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This machine came up on eBay recently from a local-ish seller, and at a price that was tempting enough to buy it for my collection. As an ex-Pom with the same birth date as Alan Sugar, I've always had a bit of a thing for Amstrads, this is my second (actually third, as the Spectrum +2B was an Amstrad machine as well). The seller told me this was his first computer. His only software was a DOS disk that isn't working.
Waiting for the end of the auction gave me some time to read up on the specifications and quirks.
First stop - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC1512
Also had a read of - http://www.i-programmer.info/history/ma ... strad.html - bit of useful information there as well, about the development history.
Basic specs are Intel 8086 at 8MHz, 512kb RAM, dual 360k drives. It came in other configurations with a single drive, and optionally a hard disk.
The 1512 has its PSU in the monitor. This should make things interesting if ever the monitor gives up the ghost. Presumably it was a design decision to make the overall footprint of the machine smaller. This is how it looks atop a 5150, note that the 1512 gives up 2 ISA slots on the PC (3 vs 5), and they are mounted perpendicular to the front.
Cliff Lawson's pages on Amstrad technology - http://www.freetimeweb.nl/home/computer ... /index.htm - are an awesome resource. It was there I read about the reasons why Amstrad couldn't use AT/XT-compatible keyboards for its machines, and the 1512 is of course no exception.
This one has a V3.01 ROM, which makes this a 1512v2. More great info here - http://www.seasip.info/AmstradXT/qanda.html and about the BIOS here - http://www.seasip.info/AmstradXT/bios.html
The DOS disks can be downloaded and written to 360k disks (have plenty of those NIB thankfully), so that's the first step for this machine, thankfully it's a running unit already.
- Amstrad 1512 ISA slots
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Looks like a good clean unit.Need to get the Amstrad DOS 3.2 and GEM disks up and running for the true experience It's a shame that the computer requires the monitor to power up which means a lot of people have units which get thrown out if the monitor goes. Keyboards are easier to find but when the monitor goes it sucks
Thankfully the disk images have been preserved online, so with any luck I'll get them written to disk this weekend it is a strange arrangement indeed! But then, I suppose it isn't much different from the Mac all-in-ones in that regard. The text on this monitor is a little fuzzy though, is that just a standard CGA thing? it would be about 26 years since I last saw one operating
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