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Tandy Radio Shack
MC 10

The Tandy MC 10 (MC means Micro Color) was designed as an "initiation" computer to compete with the Timex Sinclair 1000, the american version of the Sinclair ZX-81. It was more expensive than the Sinclair machine, but outpassed it in every category. It had sound, color, more memory and even a better keyboard.

In fact, the MC-10 is basically a cut down version of the Tandy "Coco" computers, but didn't have as much success as its big brothers.

It is fully compatible with the first version of the Matra Alice (a French computer). Actually both are the same computer (except for the case color, the Alice is red and the Tandy is white).

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Richard Vermeulen adds:
The Tandy MC-10 micro color computer was not a commercial success. Tandy did not support this machine. In Basic you could only use 8 color and a graphic resolution of 64x32 dots. However, the MC-10 had much more capabilities: 2 color 256x192 graphics, 4 color 128x192 graphics and the sound-chip had synthesizer posibilities. If all these extra functions were mentioned in the manual, I bet that these machine would have sold much more.

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I''ve made lots of software for this computer in recent years. It was my first computer and I had lots of fun back in late ''83 fooling around with it. Come see what we have made and relive the early 8-bit years:
http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/jimgerrie/jsoft.html

          
Saturday 25th January 2014
Jim Gerrie (Canada)
Jim Gerrie''s Software Page

You couldn''t fully take advantage of the higher resolution graphics modes without internal modifications because some of the address lines on the 6847 weren''t attached and address decoding is a cheap design. As a result, the last 1/3 of the screen is a mirror of the first 1/3 in the highest resolution modes.

To make matters worse, the ROM interrupt vectors point to locations that are in the screen address range used by higher res modes.

          
Tuesday 14th February 2012
JamesD (USA)

You couldn''t fully take advantage of the higher resolution graphics modes without internal modifications because some of the address lines on the 6847 weren''t attached and address decoding is a cheap design. As a result, the last 1/3 of the screen is a mirror of the first 1/3 in the highest resolution modes.

To make matters worse, the ROM interrupt vectors point to locations that are in the screen address range used by higher res modes.

          
Tuesday 14th February 2012
JamesD (USA)

 

NAME  MC 10
MANUFACTURER  Tandy Radio Shack
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1983
END OF PRODUCTION  1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microcolor Basic 1.0 (Microsoft)
KEYBOARD  QWERTY / AZERTY, Calculator style keyboard, 48 keys, Basic statements written above keys
SHIFT, CONTROL, ENTER, BREAK
CPU  Motorola 6803 (6800 compatible)
SPEED  0.89 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  MC-6847 Video Generator
RAM  4 kb (up to 20 kb), 3142 bytes left for user
ROM  8 kb (Microcolor Basic)
TEXT MODES  32 x 16
GRAPHIC MODES  With Basic : 64 x 32, 8 colors
With machine-code : up to 128 x 192, 2 colors
With machine-code and 16k expansion RAM : 256 x 192, 2 colors
COLOrsc  9
SOUND  Beeper with variable pitch and duration
SIZE / WEIGHT  216 mm x 180 mm x 50mm / 836gr
I/O PORTS  RGB DIN8 or RF jack (USA) video out, Expansion port, Tape (DIN6), Serial (DIN5), power IN
POWER SUPPLY  8.0v AC 1.5A (MATRA Alice PSU can be used)
PERIPHERALS  16k RAM expansion, Printer
PRICE  £99.95 (UK, 1983), $119.95 (USA), 16K RAM upgrade $49.95

  
 

I like this little machine but its sister, the Alice, is way more funky!

 
  




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