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BRITISH MICRO
Mimi 802 / 803 / 804

Nearly nothing is known about these obscure CP/M systems. The technical info is related to the Mimi 802, and the picture illustrates a Mimi 803...

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Mimi's at Leicester Polytechnic, by Rob Seaward:
I used one of these at Leicester Polytechnic around 1981/82.
We used to have a lab full of these for students - we were learning FORTRAN and were lectured by Roger Hutty who wrote a very good book in the subject.
I remember we used to boot the machine using a combination of keys (possible shift or control and B if I recollect correctly).
To ensure myself and a friend could always access a machine (particularly when we were close to assignment deadline) we swapped the V and B keys on the keyboard making the machine unuseable to any other student or for that matter the dumbfounded technicians.


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I''ve actually got one but no discs, manuals or other bits. As far as I am aware the last time I connected it to a monitor it was working, about 3 years ago.

          
Friday 27th November 2015
Stan Brown (Leicester, UK)

we just got a mimi 803 - lots of manuals, software etc.

          
Thursday 10th September 2015
jim austin (uk)
Computer sheds

I was once a designer at the company British Micro of Watford at end of 1981. The Mimi derived from their previous computer which had a user programmable resolution feature for the monitor display though its PLL proved visually unstable and my claim to fame is I reverted it back to a fixed resolution format which was nice $ steady - at the usual 80 cols x 25 rows. Yes the machine attracted great interest at the various PC exhibitions of the time. Not sure how the Mimi fared afterwards in terms of new features. Also the name ''Mimi'' was taken from the owner''s little daughter, not after the wife, unless they shared the same name (?).

          
Wednesday 10th December 2014
Alex Wolski (UK)

 

NAME  Mimi 802 / 803 / 804
MANUFACTURER  British Micro
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  United Kingdom
YEAR  1981
KEYBOARD  Full stroke keyboard with 17 programmed function keys and a numeric keypad, 96 keys
CPU  Z80A
SPEED  4 Mhz
RAM  64 KB dynamic
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  Unknown
GRAPHIC MODES  Unknown
COLORS  Unknown
SOUND  None
SIZE / WEIGHT  24 lbs
I/O PORTS  Full RS232C and Centronics parallel ports, Light pen socket
BUILT IN MEDIA  Two 5.25'' floppy disks, DS/DD,700 KB each
OS  OS/M operating system - fully CP/M compatible
POWER SUPPLY  PSU built-in
PRICE  Unknown


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