Sanyo MBC-775 – The first PC portable computer with color screen.


Hello. I’m currently on a road trip to pick up
an interesting piece of computer history. I got an email recently from a guy named Matt
who said he had acquired an early portable computer that has a color screen. So, I looked up the computer online and saw
that it came out in 1982. That struck me as very interesting since I’ve
always been told the Commodore SX-64 was the first portable with a color screen and that
came out around 1984, I believe. Matt lives in the small town of Brownwood,
TX, and I’ll be coming from Ft.Worth Texas. It’s a pretty long drive, so we agreed to
meet in the middle in a town called Stephenville, Tx. This is a bit of an interesting, or different
road trip for me because normally when I go on a road trip, I’m going down interstate
highways, and you know the speed limit is usually pretty constant around 70 miles per
hour or something like that. This is a rural highway, and so it’s kind
of weird because the speed limit is constantly changing between like 75 miles an hour and
like, I’m going like 30 right now as we’re passing through a small little city. So that’s kind of weird, but also I’m
driving an all-electric vehicle and since we’re away from the interstates, there’s
no charging stations or infrastructure out here anywhere. Which, shouldn’t be a huge problem because
I should have enough battery range to make the whole trip. I think it’s like 150 mile round trip that
I’m doing, so we should be okay. So, I met up with Matt at a little restaurant
and had lunch with him and, of course, took the computer and put it in my car. And of course now, I have it back at the studio. So, let’s take a look at it. In principle it’s designed similar to the
Compaq portable of the same era, with a carry handle on the back, and some fold out legs
on the front. OK, let’s move this thing around here. The keyboard is an interesting design since
the keyboard legs also double as the release mechanism. And there we are. The Sanyo MBC-775. And even the logo itself has the blue, green,
and red to let you know this machine has color. So, the keyboard is pretty yellowed, although
interestingly enough it’s mostly just the bezel. The actual keys themselves don’t look too
bad. Now, this does have a standard XT type layout,
you’ve got the function keys over to the left, there’s only 10 of them, and just
like an XT there’s no actual individual cursor keys. You’d have to use the ones on the number
pad. It’s also interesting that the bottom of
the keyboard isn’t yellowed at all, mostly just the top. As for this part of the computer, it’s hard
to say if this is the original color or not, but I doubt it. Now, I’m sure everyone is wondering if I’m
going to retrobrite it. But the answer is no. First of all, because this doesn’t actually
belong to me. Although, I’m sure Matt probably wouldn’t
mind if I were to retrobrite it for him. But also because I have to go back to Stephenville
this weekend to return this, so I just simply don’t have enough time. Let’s turn it around and check out the rear
features. We’ve got a door over here, which appears
to house expansion slots. It’s weird that two of them are shorter. We’ll figure out the meaning of this later
when we take it apart. This also appears to be some cracked plastic. And we’ve got another door down here. And we’ve got both a Digital RGB and composite
video output for external monitors. And over here are some adjustments for the
internal CRT. And lastly, over here is the power supply. I suspect this hole is for a power cable much
like the Compaq does. Of course, there is a plastic door that is
missing right here. In fact, you can see the little latch for
it here. So, I wanted to make a quick size comparison
to the Compaq Portable 1. The Sanyo unit is at least an inch taller
here. But it isn’t even the size I notice most
of all. It’s the weight. The compaq is by no means light coming in
at 28 pounds, but the Sanyo is a whopping 43.1 pounds, and I can definitely feel the
difference when carrying them. Well, let’s set this thing up. I’ll extend the bottom legs, and get a power
cord attached. And, let’s power it on! So, it shows it has 256K of RAM, and the floppy
drive light is on. However, it never actually gives any sort
of message such as to insert a boot disk. Anyway, I’ll insert a DOS disk, and it immediately
starts to boot DOS. So, we’ve got our A prompt. And there are two things I notice right away. For one, the picture is super sharp for a
computer of this era. The second thing I notice is the flickering
screen when scrolling. This is a telltale sign of the original CGA
design. Later cards managed to eliminate this flicker. Well, I hate to toot my own horn again, but
I’d like to play something and I don’t have a lot of software handy on 5 and a quarter
inch floppy disk that will run on 256K of RAM, so Planet X3 it is. By the way, these disk drives are an interesting
design. It’s surprisingly easy to line the disk
up for insertion, and the closing mechanism is also very easy to use. I like it. Let’s start Planet X3. And here we go, it is color CGA glory. I say that a bit sarcastically. In fact, this is one of the things I find
a little perplexing about this machine. While CGA technically has 16 colors, the graphics
modes usually only have 4. And to be honest, I usually find the games
more appealing on a monochrome monitor like the one in the Compaq. So, it’s weird that they went to the trouble
to design a color screen for CGA systems. My guess is they were probably thinking more
about the 16 color text modes at the time, and I don’t have any easy way to demonstrate
those at the moment. Of course, I can show you the warm CGA palette,
if that is more to your liking. So, doing a little research on this thing. I had initially found this listed on the Obsolete
Computer Museum’s website, with an introduction date of 1982. If this were true, it would mean this was
the first color portable, beating out the Commodore SX-64 by a couple of years. However, looking at this magazine article
in Creative Computing, of which this issue was released on August of 1985, it appears
the computer was just coming onto the market at this point. I also found it listed on this website, which
said it was released in 1984 and goes on to say the initial price was $2,599 or adjusted
for inflation that would be like $6,668 in today’s money. So, I think it’s safe to say the first website
was probably incorrect and thus the Commodore SX-64 remains the first portable with a color
screen. However, we can definitely say this is the
first IBM PC compatible portable computer that had a color screen. Some other interesting things to note from
