VZ-200 (Germany & Netherlands)
VZ-200 (Germany & Netherlands)

Setname:  vz200de   
Year: 1983
Manufacturer: Video Technology
Status: preliminary  notworks
Parent: Laser 200
Emulation info
Overall emulation:  preliminary   
Color emulation:  good  
Sound emulation:  good  
Graphics emulation:  good  
Savestates:  unsupported   

Tech info
 Base hardware: (available in all slot configurations)
Z80 ("maincpu")cpu 3579500 Hz
Speaker ("mono")audio
Wave ("wave")audio
Filtered 1-bit DAC ("speaker")audio
Screen ("screen")raster horizontal 320 x 240 @ 50.000000
Media devices
snapshot ("snapshot") snapshot dump vz
cassette ("cassette") cassette cass wav, cas
Software lists

 Optional hardware: (available with specific slot configurations)

 Configure the slot options for vz200de:
 Slot Value

Show detailed info about 'Configurations' of this system

Autorun on Quickload No
Artifacting Off

Show detailed info about 'Slot Options' of this system
Slot options

NameValueCompatible device(s)
io joystickjoystick
mem floppylaserfdc

Romset info
ROM NameSizeCRC32SHA1Dump StateBIOS option
vtechv11.u098192 nodump
vtechv11.u108192 nodump


* CPU: Zilog Z80A 3.58 MHz
* Co-Processor: Motorola 6847 (video processor)
* RAM: 2 KB Up to 64 KB with memory addons
* VRAM: 2 KB
* ROM: 16 KB
* Text Modes: 32 columns x 16 lines, 8 colors (Mode 0)
* Graphic Modes: 128 x 64 dots, 4 colors (Mode 1)
* Colors: 8
* Sound: 1 voice & 3 octaves
* I/O Ports: Tape-recorder (600 bauds), RF tv out, Composite video out (DIN), Memory upgrade port, Expansion port
* Keyboard: QWERTY, 45 rubber keys, Basic instructions and graphic symbols
* Built In Language: Microsoft Basic


MESS supports the following variants

* laser200 [Video Technology Laser 200]
* vz200de [Video Technology VZ-200 (Germany & Netherlands)]

For both drivers, MESS supports

- a "cassette" (cass) device for tapes in .wav and .cas format
- a "cartridge" (cart) device for cart dumps in .rom format
- two floppy drives, "floppydisk1" (flop1) and "floppydisk2" (flop2), for disk images in .dsk format

Also notice that a "snapshot" (dump) feature is present for .vz files and a "quickload" (quik) feature is present for .bin files.

Finally, the "printer" (prin) is emulated as well.


This system requires full keyboard emulation to work correctly. At startup, full keyboard emulation mode is enabled by default. Whilst in full keyboard emulation mode, some key associated functionality may be disabled (like the ESC key for EXIT). The keyboard emulation mode is toggled using the "Scroll Lock" key (by default).

RAM options

Different RAM configurations are possible for these systems in MESS. You can switch between them, changing the -ramsize parameter. At command line, you simply have to add ''-ramsize ram_value'', where //ram_value// can assume one of the following values

2k - standard model
18k - with 16K memory expansion
66k (default) - with 64K memory expansion
4098k - with 4MB memory expansion

Known Issues

The emulation of the vz200de is still Preliminary.

History and Trivia

The Laser 200 / 210 was the successor of the Laser 100 / 110 (which had only monochrome graphic modes).

Adman Harbison says: "The Video Technology Laser 200 (and the Laser 300) were marketed in Australia by Dick Smith Electronics and badged as the VZ200 and the VZ300 computers. For memory the computers were exactly the same, although he can not be too sure. Some of the peripherals that I got while I had such a machine were things like a 16Kb expansion cartridge, a printer/plotter which wasn't much bigger than those little calculators that print out accounts etc. and some joysticks. The trouble with these computers was that they tended to die after a couple of years use. But they were cheap and came with a few software titles."


* Planet VZ -- http://www.fortunecity.com/skyscraper/laser/184/
* The VZ200 -- http://vz200.tripod.com/
* VZ Alive -- http://vzalive.bangrocks.com/
* VZ Online -- http://www.vz200-online.de.vu/
* VZ 200 / 300 Infos -- http://www.geocities.com/Baja/Dunes/6771/vz/
* Laser 200/210 at old-computers.com -- http://old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=155

Other Emulators

* WinVZ -- http://vzalive.bangrocks.com/emulators/
* VZEm (DOS) -- http://www.powerup.com.au/~intertek/VZ200/vz.htm

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