Genie was exactly same as the one in the picture above. This is the
second model with
all 4 arrows, clear key, lacking shift on right side and having a
volume control and VU-meter with
the cassette player. The first model had no right arrow (tab) or clear
key and no volume control or VU-meter.
Made by EACA International LTD.
Marketed in England as a product of Lowe Electronics, and in Germany as a product of Trommeschläger Computer gmbh etc. EACA wasn't mentioned.
Sold under other names in other parts of the world:
System 80 (Australia, NZ), PMC-80 (USA) and HT-1080Z (Hungary) are certainly the same. TRZ-80 (South Africa) according a review in 80 Micro January 1982 by Eric Lindsay. Video Genie was the western European name.
It is a clone of The TRS-80 Model I (level 2, 16K)
with some differences
It's physically quite different but most of the hardware is similar.
|1: Cassette relays port (write only)
|2: Printer port (write and read)
|3: 32/64 character mode (Video Cut)
|4: ROM/BIOS startup message
|5: ROM/BIOS second message
|6: ROM-Basic error message on Disk BASIC commands
|7: Expansion port
Video Genie Links:
| Terry Stewart's
System 80 Support Site
| In Hungarian
The Hungarian HT-1080Z
| My old Video Genie
My first computer
Still going strong
|My expansion pin
|My HI.RES page about the LE18
High Resolution Graphics
for Video Genie
Microcomputer from 1977
Better TRS-80 from 1980
Even better TRS-80 from 1983
Old Emulator Links:
David Keil's emulator for MS-DOS is no longer
available from his site, and it is a long time since it was maintained.
It doesn't work well with later versions of windows and some
functionality is lost under windows based on WinNT.
Using it with an MS-DOS based windows like Win98se it is still a great tool. And I can usually get it to work under WinXP with some functionality loss: Real disk is not possible. Graphics driver has problems, and you need to restart it after changing disks or changing options.
Some of the following links are to the Internet Archive waybackmachine:
David Keil's TRS-80 emulator where he also has software and documentation
(links to files in the archive that don't work from within the archive trs81-62.ace trs80-62.ace support.ace the laters version)
My page about how to change keyboard layout in David Keil's version 6 emulator
Jürgen Büssert's TRS-80 page with more information about International Keyboard layout for David Keil's emulator
My page about font modification in David Keil's version 6 emulator with a tool and ROM modification
My page about my transfer utility X/CMD for David Keil's emulator
PC tools for TRS-80 stuff:
Cassette tape conversion.
| Play CAS
Use a pc as a cassette deck.
Software and documentation Links:
Tim Mann's TRS-80 page
where he also has an emulator for unix
Ira Goldklang's www.trs-80.com information
Matthew Reed's www.trs-80emulators.com emulator and tools and www.trs-80.org with very useful things like LDOS and 2012
TRS-80 Model I Expansion Interface Schematics Layout (146k 100DPI JPG), page 1 (157k 300DPI PNG) and page 2 (125k 300DPI PNG).
A German EACA page (on oldcomputers.dyndns.org) information and software
Selfmade TRS-80 and emulator software
My transfer utility X/CMD
David Keil's emulator
The ABELT page, an old TRS-80 game I made
To my overview page