the review in Creative Computing. The author praises the computer for the color
screen, and the fact it runs at 8 mhz, which is about 67% faster than my Compaq portable
1. However, the author has a few negative things
to say as well, for example the heavy weight of it. But the worst part, in my opinion, is that
he said they tried numerous IBM PC applications and found that the Sanyo could only run about
50% of them, this was everything from productivity software to video games. So I guess I’ll do some testing of my own. Let’s take this thing apart. It looks like there are just two screws, one
on each side, to release the top panel. And yep, that was it. So that was easy enough. But now where do we go? I do see the internal speaker here. Well, it looks like this shield here will
come off by simple loosening some screws, and then just sliding it off like so. I’ll just disconnect the speaker. And yeah, I see what appears to be 3 card
slots, and one of them is filled with a giant card of some sort. So, I removed this card and one of the things
I realized is that it isn’t just any ordinary card. It’s actually most of the motherboard. I say most because the card slots are still
on the bottom. Yep, there’s the 8088 CPU. And it has quite a few jumper wires on the
back. Ironically, the CGA card is integrated into
the bottom PCB. What I want to do next is install this XT-IDE
interface, which allows me to use a compact flash card as a hard drive. This will allow me to easily test many pieces
of software because it makes it easy to transfer data from a modern computer. And on that front, I have good news and bad
news. The good news is, the card’s internal BIOS
comes up on the screen and it recognizes the compact flash card. The bad news is, it won’t boot from it. I can boot from the DOS floppy I already had,
but when I run FDISK, I noticed that it considers the flash card a non-dos partition. This is probably due to running such an old
version of MS-DOS. But, one of the things I quickly discovered
is that I could not get it to boot any version of MS-DOS newer than 2.11. All I could get was the “starting MS-DOS”
splash text, and then it would lock up. So, that being the case, I setup another MS-DOS
compatible computer so I could make some floppy disks with different games on them. I wanted to show off some games that run in
text mode, because they would be very colorful. However, surprisingly very few of them worked. Flash attack, for example, starts to load,
but once the game starts the screen goes nuts. I suspect this may be down to the memory design
on the original CGA cards, which is related to that flickering I mentioned earlier when
listing a directory. I tried running the lost adventures of Kroz,
which is another text-based game that is only supposed to require 128K, but it actually
says program too big to fit into memory. Since that is not really true, I am guessing
this boils down to an incompatibility. Next I tried lawn mower, another text-based
game, and it starts off like it is going to work, but then something just doesn’t work
right once the game starts. So that’s another one marked off the list. I’m starting to wonder if any software is
going to run on this thing. Next I tried Ms. Pacman. And remarkably, this game actually works,
that is if you ignore the garbage on the sides of the screen. Not sure what is causing that, but the game
more or less plays correctly. But, since this runs in graphics mode, there
isn’t a lot of color to be seen. The last game I tried was Ultima III, which
only requires 128K of RAM and CGA. And surprisingly, it works perfectly. Of course, again, it’s in graphics mode
so there isn’t much color to see. But, I got the idea to hook up an external
monitor. I’m going to use my Commodore 1084 since
it supports RGB and composite video. One of the benchmarks I’m doing on all old
CGA systems these days is to see which ones actually display the correct colors in composite
video. Almost all of the clones have the wrong colors,
with the exception of my Compaq portable. So, let’s see what this one does. At the moment I have the monitor in RGB mode
so it is displaying exactly the same thing as the internal monitor. But, let’s flip it over to composite mode
and see how it looks. Well, I finally have one good thing to say
about it, it does have the correct composite colors. The grass is green and the water is blue,
so this looks correct. So, I suppose I should try Planet X3 again
using composite mode. And yep, everything looks right. So yeah, green grass and blue water. And just to try some other landscapes, here’s
the red look of inferno, and the white and blue look of the North Pole map. The cruel irony behind this is that all of
this nice color is only visible on an external composite display, and the internal screen
will just show up as black and white. So what’s the final word on the Sanyo? Well, to be honest, I’m not very impressed
with it. It appears that Sanyo bundled this computer
with several productivity applications, which is what I think they intended most people
to be using, which I don’t happen to have a copy of those handy and even if I did, in
this day and age they probably wouldn’t be very interesting to you. I also don’t feel like they tried very hard
to make this computer 100% MS-DOS compatible, in fact one of the things I discovered was
that the MS-DOS I had been using was the one that Matt got with the computer. I actually started looking at it and I found
out this is not a generic copy of MS-DOS. It’s actually a Sanyo branded copy of MS-DOS,
which means it’s a little bit proprietary, which goes a long way to explain why I was
not able to get the generic versions of MS-DOS to boot on this thing. I find it somewhat ironic that they put what
was undoubtably an expensive color monitor in this thing and they only planned it to
be used with a handful of productivity applications, when the gaming market would have probably
been a much bigger market for people to want a fancy colorful screen. But the sad part is, that most games won’t
even run on this machine and the ones that do, don’t have a lot of color because the
computer is CGA. I’m actually amazed that Planet X3 works
correctly on this computer, being that many much simpler games crash or otherwise fail
to work on this computer. And, to be completely honest, I think that
I would actually much rather spend my time playing on my old Compaq portable 1, which
has a green monochrome screen, but at least it is 100% compatible with the software of
the era. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoyed having a
look at this thing, and as always stick around for the next video, and thanks for watching.

