Atari 800 finally tested, using home theater projector

Pete Lancashire pete at
Mon Apr 18 07:52:17 CDT 2016

The 1027's problem is the type 'pallets' fail by falling off. I have not
seen one taken apart
and it was a long time ago I was offered one. It would be interesting to
see if one could
rebuild them.

BTW the Teletype 40's have a similar issue, the type belt disintegrates.

one that has not yet come apart, sadly needs a new ribbon

The plotter is pretty cool considering what a commercial one cost.

On Sun, Apr 17, 2016 at 11:21 PM, Eric Smith <spacewar at> wrote:

> Perhaps five years ago, a friend gave me some Atari 8-bit gear,
> including an 800, 800XL, 1020 plotter, 1027 letter-quality printer
> (which is undoubtedly no good now), and a 1050 floppy drive, but no
> software. The stuff has been in storage in my mother's basement until
> recently. I just kludged up a composite video cable for it, and tested
> it on a home theater projector. Without software, I can only test it
> with the built-in "Memo Pad", but it seems to work:
> Now I'll look for BASIC and Star Raiders cartridges. It should be fun
> playing Star Raiders on the big screen. That was the first game I ever
> played on an Atari 800, back in 1979.

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