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MATTEL ELECTRONICS  Keyboard Component
Sometime before the failed Aquarius home computer scheme was hatched by Mattel, the Intellivision team had attempted to expand Intellivision into the growing home computer market by turning it into a full fledged computer dubbed as the "Intellivision Keyboard Component", much in the same way Coleco was soon to do with their Adam computer. The unit featured a built-in cassette tape drive for loading and saving data. The Keyboard Component would plug into the cartridge slot on the Intellivision...
RCA Fred 2
This Fred 2 computer is a prototype designed by Joseph Weisbecker, engineer at RCA. He already imagined several early computer designs before this Fred 2 model, such as the System 00 or the original Fred concept. Fred is rather a concept imagined by Joseph Weisbecker for educational computer able to play games. This concept emerged in several hardware versions through time. The first models could be dates as early as 1970 or 1971 ! Unlike the System 00 which used only small-scale digital T...
BANDAI Arcadia
The Bandai Arcadia, is the same system as the Emerson Arcadia 2001, but sold in Japan. Please see this entry for more detailed informations. The Arcadia 2001 clones includes : Advision Home Arcade (France), Bandai Arcadia (Japan), GiG Electronics Leonardo (Italy), Hanimex HMG-2650, Leisure-Dynamics Leisure-Vision, Intercord XL 2000 system, Eduscho / Tchibo Tele-Fever, etc... It...
BANDAI TV Jack 5000
The TV Jack 5000 from Bandai released in 1978 is one of the first cartridge based system from Japan. It's the equivalent of european and american systems like the Hanimex SD-050, Acetronic Color TV Game, Prinztronic Micro 5500, SHG Blackpoint, Binatone Cablestar, Radofin telesports, etc. There have been tons of systems like these. The TV Jack 5000, like all these systems, use cartridges based on General Instruments chipsets which offers different games on each chip. That's why all these sy...
OLIVETTI  A5
Olivetti introduced a mainframe about 1960 which was called ELEA, then in 1965 the Programma 101 - which was probably the world's first real desktop computer. Then a little later they introduced the Audiotronic range of "office computers". The first was the A770, which was replaced by the A7. The A5 was the desktop version. The Olivetti Audit 5 or A5 was largely an electro mechanical computer. It printed via a golf ball typewritter mechanism at the astonishing speed of 16 character per second...
TRIUMPH ADLER  TA-1600
The TA 1600 system was introduced in 1983 at the CeBIT (which was only a part of the "Hannover-Messe" by that time). TA showed a few sample applications and the 1600 family in general. Triumph Adler's hardware included also the 1600/20-3 which was supplied with a permanent-swap-HDD-unit. This unit had a memory/storage capacity of 2 x 8 MB (Winchester technology). Triumph Adler said the system (the 1600) will fit the demand of medium-sized businesses, due to the facts that these companies w...
MIDWICH Microcontroller
Called the Midwich Microcontroller, this British computer was developped to provide a small desktop micro capable of running other equipment throug a variety of interface cards. In 1979 an Italian IC manufacturer designed and began to sell a single board micro system that could be expanded to a full system with a VDU, discs, etc. Called the Nanocomputer, it was manufactured by SGS Ates and one of the distributors in the UK was Midwich. The Nano was somewhat expensive and suffered from a numbe...
RADIONIC Model R1001
This is an extremly rare TRS-80 Model 1 clone, based on an other clone: The Komtek 1 (from Germany). It's equiped with a Level II basic and powered by a Zilog Z80 cpu. _________ Contributors : Incog...
BASF 7100
The BASF 7000 systems are professional computers from Germany. They seem to be based on the Microterm II Intelligent Terminal by Digi-Log Systems, Inc. There were several models in the 7000 serie....
PERTEC PCC 2000
PCC 2000 is a professional computer released in 1978. It was designed in 1978 by Pertec, the company which merged with MITS by the end of 1976. The PCC is conceived as a monobloc machine, where the display and two 8" floppy disk drives are built-in the main case. The mechanical keyboard offers separated numeric and editing keypads. The system is powered by an Intel 8085 microprocessor and offers 64 KB RAM. The whole thing was apparently delivered with an extended Basic language, which has...

