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Looking back at the Atari ST personal computer

In 1985, Atari released the Atari ST personal computer. Take a look at the Atari 520ST, Atari 1040ST, and the hardware that made them run.

In 1985, Atari released the Atari ST personal computer. This gallery has photos of the Atari 520ST, Atari 1040ST, and the hardware that made them run.

Photo credit: David Johnston

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4 comments
mhaley1156
mhaley1156

Atari ST was my first computer. Bought it at a music dealer to take advantage of the built in MIDI interface to enter the world of music sequencing and recording. I also had both color and monochrome monitors, added another MB of RAM, and sure had a lot of 3.5" floppy disks!! Loved to play Dungeon Master. Then one day I bought a Supra 30MB HDD for a mere 600 bucks. Man I was cool.

Playability
Playability

As I recall the GEM operating system only took up 2K of ROM - and it never crashed! 6502 motorola chip was way ahead of Intel non of that stupid backwords notation or daft 64k paging that plagued early DOS and Windows systems. Think that PC only dominated because you could plug network cards into it. Now if you open the case on some name brand PCs you invalidate the warranty!

bharned
bharned

I got my computing start with IBM mainframes 3033, 3380, and 4300 as an FE. In 1984 got my first Coleco Adam which I wrote a book with, even with a daisy wheel printer. But in 88 I graduated to a Tandy SX 1000 with dual 5-1/4 floppies and then a 32mb hard drive on a card so much for the stepping stones of my past, I'm blown away with todays technology!

DC_Federal_Employee
DC_Federal_Employee

Friend of mine had a 1040st back in the mid-late 80s and it was years ahead of what any PC could do as far as graphics and sound. His computer came standard with 1MB RAM when my Tandy 1000ex came standard with 256k. The Atari ST and Amiga computers were long considered to be the best for graphics & games back then.

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