Acorn BBC Micro Model B

For me, this was the machine that really got me into programming and micro electronics. The BBC Micro was developed by Acorn Computers for the BBC who were embarking on an education programme for the UK called the "BBC Computer Literacy Project". The BBC made it their mission to have at least one of these machines available in every school in the UK.
 
The 'beeb' as it quickly became known was fantastic for connecting to external equipment. It featured an anlogue 'joystick' port, a digital 'user' port, a 1Mhz bus connection, a 'tube' connection and a plethora of other connections. So many in fact the the back of the machine ran out of space and they had to create a cut-away bay underneath the machine to accommodate them. But it was due to its connectivity and expandability that I really took to the beeb and started designing peripherals and software.
 
It was not a cheap machine; The BBC Model B sold for £399 on the high street in 1983 which was relatively expensive compared with other available machines like the Commodore 64 which sold for around £229. Regardless of the difference in price, because it was backed by the BBC, the beeb sold very well with over 1 million units sold.

Manufacturer: Acorn
Date: 2nd January 1981

Acorn BBC Micro Model B Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Acorn BBC Micro Service Manual - Issue 2 (1) Acorn Computer
Acorn - Genlock Modifications to the BBC Microcomputer Acorn Computers
BBC Micro User Guide - Provisional Copy (1) British Broadcasting Corporation 01-01-1981
BBC Micro User Guide - Provisional Copy (2) British Broadcasting Corporation 01-01-1981
BBC Micro User Guide - Provisional Copy (3) Acorn Computer 01-01-1981
Microvitec - LCCD (Low Complexity Colour Display) Operating Instructions - Issue 2 Microvitec 18-06-1981
Acorn BBC Micro Disc System User Guide Acorn 01-01-1982
MEP - Control Basic Manual Micro-Electronics Education Programme 01-01-1982
Acorn BBC Micro Service Manual - Issue 2 (2) Acorn Computers Limited 01-04-1982
Acorn - The BBC Microcomputer - Disc System User Guide - Temporary Manual Acorn Computer 01-05-1982
Acorn BBC Micro - A Hardware Guide for the BBC Microcomputer Wise Owl 01-01-1983
BBC Micro - Teletext System - User Guide (Provisional Issue) Acorn Computer 01-01-1983
Acorn - The Econet: A Local Area Network - Data Link Layer and Physical Layer Specifications Acorn Computers 01-01-1983
BBC Micro - Teletext System - User Guide Acorn Computer 01-05-1983
Acorn Information Volume 1 July 1983 01-07-1983
CPM/2 2.2 with GSX Graphics Operating System Manual 01-09-1983
BBC Micro User Guide British Broadcasting Corporation 01-01-1984
Acornsoft VIEW Guide Acornsoft 01-01-1984
Acornsoft Into VIEW An introduction to word processing on the BBC Micro Acornsoft 01-01-1984
Acornsoft VIEWSHEET User Guide Acornsoft 01-01-1984
File Plan 01-02-1984
Accountant 01-02-1984
Memo Plan 01-02-1984
Graph Plan 01-02-1984
Nucleus System Generator 01-02-1984
Acorn BBC Microcomputer Service Manual - Issue 4 Acorn Computer 01-07-1984
SJ Research - Manual Excerpt on Econet Programming SJ Research 11-02-1985

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