Behold the grail ...

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Behold the grail ...

Postby YetiSeti on Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:16 pm

"Atari 400P" : http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/vintage/auction-466371028.htm

There's something very special about a computer with four joystick ports.
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Re: Behold the grail ...

Postby lizardb0y on Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:32 pm

As far as I was aware the Atari 400P still has a membrane keyboard. Could this be a 400 with the Cherry Keyboard upgrade (or similar)?

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Re: Behold the grail ...

Postby YetiSeti on Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:13 pm

lizardb0y wrote:As far as I was aware the Atari 400P still has a membrane keyboard. Could this be a 400 with the Cherry Keyboard upgrade (or similar)?

http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?2059 ... herry-Corp


Well, on Wednesday night I was watching a doco on the Knights Templar, so I think I'm qualified to make a comment on the Grail...

Okay, I stand corrected.
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Re: Behold the grail ...

Postby tezza on Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:23 pm

Yes, certainly not an original.

Mind you, one time I found someone selliing replacement 400 keyboards on the web for not much money. I can't remember where right now.

Replace the keyboard with a membrane one and you have an original Atari 400.
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Re: Behold the grail ...

Postby lizardb0y on Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:46 pm

I've definitely seen replacement 400 membranes as well, so they're out there somewhere :)

From my perspective as someone trying to preserve the history I think the keyboard mod would be worth keeping. Period "upgrades" and hacks are interesting in their own right. I'd gladly display it beside one of my original 400s :)
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Re: Behold the grail ...

Postby Gibsaw on Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:47 am

YetiSeti wrote:"Atari 400P" : http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/vintage/auction-466371028.htm

There's something very special about a computer with four joystick ports.


Yes... I'll bet it would make for an interesting analogue data collection device.
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