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D > DICK SMITH > VZ300     


Dick Smith
VZ300

Dick Smith released the VZ-300 (same model as the VTech Laser 310) in 1985. It was basically a VZ-200 with 16K RAM (the VZ-200 had 8K RAM), a slightly updated BASIC ROM and a better standard keyboard.

The 16K cartridge could be plugged into the VZ300, as well as a new 64K version, but it only gave a total of 34 KB. Only language machine programs could take advantage of the extra 32 KB thanks to the Z80 bank switching facility.

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I had one 20-something years ago. It was a good little workhorse, until the conduit that carries the blue smoke it runs on sprung a leak.

          
Thursday 12th June 2014
Lisati (New Zealand)

just got one today, have spent the last few hours loading tapes and mucking around with it, for me it all started with the commodore 64, the collection just keeps growing, books, magazines, now a Tandy printer, it seems old computers are becoming a bit more of a active hobby for me

          
Sunday 16th February 2014
dave (Australia )

Typo: the video processor is teh 6847, not 6807. And I wouldn''t call it a "coprocessor."

          
Wednesday 9th January 2013
Juan Castro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
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NAME  VZ300
MANUFACTURER  Dick Smith
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Hong Kong
YEAR  1985
END OF PRODUCTION  1987
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft Basic
KEYBOARD  QWERTY, 46 mechanical keys, Basic instructions and graphic symbols
CPU  Zilog Z80 A
SPEED  3.54 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Video chip : Motorola 6807
RAM  16 kb (up to 64 kb)
VRAM  2 kb
ROM  16 kb
TEXT MODES  32 columns x 16 lines, 8 colors (Mode 0)
GRAPHIC MODES  128 x 64 dots, 4 colors (Mode 1)
COLOrsc  8
SOUND  built-in piezzo loudspeaker 1 voice, 2.5 octaves, 9 note lengths
SIZE / WEIGHT  30,5 x 18,5 x 5,5 cm
I/O PORTS  Tape-recorder (600 bauds), TV (RF modulator), Composite video, Memory expansion port, general expansion port
BUILT IN MEDIA  None
POWER SUPPLY  External AC adaptor 10V DC 800 mA
PERIPHERALS  16 and 64 KB RAM plug-in modules, tape recorder, FDD unit
PRICE  $99.00 AU Dollars (Australia, 1985)





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