Thank you SO much for taking the time to share all this great information and pictures about the ADAM Computer that was sold in Uruguay and probably other South American countries. I saw the South American eBay auction in December of 2013 for one of these ADAM variations, but never got around to trying to find out more about them.
Suffice it to say that it sounds like a lot of CV & ADAM stock must have been bought from Coleco in order for it to have been so popular in Uruguay and now I am more sure of the total number of ADAMs having been manufactured being in the 950,000 range rather than the 100,000 that I have seen mentioned elsewhere. Between this new information, the large number that made it to Europe and sold by CBS (look into pongbeat's HUGE acquisition of CV&ADAMs), and all the companies and users groups (American Design Components, Alpha-1, ADAM's House/eColeco, etc., etc.) that bought train car loads of stock, there is absolutely no way that only 100,000 were made. Heck, the ADAM users group/mail order that I operated for years had an ADAM owners list obtained from Coleco of over 10,000 names and that was mainly people concentrated in the Midwest of the U.S.
It's funny that you say that the ADAM was the first computer for a lot of people in Uruguay seeing as that holds true for a lot of people in the U.S., Canada and probably Europe. This newbie-ism to computers did a lot of harm to the ADAM's reputation as a reliable computer, probably even more so than actual defective systems. It's also a funny coincidence that they were sold until 1998 as by this time most of the activity of the Users Groups finally died out with only the ADAMcon members and ADAM's House/eColeco carrying on.
In looking at the pictures you supplied and the ones that I saved from that auction, it strikes me as odd that this company concealed the Cartridge Slot on the Stand-Alone Memory Console, but still left the Cartridge Reset Switch as is. I understand that cartridges wouldn't have been easily obtained in South America, it was cheaper to make the new plastic cover without it, Data Pack (cassettes) copies of cartridge based games would be cheaper and easier to produce and so on, but still, why take away something (use ColecoVision carts) that was a big selling point. I'm sure some handy people discovered the Cartridge Slot and made a cut out in the plastic top to access it.
The custom ColecoVision case for use with the Expansion Module #3 Memory Console is ingenous and I really have to give that computer store/company high praise for making such a sleek design that includes (from what I can tell) Composite Video output via a DIN as well as RCA jack and then 1 Audio jack. The only things I see missing are, of course, a Cartridge Slot and the two Hand Controller ports which I assume are on the other side that is not pictured.
While I see that all of the Data Pack (cassette) software in the pictures are converted ColecoVision cartridge games or copies of ADAM software released by Coleco or 3rd Party companies in the mid to late 1980s, my interest is really peeked to hear that there was further hardware, firmware and software development by this company called Iron Byte. Do you have any further information about Iron Byte and the software/games that they developed for the ADAM that you could share... pics, videos or even backup copies/image files? For that matter, any further info that you can share about software and hardware that may have been made by others would be greatly appreciated.
Here are the pics that I saved from the auction in December of 2013.