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Thread: Atari 400 aftermarket keyboard?

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    Default Atari 400 aftermarket keyboard?

    Stumbled upon this eBay auction and Iím curious if aftermarket keyboards were a common thing for Atari 400 owners to install.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F202443926986

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    Not common enough that my high school had it. The first computer my fingers ever touched in 9th or10th grade. God how that membrane kb made me hate computers.

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    There is an AtariAge thread on it. http://atariage.com/forums/topic/218...yboard-thread/ See all the variations. I doubt that more than 10% of Atari 400s got a replacement keyboard.

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    There were lots of ads for them in the Atari magazines of the day, but I have never actually seen one. My two 400s have the wretched membrane keyboard.

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    After almost 40 years the original Keyboard on my 400 still works. I've had a number of high-end keyboards that cost more than the 400 die in that time.

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    Are the 400 and 800 the same internally? Could you pop an 800 top on a 400 and have an 800?

    How ironic that 35 years later I'm still plagued with wretched excuses for keyboards. 4 spelling mistakes corrected in this reply.

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    The main boards are different. The 800 has more slots for cartridges and memory. I think Atari replaced components to upgrade the 400.

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