This professional computer was compatible with most of the hardware and software designed for the Apple II.
It could run under DOS 3.x, but thanks to its second CPU, a Z80 processor, it could also run under CP/M.
The Basis 108 had 128 KB RAM, (two switchable memory banks of 64k).
Two 5"1/4 disk-drives (Apple compatible) could also be mounted inside the computer. In the picture, these are Apple Disk II drives.
The Basis 108 was a good Apple II compatible machine with a lot of options built-in (80 columns, disk-drives controller, CP/M, high-resolution graphics), and was cheaper than the equivalent Apple system...
A year after introduction, the Basis Junior was presented at various different electronic shows. It was basically the same computer but with only 64 KB RAM (with optional expansion to 128k).
I too had a Basis 108. I visited a nice couple in Munster, Germany and got the first upgrade z80 card to run at 4.5 Also a very smart audio engineer, a Mr. Smith, in Cali, adapted a $995 hard drive to work with the Basis. The hard drive Co. failed in their attempt.
Friday 12th April 2013
I had one of theses that was built under a licence in Hong Kong, known as Medfly. I belonged to a US based user''s group and learned a lot about computing using this PC. I ran both Applesoft and CPM on it for many years.
Wednesday 11th April 2012
Peter Gilvarry (USA formerly Hong Kong)
I remember playing Karatika on this computer. I think Lotus 123 was used as well.