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COLOUR GENIE / EG-2000

The Colour Genie was the successor of the Genie 1, Genie 2 and Genie 3. It was intended to compete with the Tandy Color Computer although it was not at all compatible with its model (Z80 microprocessor instead of a Motorola 6809 in the CoCo)

The graphic resolution wasn't as good as the CoCo, furthermore it was not possible to mix characters and graphics.

However, the machine was reliable and solidly built. It featured a good mechanical keyboard and even a little level display located above the keyboard, which allowed to set the recording level of the tape recorder to improve reliability when writing onto a tape.

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This was the first computer I ever bought with my own money. I bought it as a package with a rtty decoder and software. I wish I still had that setup.

btw, the first computer that the family had was a Video Genie Model 1. My cousin had a TRS-80 and we were going to get one of those but my dad saw an ad for the Video Genie and decided it was better value.

          
Saturday 26th May 2012
Jason (London - UK)

Yes that was it. It was distributed by the Colour Genie user mag Gum boot, at about the end of the era. Im afraid my genies and source tapes all ended up in a skip when I moved to America. :-(

          
Sunday 2nd January 2011
Rick Hamilton (Uk)

Rick, that would be Jet Set Billy. I think i still have one of these in storage with about 100 games, might have to dig it and and see if it will boot up again.

          
Sunday 5th December 2010
Reality Check (uk)

 

NAME  COLOUR GENIE / EG-2000
MANUFACTURER  Eaca
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Hong Kong
YEAR  1982
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft BASIC
KEYBOARD  Typewriter style, 63 keys with 4 function keys
CPU  Zilog Z80
SPEED  2.2 MHz
RAM  16 KB, 32 KB with memory expansion
ROM  16 KB
TEXT MODES  40 columns x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  160 x 102 dots
COLOrsc  8 (text mode), 4 (graphic mode)
SOUND  3 channels (AY-8910)
SIZE / WEIGHT  43.5 (W) x 28 (D) x 8 (H) cm /
I/O PORTS  RS232, Joystick (2), Light Pen, RGB, Audio
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  Light-pen, parallel printer, floppy disc drives
PRICE  1100 in 1982, about 350 in 1985





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