I finally got around to unboxing this thing to have a look at it. Man, it weighs a TON!! And I thought the IBM AT was heavy!!! Carrying up up the stairs to the computer shack was a health and safety nightmare!
Anyway,I'm pleased to report it seems to work!! I've just had a preliminary look, and haven't tested disk writing or the b: drive. The whole time I had it on I was expecting to hear the pop of a blown capacitor. Not so far though.
The system takes 8 inch disks. This is the first time I've handled these. They are huge and certainy "floppy". Many of the disks were in bad shape with fungi growing on the media. Others seemed ok though, and thankfully this included the boot disk.
Yes, it's near museum quality. It's been packed in it's original box for many years.
I'm not sure how easy software is to get for this thing. I imagine there wouldn't be much and even if I could find more, it would have to come on a 8 inch disk.
A lot of disks came with the unit Around 50 or so. These mostly have accounting software and records. There seems to be:
One genuine CP/M boot disk (which seems to work). This also has MBASIC and some games. BASIC 80 A Panasonic maintenance disk by M.E.C. Ltd (1981) Panabasic Hire Purchase System Panabasic Rental Master Midas Inventory System Penalty Insurance Interest Charges Midas Debtors Ledger A head cleaning disk
Plus a number of data disks for the programs above,
As I said though, many haven't fared too well. Some disks seem ok. Others, not. I should at least try to backup the CP/M disk while I've got the unit unpacked!
With all these classic computers with tiny screens on the left side I've found myself wondering if there's a generation of computer users with permanent crimps in their necks from having to look left all the time.