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.


3 thoughts on “How do you set-up your ADAM computer?

      • Yep, that’s me! The picture was taken around 1989 or 1990.
        Forgive me for not remembering all of the specs behind the equipment, but here’s what I remember.

        I had the computer, and I had a 5.25″ disk drive, the add-on unit that let you play Atari/Coleco games (though it didn’t work very well and it was just easier to hook up my Atari 2600 as you see here.

        I had a daisywheel printer, which at the time I thought was the coolest thing. Changing fonts meant swapping out one daisywheel for another in the printer.

        That’s a Commodore VIC-20 on the desk to my right, and my Atari 2600 cartridge collection above that.

        Wish I had more details but that’s all I can remember, really.

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