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Did any CPUs have a special instruction for multiplying or dividing by ten?

I recall reading about a CPU from the 90s which had, in addition to normal integer multiply and divide instructions, also had a special set of instructions for multiplying and dividing by ten. Does ...
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Two Unknown Sony Corp Boards - Please identify

There are two Boards: The first one has Chips with the name "Sony 501 0C 185", "Sony 502 0J 043", "Sony 504 1B 002 504-3", "Sony 509 01 017 509-00", "Sony ...
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What was this Desktop Programmable Calculator circa 1975

In 1975, my high school computer lab (Maryland USA) had 3 computing devices/terminals. One was a Teletype connected to an offsite mainframe via an acoustical modem. Our class assignments were on this. ...
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What computer is this, a clone of a ZX Spectrum?

Recently I stumbled over this article with an interesting teaser image. It shows some home computer, presumably of the eighties. Unfortunately the image is too blurry to read the keywords on the keys: ...
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Denys Fisher, of Spirograph fame, using a computer late 1976, early 1977

Denys Fisher, the creator of Spirograph, sold his company, bought an estate in Scotland and started working on his next creations, or at least so is narrated in a BBC's documentary, broadcast as part ...
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What is the likely function of these circuit boards?

(I've edited this question to include a second board - the seller told me he had two of the same, but having received the photo of the second board it's clear to me that they're different). I am in ...
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Identify these old accounting machines

My mom is an accountant and when I was a child I remember that she had at her work some odd accounting machines. I wish to identify what those were, but unfortunately the bits and pieces she remembers ...
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Was there a keyboard layout starting with "TBSY"?

Watching an episode of Murder, She Wrote (7x12 "Suspicion of Murder") and, at one point, a character picks up a typewriter and throws it through a window. However, said keyboard has the ...
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What is the mainframe in this image in Ireland?

Someone recently posted this image of his gran (on the right). Mainframes were before my era, can anyone positively identify the model? I don't see a console in the image, which is where I would ...
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What series of AS/400 is the 9406 F2?

I am considering the acquisition of an old IBM AS/400 midrange computer. The provider has stated the model is "9406 F2". I have dived into the AS/400 information provided by IBM in their own ...
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The laptops in the Turkish movie Recep İvedik 3 (2009)

I watched Recep İvedik 3 as a kid and it had a story about laptops. In Clip 1, Recep broke Zeynep's laptop trying to kill a fly. In Clip 2, he tried to buy a laptop from a Teknosa store but he didn't ...
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Does any computer resemble the model taught in UK secondary education?

In UK secondary education, there's a model called the fetch-execute cycle, which describes how computers work. (See: Isaac CS; Bitesize GCSE, Higher; Teach CS.) As I understand it: The processor has ...
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What was the small (cheap) atari-2600 compatible personal computer (not legal) called, that you could program 2600 games, in the 80's?

What was the small (cheap?) Atari-2600 compatible personal computer (not legal?) called, that you could program games for the 2600, in the 80's? I assume people would try and sneak it through the ...
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What was a MicroAce?

I am familiar with the original ZX80 and its "cousin", the Jupiter Ace, a similarly specc'ed machine but running Forth rather than BASIC. However, a colleague at work stated that there had ...
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Is this Votan voice assistant from 1984 a real system?

This clip from BBC Archive allegedly shows a computer that can do voice recognition, speaker recognition and speech synthesis with minimal delay in 1984. I find that hard to believe, they must have ...
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Looking for an 8-bit microcomputer with a hardware-accelerated database

In some old video on YouTube a few years ago, I noticed a curious computer from the end of the 70s - early 80s. In the rack (half height), typical of minicomputers of those years, there was a 14" ...
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What is this game featured in the film ‘The Year of the Jellyfish’?

In the 1984 movie The Year of the Jellyfish, featuring Valerie Kaprisky, at 00:13:42 we see her play a video game on a console like an old Atari, Philips, etc) Does someone know which console or ...
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Is the MANIAC in the movie 'The Magnetic Monster' the real MANIAC computer?

I just watched the movie The Magnetic Monster, which is a 1953 science-fiction thriller. The main premise is hokum, but there's an amount of reasonable-seeming background "science" around. ...
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Identifying motherboard and CPU

Anyone ever see a CPU with this identification? Or does anyone know what kind of motherboard this is? Thanks
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What machine used POKE for printing?

I was looking through the Super Star Trek code when I noticed this for the first time: 7540 REM INPUT"DO YOU WANT A HARDCOPY? IS THE TTY ON (Y/N)";A$ 7542 REM IFA$="Y"THENPOKE1229,...
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What's this computer in the 1988 movie "Vampire's Kiss"?

This is a grab from a 1988 movie called Vampire's Kiss. It has twin disk drives (5.25" from the looks) and what looks like a built-in printer?
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Identify early portable computer

A friend who had an early computer store is trying to identify a machine. Some guesses are Zenith mini sport, clone of a Toshiba T1000 and some kind of HP device.
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Power supply of SGM Regia 2048 [closed]

I need to identify the power supply type, or at least the voltages, for our lighting control desk SGM Regia 2048. The power supply burnt down and I need to find a replacement. Do you recognize the ...
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Can anyone help identify this old terminal and printer found in an abandoned nuclear power plant?

