What are the really unusual or weird computers?
classiccmp at memory-alpha.org.uk
Tue Jul 3 21:37:55 CDT 2007
>>>> You don't need an IBM compatible BIOS to run
>>> care to share an example?
>> Victor 9000/Sirius 1
> Loads bios from disk like a Tandy 2000....
Now I start to see the cause of your confusion.
Most (all?) non-IBM PC compatible MS-DOS machines load a BIOS from disc at
boot time. The IBM is fairly unusual in having it all in ROM.
Yes, MS-DOS needs *A* BIOS to operate, but that BIOS has to be "MS-DOS
compatible" for want of a better phrase (and tailored to that particular
hardware) rather than "IBM compatible".
>....And the T2K is one of the most compatible of the pseudos at
>the BIOS/DOS level
There's nothing preventing a manufacturer from writing a BIOS for their
machine which has the same functions, entry points etc as IBM's BIOS if
that's what they want as long as they have the appropriate permissions.
That only became an issue when the PC rose to the top of the pile and "IBM
compatability" became desirable; whereupon the non-compatibles faded into
>> ACT Apricot PC series/ "F" series / "Xen" series
>>(prior to "Xen-i")
> Not sure.
I am, I've owned, used, hacked and programmed all of them....
>> Sanyo MBC-555
> I'd be real surprised if it was true of this one.
Then look it up on the 'net and prepare to be surprised.... :-)
>>....and many, *many* more....I.E. MS-DOS<>IBM
> Name them. I think you're totally *totally*
And I think, that rather than taking the lazy option you should find a
couple of on-line computer museums and see for yourself....there is *plenty*
of information about this out there if you actually bother to look.
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