100 comments on “Sanyo MBC-775 – The first PC portable computer with color screen.”

  1. Super luma Bros says:

    Mad he has a tesla

  2. InsaneLP says:

    You have highway issues… Come to Germany, we have Autobahnen and there's no speed limit at all.. Except for construction areas on the road

  3. Uğur Önder Bozkurt says:

    Fort Worth >> Brownwood : 130miles/209km
    Fort Worth >> Stephenville : 67miles/107km
    Brownwood >> Stephenville : 63miles/101km
    For those of you curious about the "pretty long drive"

  4. Brittain Adams says:

    I sold a few of these to my first corporate client Gandalf Digital communications that would have been 1984. They had bought a couple of compaq machines and some sanyo desktops (which I had added hard drives to put NEC v40 chips in and overclocked to 7.16 Mhz like the compaq. Though they would not run the games, that would not have been the market, Gandalf who made modems wanted them to show off their communications software which was text colour, it was not unusual for manufacturers in the early days to make machines which were MSDOS compatible and not IBM compatible, the sanyo 555 and the Apricot were examples. As long as they ran Wordstar (and wordstar 2000) and supercalc everyone was happy.

  5. bcafed says:

    Hard Eight BBQ in Stephenville. Meet him there.

  6. James Davis says:

    Load ,8,1 "cool show"

  7. James Davis says:

    Please do a show about how we used to copy programs from magazines and run them. I did a speech synth program once. From an apple magazine

  8. Monty Python the Flying Circus says:

    Yes but the Commodore SX64 was not really a Personal Computer in terms of what we think of personal computers / IBM clones…..

  9. Keith _ says:

    1:00 I ABSOLUTELY love those areas in Texas, especially 59/69 From Houston to Texarkana! Seriously an amazing drive, especially though the night. 75 may sound a little dangerous on "rural" roads, but those roads are very well maintained! Now the 75 to 30 thing is so wierd. One area went 75 to a stoplight! It was like, damn hope you are paying attention….

