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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Vintage Computer - Datapoint 1100 - 8 bit computer

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Datapoint 1100
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I received this Datapoint 1100 from the same person that provided the Datapoint 2200 terminal/computer and was told it was a prototype. I made some assumptions about this computer that were wrong and I also called it a 2100 in some of my information.  Gordon Peterson was kind to correct me on this and the Datapoint 1100 is a version of the 2200 without the tape storage drives in the case. It did have a storage drive but it was in a separate case or operating table. This is not a prototype but is a nice unit and I am glad to have it in my collection. Thank You - Gordon for getting me on board with the correct information.

I have made several post (listed below) here on my blog about the Datapoint 2200 and it is a very interesting story of perhaps the start of personal computers - long before MITS ALTAIR 8800, Apple , Microsoft or IBM.


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Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Datapoint 1100


This looks like a Datapoint 2200 without the cassette tape decks for mass storage.







Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Datapoint 1100



The inside looks very similar to the Datapoint 2200 without the 2 audio cassette drives for mass storage.






Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Datapoint 1100


This unit was tested April 1975.









Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Datapoint 1100




This name and serial number tag  indicates it is an 1100 and serial number #100.





Here is some great research about the first microprocessor - Ken Shirriff's Blog 


Older post about the Datapoint 2200:

Intel 8008 Microprocessor began as a 'Computer Terminal Corporation 2200" - an Electronic Data Terminal



"The Lost Story of the Texans Who Invented the Personal Computer Revolution"  a 327 page book by Lamont Wood & published in 2010.


                                                    Video about the Datapoint 1100
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We always have interesting visitors in our Computer Museum with great stories about their experience with vintage computers - Here is a video with Virginia Tech Professor Bill Green. He makes some nice comments about our museum.  "CLICK TO VIEW"

David G Larsen
During the late 80's I was able to find  this fine Datapoint1100 & Datapoint 2200. They are both in the   "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Collection".