Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a how-to tutorial or a step-by-step guide. This is merely photos of my upgrades with some description and explanation. But feel free to ask any questions about any aspect of it.
This is my blog on all the upgrades, modifications and hacks that have turned a standard 800 into a machine that is still the original vision of Jay Miner's Colleen 800 at heart, and still fully compatible, but includes advancements and upgrades that Atari never envisioned.
AtariLab Interface modding and hacking
The AtariLab Interface is a peripheral that plugs into the controller port(s) of the 400/800/XL/XE machines and as many can be used as you have controller ports for. Originally the Interface came in the 'AtariLab starter set' which was to be the main kit in a series of educational experiment software and hardware modules. The 'starter set' came with one Interface and tools and software cartridge for the first module, the temperature module. Do t
My first experience with Atari, was the Atari VCS like many of my generation. Before that I had a Coleco Telstar Pong clone and I didn't even get the Atari VCS until just as the video game crash was starting in '83, when it was on sale and tons of games could be had out of the $.99 bargain bin. But also that same year I got a Timex/Sinclair 1000 with 16K rampack, also out of a bargain bin, and spent two years scraping for software for a discontinued line in the U.S. I was ready to upgrade to a T