PC-9801 VM

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PC-9801 VM
Manufacturer: NEC
Release Date RRP Code
PC-9801 VM
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The PC-9801 VM is a computer released as part of the PC-9800 series.


While it can be difficult to determine exactly when new "generations" of PC-9800 computers begin, the PC-9801 VM is typically labeled as the most significant PC-9800 series machine, as it was during this computer's run where growth of the format was at its highest. The VM became the de facto "standard" for PC-9800 machines, cementing the use of NEC's V30 processor and typically being the machine which most PC-9800 software was designed for at the time.

The PC-9801 VM exists in multiple forms. In July 1985 consumers could choose between the cheaper "VM0" option which lacked floppy disk drives, the "VM2" variant which included two 5¼-inch drives built into the machine, and a "VM4" machine which threw in a 20MB hard drive. Such was the popularity of this model, NEC released a VM21 setup in November 1986 (which included more RAM) and a cost-reduced VM11 setup two years later.

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PC-9800 series hardware
PC-9801 (1982) | PC-9801 F (E) (1983) | M (1984)

V30 Computers: U | VF | VM | UV | CV (1985-1988)
286 Computers: VX | UX | RX | DX | UR | UF | FX (1986-1992)
386 Computers: RA | RS | ES | DA | DS | CS | FS | US (1988-1992)
486+ Computers: FA | BX | BA | BX2 | BS2 | BA2 | BA3 | BX4 (1993-1995)

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