How do you set-up your ADAM computer?


Many computers of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s consisted of a keyboard with the CPU and other major components built-in.  The Commodore Vic-20, 64, Atari 400, 800 & 800 XL, TI-99/4A, and the Apple II are just a few examples of this form factor.  The Coleco ADAM was basically the beginning of a trend that is still seen today; a console or tower with separate keyboard.  Usually you can set the monitor on top of the console, but that was not a good idea with the ADAM.

My most recent set-up.

My most recent set-up.

The top of the ADAM has a removable lid to access the tape drives and expansion slots.  As a result, the lid isn’t built to hold a classic television set or monitor (would bend the lid).  Remember, CRT tubes were pretty heavy.  So this was always an issue when setting up my ADAM.  Here are a few examples of how some others set up their ADAMs.