Explore Atari 8-bit Computer Hardware Manuals (15-30 mins)

Task: Explore Atari 8-bit Computer Hardware Manuals

Needed: A web browser

Time: 15-30 mins


I love reading the manuals that came with Atari 8-bit computer hardware. I think it is because it reminds me of opening a new Atari. I still have a number of these because my father was a pack rat and kept everything. I am glad he did. Fortunately, most of these have been scanned and can be found online for your reading pleasure. I list some of the common ones below.


Here are some links to some of the more common 8-bit Atari hardware. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all Atari hardware. Others can be found with a search of the Internet Archive or via Google.

Atari 400

Atari 410 Program Recorder

Atari 800

Atari 810 Disk Drive

Atari 820 Printer

Atari 825 Printer

Atari 850 Interface Module

Atari 600XL

Atari 800XL

Atari 1200XL

Atari 1010 Program Recorder

Atari 1020 Color Printer

Atari 1025 Printer

Atari 1030 Modem

Atari 1050 Disk Drive

Atari 65XE

Atari 130XE

Atari XC12 Program Recorder

Atari XF551 Disk Drive


These are fun to browse. I always learnĀ  something when I read through them. You can find most of these on eBay for about $5 to $10.

Atari 800XL Owner Manual
Atari 800XL Owner Manual