Click Here to visit our Sponsor
The Latest News ! The History of Computing The Magazine Forums Collectors corner Have Fun there ! Buy books and goodies
  Click here to loginLogin Click here to send a link to this page to a friendTell a Friend     Search     Click here use the advanced search engine


Browse console museumBrowse pong museum


MSX Retro Gamer goodies !

see details
1kb memory only...sorry goodies !

see details
I love my Oric-1 goodies !

see details
ZX Spectrum goodies !

see details
Back to the roots goodies !

see details
MZ-700 goodies !

see details
Space Invaders goodies !

see details
Camputers Lynx logo goodies !

see details
Amstrad CPC-464 goodies !

see details
Commodore 64 boot screen goodies !

see details
READY prompt goodies !

see details
Space Invaders - Retro Gamer goodies !

see details
Atari ST bee icon goodies !

see details logo goodies !

see details
Destroy all humanoids ! goodies !

see details
Pixel adventurer goodies !

see details
Odyssey 2 / Videopac Select Game prompt goodies !

see details
Amiga Workbench goodies !

see details
Odyssey 2 / Videopac sprites goodies !

see details
Commodore VIC-20 goodies !

see details
Commodore 64 goodies !

see details
Oric Atmos goodies !

see details
Apple II goodies !

see details
H.E.R.O. goodies !

see details
Horace is not dead goodies !

see details
Atari ST bomb icons goodies !

see details


- There are now 992 computers in the museum -

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 (...

KAYPRO PC & 286i
Kaypro's loyalty to customers was legendary. In fact, its refusal to abandon CP/M users dangerously delayed its adoption of the DOS Operating System. Nevertheless, it eventually acceded and was one of the last US manufacturer to introduce a PC compatible system simply named the Kaypro PC It was most affordable package in the IBM-compatible world including a CAD-capable Samsung monitor and ATI video card capable of Hercules graphics, CGA color, and CGA color emulation on a monochrome ...
FEEDBACK ABACUS Educational Computer
The computer system consisted of two units - EC362 and EC372 - that could be used independently or linked together to provide a complete system for computer education. To enable the input of relatively long programs and the output of computed results, an ASR33 Teletypewriter with 8-hole punched paper tape input and output was connected to the two linked units. In addition, a textual output was printed on an 8 inch (200 mm) wide paper roll. Unit EC362 was the Arithmetic Unit ...
GEM GEM-2000 / 3000 / 4000
Strange and vaporware (?) computers......
MSX 1 computer with 64 KB RAM, two cartridge slots and wordprocessor software built-in. The FS-4000 was sold as a wordprocessor system based on the MSX technology. It has a 24 dots thermal printer built-in the case. It was available in black or white case. It is equiped with MSX JE-1, Kanji 1, and chinese characters ROM......
POLYMORPHIC  System 8813
The Polymorphic System 8813 was the larger brother of the Poly 88. William Davis reports : This unit could connected to an add-on unit (MS 88) that consisted of two 8" Shugart DSDD disk drives. Near the end Polymorphic System also featured a 10 MB hard disk and a unit called the "Twin Systems" which allowed two simultaneous users on a shared bus. I had all the above, buying the first of three 8813 in 1978 and continuing to use ...
The only difference compared to the FM 77 AV seems to be an improved 3.5" disk-drive with a capacity of 640 kb. Like the FM 77 AV, there were two models : the FM 77 AV 20-1 with one disk-drive, and the FM 77 AV 20-2 with two....
Like the ACE 1000 from wich it kept all its features, the Franklin ACE 1200 was completely compatible with the Apple II+. It was equipped from factory line with a Z80 board, a floppy disk controller board, a 80 columns board and a serial / parallel board that gave it the ability to also run all the software for the CP/M operating system. The box lid plugged the two floppy drives and the keyboard had typematic and lower case a...
R.F.T. KC 85/4
The KC85/4 was the last one of the KC85/x series. Although it doesn’t look quite different, some internals changed. The whole design changed a bit, and software which used to access hardware directly, sometimes didn’t work any longer, as some addresses changed. Also, memory was expanded to 64 KB, and the whole memory could be used by software. The ROM increased to 20 KB. The CAOS system offered printer support for most of the available GDR printer models. There are two expansion slots, whi...
ATARI  400
The Atari 400 and 800 were the first home computers to use custom coprocessors and the first to use "sprites" and special video interruptions like display lists, features that will be implemented later on the Commodore 64 and Amiga (Atari 400/800 and Amiga were designed by Jay Miner). It offered high graphic resolution, lots of colors and great sound capabilities, more than other computers could d...
The Seiko MC-2200 was a clone of the Sharp PC-1245. Besides, it was made by Sharp. The main differences were the case color, black instead of grey and brown for the Sharp, and the location of the 16-character display which was slightly moved to the right. The internal electronics was identical to the PC-1245's The tape-printer interface was also the same as the Sharp CE-125 but with black and grey colors This rare machine seems not to have met a great s...

U.S. advert (1983)


Spanish advert

ML-FX1 / FX2

Promo pic #4

TO 7 / 70

Z-2 1977 advert


French advert (july ...

65 / 130 XE

UK advert #2

Jupiter Ace

French ad (sept. 198...




QL catalogue #2

QL (Quantum Leap)

U.S. ad. (1983)

System 816

UK advert, Oct 1983


French ad (dec.1983)

FP 1000 / FP 1100

Commodore brochure

AMIGA 3000

Advert #3 (1983)




Advert #2

IMKO-1/2 & Pravetz 82

Brochure cover


Original article


French ad #1 (1984)


U.S. advert (1982)

Comp 2

Newburry brochure #1


Ohio brochure


French advert (1982)

MZ 80A - MZ 1200

US ad. June 1983



I worked on the Manafacture of the M55

Mark Murray
SHARP  PC-1500 / PC-1500A
I am a Land Surveyor and have been using the Sharp PC1500A for field calculations since 1982. My last one has finally failed an I urgently need another with the 16K extended memory module if possible Please email me if you can help.

Steve Johnson
With undead batteries, my Z88 still boots and always returns memories of pre-world wide web days, when text still ruled the world (and the internet). As someone who also owned and used the Radioshack models 100 and 102 and equivalent NEC 8241 laptop , I appreciated the additional memory and the wide display screen. The optionally quiet keyboard was great for taking notes in meetings. The machine was relatively fragile. And, when using accessories such as the cassette tape interface, the Z88 provided a feature by then little used in personal computers. The Z88 bulletin boards and community were also a delight. I have never been tempted to sell or recycle the Z88. I still have the eprom eraser and all the manuals.

My first real computer!

Dylan Smith
ACT Apricot F1
We had one at our school. It was very nicely made and came with a small but good quality colour screen, and a pretty innovative design. I remember rigging up a serial cable and bodging together some code to transfer images from a friend''s Amiga 500 to the Apricot. However, it was hugely let down by being one of those "yes it runs MS-DOS but no it''s not IBM compatible" machines which made it more or less pointless. MS-DOS even back in the day was awful and the only reason for running it would be IBM compatibility

I''ve got a Tandy 200 Portable Computer with original Tandy Portable Disk Drive and original Tandy Computer Cassette Recorder (CCR-82). There also seems to be something called LapDos by Travelling Software for the Disk Drive. Also a bunch of manuals and magazines.

Photos at:$CNCTmoP5k5v38QE

If interested, email me at: cscratchley (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Robert Fogden
Sorry, Claire

Click here to go to the top of the page   
Contact us | members | about | donate old-systems | FAQ
OLD-COMPUTERS.COM is hosted by - NYI (New York Internet) -