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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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SORD  M 5
The SORD M5 had no really great success outside Japan (and later Czechoslovakia) but had lot of interesting characteristics, very close to MSX computers released soon after. Its design was quite original. The machine xas quite small. The two-tone grey plastic casing opened to reveal a bright yellow back, which housed the ROM cartridge slot. The keyboard was similar to the rubber matting of the Spectrum, but felt markedly better. Most keys had a Basic keyword on them in small light-grey lette...
CROMEMCO  System V
Little is known about this system, please help ! From Zahoor Iqbal Awan: I have used this system for 2+ years following configuration: Model System V - 100 Memory 8+8 mb Octart (Serial Ports) Boards x 2 Wyse Mono Terminals/Console 20+100 mb Harddisk (Bulky about 3~4kg) 20mb Tape Drive Large Floppy Drive Front Lock (Power system) Wyse Terminal Keyboard - Had to boot cromix bootstrap first and then on to AT&T Unix system V earlier releases. - Used Info...
NEC  PC Engine Duo R
This is essentially the same machine as the PC Engine Duo, but with a redesigned white case and no headphone jack or CD door lock....
OHIO SCIENTIFIC  CHALLENGER II
This computer is based on the MODEL 500 CPU board. It is actually a Super Kit (see Model 500) assembled with a cassette interface and a keyboard. OHIO Scientific presented two enhanced versions of the Challenger IIP : the Challenger II Disk Systems and the Challenger III. The Disk System version came with 16 KB of RAM (expandable to 192 KB)instead of ROM BASIC and one or two 8'' F.D. drives. The disk BASIC was automatically loaded ...
SONY  PlayStation 2
By the time the PS2 was released in 2000, the PlayStation brand was a household name. Selling well from launch, the PS2 was another success for Sony. Strong third party support and backwards compatability ensured a wide variety of games. After release users reported a variety of problems including DVD playback and the infamous laser problem, where the machine was unable to read blue discs. This problem was so widespread that in America a class action law...
ACT Apricot Portable
This stylishly designed computer had a speech recognition feature along with a microphone clipped on the left side of the LCD screen. An article published in Personal Computer World in November 1984 explained how the voice recognition system works : "The voice system on the Portable allows you to have a vocabulary file of up to 4096 words. However, only 64 words can be held in RAM at any one time, so a fair amount of shuffling is necessary with large vocabularies. Before the system ca...
CASIO  FP 6000
The Casio FP-6000S is Casio's most ambitious computer for overseas market. It has been marketed in all of Europe's countries. However, it is also Casio's biggest (and costiest) failure on the market. It was hindered by three things : it was pretty late to arrive to the marketplace (developed in 1984, it only arrived in Europe in 1986), it was very expensive (US$ 10000 for a system with monitor, FDD and HDD), and the distribution channels (accustomed to watches and calculators) did not know how t...
LEANORD  SIL'Z Model 5 / 6
SIL'Z systems from the same company seem to be an evolution of the Silex. SIL'Z systems had some success, particularly in french administrations and schools. According to somone who worked at the plant (Haubourdin city in France) the Sil''z was an Apple 2 machine with some enhancements (graphics) in a hard case (aluminium), and with a better power supply, built in video CRT and strong keyboard. It was possible to connect 8" and 5.25" drives. The floppy d...
SHARP  X68000 Pro
The X68000 Pro is the successor of the X68000 Ace and Ace HD. It uses a new version of the OS : Human 2.0 and a new Graphic User Interface (SX Windows instead of VS). It has 3 expansion slots instead of two....
SOUNDIC SD-290 Programmable Colour Video Game
Though different in shape, the Soundic SD-290 is internaly the same system as the Rollet Video-Color, the Hanimex HMG-7900 and the Soundicvision SD-200. This SD-290 model was sold worldwide through different brands (in France for example by ITMC and JouéClub)... All these systems were surely produced by Soundic in Hong-Kong as they have code-names like "SD-2xx" (where SD would mea...

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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
COMBAT
Coleco Telstar Combat
General Instruments - 1977
rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4
 game - duel - maze - tank
GAIA
Sharp X1
company unknown - year unknown
 game -
PRIMAL RAGE (32X) (84705)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Probe (developer), Time Warner Interactive (publisher) - 1995
 game - 2d - beat 'em up - dinosaurs
PACHINKO II (G-1029)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1984
 game - pachinko
ANALOGIC
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - logic - mathematics
DOODLE
RCA Studio II
RCA - 1977
 application - paint program
SMASH
Odyssey 200
Magnavox - 1975
 game - ball and paddle - sport - squash
ELIMINATION!
Arcade
Kee Games - 1973
 game - ball and paddle
THE COUNT (VIC-1917)
Commodore Vic 20
Commodore - 1981
 game - adventure - Scott Adams adventure games - text interface - text only - vampire
GALACTIC SPACE WARS (VIDEOCART-23)
Fairchild Channel F
Zircon International Inc. - 1979
 game - 3d - gravity - shoot them up - space
AVENGER
Arcade
Electra Games - 1975
 game - plane - shoot them up - vertical scrolling
SPIDER-MAN - WEB OF FIRE (32X)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Blue Sky (developer), Marvel Characters, Sega (publisher) - 1995
 game - platform - spider-man - superheroes
SHADOW SQUADRON (32X) (84509)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Sega - 1995
 game - flight sim - shoot them up - space
CRASH'N SCORE
Arcade
Atari - 1975
 game - car - racing
PREHISTORIC SAFARI
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - dinosaurs - lightgun - prehistory - shooting gallery

   RANDOM ADVERTS
Advert

APPLE
APPLE III

 
U.S. advert (1980)

INTERTEC
SUPERBRAIN

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

SORD
M223 series

 
US advert (1984)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
1000

 
French advert #2 (ju...

OLIVETTI
M24

 
New Zealand ad #1

SEGA
SC 3000 / SC 3000H

 
Charlie Chaplin #1

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
Jupiter brochure #1

JUPITER CANTAB
Jupiter Ace

 
ACE 1000 advert(1982...

FRANKLIN
ACE 1000

 
UK advert, Oct. 1983

GEMINI
GALAXY

 
Tandy 1988 catalog

TANDY RADIO SHACK
1000 EX

 
Apple accessories

APPLE
APPLE II

 
Advert (february 198...

SMT
Goupil 2

 
U.S. advert (1983)

EPSON
QX 10

 
Memotech leaflet

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
French ad (dec. 1982...

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
French advert (july ...

ATARI
65 / 130 XE

 
Advert

ATARI
400

 
Japanese advert #2

SONY
Hit-Bit F1XD

 
UK advert (1984)

ORIC
ATMOS

 
Hard working man

THOMSON
TO 7

 
Argentinian advert

MICRODIGITAL
TK-82

 
Swedish advert

COMMODORE
C64

 
36 Mhz. in 1982?

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