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D > DICK SMITH > VZ200     


Dick Smith
VZ200

The Dick Smith VZ-200 and VZ-300 were very popular in Australia and New Zealand from 1983 to 1990. The VZ200 was the same model as the VTech Laser 200.

Despite of its poor chicklet keyboard and short RAM space, users could find hundreds of programs from local magazines, Dick Smith store or from several very active VZ user clubs.

Several peripherals and add-on were quickly available, among them, a 16 KB RAM plug-in module, a tape recorder, a mouse, a Speech Synthesiser and later a floppy disc drive unit.

See a complete review of the VZ 200 in the 'Read more' page.



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Go the VZ''s.
Sep 2013: I''ve just managed to get the VZ''s to play WAV file samples through its internal piezo, as well as the start of a .MOD music module player - all done with assembly and easily compiled with the Z88 dev kit. I''d love it if more people were keen enough to come on board. Find me and various music programs over on the VZEMU Yahoogroups email list. Cheers to all whom read this.

          
Monday 16th September 2013
Dave (Aus)

This modell even was sold in Germany, it was my first computer. I bought it with 64 kb extrenseion, spend many nights with programmeing. The magazine Chip posted for TRS 80 an assembler and a debugger. With a friend we changed the adresses and used the extension. Most people used Commodore or Atari, because of grafics and music. But there was no MS-Basic, and we wanted to get experience in this standard language.

          
Wednesday 26th September 2012
Axel (Germany)

I still remember the different memory addresses, such as using "POKE 30744,1" to invert the colours in text mode.

          
Monday 16th January 2012
Jeremy (Australia)

 

NAME  VZ200
MANUFACTURER  Dick Smith
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Australia
YEAR  1982
END OF PRODUCTION  Unknown
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft BASIC
KEYBOARD  45 rubber keys, Basic instructions and graphic symbols
CPU  Z80A
SPEED  3.58 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Motorola 6847 (video processor)
RAM  8 KB (6 KB for user, 2 KB for video) up to 24 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 speaker 1 voice, 2.5 octaves, 9 note lengths
SIZE / WEIGHT  29 (W) x 17 (D) x 4 (H) cm / 800 gr
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 9V DC 800 mA
PERIPHERALS  16 KB RAM plug-in module, tape recorder,
PRICE  AU$299





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