[vcf-midatlantic] 8-bits and 80 columns
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Sat Jun 25 16:07:35 UTC 2022
I'd say Kaypros were popular enough to be in this category. Most contemporary CP/M boxes that used video eventually went to 80-column, even when it was an unfortunate choice for the CRT (e.g. Osborne).
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On Saturday, June 25th, 2022 at 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
> 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?
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