Following the Osborn I, the Kaypro II was the world's second portable computer, manufactured in 1982 by Non Linear Systems. It used a CP/M 2.2 operating system (and loyally continued to use it long after all the other manufacturers went DOS). The Kaypro II was actually the first computer released by Kaypro, and was given the "II" because of the current popularity of the Apple II...ridiculous, but true. It is technically a "portable" computer meant to be carried around like a suitcase, and after the first laptop was released, this fell into a new category called "luggable". It quickly crushed the competition upon its release, but was, in turn crushed by the IBM PC and the Mac, and finally dissolved completely in 1992. The Kaypro II really is a piece of computing history.
This is a complete Kaypro computer, and I believe it is actually a Kaypro 2 '84 model. Included in this listing is the CPU with built in 9" monitor, two old-school SS/DD 5" floppy drives and keyboard with connector cable. There is also an Epson RX-80 dot matrix printer that was purchased and used with this computer, and it has its instruction book and flat serial port connector cable. It appears that all of the original software and their backup disks are still intact, along with all operation manuals for the software and the Kaypro CPU. Zork I is an additional video game program that was purchased for this system. There's even the original welcome letter that lists all software included with this model, as well as optional software and accessories list, all with their outrageous original list prices. Two floppy cases and some extra discs (including new and used ones) finish this collection.
So, does it work? Honestly, I don't know. It powers on fine, and then the display screen lights up with a wall of green raster lines. I can see the cursor, but it doesn't seem to move. I inserted the CP/M 2.2 disk, the red LED lights up and you can hear the drive spinning and reading the disk. A beep then sounds as the cursor jumps from the lower right corner to the center of the screen. That's it. The keyboard makes a blipping noise when you touch the keys, but the cursor remains stationary. I think the screen needs adjusting or repair, because all those green lines are obviously not supposed to be there, and I think they are preventing any text or character visibility from appearing at all. The screen is preventing me from fully testing the computer. The screen may need some sort of adjustment inside the case (there is a brightness knob on back of the unit, but it just dims the screen, lines, cursor, and all). I really wanted to get this thing back up and running after it was put into storage over 20 years ago. Both the computer and printer were in working condition when stored away, simply being replaced with newer equipment. I don't know what is wrong with the display, but everything else seems to be working fine and everything is in excellent cosmetic condition. Rescue this beauty...it really wants to be used again!
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