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Our P2000C portable computer has a Type No. of P2010-1 and a serial number of WR 001736. The computer was used by film producer Roy Byrne and was very kindly donated by his wife Roberta and his daughter Jennifer Byrne.
In the early 80's Philips produced a series of business/home microcomputers generically known as the P2000 series. There were five different lines developed over the few years the machines were produced: the P2000T, P2000M, P2000B (later called P2500), P2000C and finally the Yes, a MS-DOS machine. The weird thing about these different machines was that they were all incompatible with each other.
The P2000C, was probably the most advanced of the P2000 series and the early portable from Philips. It was a heavy luggable computer. In fact, users didn't pick it up and carry its 15 kg unless they really had to! Also as with almost all early portable machines it was not battery powered but mains only.
With its twin Z80 processors - the second was dedicated to I/O - the P2000C was one of the faster CP/M system, faster than most of the PC's of the day for several professional applications. Furthermore, it could run MS-DOS software thanks to an optional 8088 'CoPower' card.
Its two 160 KB 5 1/4" floppy disk drives (later 2 x 600 KB) were able to read almost all the widely used CP/M disk formats like those of Osborne and Kaypro.
Processor : 8 bit Z80
RAM : 16 K Bytes (can be expanded to 48K bytes)
System Software : 4KB ROM
Connections : Printer, RGB Monitor, Video, TV Set, Diskette
Onboard Storage : Mini Cassette
Manufactured in the Netherlands - 1983
KEYBOARD Full stroke 93 keys with function and arrow keys and numeric keypad
CPU 2 x Z80A
SPEED 4 MHz.
RAM 64 KB up to 320 KB
VRAM 32 KB
TEXT MODES 80 chars. x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES 512 x 256 dots
COLORS Monochrome - Green phosphore CRT
SOUND No sound
SIZE / WEIGHT 15 Kg.
I/O PORTS External floppy drive, SCSI port for connection to up to 7 hard drives, external terminal, external monitor, Serial, Parallel printer, expansion card
BUILT IN MEDIA 2 x 160 KB 5.25'' single side floppy drives - Later 2 x 640 KB
OS CP/M 2.2
POWER SUPPLY Built-in power supply unit
PERIPHERALS 8088 'CoPower', IEEE-488 cards, Internal Hard disk up to 10 MB (about $5000)
PRICE about $3000 in Holland
The above information is from www.old-computers.com
The computer was used by film producer Roy Byrne and was very kindly donated by his wife Roberta and his daughter Jennifer Byrne.
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