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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...
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....
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...
TAP 34 is a self design of Terta company from Hungary. Primarily it was designed as a terminal for big computer systems but it was also able to process data alone. The main integrated circuits were assembled in the USSR and in Hungary by Tungsram, but several parts were imported from other countries. The built-in monitor was a DME-28 monochrome CRT made by Orion. This company was famous for its televisions in Hungary and the other KGST countries. The floppy drive attached to the compute...
Based on the MCM 70 / 700 (see this entry for more info), the MCM 800 followed in 1976. It was faster, included 16 KB RAM (instead of 8 KB for the 700), and included the ability to drive an external monitor. Among other things, MCM 800s were used in one of the first french industrial network called Gixinet (along with ARCnet). This was a token-bus type network developped by the Gixi company....
The Imlac PDS-1 is a graphical minicomputer made by Imlac Corporation (founded in 1968) of Needham, Massachusetts. The PDS-1 debuted in 1970 and is considered to be the predecessor of all later graphical minicomputers and modern computer workstations. The PDS-1 had a built-in display list processor and 4096 16-bit words of core RAM. The PDS-1 used a vector display processor for displaying vector graphics as opposed to the raster graphics of modern computer displays. The PDS-1 was often used with...
COMMODORE  C64 Golden Jubilee
Between 1984 (in the U.S.) and 1986 (in Germany), Commodore International celebrated the 1,000,000 machines sold mark in these respective countries by issuing special "Gold" editions of the Commodore C64. These machines were regular C64 models, except they were Golden-colored and fixed on a commemorative plate. The following information comes from Death Adder : Until December 1986, 1,000,000 Commodore 64s were sold in Germany. On this occasion, Commodore Buromaschinen GmbH (...

SHARP  X1-CS (CZ-803C)
The X1cs, as well as the X1ck, are derived from the X1c. They are low price models. The difference between X1c and X1cs, is that the X1c can be connected to a 4 colors plotter/printer, whereas the X1cs has two I/O ports instead of the plotter/printer connector. Tape Basic and Disk Basic were available but had to be loaded from tape....
C.ITOH YD-8110
Very little information is available about this computer. It was manufactured in Japan by Ye-Data and sold by a German subsidiary of the US C.ITOH company. The MP/M operating system was used, but the floppy disc file format allowed for compatibility with the IBM mini-systems. ...
The Gavilan, along with its optional thermal transfer printer that clipped onto the back, fitted in a standard-size attaché case. It was a true 16-bit laptop computer conceived by John Zepecki, Gaviland's director of hardware engineering. It featured a 8-line LCD screen and was powered by either an AC adaptor or 10 half-D rechargeable batteries with 8 hours autonomy. The 48 KB ROM held the Gavilan GOS (Graphic Operating System) kernel, a FORTH-like interpreter and a desktop manager sof...
SHARP  X1-CK (CZ-804C)
The X1ck, as well as the X1cs, are derived from the X1c. They are low price models. The difference between X1c and X1ck, is that the X1ck has a "KANJI" ROM (Chinese characters, character matrix 16x16 pixels) as standard. Tape Basic and Disk Basic were available but had to be loaded from tape....
ATARI  1200 XL
The Atari 1200 XL was the predecessor of the Atari 600/800 XL. It had much of the same characteristics, except the size of its ROM (16 KB instead of 24 KB) the BASIC Interpreter being supplied on a cartridge. Because the built-in Operating System was not designed very well, people are known to have swapped the OS ROM chip from their 800XL & put in the 1200 XL. This machine was a flop in the marketplace and would be produced for only 4 months before being repla...
A few months after Sinclair released its ZX-80, Microace of Santa Ana, California launched a clone of this computer. It was exactly the same machine, but a minor modification made that it could be expanded to 2 KB of RAM. The internal ROM was also a pure copy of the Sinclair's original. Sinclair thus sued Microace but met with large difficulties because the judge couldn't seee the ROM content! Sinclair eventually won because the Microace keyboard was also iden...
TOSHIBA  T100-X Dynapad
Long before the tablet PC craze of fall 2002, there was the Toshiba T100X Dynapad. The T100X was a "pen-based computer" (This was before the term "tablet PC" existed) which ran on a 25MHz 386 AMD CPU. It shipped with 4MB RAM and had a 40MB hard disk drive for storage. It did not include an internal floppy disk drive, but a separate external floppy disk drive could be purchased. Similar to most modern tablet PCs, the T100X did not have a built-in keyboard, and mouse pointing was done with a st...
ATARI  520 ST / ST+ / STM
The 520 ST featured same hardware basis and same amount of memory as the 260 ST. The main difference between them was the built-in ROM TOS operating system and GEM Graphics Interface. In fact, the Atari 520ST originaly came with the OS on floppy as the OS was not completly finished. Very shortly afterward they came with the OS on 6 ROM chips (TOS 1.0). It was first sold in Germany where it met a great success then released in the United States about six m...
The AN/FSQ-7 was by far the largest computer ever built, and is expected to hold that record. It consisted of two complete Whirlwind II computers installed in a 4-story building (See the impressive diagram in the 'More Pictures' section). Each AN/FSQ supported more than 100 users. IBM had about 60 employees at each site for round-the-clock maintenance. Keeping one unit operating and one on hot standby (to allow for switchover when vacuum tubes failed) ...
MICRONIQUE  Victor Lambda
The Victor Lambda is in fact an american computer : the Interact. A french company (based in Toulouse), Lambda Systemes, bought the rights to sell the system in France under its own name in 1980. The Victor Lambda was born......

