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A > ATARI  > PC


 

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Saturday 30th April 2022
Michael (USA)

I had an ABC, bought in 1990 or 1991. It had a 16MHz 286, 1MB RAM, and an onboard Paradise VGA - 640x480 in 256 colours, 800x600 in 16 colours, but rather slow since it didn''t have any acceleration features. There was a 3.5" floppy drive and a 60MB ST506 harddisk. Eventually we got a 287 and it turned out the SIP sockets would accept 30pin SIMMs by just placing a SIMM socket into the SIP...


Monday 23rd August 2021
The_WolfieOne (Canada )

Atari PC late ''87 - EGA graphics and an amber monitor 5.25" 360k floppy Gem desktop and MSDOS 3.something. yeah, my first computer. Researched the chips needed for expansion to 640 k, tracked them down through a local electronic supplier and popped the hood. Got those in and looked at the pc speaker pins an ran those to a "mic" plug and into my boom box aux. Sure, it was pc speaker sound, but it had bass, and spread. Found a dos util for RAMDisks and tweaked the performance by creating a RAMDisk, copying command.com to the RAMDisk and setting Comspec$c:$command.com That batchfile grew, assimilated improvements and cli parameters to facilitate copying from one floppy to another through creating a RAMDisk to act as a buffer between prompted, batch language scripted disc swaps. Oh, and a assembly language snippet from an early PC mag that used DOS Debug to overwrite the partition table of the primary hdd with null. Evolved into a Swiss army kind of thing. Even used it at my first real pc job, building them for a lical whitebox manufacturer in 92, then running the service department Thanks for the memories


Saturday 27th January 2018
Reden (Chile)

Fernando Bautista, su "PC" (para no confundirla con la ST) de Atari puede valer diversas cantidades dependiendo del modelo (PC1, PC2, PC3, PC4 o PC5, sumados a una laptop).
En Ebay encontré un modelo de "PC" vendiéndose a 999 dólares, lo cual serían 18.519,01 pesos mexicanos. El valor original de la "PC1" era de 499 dólares (9.250,23 pesos mexicanos), que ajustado para la inflación moderna serían 1048 dólares (19.427,35 pesos mexicanos)

Otra oferta en Ebay, vendida hace ya 4 años, era de la computadora, el disco duro y el monitor, y valía 152,50 dólares (2.826,98 pesos mexicanos)

Espero que haya podido ayudar! :D


Monday 27th March 2017
Gagarin

contact info: gagarinnet @ hotmail com


Monday 27th March 2017
Gagarin (USA)

I''m looking to buy one. Please contact me if you want to sell Atari PC.


Friday 20th November 2015
Fernando Bautista  (México )
PACMAN FER

Perdón por no escribir en ingles pero yo poseo una computadora así mejor dicho solo cpu falta la pantalla, teclado y el ratón actualmente está acumulado polvo así que me interesaría venderla alguien sabe o me podría dar un precio aproximado de ¿cuanto podría valer?


Friday 20th November 2015
Fernando Bautista  (México )
PACMAN FER

Perdón por no escribir en ingles pero yo poseo una computadora así mejor dicho solo cpu falta la pantalla, teclado y el ratón actualmente está acumulado polvo así que me interesaría venderla alguien sabe o me podría dar un precio aproximado de ¿cuanto podría valer?


Friday 20th November 2015
Fernando Bautista  (México )
PACMAN FER

Perdón por no escribir en ingles pero yo poseo una computadora así mejor dicho solo cpu falta la pantalla, teclado y el ratón actualmente está acumulado polvo así que me interesaría venderla alguien sabe o me podría dar un precio aproximado de ¿cuanto podría valer?


Saturday 8th February 2014
archon72 (Greece)

Very beautiful machine!
In this link you can see my Atari PC1:
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/207525-does-anyone-have-an-atari-pc1-only-not-other-pcs/

(post $12)


Monday 14th January 2013
Richard (Isle of Man)

I had an Atari PC3. Think it cost about 800 UKP in 1989. Had an ST-like mouse, and was probably notable as the only XT-class machine to have an AT (''enhanced'') layout keyboard as standard.

