The retro fire lit in my heart by my visit to the Vintage Computer Fair shows no sign of abating. On its way from the States is an unused Epson PX-8 Geneva series computer/laptop. I’ve cast my eye over a number of early 80’s machines but this (and a couple of Vic 20’s) are the first for which the wallet has been opened.
Featuring a Z-80 compatible microprocessor and a customised version of the CP/M operating system the machine uses a microcassette drive for storage and has two ROM slots into which PROMS with software such as Portable WordStar, CalcStar and Scheduler can be inserted, included with the machine are BASIC and CP/M utilities. The machine also sports a fold out 80 column 8 line LCD display.
Pictures will of course follow and I’m looking forward to getting acquainted with CP/M. Not only is the machine absolutely gorgeous in a Silent Running kind of way but the peripherals are equally desirable. My heart is set on a PF-10 floppy drive but as far as I can tell they are very rare and difficult to source, no doubt therefore attracting a premium price.
Now I’m going to try out a PX-8 emulator created by Toshiya Takeda, here’s a gratuitous shot of it running under Windows XP on my MacPro with VMWare Fusion on OS-X Snow Leopard.
There are a number of useful resources and I’ve started to assemble a list below. I’m very thankful to all those that have taken the time to create extensive pages of information on the PX-8, they will be a great help when the machine arrives. I shall also be watching keenly Earl Evans’ Retrochallenge project to create a PX-8 virtual drive.