Compucolor II
Compucolor Corporation
PO Box 569,
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Telephone 404/449-5996
Release date: 1978
Rarity: High
Processor: 8080A
RAM: Model 3 - 8K, Model 4 - 16K, Model 5 - 32 K
Graphics: 32 lines of 64 characters (2048 characters), 128 x 128 "plotting" graphics, 8 colours
Key features: Color graphics on a built-in color screen. Built-in 5.25 inch "mini disk drive".
Accessories: Second "Micro-Floppy" disk drive, Expanded Keyboard (101 keys) Deluxe Keyboard (117 keys), 16K RAM Module for the Model 3 and 4. 
Software: I have an extensive software library on 5.25 inch floppy disk in original sleeves. See samples of artwork below. 

Games in my collection, include Air Raid, Cubic Tic Tac Toe, Bounce, Shark, Swarms, Hangman, Math Tutor, Black Jack, Shoot, Lunar Lander, Star Trek, Star Trader, Chess and Othello. 

Applicatoins in my collection include Equity, Bonds and Securities, Personal Finance Volume 1, Statistics 1, 2 and 3, Basic Language Lessons 1-10 and Lessons 11-15.

Utilities in my collection include Monitor, Screem Editor, Machine Language Debug Pack, Formatter, Text Editor, Basic Editing, Personal Database, Assembler and Fortran. 

To load a program press the "Auto" key; the disk drive should come to life, and load a menu.

Documentation: Advertising, instructions and technical documentation are in the collection. Click the examples below to see more detail.
Acquisition details: A gift from Peter Standen in August 2001. Thanks Peter.
Status: I have one working model, and two which were DOA.
Comments: Imported into Australia by Anderson Digital Equipment Pty Ltd. According to Peter Standen about 2500 were brought into this country. When I spoke to Peter he mentioned that there were a number of user groups around Australia in the early 80s with links with groups in the USA.

I have included the Compucolor II in my collection because even though it predates my interest in computers (I was in second class in 1978), it's a good example of an early microcomputer that was ahead of its time. The main board was built into the chassis of a color  television set, so it had color graphics as standard. A built 5.25 inch disk drive was also included.

I have found very little about this computer on the Internet, and would be keen to know whether anyone has one of these machines in their collection. I will consider swapping the two non-working Compucolors that I have.

Here's what the Compucolor looks like inside. Click on the picture for a larger version.