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The Kaypro 10 CP/M Computer

Manufacturer Non Linear Systems Inc., AKA Kaypro Inc.
Model 10
Date Announced 1983
Date Canceled 1984
Number Produced Unknown
Country of Origin USA
Price Unknown
Current Value $10-$100
Processor Z80A
Speed 4 MHz
ROM Unknown
Storage 1 5.25" floppy drive, 1 10 MB hard drive (built in)
Expansion None
Bus N/A
Video 80x24 text on built-in monochrome monitor
I/O Parallel, Serial
OS Options CP/M
Notes The Kaypro line of luggables were strong players in the arena at the end of the CP/M era. They competed well with Osborne, amongst others.
Related Items in Collection Software, manuals, box for the system and printer. Other CP/M luggables including the Osborne 1, Osborne 1a and Telcon Zorba.
Related Items Wanted Additional software and additional Kaypro versions

Non Linear Systems began producing portable computers in 1983 starting with the Kaypro II. The Kaypro 10 was an addition to the Kaypro line that incorporated a built-in 10 megabyte hard drive for which the model was named.

Since the machine had the hard drive it was equipped with only one floppy.

Kaypro 10 Documentation

The Kaypro 10 in my collection is a very clean example with all of its documentation and original software. It came in its original box, although that's taken a bit of a beating with age.

The Kaypro 10 sealed up and ready for travel.

The Kaypro systems were bulky, even for luggables, but they were sturdy! Kaypro 10 Keyboard with Wordstar overlay

This Kaypro came with a nifty overlay that summarized the various WordStar commands. Useful for navigating that popular yet confusing package.

(Submitted March 13, 2012 23:04:59 by basil)

I did some writing on a KayII in 1989 and am trying to reciver it. I got a Kay II andone of the drives failed so I just bought a Kay 2x. I am hoping that the cpm from the KayII will work on the Kay 2x. Anyone know? Second thing. They always say that these machines can be used as data terminals. Well I would like to send the files as out puts to a contemporary computer. I think I could emaill text to myself or I could send it along a serial port. I jus don't know how to email or ow to send along a serial port. Email was not rally a thing last time I used a kaypro and I don't have software. But the 2x has a built in 300 b modem so if there is a way I would sure like to know it. Thanks

(Submitted June 16, 2011 13:56:11 by toly dukhovny)

the kaypro 10 system has been given away. thank you for the attention. good luck, -toly

(Submitted May 13, 2011 04:00:17 by toly)

hi, i have the entire system KAYPRO 10: computer, keyboard, keyboard cover, printer, cables, 2400 baud modem, all sorts of manuals, several CP/M books, original factory papers, all kinds of parts -- new and used.

anyone can have the whole collection FREE if that anyone pays the shipping charges, or local pickup. please email me if interested at thanks, -toly

(Submitted June 26, 2010 13:07:44 by Bob)

Anyone know where I can get a wordstar keyboard commands overlay for my Kaypro 10?

(Submitted June 9, 2010 15:25:00 by Allen Inks)

Ted Hollingsworth wrote, It is said that ADAM CLARK WROTE HIS SPACE NOVEL, 2001, on a Kaypro in Sri Lanka, sending each day's work to his editor in NYC by modem. Can anyone verify this?

Well, you were almost right. Look at the website, and you will see that Arthur (not Adam) C Clarke (not Clark) used his Kaypro computer in Sri Lanka when writing 2010: Odyssey Two” (the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, which came out in 1968, before Kaypro computers were around). The website mentions that he was using his Kaypro to correspond with the director of the movie, I suppose he could have ALSO been corresponding with his publisher in NYC, as this would make sense.

(Submitted April 15, 2010 21:25:08 by LaVerne Kreklau)

I have a Kaypro Robie but it is missing the original keyboard. Would maybe someone have a non-working Robie and they would be willing to sell the keyboard?

(Submitted November 24, 2009 13:45:04 by Joe)

I have years of the Kaypro magazine, which I will give to anyone willing to pay postage on them. I'm cleaning out my basement...Had a Kaypro II, IV, and 10 then switched to an IBM...been a long time Joe Adams

(Submitted October 6, 2009 02:00:35 by Larry)

I have a Kaypro Robie. I need manuals and operating software. Does anyone have these items for sale?

Please advise

(Submitted September 13, 2009 19:49:04 by Tom Hittner)

I have a KAYPRO 10 which is missing the boot disk which is needed to boot the system. I would like to find one for immediate purchase.... OR ... Help in finding out where to find one...


(Submitted June 8, 2009 20:21:39 by Peter)

I am interested in Kaypro computers in great condition for possible purchase.

