on 8" floppies, but hardly a nibble for APC III stuff. I finally found someone who came upon some APC III disks and was able to get DOS and DR Draw for this machine.

I'd love more software to try out, as this seems like an interesting machine. I copy of PC/UX would be a neat thing to try assuming I have the hardware to run it. Please let me know if you can help me out with some disk images.





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