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X > XEROX  > Sunrise 1800 / 1805

Sunrise 1800 / 1805

The following description was posted by Richard Kanarek in the comp.os.cpm newsgroups, in 1997

The computer has a very nice keyboard.

All of the two (?) software packages which exist for the computer come with audio tapes which the computer can play via its voice/data mini-cassette tape recorder. (Having a software package explain itself to you via the voice of a professional announcer is a unique and enjoyable experience indeed).

Unfortunately the above is about all the good that can be said about the unit.

The unit is about as "Portable" as a boat anchor except that a boat anchor is unlikely to fall apart when subjected to the rigors of a knapsack.

Of the two built in features I've used (the text editor & comm's package) they seem horribly crippled by bugs.

The text editor becomes slower the more text you add; after a few paragraphs it can take one or more seconds for it to process EACH key stroke! Its print out was also corrupted when it was connected to printer-- of its own vintage too!

As for the Phone/Comm program, it does have some air of utility about it. On the other hand, it proved itself consistently unable to upload a text file despite repeated trials.

Though it has a Z80 within, out of the box it is no more a CP/M computer than a similarly Z80 equipped Texas Inst. calculator. The 1810 contains no trace of CP/M anywhere about it.

You are free to attempt to run CP/M by purchasing the expansion box and CP/M 2.2 package however:

- Make sure you don't rest the computer on top of the disk drive unit when you do so as the computer's RF or magnetic emissions cause the disk drives to malfunction. (Guess how many hours it took me to discover that!)

- Virtually all the CP/M utilities frequently either fail to work properly or simply lock up the computer (ex. "Stat" locks it up every time).

- Even if you got CP/M working on the computer (LOL), there is no hint of the computer as supporting terminal escape codes (either the 80col/line LCD or the 40col/20(?)line monitor).


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