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Olivetti introduced a mainframe about 1960 which was called ELEA, then in 1965 the Programma 101 - which was probably the world's first real desktop computer. Then a little later they introduced the Audiotronic range of "office computers". The first was the A770, which was replaced by the A7. The A5 was the desktop version. The Olivetti Audit 5 or A5 was largely an electro mechanical computer. It printed via a golf ball typewritter mechanism at the astonishing speed of 16 character per second...
The TA 1600 system was introduced in 1983 at the CeBIT (which was only a part of the "Hannover-Messe" by that time). TA showed a few sample applications and the 1600 family in general. Triumph Adler's hardware included also the 1600/20-3 which was supplied with a permanent-swap-HDD-unit. This unit had a memory/storage capacity of 2 x 8 MB (Winchester technology). Triumph Adler said the system (the 1600) will fit the demand of medium-sized businesses, due to the facts that these companies w...
MIDWICH Microcontroller
Called the Midwich Microcontroller, this British computer was developped to provide a small desktop micro capable of running other equipment throug a variety of interface cards. In 1979 an Italian IC manufacturer designed and began to sell a single board micro system that could be expanded to a full system with a VDU, discs, etc. Called the Nanocomputer, it was manufactured by SGS Ates and one of the distributors in the UK was Midwich. The Nano was somewhat expensive and suffered from a numbe...
RADIONIC Model R1001
This is an extremly rare TRS-80 Model 1 clone, based on an other clone: The Komtek 1 (from Germany). It's equiped with a Level II basic and powered by a Zilog Z80 cpu. _________ Contributors : Incog...
BASF 7100
The BASF 7000 systems are professional computers from Germany. They seem to be based on the Microterm II Intelligent Terminal by Digi-Log Systems, Inc. There were several models in the 7000 serie....
PCC 2000 is a professional computer released in 1978. It was designed in 1978 by Pertec, the company which merged with MITS by the end of 1976. The PCC is conceived as a monobloc machine, where the display and two 8" floppy disk drives are built-in the main case. The mechanical keyboard offers separated numeric and editing keypads. The system is powered by an Intel 8085 microprocessor and offers 64 KB RAM. The whole thing was apparently delivered with an extended Basic language, which has...
TAP 34 is a self design of Terta company from Hungary. Primarily it was designed as a terminal for big computer systems but it was also able to process data alone. The main integrated circuits were assembled in the USSR and in Hungary by Tungsram, but several parts were imported from other countries. The built-in monitor was a DME-28 monochrome CRT made by Orion. This company was famous for its televisions in Hungary and the other KGST countries. The floppy drive attached to the compute...
Based on the MCM 70 / 700 (see this entry for more info), the MCM 800 followed in 1976. It was faster, included 16 KB RAM (instead of 8 KB for the 700), and included the ability to drive an external monitor. Among other things, MCM 800s were used in one of the first french industrial network called Gixinet (along with ARCnet). This was a token-bus type network developped by the Gixi company....
The Imlac PDS-1 is a graphical minicomputer made by Imlac Corporation (founded in 1968) of Needham, Massachusetts. The PDS-1 debuted in 1970 and is considered to be the predecessor of all later graphical minicomputers and modern computer workstations. The PDS-1 had a built-in display list processor and 4096 16-bit words of core RAM. The PDS-1 used a vector display processor for displaying vector graphics as opposed to the raster graphics of modern computer displays. The PDS-1 was often used with...
COMMODORE  C64 Golden Jubilee
Between 1984 (in the U.S.) and 1986 (in Germany), Commodore International celebrated the 1,000,000 machines sold mark in these respective countries by issuing special "Gold" editions of the Commodore C64. These machines were regular C64 models, except they were Golden-colored and fixed on a commemorative plate. The following information comes from Death Adder : Until December 1986, 1,000,000 Commodore 64s were sold in Germany. On this occasion, Commodore Buromaschinen GmbH (...

