The Amstrad 1512 computer

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The Amstrad 1512 computer was manufactured and sold by Alan Michael Sugar in 1985 mostly in England. It is an uprated version of the famous IBM PC for which Microsoft wrote the first operating system MSDOS version 1.0.

It is one of the finest computers ever built and when new retailed for about 1000 pounds. There are many of them still in use. In the year 2000 they now sell second hand for about 20 pounds if you can find a buyer. It is a pity to trash them. Their only fault is that they are obsolete not what kids would call a 'proper' computer.

The Amstrad 1512 runs MS DOS version 3.20 and has 1MB of memory and a 20MB hard drive. It has an Intel 8086 16 bit microprocessor. Bill Gates once said that 1MB of memory was as much as anybody could ever want.

Although Windows version 3.0 in standard mode should run on an Intel 8086, it has not been demonstrated. There is no web browser which will run on an 8086 an so the machine is very obsolete

The Linux operating system will run on an Intel 80386 and supports a web browser. So there should be a market for obsolete Intel 80386 machines.

A modern computer contains a Pentium type processor in fact an Intel 80586 microprocessor only Intel decided not to call it that because they could not copyright the number 80586. It runs Windows, mostly 98, and underneath and within is still MS DOS.

If anybody still owns or is an Amstrad 1512 or is interested in the inner workings of a PC the author offers an online version of the Amstrad Technical Manual, which is interesting in its own right for the study of the internal workings of the hardware and software of an IBM PC which all modern computers still are.

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