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K > KAYPRO > 2000


This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Kaypro 2000 computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Thursday 30th December 2010
Richard (US)

I worked for Kaypro when the 2000 was introduced. The Data General DG-1 laptop computer was already on the market when the K2000 hit the street, but the DG-1''s larger display had absolutely horrid contrast, almost to the point of being unuseable. The K2000''s modem used the modular jack for a telephone handset instead of the line cord jack. Kaypro made up some phone cords that had a standard line modular clip on one end and a handset clip on the other so that the K2000 could be connected to a phone line. The modems were made by US Robotics.

Monday 30th May 2011
Frederik van Kappen (Europe)

I am the proud owner of one of the very rare licensed SMT Goupil club versions. According to a french site only 2000 were sold in Europe.

As Richard states, the machine had quite some intelligent solutions (e.g. keyboard, Lcd display, etc).
Furthermore since the machine was delivered with 768 kB of RAM the seemingly superfluous 128 kB was used as a third virtual diskdrive with great speed advantages. When connected to an external monitor the quality of the picture was quite good. Finally a 5,25 " external drive could be bought but, being a student my financial situation didn''t allow me to do so at the time (unfortunately). The docking station was unknown in Europe.

The machines were made to last and had a kind of Bang $ Olufsen feel about them. the only drawback were the very heavy batteries which are now, unfortunately, very very hard to find. When the machine was sold, the same batteries were used in medical apparatus of all kind as a back up in case of a power failure. Nowadays I have to search in shops specializing in remote controlled planes, boats etc because it seems some remote controllers use the same batteries.

Friday 24th April 2020
ajobpd (Monaco, Europe) (Monaco)

I keep a Kaypro 2000 in perfect condition, equipped with an internal 2400 (?) bps modem, AC power supply, user manual, OS diskettes and some application software diskettes $manuals.

I used it quite a bit when I was young$ the loud droning noise of the diskette head displacement within its case is absolutely unique and I turn it on about once a year just to hear it again.

Its nickname was "The Firebomb", because it had a conductive paint layer on the inside of some plastic parts, probably to reduce EM interference. This paint invisibly touched a part of the modem power supply pins when it got displaced during transport and upon turning it on, smoke would come through the upper left hand grille on top of the keyboard. It happened twice, quite worrying the first time until the reason was discovered, which was not easy.

A quite elegant piece of mechanical engineering, whoever was in charge of the project should be praised and remembered for its attention to external design esthetics, years ahead of its "ugly brick" competition.

Tuesday 7th January 2020
compu_85 (US)

For anyone looking, the power supply for this machine is 7.3 volt DC, 2 amps, pin negative.

If someone has details on the backlight mod, I''d be very interested!

Thursday 2nd August 2018
Ted Saari (United States)

I just acquired a Kaypro 2000. The power connector is tip negative for anyone trying to make a power adapter. I rebuilt the battery pack. The same cells are still available. They are 3 of the 0800-0004, Hawker Cyclon 2 Volt 5.0 AH, X Cell Batteries connected in series with no thermal protector or sensor.

Saturday 19th May 2012
Anonymous Coward

This archive $$ says the power supply is 7.3 V DC tip positive 2 A.

Monday 21st November 2011
A Russell (Canada)

I was recently lucky enough to get one of these for $20 on an online classifieds site. I realize its worth more than that on eBay, but I didn''t buy it to sell it, I bought it because of incurable Kaypro fanaticism. It was the very first computer I ever used as a 5 year old kid. And even as Kaypros go, this is the most beautiful machine I''ve ever seen. The only problem is, he(supposedly) didn''t have the power cord. I have universal power adaptors, but my problem is, it is ridiculously hard to get the power specs for this unit on the net. Try for yourself and you''ll see what I mean. I read 7vdc on one site, but I find nothing to verify and I don''t want to fry it. Also it''s not all the info I''d need to set up a universal adaptor. Does anyone know for sure the voltage type,
level and wattage required? I''m going mad wanting to know if this beautiful thing works.

Tuesday 2nd December 2008
Club 100 $- The Model T User Group

I am looking to buy one of these machines. If anyone has one that needs a good home, I am availible.

Friday 16th December 2005
AtlasSoft(Pharoah) (USA)
Atlas Software

I have been playing with my 2k. I have PolyWindows (how do you use it? what is it?). I also want to try to mess with the internal modem but my phone cable won't fit in the jacks! What should I do?

Sunday 10th July 2005
Robert Bartlett (USA)

I had one of these when I was a junior in high school. I was interning at a computer store in 1986, and was able to get one of these. Of course, there was really no such thing as a laptop in those days, so this was the closest thing they came to making a "true" laptop. Mine had 768K of ram, and of course the 720k low density floppy. The display was only visible when you were looking straight at it. It finally died some years later (long after Kaypro vanished into the murky depths of computer history) when the PROPRIETARY floppy drive stopped working... and I couldn't replace it. It was a nice machine though. I ran a BBS off of it with a Hayes Smartmodem 1200. I setup the additional 128k of RAM as a ramdisk, so when the BBS ran, all the files it needed were loaded from ram, instead of the LABORIOUSLY slow FDD! I miss this old battleship!

Saturday 9th October 2004
Quick Basic (USA)

I have one of these, they are very cool machines!!
Does anybody know what version of DOS they ran best with?

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