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Atari 8-Bit Computers: Frequently Asked Questions
Section - 1.9) What is the Atari 800XE?

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Introduced in 1985 in markets including Germany and Eastern Europe as a
direct replacement for the 800XL, the 800XE is a low-end version of the 130XE.

The 800XE offers 64K RAM, and includes the FREDDIE memory management chip.

The 800XE does not include the PBI port as on the 600XL/800XL, but it does
include the similar (though physically incompatible) Enhanced Cartridge
Interface (ECI).

Boot options:
   Atari BASIC (Rev. C)
      - Turn on computer with no cartridge inserted and no powered disk drive.
   Self Test program
      - Hold down [Option] while turning on the computer with no cartridge
        installed and no powered disk drive.
   Cartridge
      - Turn on computer with cartridge inserted.
   Cassette 
      1. Hold down [Start] while turning on the computer.  
         (System buzzer sounds.)
      2. Press [Play] on the program recorder.
      3. Press [Return] to load and run cassette program.
   Disk, with Atari BASIC enabled
      - Turn on computer with disk inserted in powered disk drive.
   Disk, with Atari BASIC disabled
      - Hold down [Option] while turning on computer with disk inserted in
        powered disk drive.

The 800XE was produced in a PAL (Europe) version only:
     - Identical to common PAL 65XE version with ECI port:
       - PAL 130XE motherboard
       - TV channel switch: some include it, some do not
     - Reports of some 800XE machines previously labeled as 65XE machines
       and vice versa.

Some images of the 800XE:
http://www.silicium.org/oldskool/atari/800xe.htm

Jindrich Kubec writes, "The problematic Chinese 800XEs with GTIA problems were
manufactured in 1992."

The 800XE was made in Taiwan (common) and China (late production).

The 800XE was last manufactured in 1992.

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