Inside the Atari 800

It's the 30th anniversary of this 8-bit PC classic. We celebrate the occasion as we always do, by tearing the product apart and showing you the pieces.

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Here, I've flipped the motherboard/RF shield assembly over and have partly disassembled it to expose the motherboard. This thing is built like a tank. The Federal Communications Commission gave Atari a hard time about the 800's electromagnetic emissions (attributable to its inclusion of an RF modulator, a device that outputs a TV video signal), so Atari encased most of the 800's functional guts in thick metal shielding. More on that in the next slide.

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