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C > CANON  > AS-100


This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Canon  AS-100 computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message! For other purposes like sales messages, hardware & software questions or information requests, please use our main forum.

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Friday 15th February 2019
George C (USA - Va)

I was a Canon Dealer from 1983 to the late 90s. The AS-100 was the first personal computer we sold. Software was limited but we has some success selling these for general accounting applications. We had our most success with the ATHENA. I ended up tossing three AS-100 in the dumpster but they were all in working order. We built a cabinet with wheels about the size of a small refrigerator which allowed us to transport the AS-100 to prospect sites. Can''t believe we did that.

Tuesday 11th November 2014
fritz (germany)

Tuesday 18th February 2014
Patrick Sweetman (New Zeland)

@Rich Trying to contact you. See you on Linkedin, I think.

Wednesday 1st May 2013
Rich Shealer (USA)

@Patrick - I actually have a copy of Canon BASIC that was used with the Canon Athena one of their early IBM compatibles. A copied it to a CD years ago so I should be able to find it.

In the US it came out with both operating systems. The Canon Basic worked with CPM/86 and the MS-DOS had GW-Basic. I wrote a magazine accounting application on the dual 8" disks in Canon Basic. CPM/86 had a bug that caused PIP (CPM copy) to corrupt files of over 64K in size. That burned me pretty badly. Switched to disk copying until they patched it.

Tuesday 2nd October 2012
Patrick Sweetman

I would really like a copy of the Canon BASIC for DOS. The CP/M-86 version would also be of interest.

Tuesday 2nd October 2012
Patrick Sweetman (New Zealand)

I worked on one of these machines until 1983, developing commercial software to be bundled with hardware sales. This was before the advent of hard discs, so these machines were floppy-only. From memory the large dual floppy drives retailed for over NZ$10000.

Initially it came out only with CP/M-86, with a version of MSDOS being produced later. Many of the MSDOS programs were the same ones from CPM-86 with a wrapper that converted the interrupt calls from CP/M to DOS.

Wednesday 12th September 2012
Chris (NJ/USA)

I need docs and software for the Canon AS-100. Also looking for spare machines. rampaginggreenhulk$at$yahoo$dot$com

Tuesday 22nd November 2011
pietro (italia)

scusate, ma che lavoro facevano i vostri padri? negli anni 80 un computer costava parecchio. non parliamo poi di 4.

Saturday 24th September 2011
Don (USA)

I have one of these... it''s been in storage for umpteen years and want to try to get it running and then a new home for it. Where can I get disks and a refresher on how it works?

Sunday 19th June 2011
Joe (Illinois)

I had one of these back in the ''80s - my parents bought me one for Christmas when I was in middle school. Mine had the color display with color printer on top and ran MS-DOS v1.25 bundled with SuperCalc and WordStar processor (man I used to have those Ctrl codes down pat!). It was my first PC and started a life-long love of computers. After a long time, it finally gave up the ghost and ended up in parts.

Sunday 17th April 2011
John Blanchard (Melbourne Australia)

My father had 4 of these computers that he had bought in new in the mid 1980''s and 3 ran up to DEC 2010. Each weighed a heap but the quality both inside and out was awesome. We called Canon Australia to see if they wanted them for historic reasons and was rudely told that Canon never made computers! Unfortunately they now reside at the local tip.

Friday 19th March 2010

The AS-100 had a graphic chip. I guess the NEC 7220 but I am not sure. It was dead slow: you could see it drawing lines starting at one end, to then progress to the other end. I ended up writing my own assembly library to do graphics on it.

Friday 7th October 2005
Chris (New Jersey)
Tandy 2000/IBM incompatibles user's group

Nothing to contribute. I am looking for one of these. Thanks.

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