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VIDEO TECHNOLOGY   Video Technology
LASER 3000

A very interesting and obscure system.

The Laser 3000 is compatible (software-wise only) with the Apple II+ through emulation software.

A Z80 card with CP/M 80 was available, as well as an Intel 8088 card.

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This was my first real computer. I was a fan of the Apple II. I wanted to play them Chopper, Centipede, Frogger and Zaxxon games. I ordered my unit from Dick Smith Sydney.

Was an exciting moment in my life. The freight arrived from Sydney to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. My dad bought me the whole kit with the emulator, joystick, drives. I used it with a 14” colour television. Had a great time programming, paying games, composing music with the SOUND command. The CAT side had some special graphics modes and Sound options which were great. Loved those times. Graduated to Amiga 1000 after this.

          
Wednesday 22nd December 2010
Gajendra Ratnam (Malaysia)
GeniSoftware

I wanted a 3000 sooo bad because of its modular design. This picture does not show it with its drive. The drive was detached, so was everything else. I wound up getting a 128. I used to be able to hit ctl-break and read the programming. One fateful day, it all got locked doen and all we saw was code. This infuriated me. It was then I became a hacker. At that very moment.

          
Sunday 31st October 2010
BlueBox

This was the first computer I owned. Purchased in New Zealand for NZ$1250 through Dick Smith Electronics. Dick Smith Electronics marketed it as the CAT. It was said to be 96$ compatible with the Apple IIe when the "Emulator Catridge" was installed. The documentation I had, claimed that the Emulator Catridge increased memory from 48KB to 64KB.
At the time, a genuine Apple IIe was at least double that price so it represented good value for money. I owned it for about 4 years and it proved to be reliable.

          
Friday 22nd January 2010
Milo Davies (New Zealand)

 

NAME  LASER 3000
MANUFACTURER  Video Technology
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Hong Kong
YEAR  1983
END OF PRODUCTION  Unknown
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Unknown
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, 81 keys, 8 function keys, numeric keypad, cursor keys, caps lock, esc, ctrl, shift (x2), tab, break, rubout
CPU  6502A
SPEED  2 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  optional Z80A
RAM  64 KB (up to 192 KB)
ROM  32 KB
TEXT MODES  40 / 80 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  560 x 192 / 280 x 192
COLORS  8
SOUND  4 voices, 6 octaves
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  RS232 (optional), Centronics, Tape, Composite & RGB video outputs
OS  DOS 3.3 + optional CP/M 80 (with Z80A card)
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply
PERIPHERALS  Z80A card, Intel 8088 card, RS232c interface
PRICE  with disk drive : 4980 FF (France, july 1985)


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