… this Atari TT030 is 30 years old… and it still works X-D
This range includes the 520ST and 1040ST, their STF/M/FM and STE variants and the Mega ST/STE.
- 2.06 (ST/STE TOS) Last TOS version for ST/STE computers. Bug fixes, 1.44 MB disk support, memory test. Adds GTP program support (GEM-Takes-Parameters). Greatly enhanced GEM GUI. IDE hard disk booting. Atari logo display at boot-up. Automatic cold boot memory test. Supports higher resolutions.
- Format: 2 chip ROMs (256 KB)
- ROM date: 14 November 1991
- Machines: 520ST, 1040ST, 520STE, 1040STE
“Atari ST has been designed to move the power associated with machines costing thousands of dollars into the range a middle class consumer can afford.
It is based on the Motorola 68000, clocked at 8 MHz.”
“It ships with 520K, theoretically expandable to a whopping 16 Meg (of RAM).
- parallel interface
- serial interfaces
- DMA (direct memory access) port for hard disk and other peripherals.
- external floppy port
- MIDI input and output
- two mouse/joystick ports
- 128K ROM catridge port
it was very advanced… but, can it browser?
Actually! With a bit of tinkering, IT CAN X-D (even over 2.4Ghz Wifi (b+g) (not 5Ghz… yet X-D))
how to dev this?
“Many languages are available on Atari but the most common choices are Assembly, Basic, and C.
Other languages (e.g. Pascal) were not so popular on Atari and their implementations are usually not so good and therefore they should be avoided.”
There are a lot of 68000 assemblers available for Atari ST but the most famous is the Devpac package from HiSoft.
It contains an editor, an assembler, a linker, and a debugger. The two widely used versions are :
- V2.23 provided here with the associated documentation
- V3.1 provided here with associated documentation. This documentation has been OCRed with proper links by GGN (George Nakos) in 2008 info here
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