There are several different models of Psion Organiser II, and even more versions of the operating system in its ROM. This page will tell you how to find out which model and version you have.
The first Series II models came out in 1986, and had a 2-line display. The model CM had an 8K RAM, and the model XP 16K. The XP was almost immediately upgraded to 32K Ram, and although the casing was still labelled as XP, it is often referred to as the model LA. All these models had a 32K ROM.
Most of the Organisers produced were English, i.e. the menus and error messages were all in the English language. Other single language versions were made too, in particular French and German versions. Eventually a multi-lingual XP model was made that had a choice of 11 languages. Its ROM was extended by two 16K banks to 64K to store this extra data.
In 1989 Psion started producing models with a 4-line display. The model LZ had 32K Ram, and the LZ64 had 64K (32K plus two 16K Ram banks). It looks virtually the same as the older models, except that the screen is slightly taller. They were all multi-lingual, with a choice of English and two other languages, usually French and German. The Scandinavian model had English, Swedish, and Danish language choices.
To know which model you have, you can select the CALCulator option in the main menu and type:
When you press EXE it will display a number that is different for most base models.
The following table shows most possibilities:
To check the language options, you can enter PEEKB(-25) in the calculator.
|0 or 255||English only (CM/XP/LA)|
|1||French only (CM/XP/LA)|
|2||German only (CM/XP/LA)|
|128||11 languages (Multilingual LA)|
|129||3 languages; English, French, German (LZ/LZ64)|
|130||3 languages; English, Italian, Spanish (LZ/LZ64)|
|131||3 languages; English, Swedish, Danish (LZ/LZ64)|
The version of the operating system in the ROM can be discovered by evaluating PEEKB(-23). This is a binary-coded-decimal number, so if it contains the hexadecimal number $46 for example then the ROM has version number 4.6 etc. Here is a table with the version numbers with most common ones shown in bold type:
|55||3.7 (Multilingual LA)|
If you have any of the versions marked with an asterisk, a version in an
non-English language or one not listed here, I would like to have a copy of
its ROM contents to add to the ROM Image page.
You can contact me at psion a t jaapsch d o t net.
There are several variants produced for use in industry and retail. These variants are normally called POS (Point-Of-Sale) models. When switched on, a POS model does not supply a menu, but instead looks on the packs for a procedure named BOOT and runs it. If no such procedure is found, it displays "PACK?" or "INSERT PACK?" for a moment and then switches off. These models often have unusual keyboards.
There are POS variants of the LZ/LZ64 models too. I don't know if these were produced with non-standard keyboards.
|65||Alpha POS 200||32K||16K||2x16||Alpha-numeric|
|66||Alpha POS 200||32K||32K||2x16||Alpha-numeric|
Many devices such as the Comms Link have internal software that is loaded into the Organiser. Such software has a version number that can be read out. Connect the device, switch the organiser on, and in the main menu press ON/CLEAR to make sure the software is loaded. In the calculator, evaluate PEEKB(8441).
Certain software packs also have version numbers. Insert the pack, switch the organiser on, and in the main menu press ON/CLEAR to make sure the software is loaded. In the calculator, evaluate PEEKB(8421) for slot B: or PEEKB(8431) for slot C:. Note however that only bootable packs have a version number, and that many software packs use the standard boot loader version 1.0 that Psion supplied with the Organiser Developer package. On packs without a version number the peek will give a meaningless number.