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Zenith Data SYstems out there?
« on: June 07, 2017, 03:19:09 PM »
Anybody out here have a ZDS/Heath kit still alive?  I was support engineer for them back in the 80's & early 90's.

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Re: Zenith Data SYstems out there?
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2017, 05:54:38 PM »
Anybody out here have a ZDS/Heath kit still alive?  I was support engineer for them back in the 80's & early 90's.

I had a Zenith XT at one point. It had a low density 5.25in drive and was absolutely incompatible with any floppy controller that would support anything else (that I could find anyway). Good luck trying to get data onto a computer with the small of a drive.'

Wouldn't take a think coax network card either so getting data on and off it was damn near impossible.

I think it had a 20mb MFM hard drive as well.

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Re: Zenith Data SYstems out there?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2017, 07:29:18 PM »
Found these, one says fresh copy of win95 loaded and ready to go.  Comes with an Axcel V, Packard Bell, all free for the asking.
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Re: Zenith Data SYstems out there?
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2017, 03:27:48 PM »
A good buddy of mine, Frank, had a Heathkit, but I can't remember the exact model. It was his first computer, purchased new as a young man while in the Air Force. It was one of those computer-on-a-board where input was through the on-board pad, or through a terminal connected to the RS-232. He had several add-ons for it, including expanded memory, floppy storage, and several hand-built expansions. I want to say that he got hard up for money and had to sell it about 2 years ago. This wasn't before touching base with someone fairly local that was an engineer for Heathkit back in the day.

My only experience with the brand is through a Zenith 386 box that I purchased from a Goodwill for $15. It has the 386DX-33 CPU and co-processor on a daughter card, which I found quite interesting, as most of my computers from that era feature the chips on-board, while the chip expansions (Make-it-486, etc) often featured chips on daughter cards that would plug into the original ZIF sockets.

That system is currently in a stack of computers that I need to get back around to one of these years and finish restoring, then resell.