33368RE: [midatlanticretro] OT: Tandy 1000 RLX
- Dec 6, 2013A number of the 1000 series had DOS and the basic parts of Deskmate in ROM.
The first computer we had at home was a 1000SL...it could go from power on
to Deskmate in just a few seconds...and it shipped stock with an 8MHz 8086,
384k of RAM and a single 360k floppy drive...no hard drive! I'm amazed at
what Tandy did for short boot times. I picked up a TL/3 a while back, and
in playing with it, the slowest part of the boot process seems to be waiting
for the hard drive to spin up and be ready. The HD was flaky at first
power-on, and as I recall, it was booting into DOS and/or Deskmate before
the (not yet recognized) drive finished spinning up...
Wasn't there a Tandy 1000 machine that -did- have DOS in ROM? I seem to
remember a unit like that. It was supposed to be easy to use around the
house... like in the kitchen, so you could boot up in a flash and check your
recipes that were saved using Deskmate (or something like that) on to a 3.5"
73 de Ray
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