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Thread: Is this an actual IMSAI 8080? Grey Case?

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    Default Is this an actual IMSAI 8080? Grey Case?

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    Nope, that's a TEI chassis with an IMSAI front panel. I've got the same chassis in blue (it also came in at least one other color combo, a tan/brown). The CVT power supply is a giveaway.

    We were discussing this one in another thread earlier. I suspected it was possible to put an IMSAI style front panel in the chassis, since it has the front panel position on the backplane outside of the card cage. It's not an IMSAI product, but it sure is a nice looking little machine!

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    I don't know--it looks as if the front panel has lost its pants...

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    I will assume the seller does not know this is a not stock IMSAI, but on the other hand this appears to be a legit "vintage" machine pieced together with various parts from other machines of the era. This would be quite normal back then. I would speculate this computer would have been assembled in the 80's from parts on hand by someone familiar with the earlier parts. The switches look brand new. I'd call it a S-100 hybrid with an IMSAI front panel and MITS CPU card.

    But could you use this to play Dompier's Daisy? I'd vote yes.

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    Most 8080 systems can, I think RetroHacker_ and I even got a little 8080 based single board computer to play it.

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    It has a Polymorphic video board. Most people don't know that you can use
    a parallel keyboard plugged into the DIP socket on the upper corner.
    Most want to have a serial monitor but then why use the video board?
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