Learn how and when to remove this template message Atari initially used single-sided 3. Some commercial software, particularly games, shipped by default on single-sided disks, even supplying two kB floppies instead of a single double-sided one, for fear of alienating early adopters. The Atari ST uses that info, so it can operate with floppies formatted either way. Achieving successful data interchange between the two platforms normally meant using floppies formatted by MSDOS, or by third party formatting utilities that were later released for the Atari ST. Other utilities allowed for transfer with unusual formats, such as the Commodor Amiga. The machine is generally similar to the earlier ST, but moved the power supply and a double-sided floppy drive into the rear of the housing of the computer, as opposed to being external.
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The keyboard and motherboard are included in one plastic case, as was its predecessor the ST. On the right side of the case is a built-in double sided, double density kilobyte floppy drive.
There is also a 40 pin cartridge slot for plugging in ROM and game cartridges. Under the keyboard on this side are two 9 pin D-plug ports for plugging Joysticks and there are two more 9 pin D-plug ports, one of which doubles as a mouse port under the front of the keyboard.
The keyboard has 94 keys and have an excellent feel to them. The ST has three video modes: A x x 2 monochrome for text base programs like word processors, a x x 4 color high resolution mode, and a x x 16 color medium resolution mode. Although the video capabilities of the ST were good, its audio capabilities are where the computer really shines. It has a built in sound generator supplying 3 separate voices and also contains a built in MIDI interface making it possible to connect your computer to a variety of electronic instruments and state of the art sound studio equipment.
The desktop was written by Digital Research Inc. It was purchased locally at a thrift shop and added to the museum on July 19,
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