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    We know that one. It also was sold as Olivetti M18.

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    Either you're a really horrible tetris player, or some of the numeral keys on your keyboard are not working.

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    Actually none of the keyboard is working

    I haven't dug into it yet

    Thanks for the images pinkdonut666

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    Shortly after this unit was deployed, Corona changed its name to "Cordata". Submitted for whatever it's worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EkriirkE View Post
    Actually none of the keyboard is working

    I haven't dug into it yet

    Thanks for the images pinkdonut666
    Hmm... Interesting! I just bought one off eBay that seems to have a similar issue - keyboard doesn't work. Did you ever get it to work or figure out what the cause is/was?

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    Those are pretty cool. Kinda crazy to see a computer that says “Corona” on it right now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by compaqportableplus View Post
    Those are pretty cool. Kinda crazy to see a computer that says “Corona” on it right now...
    The logo as well - make that yellow 'corona' just a little more spiky...

    It's not easy to tell from the photos, but I'm wondering about the text display: does it use a 16x16-dot font like the closely related PPC-440? That one was interesting in that it produced very sharp and well-defined text for its time, with an effective text mode resolution of 1280x400.

    (Since I'm already soliciting contributions for my Oldschool PC Font Pack update, if any PPC-11 owners would like to help out, hit me up)
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    Quote Originally Posted by VileR View Post
    The logo as well - make that yellow 'corona' just a little more spiky...

    It's not easy to tell from the photos, but I'm wondering about the text display: does it use a 16x16-dot font like the closely related PPC-440? That one was interesting in that it produced very sharp and well-defined text for its time, with an effective text mode resolution of 1280x400.

    (Since I'm already soliciting contributions for my Oldschool PC Font Pack update, if any PPC-11 owners would like to help out, hit me up)
    Mine is a PPC-21, but I'm having keyboard issues, so it's tough to interact with it. Are you looking for a ROM dump? The little 9" screen on mine does have an insane looking resolution. Very sharp. Nicer than the old Compaq portable I used to have.
    I did manage to get the 20MB HDD to spin and lo-and-behold, it actually works and still has data on it. Transferring it now using interlnk/intersvr off a boot floppy. Glad I kept that old parallel port Laplink cable from back in the day!

    And yeah -- I got the Corona machine off eBay partially because of the name, and partially because I found an old picture of a 13-yr old me, sitting in the backyard playing a game (likely MS Flightsim 1.0) on a portable machine. I thought it was a Compaq, but upon closer inspection, it's a Corona! A little nostalgia there. Looking to restore this machine to full functionality and recreate the scene about 34 yrs later!

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