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Sord
M23 Mark III

The Sord M23 Mark III was available with 12" green monitor or a 14" color monitor.

Despite the M23 featured a cartridge port, all of its important software came on floppies, including the ground-breaking PIPS-III and several BASIC compiler variants developed by Sord and running on their own OS. A lot of good business software and games were written with these.

There were later Mark systems released, including a Mark I with the world's first 3.5 inch floppies deployed, and the Mark V with eight inch drives -- the Mark III had 5.25'' floppies. There was also the Mark X with a 10MB hard drive.

Around 1983 or so the "M23EX" was released - this was basically an M23 with the mk41 drives (5.25" DSHD) housed in an M68 case (more PC-style with separate keyboard and floppies in the main case). It was a low cost option contemporary with the more expensive and better spec'd M68.

Graphics required an upgrade - from memory it was a chip, and also an upgrade from "FDOS" to "GDOS" (the graphics DOS). Graphics on this and the M68 were operated in a weird way from CBASIC or BASIC-II (a structured BASIC) - you put it into graphics mode and then issued specially formatted PRINT commands to access graphics - for example:

10 PRINT CLEAR
20 GRAPH 1
30 PRINT "GINIT"
40 PRINT "COLOR 7"
... other code ....
50 GRAPH 0

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The price in Italy was Lire 4,900,000 + IVA (14$?) in 1982 (found in an old computer magazine ad), about 5 months of salary of an employee at the time.

          
Saturday 4th October 2014
Pecoramatta (Italy)
Rétro Scan

I remember writing all this software for an Insurance Agent I knew, who had one of these Sord M23''s. Can''t remember which variant it was now. Anyway, he ran his agent business on this machine with the apps I wrote for him.

          
Tuesday 17th July 2012
Shane Doyle (Australia)

I still have one. I've just dragged it down from the attic!
It was still able to go when packed away, not sure I have any discs for it.

I remember that it had a great pacman game

          
Wednesday 11th July 2007
Lorna (New-Zealand)

 

NAME  M23 Mark III
MANUFACTURER  Sord
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  Japan
YEAR  1982
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard with numeric keypad, function keys and arrow keys
CPU  Z80A
SPEED  4 Mhz
CO-PROCESSOR  APU (Am9511) arithmetic processor
RAM  128 KB
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  80 x 25
GRAPHIC MODES  640 x 256
COLOrsc  8 colors
SOUND  Unknown
SIZE / WEIGHT  420 x 107 x 300 / 3.8 Kg
I/O PORTS  2 x RS232c ports (75 - 19200 baud), Centronics/Parallel port, 3 x bus slots
BUILT IN MEDIA  Two optional 5.25'' disk-drives (330 KB)
OS  Sord DOS, CP/M, UCSD Pascal
POWER SUPPLY  110, 230 V AC +/- 15%
PRICE  Unknown





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