Amstrad PC1512

This is the User Manual and Brochure from our very first computer.

We had the PC1512S with PCMM monitor - specs:

8086 8Mhz CPU

512Kb of RAM

1 x 360Kb 5 1/4" floppy disk

Monochrome 16 grey scale monitor

It came with DOS 3.2 and DR DOSPlus (a CP/M clone) and GEM2.

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 17th October 2006, This photo: 9:24pm


  • rainforest_harley said:
    wow that takes me back 512 kb that was a serious machine :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed it was RH :)

    I learnt to program on that beastie, well only gwbasic, since my C compiler wouldn't run without 640Kb of RAM :(
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    Goodness me - and you kept all that stuff ?
    You must take a picture of your storeroom/attic to show us, David :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe, Well if you look carefully on the bookshelf photo, you can see this book. The brochure was inside it.

    The computer though has long since become landfill somewhere, but I still have the software on the original 5 1/4" floppy disks downstairs in a box.
  • looby88 said:
    my son works on computers,, hardware stuff, he always liked Dos when he was much younger, hes now got an applemac laptop, great little thing, runs his 20" monitor,.wireless internet for it. hasnt technology moved on, we thought our first computer was so fast- which it was for its time !The present one is 4 years old- so ancient as things go !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep, DOS was great for what it did, very simple to write programs for, and such low system requirements (mind you it had severe limitations too).

    I've also got a Mac laptop (a 2001 iBook), quite slow by today's standards, and terribly underspec'd but it's still going and works fine for most things I do (except photoshop, I use the PC for that).
  • mike costolo said:
    A blazing 8 MHz. Did this have the turbo button?

    Seen in Thirtysomething... (?)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    My first computer was a Commodore VIC 20. It even had colour :-)
    That and the C64 later - I even wrong some games for them.
  • David de Groot said:
    No turbo Mike, it was assumed that you'd want to run at full speed all the time. I think I may have had a software program that artificially slowed it down at one stage, or that might have been for the 286 I upgraded to later.

    David, I wanted a Vic 20 when they came out, but we couldn't afford such things then, and by the time we (my parents) could the PC was king of the heap.
  • flash of light said:
    We had a Sinclair ZX Spectrum (I think). Manic Miner! I can hear the theme 'tune' now!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah, that's before my time ;) I was about 4 when they came out (I think).
  • borealnz said:
    Our first computer was an Amiga 64, it had some great games!!
  • David de Groot said:
    An Amiga 64 ? Is that what the Commodore 64 was marketed as in NZ ?

    We didn't see the Amiga name in Australia until the 500 (i.e. Amiga 500).