(Submitted February 9, 2009 15:42:13 by Ken Heidi )

I have a Kaypro 10 in perfect shape with all the manuals and user guides that I would like to sell. Also includes double sided - double density disks. Contact us if interested. 951/302-2284

(Submitted December 5, 2008 12:29:13 by Iakov Khalip)

I've found a kaypro 10 machine in my father's garage. I remember it was working about 1992. Can you help me to make a boot disk ? It normally boots from it's HD or from a diskette ? I haven't tried yet to turn it on, as I didn'd find a electricity transformer from 220 to 110 volts.

(Submitted October 16, 2008 11:18:58 by Chris)

Hello, I have a Kaypro 10 I want to sell but have no diskettes. Is it possible to make some and do I need to enter any password opening this PC Kind regards - Chris

(Submitted September 21, 2008 17:12:26 by Ray O. Sims)

I Can't believe it. I was a K-pro dealer from the start and have a 10 with documents, but don't want to sell it. It was the first descent portable on the market.

(Submitted August 26, 2008 09:04:08 by carter)

Heh, I just realised that the google result that priced the kaypro so high was from 1990. Sorry, I didnt check before I posted.

(Submitted August 26, 2008 08:32:16 by Carter)

Heh, I have 2 kaypro 10's as well!

As far as I can tell, they are in good condition. Does anyone know what a good asking price for one of these is? I see the current price field, but I have seen a google result saying someone sold one of these for $700. Is this realistic, or is it only worth $100?

(Submitted May 27, 2008 12:13:18 by Ted Hollingsworth)

Kaypro was my introduction to computers in the mid-1980s. They all went through the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. It is said that ADAM CLARK WROTE HIS SPACE NOVEL, 2001, on a Kaypro in Sri Lanka, sending each day's work to his editor in NYC by modem. Can anyone verify this?

Ted Hollingsworth

(Submitted April 19, 2008 09:22:26 by jeff)

I have a Kaypro 1 It has 2 vertical drivers.All the ones I have seen are horizontal.I saw one for sale on Ebay for ALOT.Does anyone know what the its worth?

(Submitted March 6, 2008 12:55:18 by Lloyd)

2 Kaypro computers - Kapro 10 & Kapro II in excellent shape are availabe. If interested, reply.

(Submitted January 21, 2008 02:28:12 by Ian)

I am looking for a download of the original Kaypro 10 ROM.

Mine appears to have died but otherwise theold beast is OK.

Can anyone help?

(Submitted November 28, 2007 19:34:52 by Janette Harris)

Looking to get rid of some Kay Pro 2's, Kay Pro 4, and Kay Pro 10. I have some manuals all of them seem to be in near perfect condition. Let me know make offer. Thanks.

(Submitted August 28, 2007 04:25:56 by tom morrison)

I am looking for software and manuals for the Kaypro 16.

(Submitted July 29, 2007 09:44:47 by R Seigel)

I have a Kaypro 10 in perfect condition - with all manuals. How do I find a good home for it?

(Submitted March 25, 2007 10:21:05 by gregory )

perfect vintage kaypro 10 for sale,make an offer. Gregory (FRANCE)

(Submitted February 7, 2007 05:53:36 by Dave Myrick)

I am looking for a Kaypro 10, or a 16. manuals and software are a plus, Please email me. Ya Tahay.

(Submitted November 19, 2006 04:38:58 by JUD BAILEY)

I have 1 kaypro 10 ser # 72474 in close to perfect condition. Would like to sell

(Submitted October 5, 2006 12:11:37 by Calvin Rey)

I have two Kaypro 10's, An upgrasded kaypro II with DSDD drives. I would like to sell

(Submitted July 2, 2006 13:28:56 by G)

There was an earlier version Kaypro with two floppy disk drives ... the operating system and work processor were on one disk which you booted up the system with and your wrote to the second disk...after the Osborne screen this felt like panoramavision... I suspect there are far fewer of these older machines because once you lost the floppy with the operating couldn't do anything...

(Submitted June 1, 2006 17:14:36 by Alex)

If anyone has one of these I will take it off your hands, I am willing to pay to ship it and working condition is not an issue

(Submitted April 10, 2006 09:07:40 by (a href=mailto:)Vlad(/a))

I like were they put the arrow keys. That seems like a strange place to put them.....

(Submitted April 9, 2006 03:09:05 by Jos)

My Kaypro10 has a personality/decoder and a Co- power88 board for ramdisk and msdos. What I need is the loader for msdos. The ramdisk- loader I already have.

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