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This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Video Technology  LASER 3000 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 10th August 2022

I had the vtech 3000 version sold in the USA. It didn''''t support Low-Res Apple II mode$this would show garble on the screen..Lots of freeware/Public domain software used this mode. Also, some of the ads in computer shopper implied it had 192k of RAM, when in reality, it only had 64k, so any 128K //c-//e software was out too. The Up arrow key didn''''t work in Apple II software, although it did seem to work in the enclosed "Magic //e" word processor. It also came with MagicMemory Database and MagicCalc spreadsheet. I couldn''''t get Ultima V to load on it, even though the box said 64k. I''''d say most high-res 64k games did work though.

Friday 19th November 2021
bryndal36 (Australia)

I got one for Christmas 1984 that came with a floppy disk drive as well. It actually had 48K ram but if you bought the 16k expansion/emulator, that brought it up to 64k and allowed you to load prodos.

Wednesday 22nd December 2010
Gajendra Ratnam (Malaysia)

This was my first real computer. I was a fan of the Apple II. I wanted to play them Chopper, Centipede, Frogger and Zaxxon games. I ordered my unit from Dick Smith Sydney.

Was an exciting moment in my life. The freight arrived from Sydney to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. My dad bought me the whole kit with the emulator, joystick, drives. I used it with a 14” colour television. Had a great time programming, paying games, composing music with the SOUND command. The CAT side had some special graphics modes and Sound options which were great. Loved those times. Graduated to Amiga 1000 after this.

Sunday 31st October 2010

I wanted a 3000 sooo bad because of its modular design. This picture does not show it with its drive. The drive was detached, so was everything else. I wound up getting a 128. I used to be able to hit ctl-break and read the programming. One fateful day, it all got locked doen and all we saw was code. This infuriated me. It was then I became a hacker. At that very moment.

Friday 22nd January 2010
Milo Davies (New Zealand)

This was the first computer I owned. Purchased in New Zealand for NZ$1250 through Dick Smith Electronics. Dick Smith Electronics marketed it as the CAT. It was said to be 96$ compatible with the Apple IIe when the "Emulator Catridge" was installed. The documentation I had, claimed that the Emulator Catridge increased memory from 48KB to 64KB.
At the time, a genuine Apple IIe was at least double that price so it represented good value for money. I owned it for about 4 years and it proved to be reliable.

Thursday 1st October 2009

I used to use this computer with an apple II emulator and it worked great. I did have a problem where two wires came undone in the back through wear and tear and if I bumped them together (like hot wiring a car) it would reset the computer. It was great. :)

The word was this company folded due to legal pressure from Apple. Not how true that is thats what I''ve heard though.

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