DragonPlus Board for Dragon 32 (Assembled)

£103.50

A second display for your upgraded (to 64K) Dragon 32.

  • Clear 80-column monochrome display:
    • Works with OS9, Flex, EDIT128.
    • Frees up RAM in OS9 and Flex, as video RAM is on-board and dedicated.
  • 64K RAM Disk
    • Can be used as an additional RAM drive.

Please check which Dragon 32 motherboard type you have here.

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Description

What is DragonPlus?

Advertised by Compusense in 1985 as the “Ultimate Expansion For Your Dragon”, Roy Coates (of Manic Miner conversion fame) put it to the test for the Dragon User article. Roy takes the reader on a whistle-stop tour of the specifications and fitting of the board, listing it’s components as follows:

  • 64K of dynamic RAM
  • A 6845 Video Display Generator as used in the BBC Micro
  • An 8K EPROM containing the character set
  • A 2K RAM chip used as screen memory for the 80 columns of 24 rows of text
  • The SAM chip from your Dragon
  • The [or one of the] ROM chips from your Dragon

The conclusion in Dragon User was as follows:

  • The 80 column display is very, very fast and exceptionally clear.
  • The virtual disk gives the impression of using a ‘real’ system, and offers a lot more flexibility.
  • A recommendation that the DragonPlus may be better value for single disk-drive users than a second disk drive.

Additional information

Dragon 32 Motherboard Type

Dragon 32 Mark I, Dragon 32 Mark II, Dragon 32 PARC Redesign

Condition

New: Other

Mostly new components and PCB. Some old components – fully tested – but due to age, leaded solder will be present.