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Amstrad PCW 8256

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1985.

Amstrad has made some odd machines over the years. Here is an example of this. PCW 8256 was a customized computer for word processing. Even the name says it - PCW stands for Personal Computer Word processor. The whole concept of the accompanying printer and specially designed keybords showes that it is designed for word processing - e.g. the keys "word char", "doc page", "line eol" and "prt". Of course, also completed with the word processing program LocoScript.

Locoscript occupies 154 KB of RAM why the remaining 102 KB could be used for a viritual disk if desired. In later editions you could run LocoScript-generated documents in the database in order to send them to multiple recipients. Otherwise, there were also LocoFile and LocoMail.

The computer itself was integrated into the screen and, therefor, there were very few I/O-ports. In order to run the computer you only needed one cable - the power supply cable. In the front of the screen were the floppy disk drive with the odd format 3". The floppy disks were double-sided with 160 KB of each side.

In Germany they named this computer series for Joyce. The replacement to this model came with twice as much RAM and was of course named PCW 8512 (compare the last three digits of the name).

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Former owner: Kommunens returmarknad, Umeå

Technical data

 
Year 1985
Origin England
Manufacturer Amstrad
Name PCW 8256
CPU Zilog Z80
Speed 4 Mhz
OS CP/M
ROM 48 KB
RAM 256 KB
I/O ports Keyboard, power to the printer, printer,
Text modes 90 x 32
Graphic modes PAL-mode; 720 x 256 or NTSC 720 x 200
Colours Monochrome
Sound Beep
Built in media 160 KB/side 3" disk drive
Power supply Built-in