German leaflet #1

MZ 800 - MZ 1500

Same with a man


Computers in the exa...


New Zeland ad (1983)

Imagination Machine

U.K. ad. (dec. 1985)

CPC 464

French advert (1978)

MK 14

Japanese advert

Compo BS/80

UK advert, Oct 1983

Sage II

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Radiola advert. 3

VG 5000

French advert (1984)

EXL 100

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IMKO-1/2 & Pravetz 82

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PASOPIA 16 / T300 / PAP

Newburry brochure #1


French brochure

PC Compatible systems

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J100 - J500

Italian advert

Lemon II

German advert


French ad (jan. 1980...


UK advert Sept. 1983

QX 10

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Victor Technologies ...

Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

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French ad (jan. 1985...

SC 3000 / SC 3000H


The Service Manual is now available at Vintage Volts. All in all, a lot more has been discovered about the machine. My current guess is that the CPU runs at 1.366 MHz.

SHARP  PC-1260 PC-1261 PC-1262
I recently was given several PC-1260, PC-1261, and PC-1262''s, a cassette interfaces and a combo cassette/printer interface. There was no documentation with any of the devices.

Does anyone have a downloadable versions of the programming/operations manual that is in English or translated from German?

Every manual I have found is from bad scans of the German manual which have so far defied any attempt to software convert to searchable pdf and translate. The backgrounds have text imprints from other pages, random dots all over the place, and the images are skewed at various angles.

Please respond here because I think a lot of searchers eventually end up here.

Miles Carter
VISUAL TECHNOLOGY Visual 1083 / Commuter
I had one of these as my first PC, it saw regular use with an EGA and CGA monitor into the early 90s. I remember my mom playing qubert (not Q*Bert) on it until she filled the score counter and it went negative and then back through positive. That orange phosphor screen is burned into my memory. Also would play a tower typing game and various BASIC programs. We had a Ford Simulator on a white floppy, it played much like a Pole Position/Outrun mashup.

i recently found one of these beasts in a dumpster with a zenith data systems display it didnt have the keyboard though :(
i got a laugh when i booted it up and it said keyboard error press f1 to resume lol i think the hd in it still works it has a sticker on the back that says its a reference drive

SHARP  MZ 800 - MZ 1500
@ian forshaw (uk): After 10 years my answer - i have 10 pieces 2,8" Disk

IBM  PS/2 Model 25
The school I have worked at for the last 16 years has a number of these that I have stored in a closet. Also Model 25SX $ Model 30/286''s and some others. I pulled this one out this week (9/2014) hoping to put it on display for the kids to see, plugged it in along with a matching IBM keyboard and it fired right up! Has a 20G Hard drive in it and came right up to the C:$ prompt. This is the way IBM used to build equipment!!

greg greene
HEATHKIT / ZENITH  Z-100/110/120
Best keyboard for writing ever made ! still have mine with 8 inch drives !!!!

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