  10. Oguz286 says:

    Is that a Commodore PC-20 III at 8:40? My first PC (that I still own) was a PC-30 III which looks remarkably similar, but has a 80286 processor.

  11. William Jones says:

    I noticed you passed through Commanche, TX. Should have taken a look at the Deep Shit Ranch. It's no joke. There really is a ranch by that name in Commanche.

    http://buckaroos.homestead.com/deepshit.html

  12. Marcus Cometti says:

    Nice car !!!!

  13. Jan Holbo Rasmussen says:

    When I did my first Programming/Computer Science education, the machines we had were Siemens PCs with an intel 80186 processor and the graphics card (I cannot remember wether they were CGA or EGA) was memorymapped to a non-standard base address thus most games did not work.

    I would imagine that something similar is at play here. Which might also explain why Planet X-3 works if you programmed that 'nicely' ie not relying on defacto or non-documented standards rather than the documented ones.

  14. Clint Beck says:

    Can I have a free laptop…?

    Just Kidding!

  15. Clint Beck says:

    If I could toot my own horn, I'd never leave the house.

  16. Stephan Schmidt says:

    Wonder when this was released in Japan.

  17. kiet miner says:

    0:12
    me: OOOOOOO, tesla, not broke approved (and i dont even know that sanyo make computer too)

  18. Samuel Alcock says:

    What tesla did you get?

  19. MegaManNeo says:

    Your code is too optimized to run poorly 🤓

  20. TelexToTexel says:

    You don't want to run out of fuel in the middle of the Texas wilderness: remember The Hills Have Eyes (ㆆ _ ㆆ)

  21. typxxilps says:

    Great adventure to explore the early days of PC. I was happy to own a c64 in 1983 and 4 years later I got my first laptop … and I should be now around 100 of them.

  22. paul durao says:

    Used one

  23. paul durao says:

    I loved the machine sharp display

  24. Bo Sybert says:

    Brownskids! Haha, I grew up down there!

  25. rvenden says:

    Terrific, David. Thank you for reviewing this interesting machine. Your findings go far to explain the machine’s obscurity. Roger in Wisconsin

  26. rogerrabt says:

    I had one! My first computer that was supplied by a company. Lots of dev time with Turbo Pascal on one of these. I do remember being able to play Flight Simulator on it.

  27. J. Gona says:

    Watching this on my smartphone that is about half the width (and not much thicker than) those floppies really puts things into perspective! 😄👍 What an interesting time to be alive!

  28. Do RC says:

    I used to live just north of Brownwood in Comanche. The roads around there do take some getting used to for sure.

  29. Alon Judkovsky says:

    "We'll see why when I take it apart"

    Greg: "WHATTT???"

  30. Dream Piksel says:

    I envy white envy. Congratulations on your purchase.

  31. Helge says:

    Grew up with this computer. Can't remember incompability was a big problem.

  32. iCach0 says:

    Easy insertion isn't always a plus.

  33. Jess Ragan says:

    I get the feeling that Sanyo wanted a color monitor in this very early computer for the same reason people post "first" on YouTube videos. Is it at all useful? No, but you got there before everyone else.

  34. Sandeep Bhuiya says:

    This channel is for old people

  35. Toadlover404 says:

    You have a Tesla Model 3 and you never told us?

  36. Les Smithfield says:

    All electric car in Texas. Not a good idea. Large state with many miles of not much.

  37. Eremon1 says:

    Although it may not be very practical, it is very cool to see an old machine still functioning at all.

  38. james curtis says:

    Very interesting- but to call a 43 pound computer portable is a bit of a stretch….

  39. cman54 c says:

    Does he have autopilot?

  40. Muranaman says:

    Just sticking around for the music.

  41. OM19 MO79 says:

    #FuckHorace
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5FIcHgIkDg&t

  42. CapnPicard says:

    YouTube SUCKS – I'm not getting notifications.

  43. ROSSPLAYSGAMES says:

    Guys let's get David 1 mil

  44. wishus knight says:

    This computer highlights why there was distinctions made in the early days between computers that were MS-DOS compatible, vs IBM PC Compatible. This was a pretty big issue once the clones started coming out in droves about 83 and 84. As many didn't follow the exact hardware implementation of IBM's original, so any software that banged the hardware would often fail, however more generic software was perfectly fine.