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POLYMORPHIC  POLY 88
The POLY 88 was a S-100 bus based computer sold in kit or assembled versions. The small case could receive the 8080 CPU board and three additional S-100 cards. Daughter boards were provided by Polymorphic to expand system capacities: video, keyboard, serial and cassette interfaces. The system was also compatible with Altair peripherals. Originally, the computer was sold with the name "Micro-Altair", but MITS (the Altair manufacturer) required to change it quickly. So the company name became P...
MATTEL ELECTRONICS  Aquarius
When the Keyboard Component project was canceled, Mattel searched in a hurry to produce a small and cheap computer. They contacted Radofin Electronics Far East, based in Hong-Kong, who was manufacturing most of the Intellivision products. Radofin had just developped a line of three Z80 based computers. Mattel decided to sell the two first under their brand. The Aquarius 1 and 2 were born. The Mattel Aquarius used a special version of the Microsoft Basic....
SAMSUNG SPC-1000
The SPC-1000 is a Z80-based home computer from Samsung. This machine was developed in Korea, but built-in BASIC was written by Hudson soft in Japan. Because of its integrated tape recorder design, it looks like MZ 700 series. It has a button 'ILP' on its left side. Pushing ILP button enables this machine to load a new O/S from tape recorder. (This concept resembles MZ 700, too). This machine was quite popular at the first time, but advent of MSX and MSX2 ...
IBM  5100
In September 1975, IBM announced its smallest and first portable computer (If you consider a 28 Kgs. computer portable, that is), the IBM 5100, no bigger than one of IBM's typewriters. Developed in Rochester, it used the same operating system as IBM's /370 line of main frames. Thus it could accommodate the same APL interpreter, permitting the use of APL programs. A BASIC interpreter was also available, depending of the 5100 version chosen. This was the first widely marketed and supported p...
HITACHI  MB-6891 / Basic Master Level 3 Mark 2
An upgraded version of the Basic Master Level 3, with built-in chinese character ROM board....
RAIR MICROCOMPUTER Business Computer
The RAIR Business Computer is an obscure system since nearly nothing can be found on the net about it (apart from here :-)) The Business Computer is a multipost system. It can control/serve up to 4 attached terminal stations via RS422 connectors. Its main particularity is to mix two technologies: 8-bit with its Intel 8085 CPU and 16-bit with its Intel 8088 CPU. Thus it can run CP/M, MP/M and PC-DOS software with no problem (according to the advert). For mass storage, the system is equip...
POPPY 9015
See the Sanwa 9015 for more information about this system......
MICRONIQUE  HECTOR HRX
The HRX is only a 2HR with some more memory (RAM of 64kb) and above all, a new integrated language, the Forth !! Yes, you read well : FORTH. At this time, as the Jupiter Ace was no longer produced, the Hector HRX was simply the only micro-computer in the world with Forth originally integrated (at least I think)....
SINCLAIR  QL (Quantum Leap)
The Sinclair QL was the first attempt for Clive Sinclair to produce a computer for business. But after the success of the ZX-81 and ZX Spectrum, the QL can also be regarded as the first failure of Sinclair. In January 1984, Clive Sinclair presents the QL to the press, unveiling a very promising and inventive machine, based on the 68008 processor from Motorola. Indeed it was the first home computer based on a 32 bits CPU, just a few...
GRADIENTE Expert XP-800
The Gradiente Expert 1 is a Brazilian MSX 1 computer. It is composed of two parts: the main unit and the keyboard. Gradiente is a Brazilian consumer electronic products company. It is not suprising as the unit's design looks like a HI-FI system... Along with the HotBit, the Experts were the only MSX systems available in Brazil. The Expert XP-800 was in fact a clone of the National CF-3000. It is a quite complete

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POWERTRAN CYBERNETICS  CORTEX
I built a Cortex back at end of 1982 when it came out in the magazine Electronics Today.Being a keen electronics hobbyist,it looked like the ideal thing for me to get my teeth into.I trained in the early days on Digital PDP8 and 11 linked to engineering equpment.I did a lot of machine code writing for the Cortex and wrote games like Othello,Mastermind and mazes etc.
My machine now needs some tlc,which it will have even though it still works fine.At the time I built it,it was way ahead of its time and really fast with "sprites"that could be moved around the screen.
Not quite sure what to do with it now as space is somewhat limited in new home.

Andy
10/14/2020
SHARP  PC-1260 PC-1261 PC-1262
I just got the same problem described here: Changed batteries and the Sharp PC-1262 came up in Japanese mode instead of European/US mode. I tried several things, but to no avail. In the end, I tried this:
- remove batteries
- set the on/off switch to Pro (or RSV, I''m not sure)
- put the opened PC-1262 upside down in it''s plastic hard cover (to avoid to accidentally press a key
- $ new batteries, but do not slide the battery compartment cover at this moment
- press and hold the all reset switch, at the same time slide the battery compartment cover over the batteries

For me, that worked fine. The PC-1262 came up in European/USA mode again. However, I am not sure about the position of the on/off switch I used.

Clßudio Sampaio
10/13/2020
CCE  MC 1000
The date is wrong, it was released before 1985. I was gifted that computer in my 11th birthday, which was in november 1984.

