But France it was slightly different. As the French government needed a computer to be used in schools they obviously wanted to have a French product. So Thomson hastily produced the MO5, which had to compete with the ZX-Spectrum and Commodore 64. But it was actually already outdated when it was released so they were mainly sold to schools. In large quantities I presume, because they are not very rare on eBay. Almost none have found their way to other countries, most likely because they were only produced with an AZerty keyboard.
For me there are a few challenges. First it came without any accessory, so I'll have to find a 17VDC power supply and a connection cord for the cassette recorder. And it only has a fixed SCART cable so that somehow has to be connected to a monitor.
Extra challenging is that the most detailed information is only available in French, which is not my best language...
Connecting the monitor.The MO5 comes with a fixed SCART (or 'Péritélévision ' as it is called in France) cable. Although it's not used much nowadays, the standard is still quite common.
Connections are as follows (from Wikipedia):
|1||AOR||Audio Out Right|
|2||AIR||Audio In Right|
|3||AOL||Audio Out Left + Mono|
|5||B GND||RGB Blue Ground|
|6||AIL||Audio In Left + Mono|
|7||B||RGB Blue In|
|8||SWTCH||Audio/RGB switch / 16:9|
|9||G GND||RGB Green Ground|
|10||CLKOUT||Data 2: Clockpulse Out (Unavailable ??)|
|11||G||RGB Green In|
|12||DATA||Data 1: Data Out (Unavailable ??)|
|13||R GND||RGB Red Ground|
|15||R||RGB Red In|
|17||VGND||Composite Video Ground|
|18||BLNKGND||Blanking Signal Ground|
|19||VOUT||Composite Video Out|
|20||VIN||Composite Video In|
PowerThe only label on the unit says 'Power Supply 17VDC'. It's not clear what the tolerance or power consumption is. The technical manual contains a diagram of the (very basic..) power circuit:
|Price [Original]||€25,- [€541,-]|
|Processor||Motorola 6809E @ 1MHz|
|Why ?||The first French computer in my collection.|