Who was first?

From: Fred Cisin <cisin_at_xenosoft.com>
Date: Sun Jan 25 22:23:42 2004

On Sun, 25 Jan 2004, Tom Jennings wrote:
> I AM NO EXPERT on this, but I'd like to point out that the meaning of
> "compatible" was far more slippery then than now. AFAIK the Phoenix BIOS
> was the first true compatible (eg. the number of incompatibilities was
> very, very small). The early Compaq machines were considered
> "compatible" even though they did not have 100% ROM compatibility, and
> the video interface was different. A lot of software in '82 - '84 used
> things like int 10h to talk video to 25x80 mono screens, don't forget...
> and that's trivial to do (eg. on my Multibuss/TVI-950 MSDOS 3 machine!)

I agree that NOTHING was 100% compatible!

But, I don't understand what your point is,...
The usual video for the Compaq portables was CGA (connected
with a mid-board connector to the internal B&W monitor)
IIRC, it responded pretty much identically to the IBM CGA,
in terms of INT10h, and to direct video writes to segment B800h.
In what ways was its video interface (except for the extra
internal connector) different?

OTOH, the Corona had some noticeable differences,
such as the character attribute of 78h.

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin_at_xenosoft.com
Received on Sun Jan 25 2004 - 22:23:42 GMT

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