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This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Atari  FALCON 030 videogame system. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Thursday 22nd August 2013
Dr. Bob Abell (Kanata, On, Canada)

Jason, Nice to know you remember where you BOUGHT the equipment. The IIe clone was probably a Laser Vtech, but we did have some others. My wife and I owned and ran Alphatel. I still have an STM125, and a couple of new toner cartridges for the 804 laser printer - which was also ahead of its time. We were, until Atari closed their Canadian operations, the Western service center for Atari as well. And we had really loyal customers. Best regards, Bob.

Tuesday 21st May 2013
Exin (Deutschland)

The Falcon didn''t have any TT Graphics modes, but those from the STe instead. The TT had a 256 Grayscales mode which is not present in the Falcon.

Sunday 9th October 2011
Jakob J. (Denmark)

The Falcon was my baby back in the good old days (also had a ST and a Mega ST), I got my Falcon 030 cpu running 36MHz with a barracuda card from Germany, great stuff $) I loved the DSP - back in the assembly coding days...
-Love this "Museum" :)

Saturday 25th June 2011
Jason Thompson (Calgary/Canada)

My father still has and uses an Atari Falcon 030. I was born in 1975, the first computer we had that I remember using was a TI-99/4A, followed my a Apple IIe clone (can''t remember manufacturer but purchased at Alphatel in Edmonton, AB), followed by an Atari 520STFM and then an Atari 1040ST and eventually the Falcon 030 that is still used today. I think the 520 and 1040 are still operational but haven''t been powered up in decades since the Falcon was purchased... The Atari and Amiga I remember fondly as true leaders of their day.

Thursday 21st April 2011
Malcolm Ramage (United Kingdon)
Atari Music Network

I now have 2 of these brilliant if compromised machines. Sadly a full 32 bit processor on a 16 bit data bus and a 24 bit address bus, limiting the 68030 to the same data and address width of the 68000 in the ST. Also the internal expansion bus only brought the signals common to the 68000, making it more like the expansion connector in the Mega ST rather than the VME bus in the TT and Mega STE

Friday 26th November 2010
geff spicmen (Italy)

these were great computers. Amiga, Atari STe, Falcon... PCs are shit in confrontation, and they killed the market.

Wednesday 22nd September 2010
Alex (Bulgaria)
ATV Shineray

This was my first computer :)

Thursday 3rd January 2008
erika (cambridge, ontario)

this is the first computer i ever used, i remember it had a bumblebee for the cursor, after it's hard drive died my parents threw it out and got a Tandy 1000

Saturday 19th November 2005
Dave Wolnik (Phoenix, Az)

Does anyone have a Falcon 030 for sale or know where I can get one?

Tuesday 20th September 2005
Sprockett (Vancouver, BC)

If anyone is interested in a bit of obscure trivia regarding the Falcon: a company called Bell & Howell (manufacturer of many things from cameras to industrial machines) used Falcons as a control computer for their postal inserting equipment (essentially automated machines that insert mail into envelopes at high speed.) To this day, some of these old mail machines are still in operation in some very prominent mail houses, and the company's technicians scrounge for used machines and parts for these computers to keep them running.

Monday 25th August 2003
Alejandro Corral (Granada (Spain))

Hello... I've recently acquired this beautiful computer, and I'm searching for info on an accelerator it has installed, the Skunk Falcon Accelerator. If anyone knows about it, please tell me...
By the way the computer is absolutely fascinating!!

Tuesday 30th July 2002
David A. Czuba (Buffalo NY)

We are a Direct Mail printshop which acquired two Bell+Howell Mailstar 500 machines driven by Atari Falcon 030 computers. Since their use is intended for a production environment, the Falcon must be operational despite dust and abuse. So the contention that the OS is unstable has less merit. I am impressed by the variety of interface ports available, including AppleTalk LAN. What could be useful is a TOS2DOS utility for creating bootable disks.

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