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V > VISUAL TECHNOLOGY > Visual 1050   

Visual 1050

The Visual 1050. Entered into the PC battles mid-80s from the now defunct Visual Technology company (most famous for video terminals at the time).

This CP/M based machine was tailored to Wordstar with a specialized keyboard featuring all the wordstar function keys.
Graphic capabilities were managed by a second 6502 processor.

It was delivered with a set of Digital Research software, including CP/M, C-BASIC compiler, DR-GSX (graphic extensions), as well as WordStar (Word processor), Mailmerge (address database), Multiplan (spreadsheet) and TTY-1050 (communications)

John Citron remembers:
I worked for Visual from 1980-1987. From 1983 to 1987, I was a hardware technician with them and serviced many of these machines. In addition to the expansion ports on the outside, there is also a riser header for a, never implemented, optional memory expansion card. The 9" green monitor was manufactured in Taiwan by ADI and it, along with the keyboard, eventually became the main components for their V-50/55 and V-60/65 line of video terminals.

In addition to coming with a huge bundle of applications, the system was also able to read CP/M disks from many of the competitive machines in its day. By running a special utility, one could load in programs and data from Osborne, DEC VT-180, DEC Rainbow, and others.

Overall, the system was great in its day and I eventually owned one for a number of years. The video was crisp and the Keytronic keyboard was comfortable to use. The only complaint that I ever had was the noise. The system was very loud due to the empty case and the noisy fan and floppy drives.

Thanks to Richard Bramante for information and pictures.

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This was my first "real" home computer, purchased back in 1984 after I graduated college and I used it up through 1995! It was great for word-processing, spreadsheets, and programming (used FTL C and Modula-2 compilers for CP/M). The best thing was it''s VT-100 compatibility. I used it with a modem as my home terminal for UNIX systems all through graduate school. It was great for vi and editing/compiling/uploading C programs. What a great little machine, and great graphics and display capabilities. But its floppy drives were noisy! My wife referred to them as buzz-saws, and between those and the daisy-wheel printer I used with it, I couldn''t use the thing past 10 pm without waking everyone up!

Wednesday 8th December 2010
Jim Schifalacqua (USA)

I put together a basic page here for some information I have collected on this system. If anybody can help with more information please let me know.

Tuesday 18th December 2007
Richard Bramante (USA)


NAME  Visual 1050
MANUFACTURER  Visual Technology
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  1984
KEYBOARD  Keytronic full stroke 93-key with numeric key pad & 17 function keys
CPU  Z80-A
CO-PROCESSOR  6502 (Graphic video management)
RAM  128KB (bank-switched)
VRAM  320Kb (32Kb x 10)
TEXT MODES  80 chars. x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  640 x 300 dots
COLORS  Monochrome
SOUND  No sound
SIZE / WEIGHT  CPU - 5'' (H) x 17'' (W) x 17'' (D) / CPU 15 lbs, Monitor 10 lbs
I/O PORTS  video terminal, Serial, Parallel, Winchester HD
BUILT IN MEDIA  2 x 400KB, 5.25'', SSDD, 96tpi floppy disk drives (TEAC FD-55E)
Optional 10Mb external Winchester hard disk drive.
OS  Digital Research (DR) CP/M Plus (CP/M, Version 3)
POWER SUPPLY  75 watt, switching power supply unit
PRICE  $2700

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