Virgil
10/13/2020
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  TI 99 / 4A Beige
I am 13 and I have found one of these in a building my family owns. I am interested in it and how it has the same controller ports on it as a sega genesis does. Really neat.

James Hanley
10/13/2020
TANDY RADIO SHACK  1000 SL & SL/2
I LOVED my Tandy 1000 exactly because I didn''t care about it! It was a gift when everyone had 286s and were even looking forward to the release of the first 386s. So after I tired of Solitaire (it had been upgraded to Dos5 by the previous owner) and journaling, I set out to learn everything I could.... by the crash and burn method.

I ran every .exe, .com, and .bat file on that box. It often "died" and I then had to learn how to recover. One day I hot swap pulled the WD PATA 20MB drive on an ISA sled to learn about it''s jumpers and in a few minutes (NOT seconds!) I saw a graphic desktop! I discovered it was DOS 3 in ROM and though it was agonizingly slow it opened my eyes.

That same week a friend "rescued" a set of PC Tools disks from a wastebasket when her place of business upgraded to a Mini Mainframe and I discovered PCs are not just tools, they are TOOLBOXES! A fella could put any kind of tools in them! PC Shell just kicked open the doors. Suddenly I could see the entire directory hierarchy. I''ve never been the same since.

Michael Kato
10/11/2020
EPSON  PX 8 / HC-88 / Geneva
In Japan two models were sold the HC-80 and the HC-88. The HC-80 was less expensive and did not have the Kanji ROMs. It looks like the keyboard was slightly different for the HC-88 whereas the HC-80 keyboard was very much like the PX-8.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
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NEC PC-8801
Macadamia - 1986
 game - platform
PITFALL II - THE LOST CAVERNS (C-49)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Activision, Sega - 1985
 game - jungle - pitfall - platform
FIFA SOCCER 96 (32X) (T-5002B)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Electronic Arts (publisher), Extended Play, Probe (developer) - 1995
 game - football - isometric 3d - sport
BLUE THUNDER
Action Max
Sourcing International, Ltd - 1987
 game - helicopter - lightgun - shooting gallery
SPARE CHANGE
Sharp X1
Br°derbund Software, Soft Pro International - 1983
 game -
1941 - COUNTER ATTACK (HC91048)
NEC Super Grafx
Capcom, Hudson Soft - 1991
 game - plane - shoot them up - vertical scrolling
STAR SHIP (CX2603)
Atari 2600
Atari - 1977
rating is 2rating is 2rating is 2rating is 2rating is 2
 game - 3d - shoot them up - space - star trek
CHAMPIONSHIP LODERUNNER (C-57)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Br°derbund Software, Sega - 1985
 game - platform
SUPERSPORTIC (PC-501)
Hanimex SD-050/SD-070/SD-090 systems
Hanimex - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - basketball - football - hockey - sport - squash - tennis
DAI-PACMAN
Indata Dai
Dainamic - 1983
 game - eat them all - maze - pac-man
STARHAWK
Arcade
Cinematronics - 1977
 game - 3d - shoot them up - space - star wars - vector graphics
ELECTROCOP (PA2021)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), Epyx (developer) - 1989
 game -
PONG DOUBLES
Arcade
Atari - 1973
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
I-WAR (J9043E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari (publisher), Imagitec Design (developer) - 1995
 game - 3d - shoot them up
ROBO-SQUASH (PA2035)
Atari Lynx
Atari - 1990
 game - ball and paddle

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Amiga 500

 
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JD series

 
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CASIO
PB-100

 
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KAYPRO
Kaypro 10

 
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VIDEO TECHNOLOGY
LASER 200 / 210

 
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APPLE
LISA / LISA 2 - Mac XL

 
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MATTEL ELECTRONICS
Intellivision

 
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HEATHKIT / ZENITH
H-89

 
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VIDEO TECHNOLOGY
LASER 3000

 
1978 brochure #12

MSI
6800

 
Advert

GRUNDY
NEW BRAIN

 
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SIRIUS COMPUTER
Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

 
Promotional leaflet

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Color Computer 2

 
US advert (sept. 197...

APF
Imagination Machine

 
Japanese advert. #2

TOSHIBA
HX-10

 
U.K. ad. (1986)

ATARI
520 / 1040 STf / STfm

 
Micro7 coverpage (se...

EXELVISION
EXL 100

 
German ad #1

SHARP
MZ 700

 
Japanese advert (197...

NINTENDO
Racing 112 (model CTG-CR112)

 
German brochure

ATARI
MEGA ST

 
UK advert (1984)

MATTEL ELECTRONICS
Aquarius

 
German brochure #3

ATARI
MEGA ST

 
Brochure

PHILIPS
Videopac C52

 
Isaac Asimov Feb. 19...

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL II

 
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