SANYO  Wavy 3
This is apparently a classic MSX 1 computer, though this particular model is quite rare! Its particularity is to have three cartridge slots!...
This computer was used in the 80's in Hungarian schools along with the Primo. It was very similar to the Enterprise 64 as it was a licensed product. There is even a built-in joystick on the right of the keyboard. There are different models : 32 KB, 64 KB and 64 KB+ (picture here). The 64 KB+ has more video RAM (64 KB instead of 16 KB) and different versions of ROM (2.1 - 2.2 & 2.4 instead of 1.1 -1.2 - 1.3 & 1.4). The main physical difference of the TV-Comp...
The 99/8 was intended as an upmarket companion to the TI 99/4A . Something like a small business computer. However, at TI they didn't think it would generate any income, so it was never released. It has built-in features which were optional in the 4A : The speech synthesiser and the Pascal UCSD ROM card. It is a prototype computer and was never marketed. _______________________ Very interesting information from CC Clarke
Also called the PMC 101, this PMC MicroMate is a small CP/M computer that "extends" a dumb terminal into a full blown computer. The case is the size of a full height floppy drive, and contains a half height 5 1/4" floppy drive as well as the Z80 computer itself. The system also has stickers on it indicating it was either sold by or OEM'ed by Trios Micro Systems. It comes with 2 CP/M v3.0 boot disks: one for 9600 baud and one for 300 baud. Communications to the terminal is software selectable ...
SHARP  X1 Turbo
The Turbo serie was launched simultaneously with the X1 serie. The X1 Turbo has enhanced graphic features. It also has additional hardware compared to the X1 serie: DMAC, CTC and SIO as standard. CTC & SIO can be however implemented on X1 serie through additional FM sound board or Mouse/Rs-232C board. But DMAC can not. Turbo series has a special "KANJI" V-RAM, compared to X1 series which has only one way to display "KANJI" symbols, a heavy task for the Z80A...
SONY  Hit-Bit F1XD
This MSX 2 system, is basicaly a Sony HB-F1 with a 3.5" disk drive built-in the case (2DD, 720 KB). The keyboard is quite complete with a numeric keypad and special keys. There is a hardware PAUSE-button which hangs the computer when pressed. The SPEED-CONTROLLER slider (slow-motion) and the REN-SHA-TURBO slider (auto-fire for both joysticks and spacebar) are nice features for playing games. Sadly this computer was only sold in Japan, so it's pretty hard to...
The Model 16 was the same as a Model 12 with the 68000 add-on. It was launched a few time after the Tandy TRS 80 model IV. The Z80 processor was used for I/O. Up to four hard disks could be connected (8.4 mb each). It was compatible with the Tandy TRS 80 model II thanks to the Z80 and could run the Model II operating system. This 68000 chip set and associated memory were much more than a speed ...
SHARP  X1 (CZ-800C)
This is the first member of the X1 family. Difficult to locate this computer in the Sharp family, it has some characteristics of the MZ 2000 but is not compatible with it. The X1 family had a very great success in Japan, and the last models were very powerful. Go figure why Sharp didn't market these computers outside Japan… The most famous and strong feature of the X1 series is its Programmable Charactor Generator(PCG). Tape Basic and Disk Basic were availa...
MIDWICH Microcontroller
Called the Midwich Microcontroller, this British computer was developped to provide a small desktop micro capable of running other equipment throug a variety of interface cards. In 1979 an Italian IC manufacturer designed and began to sell a single board micro system that could be expanded to a full system with a VDU, discs, etc. Called the Nanocomputer, it was manufactured by SGS Ates and one of the distributors in the UK was Midwich. The Nano was somewhat expensive and suffered from a numbe...
MSI 6800
The MSI-6800 system was a bus structured system based on the SS50 bus developed by South West Technical Products (SWTPC) for the 6800 processor in 1975. All of the MSI boards were thus compatible with all existing SS50 circuit boards and interface cards. The main system had a 16-slot motherboard and was available ready-built or in kit form for some parts. It could support dual floppy disc drive (2 x 160 KB) which can be integrated into the main unit. It can al...

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Portable Wordprocessor WP-2 / WP-3

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The Service Manual is now available at Vintage Volts. All in all, a lot more has been discovered about the machine. My current guess is that the CPU runs at 1.366 MHz.

SHARP  PC-1260 PC-1261 PC-1262
I recently was given several PC-1260, PC-1261, and PC-1262''s, a cassette interfaces and a combo cassette/printer interface. There was no documentation with any of the devices.

Does anyone have a downloadable versions of the programming/operations manual that is in English or translated from German?

Every manual I have found is from bad scans of the German manual which have so far defied any attempt to software convert to searchable pdf and translate. The backgrounds have text imprints from other pages, random dots all over the place, and the images are skewed at various angles.

Please respond here because I think a lot of searchers eventually end up here.

Miles Carter
VISUAL TECHNOLOGY Visual 1083 / Commuter
I had one of these as my first PC, it saw regular use with an EGA and CGA monitor into the early 90s. I remember my mom playing qubert (not Q*Bert) on it until she filled the score counter and it went negative and then back through positive. That orange phosphor screen is burned into my memory. Also would play a tower typing game and various BASIC programs. We had a Ford Simulator on a white floppy, it played much like a Pole Position/Outrun mashup.

i recently found one of these beasts in a dumpster with a zenith data systems display it didnt have the keyboard though :(
i got a laugh when i booted it up and it said keyboard error press f1 to resume lol i think the hd in it still works it has a sticker on the back that says its a reference drive

SHARP  MZ 800 - MZ 1500
@ian forshaw (uk): After 10 years my answer - i have 10 pieces 2,8" Disk

IBM  PS/2 Model 25
The school I have worked at for the last 16 years has a number of these that I have stored in a closet. Also Model 25SX $ Model 30/286''s and some others. I pulled this one out this week (9/2014) hoping to put it on display for the kids to see, plugged it in along with a matching IBM keyboard and it fired right up! Has a 20G Hard drive in it and came right up to the C:$ prompt. This is the way IBM used to build equipment!!

greg greene
HEATHKIT / ZENITH  Z-100/110/120
Best keyboard for writing ever made ! still have mine with 8 inch drives !!!!

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