[vcf-midatlantic] 8-bits and 80 columns
john.heritage at gmail.com
Sat Jun 25 13:31:36 UTC 2022
Hey all --
Which (popular) 8-bit computers gained "easy" or even "standard" 80 column
I know there are a ton more 8bits than I'll list below, but my
Atari 8bit -- XEP80 official accessory but almost no one bought it; used
joystick ports.. slow and limited 80 column (black and white?). Atari did
have a 60 column graphics/text mode IIRC. there is a software hack that
uses narrow characters for '80 columns' but hard to read, and came out
after the machine was no longer commerically sold.
Apple II - supported via cards. If 80 column support became common, when
did it become common? what was normal for color count, etc?
C64 - C128 mode natively offered 80 column support; millions of these
sold. So maybe common later on? 16 colors.
PET - no 80 column?
C Plus/4 - software hack?
ZX Spectrum -- available via some clones only, not common?
BBC Micro - Looks like a native mode for 80 column support?
TRS-80 - no native 80 column support?
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