--- Tony Duell <ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk> wrote:
I've heard, the Tandy 2000 wasn't a bad
machine. It wasn't IBM
PC compatible, which made it a commercial flop, but
wasn't that much wrong with it.
But the PCjr wasn't techically a good machine. It
also wasn't truely PC
compatible. I can think of little to recomend it,
The Tandy 2000 was a neat machine in it's own right,
but there were 40+ tech center mod bulletins. Could
involved soldering jumpers, cutting traces, etc.
Supposedly once Xenix got ported, all these little
quirks started popping up. There's probably alot more
info then I can give on the comp.sys.tandy newsgroup.
Also google "Jeff Hellige" for the Tandy 2000 FAQ
There's also the weird crt controller by SMC (and
floppy data seperator). Where are you supposed to find
replacements for those???
The Peanut was an interesting machine in it's own
right. It certainly had it's deficiencies, the floppy
drive, weird upgrade path. But early IBMers in general
had problem drives and whatnot. Yet if you look under
the hood there was some interesting stuph going on.
Like how they used a gate array to make the video
memory appear as if it was in the b800:0000 area, when
in reality it was physically located down low in
memory (anyone know if the Tandy 1000 did the same
thing?). As far as compatibility, as long as you could
plug a 2nd floppy drive in (aftermarket or home
brewed) you were mostly compatible as I understand.
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