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T > TELEVIDEO  > TS-803


 

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Sunday 4th October 2015
Bill Schmidt

I bought a Televideo 803 towards the end of 1983 and used it for word processing until about 1989. It ran Wordstar. Incredibly, both the CP/M operating system AND the Wordstar software were on a single 5-1/4 floppy, with my work being saved on the second floppy. The machine was completely nsilent with no fan $ having a cooling tower design. You could invert the screen, which was my preference, so the typing was in black and the background was green. I connected it to a dot-matrix printer using continuous feed paper with the holes along the edges. You could tear off the edges that had the holes and turn in perfect paper. As a freelance writer, found my productivity effectively doubled with this computer as I could work right up to the point of printing. No need to retype. My next computer was a Mac SE, bought used for $2500, which was the same price I paid for the Televideo. Weren''t those the days??


Friday 24th April 2015
Abe (Pennsylvania, USA)

I am an original owner of a working TS803. I do have a boot disk if anyone needs one.


Thursday 15th January 2015
Joe (United States)

Have you tried using an MS-DOS 2.11 360k floppy? If I recall, those systems could run either CP/M or DOS.


Tuesday 10th July 2012
Jay (Oregon, USA)

I purchased a TS-803 in spring of 1983 as my first personal computer. I used it for word processing and early spreadsheets (running early version of Lotus 1-2-3). I bought the TS-803 along with a wide carriage Epson dot matrix printer and still have both.

Unfortunately, the ''boot disc'' required to start the unit got lost somewhere along the line. If anyone knows if it is possible to replace that, I''d appreciate the information.





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