  45. Aleksander Saski says:

    This gotta be retrobrited!!!

  46. Gixxer983 says:

    Ahh, the joys of range anxiety .

  47. Avianographer says:

    He took you to Montana Restaurant? I'd have taken you to Jake & Dorothy's Café, which has been around since 1948. When you head back, try to make time to check it out.

  48. Mariusz J says:

    I have not seen the Sanyo brand in years. I used to see it a lot as a kid in early 90's. It's odd to be reminded it still exists just bought by Panasonic.

  49. Scott Seal says:

    Love your videos, and I know NOTHING about computers, electronics, etc. I would really love to see you make a kind of "For Dummies" series where you started from zero and explained how computers work, what all the chips do, how chips work at all, etc. Your LCD screen video was great for that. Thanks for the free entertainment!

  50. Thorbjørn Suther says:

    You found the Lappy 486!

  51. aashik ms says:

    Can you do a video on history of computers like from eniac to present day computer (evolution of microprocessor , mouse ,keyboard,monitor and gui in correct timeline .)

  52. Ricky Ostrom says:

    One of the lug-gable suitcase computers.

  53. neo geo says:

    Hi i was wondering if you have some restoration videos coming up in the near future?😊

  54. Sandru Cristian says:

    I saw on your t-shirt 6502 and I was interested to learn the assembly language.y love your videos.

  55. Pork_Italy_TR says:

    Gretings from Italy!!!

  56. runman1271 says:

    I really like Montana’s in Stephenville. We go there once a month for the half price Appetizers

  57. NPC #34254334 Response: says:

    Just get a nice petrol car for the long distances. Doesn't have to be expensive, just comfortable. A Skoda octavia is pretty cheap, also in gas consumption. Then u have ur electric one for in your own area, and the gas powered one for the long distances.

  58. Andrew Jenery says:

    I knew about the Compaq but not the Sony until I watched this, so very interesting. It also reminds me of the Osborne II.

  59. loganq says:

    @ 2:42 Matt "needs" it back in less than a week.

  60. Charlie Fleming says:

    I dont know about the US but in the UK you don't hear much about Sanyo much at all anymore. In fact now their huge advert in the iconic Piccadilly Circus has gone, Sanyo is not heard of at all. About 30 years ago you maybe knew someone with a telly or microwave or VCR by them, although not a huge brand they used to be known of as a mid to almost high range brand.

  61. East Peace says:

    Almost at 1 million subss!!!!

  62. xex-jd modz says:

    haha l men don't know when to quit get a housecoat and pipe slippers and put your feet up you old wank

  63. onyourjackjones says:

    Blatantly lunch with Matt was the highlight of Matt’s day. Look at the reverence when he puts it in David’s car.

  64. Victor Camargo says:

    Im not gonna say names but mat looks like a certain someone from linus tech tips

  65. Naoto Kimura says:

    Ah yes… DOS-compatible but not BIOS compatible — common sight when you have to deal with many early PCs — especially those manufactured in Japan. Some of the differences arise due to customizations made to support Japanese language. Of course compatibility only being guaranteed at the DOS level — often means that much of the software that would be compatible tends to be "boring" business software and hardly any games (since they're often more closely tied to the hardware). As for game software to run on this particular PC — you'd probably have to try Japanese games (which, unsurprisingly, may not run on English-language PCs). And of course, you may also find that some of the software also requires a Japanese-language version of the operating sytem as well.
    It's also interesting to note how many Japanese PCs often started out with better graphics (more specifically higher resolution) than the American counterparts — mainly because they had to — mainly to support display of the language (especially in displaying Chinese ideograms — a character cell of 8×8 pixels isn't good enough). And of course, there's that fiddly bit dealing with multi-byte character systems (with Japanese there are the major variants Shift-JIS and EUC — each having sub-variants). Even with text-based software, you had to be careful to mostly stick to lower ASCII range ($00 to $7F) and be wary about using anything in the upper ASCII range (as these codes are often have special meaning — sometimes specifying a mode switch, sometimes a character page selector, or sometimes a prefix byte to multi-byte character code). Also frustrating would be situations where you had the software output and display system mis-matched (e.g. trying to display output in EUC while in Shift-JIS mode, or vice-versa) you generally got gibberish. Other Asian languages such as Chinese and Korean also present similar sort of problems — as each of them also have a number of variants as well (on the upside, they also have the similar pattern of mostly using upper-ASCII range for special codes — the lower ASCII range tends to [mostly] work the same as it would in English language).

