A Tribute to the Dick Smith System 80
(aka Video Genie and PMC-80/81)

System 80 (and TRS-80 Model 1) Emulators


Relive the Thrill - Download an emulator!

TRS-80 Emulators

The System 80 was a clone of the TRS-80 Model 1 so these emulators can be used to experience the thrill. A number can be found at www.trs-80.com .  

The first emulator I used was Jeff Vavasour's Model 1 emulator for MS-DOS, which I helped beta-test way back in 1991 (more about this can be found amongst the stories here).  However, the best TRS-80 emulator I've seen today is TRS32, by Matthew Reed.  This emulator works well with all versions of Windows and includes an emulation of the Exatron Stringy Floppy amongst other hardware add-ons.  If you don't have this emulator already, download it from the link and relive those memories.  

To use a TRS-80 Model 1 emulator as a System 80 all you need is a System 80 ROM image.  This System-80 ROM zip file (which also includes the original TRS80 Model 1 and Exatron Stringy Floppy ROM) has some to choose from. You will need to rename the files for use in the emulators available. The instructions packaged in the emulator zip files should tell you what the ROMs need to be called. For example, for TRS32, the main ROM needs to be called model1.rom.

System 80/Video Genie 1/PMC-80/HT-1080 Emulators

An couple of emulators have been written specifically to emulate a cassette or disk-based System-80 Mk1 (Blue Label)/Video Genie 1.  Users can experience the "Video Cut" and "Page" screen modes particular to this model. 

Both emulators are from Hungary, where the machine was known as the HT-1080z. One has has been written by Attila Grosz, the other by Zoltan Kollar. Zoltan's program features emulation of popular add-on hi-res colour boards.

The latest version of Attila's program can be found here and Zoltan's emulator (along with an older one of Attila's) can be found here. The programs are entirely freeware and no ROM image is needed.  They are great for viewing cassette files but are a little fussy when it comes to disk images, and not all formats are supported. However they will work with the Disk Images on this site.

If you know absolutely nothing about TRS-80/System 80 software...

...the following link below might help.  These driving instructions are for those who have recently acquired, discovered or inherited a System-80, and/or want to try one of the emulators but know nothing about running TRS-80 software.