Re: 264/TED/Plus4 Story

From: Gerrit Heitsch <>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2011 19:32:07 +0200
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On 08/25/2011 09:18 PM, Hársfalvi Levente wrote:
> Bil,
> All in all,
> a great number of schools were supplied with C16s and Plus/4s; one can
> instantly recognize the machines of these series, as all of them were
> equipped with localized keyboard layouts and character ROMs as a
> then-requirement for school computer candidates ( can sometimes
> find a factory produced Hungarian Kernal PROM in them, and keyboards
> that were produced to already have the Hungarian alphabet, making these
> machines the possibly single occurence of nationalized 264 series
> computers; most others were regular Plus/4s just equipped with EPROMs
> and decals).

Do you remember the part numer of the hungarien kernal ROMs? The PAL 
Kernal for everyone else was 318004-0x (with -05 being the last). Would 
make a nice addition to my list of MOS chips.

> IMHO a fortunate
> way of how things played out, since the Plus/4 was actually really good
> in that role. We definitely liked its good display capabilities (...121
> colors or what... ;-) ), good Basic interpreter (first), built-in
> monitor (...then), physical outfit (...ever :-) ), everything that made
> it feel to support (rather than obstruct... how common that was on other
> platforms) you on the way.

That's why I still like the C16 (with 64K of course). Much easier to 
experiment on than the C64 since the BASIC is so much better and you get 
about the same graphics capabilities as the C64 when it comes to bitmap 
graphics. The hardware controlled 'flash' in text mode is another plus.


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