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General Category => NC100, NC200, PCW, PDA600 - the rest of the Family! => Topic started by: ComSoft6128 on 17:51, 15 October 19

Title: PC-1512 and the Fall of Amstrad
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 17:51, 15 October 19
Worth a few minutes........

https://www.i-programmer.info/history/machines/1364-alan-sugar-and-the-fall-of-amstrad.html (https://www.i-programmer.info/history/machines/1364-alan-sugar-and-the-fall-of-amstrad.html)
Title: Re: PC-1512 and the Fall of Amstrad
Post by: LambdaMikel on 19:38, 15 October 19
Interesting article. Is it true that the PC-1512 was unreliable? If so, and it was not the (missing) fan, what was the source of the unreliability? Anybody can share their own experience regarding reliability? Never saw a PC-1512 "in person".
Title: Re: PC-1512 and the Fall of Amstrad
Post by: ASiC on 12:00, 23 October 19
The 1512 (and 1640) were marvelous machines!

I have never witnessed one of them bad boys being unreliable for any reason.

- Faster than your normal PC-XT of the time;
- All in one design, compact and much better to look at in comparison with that ghastly IBM PC;
- SILENT! Well, the version without the harddrive  ;) ;
- Great bundle with mouse and software included in the package;
- Cool little touches here and there like the AA batteries, speaker volume control and easily accessible expansion bay.

I'm not fond of the PC-XT era but give me an amstrad 1512 or 1640 anytime  :D
Title: Re: PC-1512 and the Fall of Amstrad
Post by: Bryce on 12:23, 23 October 19
- SILENT! Well, the version without the harddrive  ;) ;

Yeah, they really should have sold it with an SSD :D

Bryce.
Title: Re: PC-1512 and the Fall of Amstrad
Post by: genesis8 on 18:29, 24 October 19
Interesting article. Is it true that the PC-1512 was unreliable? If so, and it was not the (missing) fan, what was the source of the unreliability? Anybody can share their own experience regarding reliability? Never saw a PC-1512 "in person".
I bought a PC 1512 with double 5,25 drive in 1988, I never had problems with it.
I upgraded it to 640 Kb, 32 Mo RLL hard drive, 1 Mo EMS/XMS card.
My heart broked when I had to leave it in 2012...
My heart is a bit better since yesterday I did boot an Amstrad PPC 640 with its dos 3.3 though !
Title: Re: PC-1512 and the Fall of Amstrad
Post by: Sykobee (Briggsy) on 19:06, 24 October 19
1512 was a good machine at the time IMO. Shame about the fake news about fans, but it was a great value PC.