Reply 29980 of 45895, by cyclone3d
I stumbled on this "word processor" for a few bucks today. I say "word processor" but it's clearly a little PC of some kind, boo […]
I stumbled on this "word processor" for a few bucks today. I say "word processor" but it's clearly a little PC of some kind, booting a bespoke software suite from ROM. Normally I wouldn't bother with something like this, but it was cheap, in exceptionally nice shape, works perfectly, and I just like the way it looks. Great keyboard too.
The floppy drive seems to need a belt but it's otherwise fully intact. I would love to find some hidden way to get it to boot from floppy, but I don't see anything obvious. Panasonic even called it a "lap top", although they didn't quite commit to it.
There was some nastiness in the battery compartment, because of course there was, but fortunately it cleaned up OK and doesn't seem to have damaged the plastic. Apparently nicad batteries "leak" into a weird fibrous solid. Now I'm wondering if it has a separate barrel battery on the motherboard I need to worry about. It doesn't seem to have one (there's no clock & no battery-backed RAM saves as far as I can tell) but who knows.
After confirming it runs without a battery pack, I put the old one in my recycle pile. Yick.
It has a (probably serial) data port on the side & a parallel port for standard printers. There's an option in the menu for connecting it to a "compatible Panasonic typewriter" - apparently you can slave an electronic typewriter to it instead of a printer? Somebody thought that was a great idea.
The model is KX-WL50. There's very little info about this online. I have no idea what's inside, but I'd bet anything it's an 8088 or Z80 and some fairly off-the-shelf parts. I can't even figure out how to open it; there's no visible screws on the outside, but there are some suspicious screwdriver marks in places where plastic clips are likely to be.
If anyone can find a disassembly manual or even a specs sheet for this thing online, hit me up! Maybe I'm just failing at searching again but I'd love to have some more info on it.
Found the user manual for the KX-WL55:
https://manualmachine.com/panasonic/kx-wl55/1 … 40-user-manual/
And the printer that goes along with it:
https://manualmachine.com/panasonic/kx-wd55/1 … 50-user-manual/
And a blog post about the same: