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PC 8801

The NEC PC 8801 was the successor of PC 8001. It offered fine colour graphics.
It had an optional MS-Dos board. It was one of the fist, if not the first color CPM computer.

It ran in three bootable modes: CPM, MS-Dos, and N88-Basic. The N-Basic would natively boot on the system without disk, just like the PC 8001. It also had a software / hardware switch to turn it into PC 8001 mode.

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The NEC PC-8801 was released in North America. It was called the NEC PC-8801A. I should know, I own one. I will eventually upload a video of it on YouTube, just the hardware I will need to eventually get the correct monitor before I could even think about the software. I have the 8" drives. I''m not sure if the 5 1/4" drives were released in North America.

          
Tuesday 15th November 2022
SL (United States)

Personally I''m surprised that this system was not released outside of Asia because it was very powerful in its later years with FM sound and full colour graphics and if it was released it would have probably buried the IBM PC

          
Tuesday 26th May 2020
James (Ireland)

I was in the Air Force stationed in Japan (Misawa Air Base), and I bought the PC-8801n in Aomori, Japan with my reenlistment bonus in April 1982. The manuals were all in Japanese, so I hadn''t really been able to use it to its full potential. I used it for the next five years until I bought a Dell System 25, but the PC-8801 (now my secondary computer) lasted for about 12 years (until 1994) when it became inoperable due to the post office damaging the 8" dual drive when I shipped it from one duty station (Key West) to the next (Hawaii).

          
Tuesday 20th August 2019
Richard E Sgrignoli (Pennsylvania/USA)
www.sgrignoli.net

 

NAME  PC 8801
MANUFACTURER  NEC
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Japan
YEAR  December 1981
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  N88-BASIC, N-BASIC (PC8001 MODE)
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard 67 key + 20 key numeric pad + 5 function keys
CPU  uPD780C-1(Z80A compatible)
SPEED  4 MHz
RAM  64 KB (up to 576 KB)
VRAM  48 KB
ROM  72 KB
TEXT MODES  36/40/72/80 characters x 20/25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  640 x 200 (8 colours), 640 x 400 (Monochrome)
COLORS  8
SOUND  3 FM channels + 3 SSG + 6 rhythms + 1 ADPCM
SIZE / WEIGHT  main case: 496W x 342D x 107H / 7.1 Kg
keyboard: 464W x 214D x 73H / 2 Kg
I/O PORTS  4 expansion slots
Tape recorder (600/1200 baud)
RS232C
CRT(MONO/DIGITAL), Centronics
POWER SUPPLY  PSU built-in, AC100V±10%, 40w-70w
PERIPHERALS  Dual 5'' (2x320 KB) or 8'' (2x1 MB) floppy drive unit
PRICE  228 000 yen (Japan, 1981)



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