Xerox 820

From: joe <>
Date: Thu Jun 28 20:05:52 2001

What did the XEROX box look like? There was an odd looking box in the
samje carton that I found the XEROX 820 manual in. It looked somewhat like
an Apple Lisa and had a large 12 - 13"?) screen offset on one side of the
case. I think it also had a notch in the bottom front like the Lisa but it
did not have any feet sticking out like the Lisa does. I looked all over
this one but couldn't find a name on it except I could look through a grill
on the back and see the name "Ball". (It probably had a Ball monitor in
it). There was no keyboard but I think there was a socket in the rear for
one to plug in. There was also a large (50 pin?) ribbon cable hanging out
the back. I'm guessing that it may have been used to connect to disk drives.


At 11:01 AM 6/28/01 -0600, you wrote:
>Thousands of these were sold as bare boards with limited doc's. I frequently
>ran into folks using them, yet never saw one in the original Xerox enclosure.
>The Xerox box was just too expensive. Once they were no longer a major
>they were surplussed out as bare boards. I think it was through BG Micro.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Rich Beaudry" <>
>To: <>
>Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2001 9:12 AM
>Subject: Xerox 820
> > Hello all,
> >
> > Recently I acquired a Xerox 820, but as a single board, w/ power supply. I
> > also received many docs (including a tech manual with Monitor listings and
> > schematics). I know originally these were "all-in-one" computers, but many
> > appear at ham fests in exactly the same shape as mine -- as a single board
> > computer.
> >
> > Of course, hooking a terminal up to it produces nothing (even testing at
> > different baud rates/parity/stop bits, etc), so I'm wondering:
> >
> > - Are there any modifications (ROM or jumpers) to "convert" this to use the
> > serial port for a console, rather than the keyboard and video display? I
> > couldn't find anything in my docs, but of course, I have not read them in
> > depth yet.
> >
> > In return, I could offer copies of the docs, or thanks to 22NICE and my
> > Compaticard (thanks Don!), copies of the files on the diskettes (CP/M,
> "Word
> > Processor", "Diagnostics", "Training Files" and "Program Files"), or images
> > of the disks (assuming Teledisk could do it -- I haven't tried that yet).
> > The disks are 5.25", SSSD
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Rich B.
> >
> >
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