Olympia Electronic Compact

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Mon Jul 8 20:53:01 2002

On Mon, 8 Jul 2002, Dan Veeneman wrote:

> I recently picked up an Olympia "Electronic Compact" typewriter/printer
> and was wondering if anyone had any documentation on this device.
> It appears to be a functional typewriter, but also has a DB-25 connector
> with pins 1, 2, 3, 7 and 20 pinned (looks suspiciously like TX, RX and DTR
> along with frame and signal ground).
> I haven't yet had a chance to power it up to determine baud rates and
> other communications parameters, but if anyone has more detailed
> documentation on this item please let me know.

I pass up dozens of these as they are everywhere. I always wondered what
the feasibility would be of turning them into a working computer with

My guess is that a lot if not most of these run on Z80 processors and have
an adequate amount of RAM, probably 64K at least. Anyone ever investigate
this possibility?

Might make a fun project some day.

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