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Atari 8-Bit Computers: Frequently Asked Questions
Section - 1.10) What is the Atari XE video game system?

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In a change of marketing strategy, Atari introduced the new XE video game
system in 1987.  The XE System is a true 8-bit Atari computer system.  It
offers the convenience of a detachable keyboard and built-in Missile Command
game, while offering 64K RAM and full compatibility with the XL/XE computers.
FREDDIE memory management chip included.

The full XE Video Game System package included Keyboard, Light Gun, joystick,
and the Flight Simulator II and Bug Hunt cartridges.
http://www.mr-atari.com/afbeeldingen/systems/xegamesystem.jpg

Also sold separately:
  o  XE System Console with joystick
     http://www.mr-atari.com/afbeeldingen/hardwarediv/xesystem1.jpg
  o  XE System Keyboard with Flight Simulator II cartridge
http://www.mr-atari.com/afbeeldingen/hardwarediv/xesystem3toetsenbord.jpg
  o  XE System Light Gun XG-1 with Bug Hunt cartridge
     http://www.mr-atari.com/afbeeldingen/hardwarediv/xesystemgun2.jpg

Boot options:
   Missile Command
     (a) With XE keyboard not connected: 
         - Turn on computer with no cartridge inserted and no powered disk
           drive.
     (b) With XE keyboard connected:
         - Hold down [Select] while turning on the 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 [Start] on the XE console to load and run cassette program.
   Disk, with Atari BASIC enabled
     (a) With XE keyboard not connected:
         - Hold down [Select] while turning on computer with disk inserted in
           powered disk drive.
     (b) With XE keyboard connected:
         - 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.

Versions of the Atari XE System produced:

  o  NTSC (North America) version
     - TV Channel switch: 2 - 3

  o  PAL (Europe) version
     - No TV channel switch

  o  SECAM (France) version
     - FGTIA; PAL ANTIC
     - No TV channel switch

The XE System Console was made in Taiwan.

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