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Dragon 32
« on: January 18, 2005, 09:22:27 AM »
Does Anyone Remember The Old 'Dragon 32' Computer ?????  

I Think These Were Made Somewhere In Wales ?  

Trying To Load Games On This Console Was Sometimes A Nightmare !

Them Were The Days LOL !

All Me Mates Had The Popular Spectrum Computer  >:(


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Re:Dragon 32
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2005, 18:59:54 PM »
I had a Spectrum, but funnily enough, one of my mates and his wife both owned Dragon 32s in the 80s. He recently bought one off Ebay along with a load of games, I suppose as a memory blast.
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Re:Dragon 32
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2005, 22:41:00 PM »
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Trying To Load Games On This Console
It isn't a console - it's a computer! There's a difference!!!!!

Actually, the Dragon 32 was a clone of a semi-popular American computer called the TRS-80 made by Radio Shack (Tandy). It certainly wasn't the best looking hardware out there but technically it wasn't really all that bad (although the built in BASIC came from Microsoft and it couldn't display lower case letters). 4 Channel Multi Octave sound, a decent processor, 32k Ram and mid resolution graphics (for 1982!) meant it should have wiped the floor with the opposition (Spectrum) but Dragon Data Ltd (based in Port Talbot, South Wales) were mainly funded by local government. The lack of major private investment, the fact that machine returns (faulty) were high and major problems sourcing enough processors meant the company wasn't really going to be a competitor.

In 1983 they released the Dragon 64 which is just a Dragon 32 with an extra bank (32k) of memory, a couple of bugs removed from the OS and a 2nd interpreter to enable the use of the extra memory when in 64k mode.

Dragon Data Ltd. was bought by Spanish interests in early 1985.
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Re:Dragon 32
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2005, 17:40:05 PM »
Thank You For All The Information On The Dragon 32

Not Heard Of The Dragon 64 Though

Nowadays I Have A Blast On My Sons PS2  ;D

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Re:Dragon 32
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2005, 18:31:03 PM »
Yep, remember them well.  And something about the colour orange on the screen.

Had a BBC B bought for me instead.

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Re:Dragon 32
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2005, 22:27:45 PM »
I recently (3 weeks ago) moved from Shropshire to Somerset after 14 years and had to clear out our loft. Guess what I found in there? A Dragon 32 and a BBCB plus loads of games and books for the Dragon 32. They were both in excellent condition and the BBC was still in its original box complete with polystyrene packing!!

I'm sure sombody would have liked them but due to shortage of time, I had to take them all to the local tip. A shame really.
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Re:Dragon 32
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2005, 12:07:23 PM »
I bet they would have made you a few quid on Ebay auction  ;)

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Re:Dragon 32
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2005, 13:23:36 PM »
I recently (3 weeks ago) moved from Shropshire to Somerset after 14 years and had to clear out our loft. Guess what I found in there? A Dragon 32 and a BBCB plus loads of games and books for the Dragon 32. They were both in excellent condition and the BBC was still in its original box complete with polystyrene packing!!

I'm sure sombody would have liked them but due to shortage of time, I had to take them all to the local tip. A shame really.

I think you should be banned from this site!  :)

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Re:Dragon 32
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2005, 15:16:26 PM »
BANNED ????? Why ??????????????  >:(