The DRAGON 32 enjoyed a pretty good success in Europe. Its ROM holds the Operating System and a version of the Microsoft Extended BASIC.
One of its characteristics is partial compatibility with the Tandy TRS 80 Color Series. They can use same peripherals and some cartridges, but most ROM calls will fail on the other computer.
However, the Dragon did have at least two advantages over the first TRS-80 Color computer: A typewriter-style keyboard that was somewhat better than the tandy's calculator-like keys; and a Centronics parallel-printer port.
Two years later, Welsh launched the DRAGON 64 which has the same characteristics except the added memory (64k RAM instead of 32k), a RS232c port and minor ROM changes.
I have a Dragon 32 available to a good home, don''t know if it still breathes fire as I haven''t switched it on for years. If anyone wants it let me know
Thursday 30th July 2015
Eddie Lee (Cardiff )
I got a 32 used, from Thornleys (a pork processing plant in Chorley) in 1986. The system, a tape drive, the dragon floppy drive a a big bag of software. Plus a Juki daisywheel wide-format printer.
It ran the databases for our family business for years, and I used it daily until I moved to the US in 2002, where it was put in storage. In 91+92 i even went to the last Dragon store in Valletta to buy more software. Ah fun times.....
Hi this computer i had for a whole year and a bit - it helped me pass one o level and fail all the rest - i sent it back to the catologue company in a bid to upgrade to the Dragon64 but never did so as my parents would not let me buy a computer ever again due to me failing my exams!!
Friday 11th March 2011
Dragon Data Ltd
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Microsoft Extended Basic Basic Interpreter 1.0 (1982)
QWERTY Mechanical keyboard 53 keys
Motorola MC-6847 Video Display Generator
2 x 8K or 16K EPROM comprising Microsoft Extended BASIC
32 x 16
Several graphic modes, max : 256 x 192 (with 2 colors)
1 voice, 5 octaves with the Basic 4 voices, 7 octaves with machine code
SIZE / WEIGHT
38 (W) x 32.5 (D) x 9.7 (H) cm / 2.1 kg
TV connector, 2 analogue joystick ports, cassette port, Centronics parallel printer port, cartridge slot, composite monitor port
Dragon 32 : 455 (France, november 83) Dragon 32: 211 (France, november 85)