The Nascom Home Page
Last update: 2013-10-12 TT
The Old News have move to a separate page.
Hans Rietveld kindly contributed the following pictures and manual to the nascom
Bob Young kindly provided a variant of
the Star Trek game,
instructions or as
a text file:
A friend of mine (Mick Waters) persuaded me to buy a Nascom 2 (I was
thinking about a CompuKit UK 101, a close shave!) as he has already
bought one and said it was much better than the CompuKit. Well while
I was building mine we purchased this book and spend an entire night
typing it into his 16K Nascom 2, only to find that it wouldn't run
as there wasn't enough RAM.
Needless to say we quickly borrowed my 4116 chips from my N2 kit (I
was quite nervous) to up his 16K to get 32K so we could run the game
J (at least we were able to save it).
Some years later I upgraded the N2 to a CP/M system, courtesy of a
Gemini Disk card and merrily converted my favourite game to
CP/M. But things moved on and I bought more computers but didn't
stop using my CP/M Nascom 2/Gemini hybrid system until I bought my
first PC (around 1994).
However thanks to CP/M emulators and vnascom I have been able to
re-convert this game back into the Nascom 2 MBASIC version. I can't
guarantee that I haven't made any typos in this version given that
it has been ported to and from CP/M but it seems to run just fine in
vnascom. I hope that it is of some interest and include it here."
Mike Strange has created a Yahoo! group for Nascom interested:
We encourage all to join this low-volume group.
Gone to another Smith - Howard has an nice write up of
where it ended up: Ken Smith's Nascom 2
Ken Smith writes us that "I have available a nascom2
computer plus 48k memory card plus graphics card plus PIO card plus
twin 51/4 floppies with card plus power supply. Seems to be working
ok. Free gift to enthusiast.
Ken Smith Wimborne, Dorset"
Howard Smith contributes a link to his Nascom site,
We wish him success in bringing up his old machine.
Graham R Wilson sends us his never published book 'A Guide to NAS-SYS'. It is the follower of his book 'Machine Code Programming for the Nascom 1 & 2'.
Rebecca Yates contributed the manual
for Dungeon Quest and the game Dungeon Quest.
Yates contributed the manual
for Keys of Kraal and the game Keys of Kraal .
Hans Rietveld wrote us with a
front-end for Vnascom.
Hi and welcome to the Nascom home page.
The Nascom (1 and 2) were computer kits from the UK based Nasco,
later Lucas, around the Z80 processor, sold in the early 1980s. This
remarkable piece of hardware contained:
The Nascom computers were very useful for learning about microcomputer hardware and,
through complete documentation, also learning system programming. All electronic
schematics, datasheets of special components and the complete source code
of the monitor were available from the beginning.
- a real keyboard (picture
of the keyboard [141 KB]),
- a 4 MHz Z80A processor,
- 1 KB static RAM (extendable to 8 KB, or 16 KB with more work),
- 2 KB Monitor (NAS-SYS 1),
- 8 KB Microsoft Basic,
- a 48x16 video interface, to attach to a standard TV,
- serial in/out, selectable between cassette tape, RS-232, or current loop
20 mA for teletype writers (picture
of the I/O connectors [163 KB]).
The purpose of this page is to gather as many Nascom resources as possible
and to make them available. If you have Nascom resources you would like
to make available, please do not hesitate to send them to
You can support the Nascom Repository with:
- Tommy Thorn (change "_AT_" to "@") or
- Constantin Olbrich (change "_AT_" to "@")
, and they will find their way to this page. Don't be shy about
including auxiliary details, such as the story behind the game,
The Nascom Respository is looking for:
- binary images
- original documents OCR'ed or simply scanned
- sampled tapes: 22 kHz, 8-bit, mono
- The "Keys of Kraal" game
- OCR'ed versions of the INMC newsletter, 80 Bus Journals or other Nascom magazines.
- NAS-DOS 2
- NAS-PEN disk version
- Mushroom 4K Basic.
- ZEAP 2.2 Assembler disk version.
- Nas-Net Manual and Software.
- Hi-Soft Nasnem Disassembler.
- any Nascom software or documents not presented here!
Virtual Nascom and VNascom
There are many Nascom emulators available today, but at the genesis of this web site
there was none. Need thus begat Virtual Nascom, a fully portable Nascom emulator
distributed in source form. The primary site is
the Virtual Nascom git repository.
VNascom is an alternatively emulator written by Constantin for Windows. The latest version is
Virtual Nascom Version 3.1 for DOS/Win9x/ME.
The current version has bit level correct screen output and complete
keyboard emulation. It run all the programs We've tried, which includes
most games available. New in Version 3.1: CP/M Version 2.2 runs on
standard Nascom screen as well as on the AVC.
Hans Rietveld contributed a front-end
A new Nascom 2/3 emulator version 1.2 in Java written by Richard Espley is available.
One of the best Nascom games.
1981 by South East London Software.
BLUE LABEL SOFTWARE PASCAL
1981 by Blue Label Software. If there are any software classics for Nascoms, this is one of the bests.
Digital Research CP/M 2.2 on Nascom 3
CP/M 2.2 on a Nascom 3 with screen editing 1982.
