[vcf-midatlantic] 8-bits and 80 columns
mcguire at neurotica.com
Sat Jun 25 13:39:51 UTC 2022
Nearly all of the nice civilized S-100 systems, which were almost
(but not all) 8-bitters, used either external terminals or "terminal on
a board" video+keyboard interfaces that had 80 columns.
On 6/25/22 09:31, John Heritage via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> 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
> understanding is:
> 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?
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA
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