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This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Digital Equipment Corporation DECMATE II 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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Wednesday 25th April 2012
Iwin Zane (USA)

The DECmate computer systems all required a bootable 5.25 inch floppy diskette which contained the OS as well as the WPS software. They could also run the COS310 Operating System which after some modification by Digital Research Corp. became CP/M. With the addition of the Z80 board, they were able to run MS-DOS. As the only authorozed dealer in Southern California, I and my staff had great sales experiences with it. Incredibly, we still have some in inventory, as well as brand new DECmate IIIs.

Thursday 1st June 2017
Chuck (United States)

@Steve: In order to run CP/M on this machine, you needed to get the Z80 expansion card with 64k RAM. This allowed this machine to use CP/M AND run most PDP 8 software.

Thursday 19th January 2017
Steve (USA)

Actually, CP/M PREDATES the DECMATE WPS series! The system was certainly not like CP/M. Digital AKA DEC, was not related to Digital Research. Digital Research CP/M required an 8080 processor. The Z80 was 8080 compatible, but the PDP 8 was NOT. CP/M did NOT support the 8086 series of processors, like those MSDOS did.

Tuesday 24th April 2012

This powerful (in its day) little computer was built like an Abrams tank. The word processing software was unbeatable and the power supply was designed to last forever. As the only authorozed dealer in Southern California, I and my staff had great sales experiences with it.

Friday 14th January 2011
Ron Cooper (Tennessee, USA)

The Z-80 card was also required for the optional spell checker function in WPS. With the Z-80 and CP/M, you could run VisiCalc and later Lotus 123 and dBase.

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