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C > COMART > Communicator


This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Comart Communicator 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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Monday 12th June 2023
David Slater (UK)

Hi I was Commercial Director of Byteshop Nottingham from 1979 until just after the chain was sold by Kode to SCC. Heady days at the new cutting edge of microcomputers quite a contrast from the mainframe world of ICL I came from. After I decided I didn''t want to relocate to Birmingham and work direct for Peter Rigby at SCC I returned to the "real" computer industry joining McDonnell Douglas Information Systems selling to Local Government customers across the Midlands. Currently renovating and reawakening an early Osborne 1 that has sat in my loft for the last 30 years. If anyone can help me find some boot discs for this I would be very grateful.

Saturday 15th October 2022
Julia Ponder (Australia)

I worked in the Byte Shop London from 1980-1984. When I went back to Australia I started my own company and called it Co-Mart Software Pty Ltd$ I still have my Comart key ring! I''m working in London again for a company called Go1 and will be here until 3rd November. Would love to catch up with other people who worked for Comart. You can find me on LinkedIn or send a message via my website.

Thursday 15th September 2022
David Lawrence Biggins (United Kingdom)

Anyone else here who may remember me from the Byteshop/Bytesoft/Comart/Kode days is welcome to contact me an that address

Thursday 15th September 2022
David Biggins (United Kingdom)

I was initially working for the Nottingham Byte Shop just before Comart bought the chain. I then ran ByteSoft as a Comart subsidiary then worked directly for Comart, initially as Tech Support Manager, then later Marketing Manager - a post I also held at Kode, when they bought the Comart Group. I have some Comart kit including a couple of spare boards, and if I get time, I plan to rebuild a CP1520 that I have. I may still have a few boot disks and other bits around. Stacey, I''m sorry to hear about Ian - we didn''t always see eye to eye, but he was OK. I have a number of photos from the Comart/Kode era and there are at least a few of him if you''d like copies. You can reach me as

Wednesday 8th December 2021
Mike Arnold (United Kingdom)

I used to sell Comart and Cromemco in the 1980s. Still have some Comart parts in the attic somewhere. Much prefer Cromemco though and still have a working system from them.

Saturday 14th November 2020
Stacey (United Kingdom)

So weird. The man in this photo is my dad. He died 3 years ago and I miss him so much. I''d love to know who Sarah is...

Monday 2nd March 2020
Ross (United Kingdom)

Does anyone have any bootable software for the Communicator please?

Monday 23rd May 2016
John Adams (UK)

I worked in Byeshiop Manchester we sold these along side North Star Commodore Pet, Apple II, Sharp Mz80k vic20 and Cromemco.

I still have a Communicator with 10Mb hard drive, I think it will end up at Bletchley as they said $ it off.

I fell out with them somewhat after I set up sale to Kellogg''s to weight the frosties packets instead of them buying a harris mini, then when the guy came round to discuss the sale I was told to make the tea.

I said to the young lad who worked Saturdays that I thought I should set up on my own, he told the owner who sacked me.

He had previously given me my P45 when I had to visit hospital for something less than trivial.

I am not bitter as it was a really good grounding and I have had my own Computer company ever since.

He went on to manage Clive sinclairs z88 thing and Byteshop went on to be purchased by another company which still trades.

Friday 10th July 2015
Paul Hindley (uk)

One of these ran the flight display boards at Manchester Airport. I remember the screen was on top of the Base unit and would wobble. I always felt drunk after using it.

Monday 27th October 2014
Paul Kerry (Scotland)

I have a copy of PCW magazine from 1983 in which the CC was promoted as *future proof*.

I think I''d like to upgrade mine, now. My 5mb HD isn''t particularly power-efficient, the coils which move those disk-heads make my lightbulbs dim !! $)

Friday 11th October 2013

Feels strange seeing this as comart and Kode was my fathers company ....

Wednesday 4th September 2013
Peter Todd (United Kingdom)

Comart Ltd. CP1525M 8086$r79uslEWQj8

Wednesday 4th September 2013
Peter Todd (UK)

Footage of a Comart CP1525M is here, any information to help with restoration would be welcome - I have the CROSS montior running but no Rodime spinup.

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