TRS-80 Model I
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Thu Feb 1 13:47:52 CST 2007
> Jay West wrote:
> > Al wrote...
> >> I have a HUGE softspot in my heart for the TRS-80 Model I, having
> >> purchased a 16k, Level I unit in December of 1978. A unit, I still own
> >> today,
> > That's the one system I don't have in my collection that I'd really like
> > to - a TRS-80 model I with tandy monitor and perhaps the expansion unit.
> > I never owned one, but a lot of my friends in the late 70's timeframe
> > did and we always fought about if my Apple ][+ was better than their
> > TRS80 :)
> > Jay
> That must have been a short argument. I used both a lot in high school.
> The model I was unreliable in the extreme. The model III's were much
> better in that regard.
And for the counter-argument, I have a model 1 that I've had from new,
and which has never failed me. COnversely I had nothing but trouble with
the Apple ][, a design which i feel is marginal at best!
I had one failure on my Model 3, the disk cotnroller chip failed in an
odd way. It sometimes failed to geenrate a Data Request signal, with the
result that a new byte would not be loaded by the processor, instead the
disk cotnroller wrote the previous byte again. You got text files with
repeated cheracters in them..
And my Model 4 has blown 1 tantalum capacitor in its life. It carried on
working as the smokke came out, of course.
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