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Compucolor II, partially disassembled.


Description
Manufacturer Intelligent Systems Corp./Compucolor Corp.
Model CompuColor II
Date Announced 1977
Date Canceled Unknown
Number Produced Thousands
Country of Origin USA
Price $1,500 and up
Current Value $500+
Specifications
Processor Intel 8080
Speed 2 MHz
RAM 16K-48K
ROM 16K
Storage Bult-in 5.25" disk drive
Expansion None
Bus None
Video Built-in color video - 8 color, 128x128 resolution + text modes.
I/O Modem port (serial?)
OS Options Proprietary
Notes The Compucolor II was built on the chassis of an RCA 13"color television set. The tuner was removed and replaced by the built-in disk drive and the computer board was placed below the picture tube.
Related Items in Collection Manuals, software
Related Items Wanted Additional software, disks, disk formatting program


The Compucolor II in my collection arrived, was visually inspected and was promptly put on a variac and very slowly powered up to, hopefully, recondition the capacitors. It didn't work and I had a couple of firecrackers.

Those were quickly replaced only to expose some other issues with the high-voltage video control board.

As it stands the system is in mid-repair but I've decided to post some images anyway.

Compucolor II Mainboard

The Compucolor II computer is, for the most part, contained on this single board.

Inside of a Compucolor II

The board rests under the video tube in the hollowed out RCA TV chassis.

Compucolor II Disk Drive

Missing from the above pictures is the CompuColor II disk drive which was removed for inspection and to get it out of the way.


(Submitted September 29, 2016 06:33:23 by maynard)

Apparently, there are connectors to drive each color gun separately. But where's the display controller on that logic board? It seems remarkably sparse of TTL for a machine so old.


(Submitted April 5, 2015 10:20:42 by Mike)

I've been seeking one of these, congrats! I know their approach was to sell you the disks, and kept the format utility proprietary. So, you'll probably have a hard time finding a format utility unless you talk with someone that was on the inside of the business. I wonder if you could use a kyroflux to duplicate a blank floppy disk using the raw magnetics tho..


(Submitted May 28, 2012 01:37:54 by Michael James)

I bought one with my paper route money, got better at programming (in BASIC), and discovered BBSes. Unfortunately mine developed some problems (disk drive and video) which couldn't seem to be fixed.


(Submitted March 16, 2012 20:12:23 by kike)

I like this! nice ;D


(Submitted March 12, 2010 06:29:04 by John)

What about the follow on form this - the Compucolor / ISC 3651? I had one running an engine test bed at BP Hull for several years, another doing monitoring at Diss Sewage Treatment Works in Norfolk, UK and another monitoring condensor tube plate isotherms at a UK coal fired power station. Eggborough, I think.


(Submitted December 16, 2009 12:51:03 by duked)

Actually that tv is a hollowed out ge performance set not an rca. cool computer.

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