Welcome to the world of personal computing. Your new ATARI 130XE is one of the most powerful and versatile small computers you can buy.
The 130XE is the newest addition to the XE series of ATARI Computers. With 131,072 bytes of Random Access Memory, the 130XE has twice the memory of the ATARI 65XE or the 800XL Computer. And with twice as much memory, the 130XE has more computing power and more potential. Your word processing files can be longer, your data files larger, and the educational uses of your computer system more advanced.
Along with the extra memory, the 130XE has a full-stroke keyboard, superior sound and graphics capabilities, thousands of available software programs, and an array of compatible hardware accessories. The ATARI 130XE is the perfect computer for business, educational, and entertainment purposes. And the new 130XE comes with built-in ATARI BASIC programming language, so you can immediately begin to write your own programs.
This manual is arranged for easy access to the information you need, whether you are a beginning or an advanced computer user. Part 1 shows you how to unpack and set up your ATARI 130XE Computer, check whether it’s functioning properly, use the keyboard, load software cartridges, and expand the system by adding peripheral devices.
Part 2 is an introductory lesson in BASIC programming. Your ATARI 130XE has many applications, and understanding its built-in language will make your computer more fun and more useful.
If you already know how to program, you should look at Part 3 of the manual. A variety of sample programs and the reference materials to enhance your programming skills are provided. And the advanced programmer will find the needed information to access the full RAM potential of the 130XE.
Once you have the ATARI 130XE set up and working, look at the Resources section of the manual. There are unlimited resources for the ATARI Computer owner—from books and programs to users groups and magazines. You’ll find a whole realm of new activities and uses for your ATARI Computer.