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A > ACT > Apricot Xi


This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the ACT Apricot Xi computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Monday 2nd August 2021
Sven W. (Germany)

I just got one of this rare grey Apricot Xi today. Ive experienced almost as exactly the same problem as Bill mentioned below. The computer startet no problems. But after a few seconds the PSU of the Monitor got up in smoke. Fortunately it came with another small monitor and i was able to do a bit of tinkering with this lovely machine. Some of the keys of the keyboard seem to be dead. Anyone here that knows if these rare keyboards are fixable? Greetings

Monday 12th February 2018
rfka01 (Germany)

I have one that is missing the keyboard ... contact me if you have one for sale for a reasonable price.
rfka01 (at) freenet (dot) de

Thursday 28th December 2017
Gary (United Kingdom)

I''m currently (attempting) to rebuild a rather neglected Apricot Xi10, that was upgraded to a 80286 by Apricot in 1987. There appears to be plenty of technical information available for the original Xi, but not so much for the 286. If anyone has a service manual, then I''d love to hear from you (address: garyspamfull, domain:

Friday 8th December 2017
Steve Mills (United Kingdom)

I would like to recover a system that I built in the 1980s on an Apricot XI10 machine - I have it all backed up on floppy disks. If anyone knows of an XI10 for sale in full working order, or alternatively if someone would be willing to lend me a working XI10 for a few weeks then I''d be interested to hear from you.

Thursday 8th June 2017
Marty (Czech Republic)

Hi guys, I have one of these but in very poor state. Additionally, I have no keyboard nor screen. Do you anyone have idea about video and keyboard pinouts? I am ready to build any converter to bring it to life.

Monday 27th October 2014
Bill Appleton (UK South West)

I havea rare grey Xi and decided to power it up after a few years of standing idle.
Hard drive powered up, monitor burst into life, Loaded operating system from hard drive, Keyboard keys not working,.
After a few moments a crackle and smoke. Power supply died.
Will fix this so as once again working.
What modern pentium or I3 will still be working after 26 years or more let alone the hard drive.
Excellent technology for the time and well built.

Friday 26th November 2010
Jenny W. (Teddington, UK)

I bought this machine in 1984 and had an ambitious advertising sales data base with integrated sales ledger written for it. I was working from home at the time and occasionally carried my "portable" Apricot on the train to the London office. Everything went remarkably well until the little hard disc started to fill up.
I still have the computer stored under my desk, in good condition although I haven''t tried firing it up for years.

Wednesday 23rd January 2008
Peter F. (Suffolk, UK)

I remember this machine having a fantastic keyboard! The best touch was the programmable LCD with soft function keys.
When they were updated from CPM(?) to IBM DOS, Apricot UK used to come out and 'modify' the computer... In reality they just swapped over the motherboard and added a strange dongle on the back to convert the CRT connector.

Friday 9th June 2006
Don Swatman (Hearth)

It used to have a very slow character/text redraw. Rumour has it that this was intentional because it could be so much faster than the Sirrius it would destroy the Sirrius market. However someone developed a bit of code that bypassed the slow redraw and once installed it used to fly (well relatively speaking).

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