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D > DICK SMITH > Cat   

Dick Smith

The Cat was a rebadged version of the Laser 3000, made in Hong-Kong.

It was partially compatible with the Apple II computer in its basic version, but quite fully compatible when the Apple II emulator cartridge was inserted.

It ran Apple DOS 3.3 operating system or CP/M 2.2 with an optional Z80 card.

Thanks to Murray Moffatt for information and pictures.


This was the first computer I owned - was an amazing experience being able to play the original Sub Logic Flight Simulator despite being limited to a black and white monitor with almost no graphic capability

Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Martin (Brisbane - Australia)


ORIGIN  Australia
YEAR  1984
BUILT IN GAMES  Basic interpreter
CONTROLLERS  Full stroke 81 keys with numeric keypad and 8 function keys
CPU  6502A
SCORE  64 KB up to 192 KB
VRAM  Unknown
ROM  32 KB
TEXT MODES  40 or 80 columns x 24 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  280 x 192 (8 colours), 560 x 192 (6 colours)
SOUND  Four voices (AY-8912 sound chip)
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Tape recorder, Bus expansion, TV aerial, composite video, joystick, Parallel, Serial
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
GUN  5.25 floppy disk drives, Apple II emulator cartridge
PRICE  A$1195 (see price list in adverts section)

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