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O > OLIVETTI  > M24


 

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Monday 1st May 2017
Rob (England)

I have an Olivetti PE24 (which I was given in 1990), which is similar to a M24. The PE stands for Personal Engineering. I have had it stored in my garage for nearly 20 years, and yesterday I plugged it in and it started up perfectly.

I have all the manuals that go with it. The Installation and Operations Guide says:

"The Personal Engineering (PE) 24 is designed to meet, in full, the requirements of the CAD/CAM market. The system is based on the Olivetti M24 SP personal computer, with additional features to support the graphics environment.

"The PE 24 uses an advanced graphics controller and a high resolution, colour video display and runs software specialized for the CAD/CAM environment.

"The operating system used by the PE 24 is MS-DOS. The graphics primitives for the graphics controller can be written in the following compiler languages:
* FORTRAN 77
* C
* PASCAL
* BASIC


I have looked for information online about the PE24, but can''t find any references to it. Maybe this is quite a rare old computer that I have.


Tuesday 1st November 2016
James Medes (London, England)

I have an old and working M24. Excellent machine. In working order (except for a sticking letter which needs remove and cleanning). Mail: james.medes@physics.org if you''re still looking.


Friday 16th September 2016
Robert Ingram  (England)

Hi, does anyone know if I can purchase an M24 or comparable with the old style 5.25 floppy drive or for USA 5 1/4 inch floppy drive
Many Thanks


Wednesday 6th July 2016
Aleksandar (Slovenia)

The one I was using back then had an NEC V20 processor instead of the Intel 8086, and was more than 3x faster than the IBM PC XT. Also, Olivetti provided a special version of GWBASIC with the DOS that supported the 640x400 mode.


Thursday 3rd March 2016
TheDude

I sold my C64 to get this machine. My mother was skeptical because I already spent too much time and money for computers. My buddy told my mother "Don''t worry, with this computer he will have all he needs for years to come, no need to buy a new computer for a long time"


Friday 12th July 2013
Patrick Ashbee (Canada)

In 1996 I received one of these from my high school as they had no use for them. They got them through the Federal govt.''s Computers for schools program. They were previously used by our revenue $ taxation department. It was a pretty good PC, had two 360k floppy drives. U upgraded it with a 20mb MFM hard drive $ controller card as well as a 2400 bps Modem. The HDD had only 10 mb useable as it had some bad sectors. It ram MS-Dos 6.22 very well indeed. Used Word Perfect 5.1 on it $ of course terminal emulation to visit local bulletin board services. Those were the days!


Saturday 15th September 2012
IL (Finland)

In the late eighties the Finnish magazine Mikrobitti was benchmarking the IBM compatible machines they tested with a self-written benchmark utility. The 4mhz IBM PC was used as a baseline with a score of 1.00. I notice that in the December 1988 issue the Olivetti M24 is listed as the fastest tested computer up to that point with a score of 2,86! Next entries are Toshiba T1200, Amstrad PPC 640, another Amstrad, Microgem MIC-4, Schneider EuroPC, etc.


Wednesday 23rd May 2012
Nicole (UK)

The screen also was available with white phosphor and the monochrome versions were powered through the signal cable - no separate power cable.

One feature, important at the time was that your could remove the top cover in the normal way to $ expansion cards. You could also remove the bottom cover which gave access to the mother, mounted "upside down" and connected to the separate expansion board backplane with a cable that passed through a slot in the metal separating the upper and lower compartments. This meant that motherboard upgrades did not require you to remove the expansion cards. I was never convinced of the utility of this and it was $ped after being used in the M28 (the 80286 successor to the M24).

There was also a socket on the motherboard that accepted an 8250 (if I recall correctly) that allowed synchronous serial connections. I never ever saw it used.

There were two models of keyboard. One conventionally had 10 function keys at the left-hand side. The other had nineteen across the top: used for proprietary applications such as OliWord.


Thursday 23rd September 2010
Dombrosio (Italy)

I have an M24 working in good condition.
Write me at 11mar79@gmail.com if you''re interested.


Tuesday 8th June 2010
Joanne Perrier (Montreal Canada)

I have a manual Olivetti 82 typewriter and would like to sell it to a collector or museum for $500.
Thank you. Joanne


Tuesday 2nd February 2010
Luigi Urbinati (Rome/Italy)

I''m selling an original Olivetti M24 for 400$, please contact me for payment and shipping. (luigiurbinati10@gmail.com)


Saturday 18th October 2008
Lars (Germany)

I still own the succeeding system, the Olivetti M240. It is very similar to the M24 but features a volume potentiometer instead of the sound on/of-switch and of course the incredibly fast 10 MHz-8086 processor. The original keyboard is a 102-key standard type and still works perfectly, even after 21 years, as well as the whole system except the clock and calendar (low battery). Unfortunately, this cannot be sait for the 12" monochrome monitor (b+w positive) which needs about a minute to heat up and constantly lacks brightness and sharpness.
As the bios is configurated by dip-switches instead of setup software, it is no problem to run the M240 with a low battery.


Monday 11th February 2008
Dan Eaves (World)

I'm surprised there's no mention of the kkkkkeybord problem. Dust would accumulate and letters would start repeating, just like you'd held the key down. This was largely random and hugely frustrating. The solution was to disassemble the keyboard, which had 5 or 6 pieces per key, including a loaded spring which had a tendency to launch itself to the other side of the room. You then cleaned and dried all the parts and put it back together. An afternoon's work. A friend of mine in charge of a number of M24s had a staff member who spent all his time taking keyboard keys apart and cleaning. (A special feature was that the colour of the escaping springs matched my carpet.

Otherwiseeeeeee, a great machhhine.


Thursday 27th April 2006
Emanuel (Italy)
Retrocomputers and psx/ps2

Please i have one Olivetti M24 but the machine turn on and then won't load the S.O. brcause don't recognize the drive and the hdd, what is the mode to enter in bios setting or the software to change the settings? The bios battery is low and the settings is losts! Thanks

Emanuel


Wednesday 22nd June 2005
Mark Dodd (Australia)

Telecom Australia brought these PCs by the shipload. The colour screen was brilliant and the speed!!!! I think we got Nortons SI of 2.1!!! Pecking order was established as the power guys got the later M28 models and filtered thier obsolete boxes to the peasants.


Friday 26th July 2002
PRINCE MATHEW (BANGALORE,INDIA)

SIR,
we have got a pc of the make olivetti(M-24) & a keyboard
(101 -keys,ANK2462)for servicing.The machine is in working
condition but we are having problems with the hard disk and the
key board.the hard disk is a "SEGATE"-ST225(20MB),&the keyboard is
101 keys (ANK-2462).
It would have been a great help if u could sugest me or
send me the availibillity & details/servicing mannual/circuit
schematics of the above mentioned parts.

yours sincierly
PRINCE MATHEW.

mailto:prince_mathew2000@rediffmail.com





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