Had CGA, EGA and Hercules, you could switch between whatever your monitor supported, in software, without rebooting.

Mine came with twin 360k 5 1/4" drives, I stuck in a 720k 3.5 drive and a 40Mb hard card. Had to upgrade the DOS to 3.3, and split the card into 2 20Mb partitions, because of the 32Mb barrier!

Tried a plugin 286 upgrade, but I never got it to work. It was definitely a non-standard mobo and case, but it was very compatible with software, and this is speaking as someone who wrote metal-bashing assembler. I made a push button that stuck out the back which shorted ground and /NMI on the processor. Hit it, and it would break out of a program and jump into Turbo Debugger, just like a C64 freeze cartridge.

It was perfectly fine for what I used it for, DTP with Timeworks, Turbo C v2.0, word processing with Borland Sprint, I think it just about managed to run Windows 3.0 when I got rid of it.

After that, I entered 20-odd years of FrankenPC''s made up from parts, but you always remember your first..


Friday 26th October 2012
KevinT (Canada)

This was my first PC and I actually developed on it with Borland Turbo C 1.0. I''d upgraded it to 640K, installed a NEC V20 processor for better performance, and one of those real time clocks stacked under the ROM BIOS that set the PC''s clock on bootup thanks to a utility in the autoexec.bat. To get TurboC to work painlessly without a hard-drive or endless disk swapping, my boot floppy created a ramdisk the exact size to contain C0S.obj and cs.lib for linking, then I''d switch to the floppy containing TurboC and ran a batch to copy the necessary files to ram then start the environment, and then finally I could switch to my work floppy containing the source code and compiled/linked output. After that, no further swaps were necessary. Ah, them''s were the days...


Monday 9th April 2012
Mr.L (United States)

Used to have these at my work


Sunday 1st August 2010
Chris (NJ, USA)

I really really want a PC2, which is a vanilla beige box. Really interested in any Atari PC compatibles. chrism3667(at)yahoo(dot)com


Tuesday 22nd June 2010
Michael Schmidt (Germany)

Hi folks, my first Computer ever, iirc bought autumn 1990, was an Atari PC3. It came with 640 kb RAM, 30 MB Harddrive (RLL-controller), EGA-graphics and an EGA b/w-monitor. Also with 3,5 " 720-kb floppydrive and a rock-solid, heavy Atari MFII-keyboard, used (with adaptor) till today (2010). OS was MS/DOS 3.3. To that time, great value for the money (1300 DM incl. VAT- don''t ask me, what that was in $ worth back then).


Tuesday 23rd September 2008
Mike

It did have some weird board that connected to the motherboard that gave it one 8-bit isa slot, and thats where the western digital mfm controller was $ed. I''ll get more on this later, and those pictures i promised years ago.

Im in the process of getting the whole system over to something more future proof, found an 8bit scsi controller


Thursday 31st July 2008
Chris Keuken

If I remember correctly, my Atari PC3 had a 30Mb built-in harddisk and 684 Kb RAM.


Wednesday 30th May 2007
Iain Jacobs (Earth)

I bought a PC3 in 1989 and used it up until 1998 It had lots of programs that were available from shareware places and I used a Buttonware database with great success. Wordstar 4 was another popular program. The Gem system seemed to work fine, I still have the disks for the Gem Paint which my son used to amuse himself with. All that and 512 kb of Ram. amazing really.


Friday 8th April 2005
Greg (New York)

If Commodore and Atari had concentrated on this sort of thing (PC compatibles targeted at home use) instead of flogging STs, Amigas and game systems, they might still be around today...


Thursday 1st August 2002
Ben Booth (Leeds/UK)
Team17 Software Ltd.

Anyone know where I can get one of these?
I love vollecting old machines...this one rocks!





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