View Full Version : XT-Software for my Schneider Euro-PC NecV20@9.54 Mhz Monochrome

May 21st, 2016, 03:20 AM

Recently I got my 25 year Old Schneider working again.
Do you have any advices for XT and monchrome compatible Software for me?


May 21st, 2016, 05:29 AM
Most interesting would be Software that uses Textmode or Hercules 720x348@1Bit
and or software that uses a covox and runs on that machine.


May 21st, 2016, 05:35 AM
mTCP is always fun too.


May 21st, 2016, 09:07 AM
Only 512 KB of RAM? Consider expanding to 640 KB, if possible.

Anyway, vast majority of popular PC software from the 80s and early 90s should work: WordPerfect, ChiWriter, Lotus 123, Quattro Pro, dBase, and so on.
If you want to write your own programs, try Turbo C 2.0, Turbo Pascal 5.5, or other tools from that era.
You can try running Windows 3.0, but I'm not sure if 512 KB RAM is enough, with 640 KB it definitely works on XT-class machines.
As for Covox, you already have GLX, and that's probably the only MOD-player fast enough for XTs.

May 21st, 2016, 09:29 AM
If it were an IBM XT the board could be very easily modded to take 640K instead of 256K.

May 21st, 2016, 09:44 AM
EuroPC lacks extra sockets for adding memory. Most software that would run well on it will work just about as well with 512k as with 640kB. Since it only has one expansion slot, save that for something more useful than memory.

Windows 2.x runs great with HGC and there is enough early software to show the graphics. Unfortunately, some of the Windows 2 games were not designed with monochrome limitations in mind so the default Windows conversion palette may result in some ugly images. Win 3 real mode would be running against the limits of the box; expect lots of discarding and reloading.

May 21st, 2016, 09:52 PM
The EuroPC has only one 8Bit ISA Slot. I put a LoTech XT-IDE in it, because I think that is the best usage of this slot. Going back to floppys or ZipDrives slows down the working speed a lot.
Yesterday I also installed Win1.03 and Geoworks 1.2 pro. Both run also good on my machine, but GEM ist the fastet one. There is no chance of upgrading the memory because the are no
Ram-Slot's inside. The EuroPC II has the option to go for 768KB (640KB+128KB Ramdrive). The EuroPC II has also a socket for an 8087, mine does not have that. The 87emu Programm
does not work for Sketch3 :(

May 22nd, 2016, 12:09 AM
How long is the slot?

May 22nd, 2016, 12:19 AM
How long is the slot?

LoTech IDE + Ram expansion in one card? Could be interesting....

May 22nd, 2016, 01:00 AM
Maybe. The lack of slots issue is something that keeps coming up.

May 23rd, 2016, 06:51 AM
Maybe. The lack of slots issue is something that keeps coming up.

XT-IDE + Floppy Controller + RAM would be awesome. But probably would be a big and expensive board with lots of components. I think in a few years time some through hole components are not gonna be available. So maybe its a good idea to design with surface mount components only.

My only problem with surface mount components are those damn resistor arrays, like the ones on the Lo-tech 1MB RAM board. Annoying little buggers.

May 23rd, 2016, 08:16 AM

May 29th, 2016, 12:41 PM
That's pretty cool looking. What kind of keyboard switches does it use?