Information about the MC-10

October, 1983 for $399.00
Motorola MC6803 8-bit CPU running at .89MHZ
8K (Microcolor BASIC v1.0)
4K (Expandable to 20K with a 16K RAMpack)
47 Key (Typewriter style) with break, control and 16 graphics keys. Multi-function keys for BASIC commands.
16 lines x 32 Characters Text / 256×192 Graphics (Connects to TV)
Cassette (1500 baud) (5 PIN DIN)
  • Pin 1 = Remote ground
  • Pin 2 = Signal ground
  • Pin 3 = Remote control
  • Pin 4 = Audio input
  • Pin 5 = Audio output
RS-232 (4 PIN DIN)
2 x 7 x 8-1/2″
29-1/2 ounces

120 VAC, 60 Hz, 16W

Product Description (RSC-10)

The easy and affordable way to join the “computer revolution”! Just attach the MC-10 to any television and you’re all set. Learn to write your own programs with color and sound using our excellent tutorial manual (included). Or use programs from our growing library of ready-to-run MC-10 cassette software for entertainment or education. Produce graphics characters with just two keystrokes. Enter BASIC commands using – multi-purpose keys. The MC-10 features a standard typewriter-style keyboard – not a flat, plastic overlay. Displays 16 lines of 32 upper case characters with reverse video capability. The MC-10 has a cassette port that lets you use an optional casssette recorder to save and load programs and data, and an RS-232-C serial interface to connect a printer or modem. U.L. listed.


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[MC-10 16K Expansion]
16K RAM Module

Write larger, more complex programs on your MC-10. Slip the 16K RAM Module into the slot located on the back of the computer for an additional 16,000 characters of program and data space – 20,000 characters total.

TP-10 Thermal Printer

Prints 32 characters per line at 30 characters per second on 4-1/8″-wide thermal paper. Features include elongation mode for expanded print and a special repeat function to make graphics programming easier. Color Computer-compatible serial interface (600 baud). U.L. listed.

TP-10 Thermal Printer Paper

4-1/8″-wide thermal. Package of 2.

Micro Compac

Configure your MC-10’s serial port for communications. Access major news and financial data bases, such as CompuServe and Dow Jones News/Retrieval for the most up-to-date information (requires optional modem and cable). Packagae contains user I.D. numbers and complete user’s guides for each 4 these two services.

Micro Color Checkers

Try your skill against the computer’s in this all-time favorite! Great fun for beginners, as well as “old pros”.

Micro Color Games Pack

Play Lunar Lander, Breakout, Hangman and Pong! Fun for the whole family.
(Note in RSC-12, the games were lsited as Linar Lander, Breakout, Pong, Horse Race and Egg Hunt).

Micro Color Math/Design Package

Two programs in one! “Mini-Calc” functions like a hand-held calculator. Performs addition, subtraction, division and multiplication; finds sine, cosine and tangents; and more. “Spirals” lets you design and plot a large variety of polygonal spirals in four colors. A great learning aid. CGP-115 Color Graphics Printer is recommended for Spirals.

Micro Color Lostworld Pinball

Stone-age pinball fun! Two cavemen hit boulders with sticks trying to bounce them off dinosaurs. Great arcade-style action and excitement! Requires 16K RAM Module.

MC-10 Emulator

Please visit the Emulator page for up to date listings.

Archiving your programs from cassette to PC – http://www.mc10archive.com

For BASIC language programs use this method:

  1. CLOAD the program into the MC10 then CSAVE it directly to the PC (with the shortest possible leads), using your favourite audio capture program saving as WAV file. 44.1KHz 8Bit Mono
  2. LOAD saved file into the emulator (don’t worry about editing the WAV file)
  3. SAVE the program
  4. Use the C10TOWAV conversion tool to convert the C10 file to a WAV file

For machine language programs use this method:

  1. Use BACKUP or ID.CSAVE and CSAVE directly to the PC
  2. Use the BACKUP program loaded into the emulator following step 4 of the BASIC conversion

The saved program in WAV format can be downloaded to a real MC-10 by plugging your audio input lead into the speaker output of the pc’s sound card.

Micro Color Lostworld Pinball Cheats – Gary Furr

POKE 30500,x
Endless amount of balls, where x must be >3

POKE 30478,x
POKE 30500,x
Controlled amount of balls, value of x must be the same

POKE 19922,126
POKE 19923,112
POKE 19924,85
Increased scoring – 10x

POKE 19922,126
POKE 19923,112
POKE 19924,82
Volcano errupt, game not unplayable

10POKE 27935,0
POKE 27936,0
POKE 27937,0
2x POKE 27789,0
POKE 27790,0
POKE 27791,0
3x POKE 27850,0
POKE 27851,0
POKE 27852,0
Stop the power strips from resetting after a ball is lost:

MC-10 Error Codes

  • NF – NEXT without FOR
  • SN – Syntax Error
  • RG – RETURN without GOSUB
  • OD – Out of Data
  • FC – Illegal Function Call
  • OV – Overflow
  • OM – Out of Memory
  • UL – Undefined Line
  • BS – Bad Subscript
  • DD – Double Dimensioned Array
  • /0 – Division by 0
  • ID – Illegal Direct Statement
  • TM – Type Mismatch
  • OS – Out of String Space
  • LS – Long String (exceeds 255 characters)
  • ST – String Formula Too Complex
  • CN – Can’t Continue
  • IO – Input/Output Error
  • FM – File Mode Error

MC-10 Sites of Interest

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