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The Morrow Micro Decision (MD-2)


Description
Manufacturer Morrow Designs
Model Micro Decision
Date Announced 1982
Date Canceled Unknown
Number Produced Thousands to tens of thousands
Country of Origin USA
Price From $1,200 on up ($1,600 for the MD-2 shown)
Current Value $50-$200
Specifications
Processor Zilog Z80
Speed 4 MHz
RAM 64K
ROM 2K
Storage 1-4 200K 5.25" floppy drives of varying capacities, various hard drives up to 40 MB
Expansion None
Bus N/A
Video Character/terminal based
I/O Parallel, Serial
OS Options CP/M
Notes The Morrow Micro Decision was George Morrow's entry designed to compete with business machines of its day. It was cheaper than the typical S-100 based CP/M system since it was simpler. It was cheaper than the IBM PC and XT as well as the floundering Apple III Computer but it offered nothing particularly new to compete. I was priced similarly to the Osborne 1 and Kaypro machines, but it didn't offer the option of portability.
Related Items in Collection All of the original software and documentation as well as a dot matrix printer.
Related Items Wanted Additional software

The Morrow Micro Decision was an excellent CP/M computer running a single-board Z80 that just came a bit too late. By the time these were being sold the IBM PC was taking the world by storm and the landscape of personal and business computing was beginning to change forever.

The insides of the Morrow MD-1

The Morrow Micro Decision was an elegantly designed system that incorporated a single Z80 based motherboard and little else.

The Morrow MD-1 running

The MD-2 in my collection is in exceptionally good physical and functional condition, as can be seen above.

Although the form-factor looks like a typical PC the monitor and keyboard are, in fact, a dumb terminal while the chassis contains the computer itself. Almost any other serial dumb terminal will suffice for running the machine and at least two can, in fact, be installed.

Morrow MD-1 Software

The software that came with the unit includes Microsoft BASIC, BAZIC (a Northstar compatible BASIC) and a variety of business applications including word processing, spell check and spreadsheet programs.

Morrow MD-1 Documentation

The manuals for the machine, terminal and software were also included.

This Morrow Micro Decision and all of the associated software and documentation were donated by Richard Montanye.



(Submitted February 17, 2010 19:41:57 by Richard Honey)

This was the 1st computer I ever owned. I worked at Priority One Electronics in Chatsworth, CA, met George Morrow when I sold more Micro Decisions than anyone in the company and was presented with a FREE machine of my own. I was all over the BBS's with this thing. I can hear the modem negotiating now. I loved that thing.


(Submitted September 1, 2008 13:10:36 by Jack Cook)

HI, I just booted up my old Morrow MD-11 HDD and it still works. I think I am going to put it on Ebay. I do have all the books and Software (floopy disks) but not sure if they are all good. I also have the Modem with it- Is anyone interested now ? Or see you on ebay about 9/5/08 Thanks.


(Submitted May 23, 2008 12:23:44 by Robert Danna)

I have a clean, in good working condition Morrow MD2, with all the books. Includes a working copy of CPM OS. I also have the DOT Matrix printer which connects to it; it too works very well, can send pictures. Would like to know what I would be offered for these units. Robert Danna Dolan Springs, AZ


(Submitted March 25, 2008 08:33:08 by (a href=mailto:olidotstein_atgmxdot_de)oli near dortmund germany(/a))

hi, im very glad i found this site! nice pics and interesting history about morrows. my experience on md is little,and a bit sad: its some years ago (maybe 1990) when i bought a used micro decision unit without any description nor terminal in a radio electronics store for the supply (dc 12+5volts) for my wrecked 386sx. it wasnt powerful enought so i put it back. started it up with terminal emulation on my amiga2000 via the serial interface, and it worked pretty! unfortunately i have damaged the mbr by my own stupidness ( lost the master boot record of the hdd) when typing some commands- sort of ini-tialize or sys-- command, cant remember exactly.:-((

if anyone has an bootable diskette (5,25) or any other idea how i can restore the morrow - it would be wonderful! this one has dbase, wordperfect starcalc and some other apps! i would share it with you, if you can help me :-)

oli near dortmund, germany

email: oli_dot_stein_at_gmx_dot_de


(Submitted April 23, 2007 14:45:25 by Mark Eastaugh)

I worked with some of the old Morrows back in the early 80s in a government job. They were good machines based on a great old 8 bit microprocessor the Zilog Z80 (I cut my computer teeth on the 8 bit stuff 8080/85, 6800/6809, 6502 etc). I also enjoyed working with all the CP/M based software of that era.

I think there may have been an MD10 (???) which had a 10MB HDD (?). That was a neat machine which I developed some dBase software for (Ashton Tate). I was spoilt when I got my PC XT ( 20MB Seagate HDD ) later but then things have changed out of site since then.


(Submitted February 15, 2006 13:33:40 by Laura)

The first pc I ever worked on was a Morrow. This was in the mid 1980s. It was a revelation to me to go from an electric typewriter to a computer (especially as I was in grad school.) My then boy-friend (who loved to re-program the function keys on the machine [usually without telling me]) and I used to go around to Morrow swaps-meets in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Morrows were tough as nails and people would buy/sell/barter parts on a regular basis. It was a small but friendly community of Morrow-junkies. I missed the Morrows (and the junkies) when it all ended.

The boy friend, interestly, went the way of the Mac afterward. He buys the newest every other year or so. I went pc, with a sidetrack into Sun's and UNIX. I tend to work on machines put together from other projects--kind of a left-over from the Morrow days.


(Submitted January 30, 2006 10:25:08 by Jack C)

I just fired up my old Morrow w/HDD and it still works and I was going to put it on Ebay. I do have all the books and Software but not sure if it all good. Is anyone interested now ? Or see you on ebay about 3/1/06


(Submitted December 31, 2005 14:39:21 by Neal)

I too have an old Morrow in my basement. I'm sure it still works, and I even have a new Wyse 60 terminal/keyboard that I used. I am looking to give it to someone rather than trash it. Any ideas? I also have all the original software - Wordstar was great!

Neal in Toronto.


(Submitted October 18, 2005 02:25:15 by (a href=mailto:jeremyunderscoresharpatdelldotcom)Jeremy Sharp(/a))

Fantastic! I pulled one of these out of the trash 5 years ago and it's been sitting in my parents' attic for lack of a keyboard. Coincidentally it's sitting next to an old DEC VT125, so the next time I'm in the 'States I'll definitely mate those two up and see if it's still a working unit!

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