The Nimbus PC was introduced by Research Machines for use in the education market. It sold with 192KB RAM, a single 720 KB floppy drive, and extended sound and graphics. It could be expanded to 1 MB of RAM, dual floppy drives, and up to a 160MB hard disk. The Nimbus was also designed as a network station and came with built-in Piconet and ZNET ports.
The Nimbus ran a modified version of Microsoft MS-DOS 3.10 that would not run on a standard PC. Although an IBM emulator software allowed some standard PC programs to run, only software specifically written for the Nimbus was able to take advantage of the improved sound and graphic features. However, RM and third-parties released numerous languages and educational software that fulfilled most school needs.
This machine is network only machine as it contains no HDD of FDD. It will boot remotely using its inbuilt ZNET port off our RM NET network. It is fitted with 1Mbytes of RAM.
Manufacturer: Research Machines
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