The Machine Room is Back!
This is the recovered Machine Room from 2005. Please don't expect wonders. The look and feel of this site is nine years
old, and so is its code. Some of the functionality has been recovered while the rest of
the site is modernised and restructured. Watch this space!
Gaming, Home computing, Programming
1 January 1992, Production halted: 1983, Released: 1982
CPU word length
CPU clock rate
1.773 MHz, 1.79 MHz
Number of keys
160x192x2, 160x192x4, 160x96x2, 160x96x4, 320x192x2, 40x24x4, 80x192x16, 80x192x9, 80x48x2, 80x48x4
20x12x5, 20x24x5, 40x12x5, 40x19x2, 40x24x2, 40x24x5
Total number of colours
2, 3, 4, 5
Cassette tape speed
300 bps, 1,400 bps, 4,800 bps
2x Joystick, Cartridge, Monitor, SIO, TV output More technical info...
Thanks go to the following people for contributing information to this entry.
alan, for his extensive comments on the Atari's colour capabilities, BASIC revisions, memory and tape interface.
conradus, for correcting a lot of errors in this entry.
kurt, for pointing out that the Atari 8-bitters didn't have RGB monitor outputs and for his miscellaneous corrections and trivia.
robdsatonica, for his trivia on the banking scheme used with cartridges, and other bits of information.