  66. Naoto Kimura says:

    As for "too big to fit in memory" error — sometimes that could be a result of incorrectly interpreting the available memory available. Sometimes you can work around this by loading something that would "eat" enough memory to take it below a certain threshold. For example, you could load the BASIC interpreter, then SHELLing back to DOS.
    Another common irritation with DOS (and Windows) compatibility is when program incorrectly interprets the OS version — where you get the error telling you that you need a newer version of the operating system, when you clearly do have a newer version. For example the program refuses to run under DOS 4.0 and 5.0 and claims that it needs DOS 3.1 or later. You'd think that programmers (as a whole) would've learned to do the check properly as far back as the transition between DOS 2.1 to 3.0 (or the more recent transition from DOS 3.xx to 4.0), but this type of problem persisted well into Windows era (which partly explains why Windows 95 and Windows 98 would report themselves as 3.95 and 3.98 respectively, rather than the real version of 4.0 and 4.1). DOS 5.0 introduced the DOSVER program so that DOS can be configured to "lie" about its version number to a program as a "fix" for this programming mistake (and to get the actual version of DOS, the programmer needed to jump through a few hoops — and if turned into a conversation, it would sound like "DOS, what version are you? I am version 3.30. No, really, what version are you really -and yes, I can handle the truth. If you insist, I am version 5.00."). As for technical explanation how the version check is often performed incorrectly, it is tied to how the OS version is being reported – often in "byte-swapped" order — with the lower 8 bits representing the major OS version and the upper 8 bits representing the minor version.

  67. Salvador Garcia says:

    The Golden Rule of the 80s: If it has a handle, it's portable! (Never mind that you need a forklift to move it.)

    David, hopefully you'll remember me, we met at the pizza place during the VCF 14 in the Chicago' burbs. I failed to get contact information for you, so now I am hacking this message on this video's comments section. I wanted to let you know that the Glenside Color Computer Club just released its latest newsletter that has an article (written by yours truly) that recaps the VCF 14 in pictures. You and the Commander X16 appear in a few pictures. Here is the URL to the PDF file: http://www.glensideccc.com/data/library/newsletters/gccc39_2nl.pdf

    Hope to see you again next year!

  68. Naoto Kimura says:

    IIRC DOS 2.x uses FAT12 and won't recognize partition above 16MB in size.

  69. Golo Tuta57 says:

    Aka: The obese laptop

  70. Emerald Blaze says:

    wow 8bit guy has a tesla

  71. Dirty House Criminals says:

    Dear 8Bitguy … Would you make a video about the computer used by Stephen Hawking and his Speech Synthesizer system in 1997?

  72. GTR24 says:

    I still have this POS and it works. What is it worth?

  73. Unsolvable Captcha says:

    I honestly thought that you were going to retrobite it.
    I'm not dissapointed, this video…

  74. Dieseldan says:

    The first computer I remember using in school were Radio Shack TRS80. The last time I saw one it was being used as a door stop.

  75. TAXIVIT SEIGNOSSE says:

    The background music is cool…
    Do u know if we can listen to it somehow ?
    Thanks for your reply

  76. GameBoyAdvance Player says:

    wow its an awesome computer and video you are an awesome youtuber ! 🙂

  77. Kane DidWhat says:

    Let’s get him to 1 million

  78. Lane Denson says:

    I have a Sanyo MBC-550. It's not portable, but exhibits the same lack of compatibility as the 775. The boot disk I had failed, now it's utterly useless. Oh well!

  79. fnegnilr says:

    My Sanyo MBC-555 8088 was only ~3.6MHz. I followed an article in SoftSector magazine to increase the memory from 256KB to 768KB by stacking and soldering ram on the MB. She was slow, but she had a great keyboard. Well the click/clack feel was great. The KB keys and layout was odd. It was about 68% IBM PC compatible. I used a 300 baud modem. She was a beauty. If you haven't done a review, I hope you will check it out. I could write C programs using a MIX C compiler. Before the soldering adventure, the 2x360KB floppies had combined storage bigger than the amount of ram on the MB. No power supply like today. It used a transformer, so think turning on an old dvd player. That is until the floppies started grinding to load DOS.Then it started to sound like a Tardis….. 🙂

  80. Michael Cox says:

    "MBC-775?" MBC are my initials. Very cool. lol.

