Questions tagged [8-bit-microcomputers]

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Do I have to use an 8284 chip with the 8088?

I recently got the idea to start an 8088 system because I've been really interested in retro computing and the idea of a "breadboard computer" sounds very fun. From what I've read, every homebrew ...
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Emulators running on 8-bit personal computers

Were there emulators running on 8-bit computers (preferably "mainstream" personal ones), available to general public (as opposed to in-house developers only)? I am mostly after emulators ...
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How was the first assembler for a new home computer platform written?

How did the 8-bit computers (Spectrum, Commodore, Atari, Amstrad etc) typically "bootstrap" from bare electronics into a platform with a working assembly language and OS? What I mean: An assembler is ...
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What "Write your own RPG/Adventure game" books were available for 8-bit computers? [closed]

During the 70s and 80s there were a number of books about how to write your own games for 8-bit computers, usually in BASIC. Three examples of these books are How to Create Adventure Games by ...
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Which (micro) computers were dominant in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s?

Australia and New Zealand are somewhat unique among large, developed, economies because they bridge the culture of (mostly) the West with the geography of the East. I am curious how this may have ...
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How to I give instructions to a Z80 CPU [duplicate]

I found a Z80 CPU lying around my house. I've search all over the Internet but I still don't know how do I input stuff and tell it what to do. Help me please
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Wiring a Zilog Z80

I've recently got hold of an old Zilog Z80 microprocessor and I know how to clock and test it. I do not however know how to connect RAM, I/O ports, control switches (for programming instructions into ...
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Can x86 processors run 8-bit applications?

I was wondering if it is possible to run 8-bit applications within QEMU. I know that the x86 architecture can run 16-bit applications, but can it also run 8-bit applications?
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Did any microcomputers back in the day accelerate standard-cassette performance

Many commonplace cassette recorders in the 1970s and 1980s were capable of reading or writing two tracks at once (stereo). While that wasn't universal (portable cassette recorders were often monaural,...
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Does a market/shop with fully legal 8-bit software/games exist? [closed]

Currently about all of "8-bit micro" games that I know is either abandonware (which is a gray area) or free fan works. But is there some kind of shop, market, some place where you can purchase these ...
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