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Atari 8-Bit Computers: Frequently Asked Questions
Section - 1.7) What is the Atari 65XE?

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Introduced in 1985 as a direct replacement for the 800XL, the 65XE is a low-
end version of the 130XE.

The 65XE offers 64K RAM, and includes the FREDDIE memory management chip.

The 65XE does not include the PBI port as on the 600XL/800XL, but many 65XE
machines 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.

Versions of the Atari 65XE:

  o  NTSC (North America) without ECI port (common production)
     - TV Channel switch: 2 - 3

  o  NTSC (North America) with ECI port (uncommon/rare late production)
     - NTSC 130XE motherboard
     - TV Channel switch: 2 - 3

  o  PAL (Europe) version without ECI port (uncommon early production)
     - No TV channel switch

  o  PAL (Europe) version with ECI port (common later production)
     - (Identical to 800XE)
     - PAL 130XE motherboard
     - No TV channel switch
     - Reports of some 65XE machines previously labeled as 800XE machines
       and vice versa.

  o  PAL (Arabia) version
     - "65XEN" motherboard
     - ECI port
     - No TV channel switch
     - Arabic localized OS
     - More info: http://www.savetz.com/vintagecomputers/arabic65xe/
     - Visual tour: http://www.atari800xl.eu/public/65xearab

(The 65XE was not marketed in France.)

The 65XE was made in Taiwan (common) and China (late production).

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