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The RadioShack TRS-80 Color Computer
« on: April 05, 2020, 20:52:34 PM »
I watched a video today from John Hancock where he shares his collection for the Tandy Color Computer.  I didn't know much about these, so figured I'd start a thread about them and include some information on them and John's video.  Did anyone here own one of these?


The RadioShack TRS-80 Color Computer (later marketed as the Tandy Color Computer and sometimes nicknamed the CoCo) is a line of home computers based on the Motorola 6809 processor. The Tandy Color Computer line started in 1980 with what is now called the CoCo 1 and ended in 1991 with the more powerful CoCo 3. All three CoCo models maintained a high level of software and hardware compatibility, with few programs written for the older model being unable to run on the newer ones.

Despite bearing the TRS-80 name, the Color Computer is a radical departure from the earlier TRS-80. In particular it has a Motorola 6809E processor, rather than the TRS-80's Zilog Z80. The machines in the Color Computer line are not compatible with software made for the earlier TRS-80.

Read more about these machines at Wikipedia.

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Re: The RadioShack TRS-80 Color Computer
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2020, 22:59:27 PM »
I don't know a lot about it either, it is one of those computers that does not get a lot of love.
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Re: The RadioShack TRS-80 Color Computer
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2020, 23:29:15 PM »
No, I guess because it was from Radio Shack.  Did you guys have those in the UK?  Based on the games that John shows, though, it did get love from companies!
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