I was watching a video on Youtube of some guys exploring an abandoned nuclear power plant(I believe to be in the US or Canada) that was decommissioned around 1991, and noticed this equipment at one ...
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What is the name of this computer? (Bell Laboratories, 1954)

Science Photo Library says that this photograph of Claude Shannon was taken in Bell Laboratories in 1954. What is the name of the computer behind him?
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Identify computer seen in Wikipedia

I remember browsing in WikiPedia a year or two ago and found an interesting old computer running some UNIX or similar os, where the screenshot of the terminal was amusing because it was a computer or ...
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Identify Terminals Used in this Music Video

I was watching music videos on YouTube and noticed these machines in the video for the song Who's Behind the Door by the band Zebra. The song was released on their album in 1983, but I don't know ...
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What are these graphical display commands?

I have a Pascal program with a fair amount of inline assembly code in it which demonstrates the capabilities of «Электроника МС 7401» — символьно-графический видеотерминал (Elektronika MS 7401 - ...
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SAG Computer: What System is it?

I recently saw an TV old advert (1983) from an Italian company, called SAGA, that sells a so-called SAG computer. It looks like a microcomputer for SMB, with bundled software. Does anyone know what ...
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Does the video game Control (2019) depict a real computer system? What is it?

I was playing Remedy Entertainment's video game Control the other day. Inside the game world, I've come across several computers. (They all look extremely similar.) To me, it looks like some kind of ...
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Trying to recall an OS I worked on that was called CPM but was not DR's CP/M

I'm trying to trace a type of system I did a little work on in my first job, which was for a company which no longer exists and I am not in regular touch with most of my former colleagues. It was a ...
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In what year was my old, long-lost IBM PC made and which form factor/model was it?

I've spent a ridiculous amount of time and effort over the years just trying to figure out what exact IBM product I grew up with. At last, I've finally established for 100% certain that it was a: IBM ...
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Is this an Amiga? If so, which model?

In the 1998 Swedish comedy musical "Åke från Åstol", there's a moment toward the end when a man is pushing around some sort of Amiga-looking computer with a monitor and mouse on a ...
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Is the Coleco computer from The Simpsons based on a real computer?

In the episode Lisa Gets an "A" of The Simpsons, there is a fictional computer called Coleco: Is that computer based on a real one or are there any records of computers resembling that?
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What's the terminal/home computer used as a prop in the computer school in Superman 3?

The DenOfGeek article [Brew2013] has screen captures from the movie Superman III, in particular the early scenes in the movie where character Gus Gorman is at computer programming school. The ...
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Is this a custom NASA Langley-built computer or is this a commercial system (ca 1970's)?

CNN's NASA will name its headquarters after Mary W. Jackson, the agency's first African American female engineer and NASA news item NASA Names Headquarters After ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson ...
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Is this real Commodore C386SX-LT

Is the model shown on pictures an authentic Commodore C386SX-LT? Why does it look different to other photos on the Internet (some additional grey keys? above keyboard): http://www.spacereh.de/hc/com/...
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What's the name and model of this computer monitor?

It's look like very old thing to me: It's in Black and White display. As you can see, it has a socket on the top of it . What's the name and model of this computer monitor?
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What is the brand and model of this AT chassis case from the early 90s?

A friend is trying find the original brand and model of this old 1990’s generic case. An ad from computershopper would help.
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What monitor could render APL2 characters in 1985?

BACKGROUND: In 1985, I took an evening class in APL at the local IBM as part of a high school Explorer Post (which was really cool, these guys giving up their time to teach us programming). Other ...
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What 1970's terminal was black on white and had an orange keyboard?

In high school, I programmed on a terminal that was retro THEN, and I need help remembering make and model. White screen, black text (seemed very unusual to me), no lowercase, 24x80, and I have this ...
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What are these 3COM connectors for?

I came across this set of connectors. All are labelled 3COM and go from some type of plug that I can't identify to an ethernet end. Two of them have female RJ15 sockets, one has a male RJ15 plug. ...
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Is this a mini computer, a novelty monitor or something else? [closed]

I saw this in the background of a video and I'm wondering what kind of device this is. It looks like a small pink CRT monitor with some keyboard-like buttons and was playing an animation.
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What's the Motorola microprocessor with two sets of registers to avoid costly context switch?

I remember reading somewhere (maybe on Hacker News or Lobsters) that Motorola made a microprocessor some decades ago with two sets of registers. This means when handling an interrupt, it does not need ...
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Can you help me identify this AMD 386-DX40 motherboard?

I'd like to find some documentation for this mainboard I just picked up for my very first retro computer, but I don't see any brand or model markings whatsoever. Does anyone have any tips? P. S. I ...
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Xerox 3700 Documentation?

Cannot find any documentation on this computer, need some help identifying it. I am pretty sure this is some kind of print server and the date on the parts is 1989.
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What 486 motherboard is this, with American Megatrends BIOS identifying is DPAQ-6156-043090-KF?

I've got an early 486 motherboard that doesn't seem to have a manufacturer name or FCC number on it and I'm having trouble identifying it. I've placed some photos of the motherboard in this Imgur ...
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Desk computer with embedded CRT, 8" floppy

Back in 1981, my high school's computer classes were something like Computer Programming I and II, which taught BASIC on the Apple ][+, and a Computer Programming III class. In the III class, a ...
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Mid-1980s 808x computer with 24-bit graphics

I remember seeing a computer with 24-bit graphics at a computer store in the mid-1980s. It was not a normal PC with a high-end graphics board installed; the graphics came standard, possibly with ...
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What was this computer I remembered? [closed]

When I went to primary school in 1995 I remember the school had a classroom full of old computers. It took the school 2 years but eventually they did replace them with more modern systems. The two ...
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