The Nascom Repository
A Nascom file (extention *.NAS) can be uploaded with the "L" monitor
command. Your Nascom creates such a file with a connected PC over the serial
line with the following two commands at the Nas-Sys prompt:
Your PC Terminal Program needs the following communication parameters:
1200 7/E/1 as 1200 Baud, one stop bit even Parity and 7 data bits.
- X ..................... enable RS232 output
- T aaaa bbbb .... creates a listing from aaaa to bbbb for in format "L".
Mike Fox offers this tip on
automatically Read NAS files into a Nascom (open the linked
zip file for more information).
Utilities for the PC written in Microsoft QBASIC (MS-DOS, Win9x,
- NAS2ROM.BAS Converts a NAS file to ROM file (binary image) for creating an EPROM.
- ROM2NAS.BAS Converts a ROM file to a NAS file for uploading over the serial line to a NASCOM
- CAS2NAS.BAS Converts a CAS file to a NAS file.
- NAS2CAS.BAS Converts a NAS file to a CAS file.
Nascom CP/M disk images and ROM's:
Nasdos & CP/M Disk Images:
D-DOS (by D. R. Hunt):
- nas2rom.c Converts a NAS file to to ROM file (binary image) for creating an EPROM.
Nascom Manuals and Books:
Schematics, Proms and Character Generator EPROMS:
Data sheets of special components:
Monitors for Nascom1 to Nascom3:
Assemblers, Disassemblers and Debuggers:
Text Processors, Databases and Spreadsheet Programs:
Programs in NASCOM Basic for loading with the basic command CLOAD:
Assembler programs written for ZEAP 2.x for loading with the ":" and "R" command :
Pascal programs written in BLS/Nascom Pascal for loading with the "L" command :
Programs for the Radio Amateur :
CP/M programs, bios versions:
Hardware Drivers (currently not supported in VNascom):
- INMAC News Issue 1.
- INMAC News Issue 2.
- INMAC News Issue 3.
- INMAC News Issue 5.
- INMC 80 NEWS issue 1 (June .. August 1980).
- INMC 80 NEWS issue 2 (September 1980 .. Januar 1981).
- Micropower Volume 1 Number 1 (August 1981).
- Micropower Volume 1 Number 2 (September 1981).
- Micropower Volume 1 Number 3 (November 1981).
- Micropower Volume 1 Number 4 (December 1981).
- Micropower Volume 2 Number 1 (February 1982).
- Micropower Volume 2 Number 2 (April 1982).
- Best of INMC News (August 1981).
- Here a gem, courtesy of Paul Wiliams and John Hunt. A couple
of short hardware articles from Wireless World 1977 - 1979, by Mr C. D.
Shelton and NASCO Ltd on microcomputer design. The hardware in these is
identical to Nascom 1, and it arrears that somewhere in the
business/design setup that Mr Shelton had an arrangement to publish the
Nascom 1 design.
Interesting though that part 4 came out in Feb 1978, as
this puts part 1 in about Nov 1977 - so it seems the design was being
published at about the same time that the Nascom 1 was being first produced?
Open source doesn't seem to be a modern invention then.
Paul provided parts 4 & 5 of the series, while John provided the
remainder and converted Paul's to space saving PNG format. Thank you both.
- Nov 77:
- Dec 77:
- Jan 78:
- Feb 78:
- Aug 78:
- Jan 79:
- From C&VG, 3 type-ins games for Nascom-2
(Missing pages are full-page advertisements):
typed in by Lex Landa — thanks,
"Anti Grav Flier" (
Computer Nov 1981: TRS-80 to Nascom
Here are some of the pictures of the Nascom:
Words of thanks goes to:
- Dennis Wray for the Nascom 2k Tiny Basic and Nasbug T2 fixes.
- Jean-Claude Pesce for new scans.
- Robert Gill for a lot of Micropower magazine.
- John Hunt for much work on the Wireless World articles.
- Mike Fox for scanned INMAC News issues and program loading tips, and much more.
- Robert Gill for a lot of Micropower magazine.
- Mikael PontÚn for a CD with POLYDOS and Lucas CP/M 2.2 V3.2.
- Paul Williams, for a glimpse of the history behind Nascom.
- Richard Espley for a copy of the AVC manual, the NAS-SEMBLER
manual, many Nasdos applications, the Level 9 adventures and the Nascom
2/3 emulator in Java.
- Steve Drinkwater for the INMC news magazine.
- Robert Gill for the Xtal Basic manuals.
- Richard Hodson for the Hisoft 12K Basic manuals, code and the INMC magazine.
- John Parry for the V&T Assembler.
- John Parkin for the Z2 Editor/Assembler manual.
- Lars Jonssen for the Compression Assembler manual.
- Paul Chapman, the author of the ZEAP Assembler.
- Peter Brendel for some Basic games.
- Jesper Hansen for BLS Pascal 1.0.
- Alain Gibaud for the 8k tape basic and ZEAP 1.1 and documentation for both.
- Terry Carter for the LogicSoft Relocator manual.
- Lex Landa for typed in version of Nimbot and Invaders.
- Roger Scott for the Chess graphics rom and D-DOS documentation.
- Knut Syvertsen for INMC scans and NASBUG T4 and HOBBIT V2 manuals.
Links to other Nascom related sites