  81. pshlos says:

    Hi, your driving position is wrong. You are supposed to be able to touch your wrists on the top of the steering wheel with your elbows being slightly bent.

  82. Atharva Vaidya says:

    Am I the only one gritting their teeth because it looks as if half of the computer isn't on the desk at 4:01?

  83. Ahmed Mokhles says:

    Portables back then were larger than non portables nowadays

  84. Crude Rude says:

    Why are you driving a Tesla, Mr. Strictly Eighties? You should be driving a DeLorean.

  85. Scott Prazak says:

    I always enjoy watching your stuff.

  86. Кирилл Пантюков says:

    Very interesting!

  87. RustyX2010 says:

    I used to see these computers in the thrift stores for like $10!

  88. Joe Cassara says:

    The ISM Express XT came out earlier in 1984 with a very nice color CRT. (I can’t recall if it was a Phillips or Sony.) And it had a 256 color card and digitizer option. An architecture firm my uncle did work for had three of them they were trying to use for color matching at construction sites. I don’t know what happened to the company. Heavy as hell!

  89. Gabo21g7 says:

    This video almost escaped my grasp but good thing I always scroll down my subscription feed.

  90. Mit Yelsob says:

    I miss DOS

  91. Nick Stone says:

    I might have written this before, but I would love to see 8-bit guy review the Amstrad CPC series of 8-bit computers. I don't know if they were ever big in the US, but in Europe they were a major rival to Sinclair and Commodore. Each machine had some interesting quirks which really set it apart from its rivals, the CPC464 in particular.

  92. Retrocjt says:

    Hey David, I hate to reach out to you over YouTube comment but I don’t know your email or other means of contacting you. But I come seeking knowledge from the grandmaster! Knowledge concerning Computer Reset. I heard when watching LGR’s video that they were supposed to completely bulldoze the whole building which literally keeps me up at night at the horror. I just wanted to ask you or anyone else who sees this comment, if you know anything about the building, if you’re able to still purchase or claim hardware from inside, or if it’s even still standing! I would greatly appreciate any kind or info on the place if you or anyone else can help. Thanks a bunch!

  93. carly franklin says:

    love this luggable pc

  94. John David says:

    Yay David finally got a Tesla Model 3 !!!😁✌️

  95. Franco Maksimchuk says:

    God bless the electric car!!

  96. I Am Limitless says:

    Have you ever seen the film Electric Dreams? You'll LOVE it. That said, I have to caution you the DVD version I have seen has horrible volume range for the music making for a generally unpleasant experience. (I suspect it wasn't popular at the theaters because it was engineered to produce migraines.) Not sure about Blu Ray, but it's load with 1980s computer stuff and has the best multi-artist soundtrack to boot. You should track down the soundtrack, or YouTube it…

  97. h v says:

    I heard there was a tornado in Dallas.

    You good, David?

    I don’t know if you live anywhere near Dallas, but I know you live in Texas, so I quickly became concerned about this.

  98. Albin _hd says:

    You Need 5000 sub

  99. Cubelightfilms says:

    Sanyo: that takes me back. When we lived in Japan, Dad bought one of the MBC-555 models back in 1985, with a green display. Totally unportable (and heavy for its size), but I do seem to recall it had a spotty record with running DOS-compatible games.

    I do recall Sanyo had its own ecosystem—even their own magazine (in English) if memory serves. You were expected to get software for the Sanyo series of computers, much as you would expect to buy software for the Apple II or the Commodore back in the day. In that sense, they seemed poised to be more competitors to IBM (and Microsoft) than true clones, rendering hardware without any other significant distinction. 

    I don't really ever recall much fondness for the machine.

    The MBC-triple-nickel (as my father called it) was mostly used for writing and early database work; dad always had a large number of records for his jukebox (45s, chiefly), and he used the machine for keeping track of those and his LaserDiscs.

    I used it mostly for writing papers and character sheets for tabletop RPGs (as I was into D&D at the time). So in a sense, it was actually a great games machine.

    Also, I have to give it credit: Sanyo had a paint application, and it was my earliest exposure to making my own digital art (a process which continues).

  100. alxlavr says:

    Спасибо за интересный обзор. Люблю смотреть твой канал. Удачи в поисках новых старых компьютеров.

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