Inside the Atari 800

It's the 30th anniversary of this 8-bit PC classic. We celebrate the occasion as we always do, by tearing the product apart and showing you the pieces.

By Benj Edwards, PC World |  Tech & society, anniversary, Atari

A Little off the Top

Internal expansion on the Atari 800 was limited to the four internal card slots shown above, positioned beneath a removable panel above the cartridge ports. Atari sold user-friendly "Memory Modules" (available in 8KB and 16KB sizes) that could be inserted and configured to a maximum RAM capacity of 48KB in three slots. The slot closest to the keyboard was always reserved for 10KB of ROM containing the simple but necessary Atari operating system.

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