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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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MEMOTECH  MTX 500 /512
The Memotech company started manufacturing expansion cards and high quality memory modules for the Sinclair ZX 81 home computer. The British Memotech MTX 512 has a hardware which looks like the Sord M5. It also has characteristics, which are close to the MSX standard, but is not MSX compatible. It uses a dedicated chip for video (Texas Instruments TM 9918 or 9928) and sound (Texas Instruments ...
MEMOTECH  RS 128
The Memotech RS128 is the successor of the Memotech MTX 512. It looks like the MTX 512 and has almost the same characteristics. Like the MTX 512, it sports an aluminum case. Contrary to the MTX, it has RS-232 built-in interfaces, primarily used to connect the FDX floppy drive (the data are sent from the disk to the RAM at a whopping 9600 baud!). The FDX unit comes with a 80 columns card and allows the RS128 to run CP/M programs. It was supplied with NewWord (...
MAGNAVOX Odyssey 2000
The Odyssey 2000, released in 1977, is almost an Odyssey 300 with one more game (practice, for one player). In fact, and as opposed to previous Magnavox Odyssey systems (except the Odyssey 300), the Odyssey 2000 uses the famous AY-3-8500 chipset from General Instruments. This chip offers 4 black & white pong games: Tennis, Hockey, squash (here called Smash) and Practice (squash for 1 player)....
PRIM 6 VIDEO Jeux TV
This is another "pong-in-a-case" system. You can easily carry this one away to play pong anywhere you want ;-) The design is very sober, only metallic and wooden parts. It looks like it has been made by hand in very limited quantities. The system offers the classic games of the General Instrument AY-3-8500 chipset. The game selection is made through a big knob in the middle of the system. There are also some holes made in the metalic case, to let the sound of the speaker pass through....
SHARP  SM-B-80TE
the SM-B-80TE and the SM-B-80TC training boards seem to be the first computers made by Sharp having the general public in mind. At the time, a professional division of Sharp already sold a range of computers called Hayac. These boards, as well as the first MZ computer series were conceived by the Sharp parts division as a market test. The same board concept could be found in the USA since 1985 (MOS Kim 1, Intel SD...
MICRODIGITAL TK-90X
The TK90X was the first Sinclair Spectrum clone produced by Microdigital. At the time, a special Brazilian regulation allowed local industry to produce and sell copies of foreign computers only to domestic market, however Microdigital computers were also sold in several south American countries. Despite the case was quite the same as the original Spectrum, the TK90 wasn't fully compatible with it because of some additions to the software in ROM (User Defined G...
THOMSON  MO 6
The Thomson MO 6 was the successor of the Thomson MO 5. This machine was widely used in French schools. It was compatible with the MO 5 and the other members of its family (TO 7, TO 8, TO 9 and TO 9 plus). It has two versions of BASIC on ROM, one to be compatible with MO5 and BASIC 128 (both made by Microsoft). Almost all memory (10...
SANYO  Wavy 10 (MPC 10)
The Wavy /MPC 10 is a classic MSX 1 computer with 32 KB RAM (some sources say 16 KB). Its main particularity is to be delivered with a light-pen. There is of course a connector to use it, and more surprising a hole is placed at the top right part of the case to store the light-pen when not in use! The MPC-100 seems to be the same computer with 64 KB....
OHIO SCIENTIFIC  Challenger 1P
Ohio Scientific, based in Ohio, USA, were the makers of the Superboard II. The Challenger 1P and Challenger IIP-MF were essentially cased versions of this single board system with integrated keyboard, a single 5Volt power supply and the first 6502 version of Microsoft BASIC interpreter. An optional floppy disk controller and a extra 24K of ram for this unit was available using a 610 expansion board. The C1P-MF was an upgraded version of the C1P having 20 KB of RAM and one 90 ...
TONEL PC
The TONEL PC is another system based on the Lambda 8300 but marketed by another third company. It's a Sinclair ZX-81 with more RAM (2 KB!) and a "better" keyboard... We don't know exactly where this system was distributed and what was the real name of the brand... See Lambda 8300 entry for more info....

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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.

Cláudio 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
SPEEDWAY / TAG (RCA STUDIO II) (18V404)
RCA Studio II
RCA - 1977
 game - car - racing
CLEAN SWEEP
Arcade
RamTek - 1974
rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3
 game -
BASIC MATH (CX2661)
Atari 2600
Atari - 1977
rating is 1rating is 1rating is 1rating is 1rating is 1
 game - educational game - mathematics - mind games
ATARI FOOTBALL
Arcade
Atari - 1978
rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4
 game - american football - sport
THE TOWER OF DRUAGA
Sharp X1
Dempa, Namco - year unknown
 game -
ASTRO WARS II - BATTLE IN GALAXY (02)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1984
 game - shoot them up
PONG
Atari Ultra Pong Double
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
SUBMARINE (PC-505)
Hanimex SD-050/SD-070/SD-090 systems
Hanimex - 1977
 game - naval battle - space - submarine
TENNIS
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1976
 game - sport - tennis
SUPER BARRIER HOCKEY
Atari Ultra Pong Double
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - hockey - sport
KUNG-FU ROAD (17)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1985
 game - beat 'em up - martial arts
KAGAKU (GENSOKIGOU MASTER) (E-107)
Sega SC 3000/SC 3000H
Sega - 1983
 game - educational game
BASEBALL (VIDEOCART-12)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1977
 game - baseball - sport
HOCKEY
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - hockey - sport
CYBERMORPH (J9000E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari (publisher), Attention To Detail (developer) - 1993
 game - 3d - shoot them up

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French ad (dec.1983)

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
36 Mhz. in 1982?

INDEPENDANT BUSINESS SYSTEMS
BetaSystem

 
Advert from New Zeal...

IMSAI
8080

 
Isaac Asimov ad #1

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL III

 
French advert (1981)

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
Japanese advertiseme...

HITACHI
H1 / H1E

 
French advert #2 (se...

SEGA
Master System

 
US advert.

TIMEX / SINCLAIR
1000

 
1977 Advert

VECTOR GRAPHICS
Vector 1

 
Advert #2

EPCOM / SHARP
Hotbit HB-8000

 
U.S. advert (1979)

POLYMORPHIC
System 8813

 
U.K. ad (Dec. 1985)

MEMOTECH
MTX 500 /512

 
German ad #4

SHARP
MZ 700

 
Semi-Tech brochure #...

SEMI-TECH
Pied Piper

 
french advert (jan. ...

AI ELECTRONICS
ABC 26

 
French advert (july ...

AMSTRAD
CPC 664

 
Russian advert - pag...

LEMZ
Agat

 
Flyer

PEL VARAZDIN
Orao

 
Italian ad #2

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
US brochure (recto)

SANYO
MBC-1000

 
French ad (jan. 1983...

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI 99 / 4A

 
Japanese Ad

SHARP
MZ 800 - MZ 1500

 
Advert #2

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
German brochure

ATARI
MEGA ST

 
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