[vcf-midatlantic] 8-bits and 80 columns

dave.g4ugm at gmail.com dave.g4ugm at gmail.com
Sat Jun 25 16:01:19 UTC 2022


Can't the CoCo 3 do 80 x 24?

Dave
G4UGM

> -----Original Message-----
> From: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic-bounces at lists.vcfed.org> On Behalf Of
> Bill Degnan via vcf-midatlantic
> Sent: 25 June 2022 16:41
> To: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>
> Cc: Bill Degnan <billdegnan at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] 8-bits and 80 columns
> 
> I get that you said "popular" to mean Apple/Commodore/Tandy appliance
> computers for the home.  So the answer is not many, if any, color graphics
> home appliance computers had native 80 column mode before 1985.
> 
> On Sat, Jun 25, 2022 at 11:07 AM Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic < vcf-
> midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> 
> > The TRS-80 Model 4 had a native 80 column mode.
> >
> > On Sat, Jun 25, 2022 at 10:09 AM Wil via vcf-midatlantic <
> > vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> > > The ace-80 from 1985 or so for the Atari 800.
> > >
> > > http://www.atarimania.com/mags/pdf/analog_no_42.pdf
> > >
> > > Reviewed in here.
> > >
> > > On Jun 25, 2022 09:31, John Heritage via vcf-midatlantic <
> > > vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hey all --
> > >
> > > Which (popular) 8-bit computers gained "easy" or even "standard" 80
> > column
> > > support?
> > >
> > > 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?
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > > John
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >



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