Favorite Atari system


New Member
Jan 4, 2020
800XL will always be closest to my heart, in that I built mine in an old van's shoe box and bastardized a TRS-80 keyboard to work with it... and of course I had the half-duplex pulse dialing 110 baud modem with an old 13 inch b&w TV... no storage device at all.
  • Like
Reactions: alien1979

Generation 8-bit

New Member
Feb 8, 2020
I scraped the tar and gravel off the roof of a business building next door to a chicken processing plant for a full week with my dad as a kid to earn the money to purchase my first computer, an Atari 800XL, from a friend at school. This had to have been in the spring of '85 or '86.

Although I later bought an Amiga using a loan from a bank (I started working at Shopko in high-school and my brother cosigned IIRC), I still had that 800XL when my girlfriend, later wife, started dating me because our first date was her watching me install a write-protect bypass into my 1050; I was a senior in high-school so this had to have been '89 or '90.

I also purchased an Atari 130XE at some point during the mid-late 80's as well.

By the time I finally stopped messing with the 8-bits, mostly because I was married and had a brand new kid, I had that thing set up to a Hayse 1200b modem, a 256k RAM expansion and ran Sparta-DOS, accessing a Bernoulli-drive (10mb disc if IIRC) where I stored all my games, etc.

Fond memories!


New Member
Jan 29, 2020
The only Atari systems I've owned are the 2600 and the 400 (with the membrane keyboard) - I've never gotten the 400 to boot. (it was a case of, "I know you like old computers, and found this in my parent's attic..")...

I prefer to play most of them on the colecovision plug-in 2600.