EG3008 Video Genie II System

EG3008 Video Genie System - Third Version

Video Genie (or simply Genie) was the name given to a series of computers produced by Hong Kong-based manufacturer EACA during the early 1980s. They were compatible with the Tandy TRS-80 Model I computers and could be considered a clone although there were hardware and software differences.

The computers making up the series were

    * Video Genie System (EG3003 - first version, early/mid 1980)
    * Video Genie System (EG3003 - second version, late 1980) - our unit
    * Genie I (EG3003 - third version, late 1981)
    * Genie II (EG3008 - late 1981)
    * Genie III (EG3200 - mid 1982) - a more business-oriented machine with CP/M-compatibility.

Although Video Genie was the name used in Western Europe, the machines were sold under different names in other countries. In Australia and New Zealand they were known as the Dick Smith System 80 MK I (EG3003) and System 80 MK II (EG3008). In North America they were sold as the PMC-80 and PMC-81.

Features

 CPU: Zilog Z80, at 1.76 MHz
 Video: Monochrome
           64x16 / 32x16 uppercase text
           128x48 block graphics
           Composite video output, cable included
           RF tv signal output, cable included
 16 KB RAM, expandable to 48 KB
 12 KB ROM containing Microsoft LEVEL II BASIC
 Storage: Built in 500 baud cassette deck
           Cable for using an external cassette deck included
 Built in powersupply

The EG 3008 is complete with:
EG 100 Monitor
EG 3013 Expander
EG 400 Disk drive unit

Manufacturer: EACA Computer Ltd
Date: 1980

EG3008 Video Genie II System Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Video Genie System - Users Manual Eaca International Ltd
Video Genie System - Programming For Beginners Eaca International Ltd
Video Genie System - Basic Manual Eaca International Ltd 1980
Video Genie System - Expander EG 3013 User Manual Eaca International Ltd 1980
Video Genie System - Expander EG 3014 User Manual Eaca International Ltd 1980
Video Genie System Service Manual Eaca International Ltd 1980

Magazines RELATED to EG3008 Video Genie II System in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Personal Computer World - February 1980 February 1980
Personal Computer World - July 1980 July 1980
Personal Computer World - September 1981 September 1981
Your Computer - November 1981 November 1981
Personal Computer World - February 1984 February 1984
Practical Computing - December 1981 25-08-2009

Other Systems Related To EG3008 Video Genie II System:

Item Manufacturer Date
EG3003 Video Genie System EACA Computer Ltd 1980
EG2000 Colour Genie EACA Computer Ltd 1st January 1982

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH42407. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

EG3008 Video Genie II System


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