Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 32 / JANUARY 1983 / PAGE 10

Atari Memory Expansion Problems?

I own an Atari 800 with 16K memory and am careful about the quality of products I buy for my computer. There seems to be a rumor going around about the 32K RAM memory board made to fit the 800 model. I've heard that adding this board can cause errors to occur in the computer's performance. Please tell me if it's true and, if so, how or why it happens.

Allen Levy

We have heard of no problems related to the use of a 32K board on an Atari 800. These expansion boards are not manufactured by Atari, but rather by third party vendors. The requirements of an Atari board are fairly specific: they must not use too much power and they have to be fast enough (200 ns. or better). We haven't heard, though, of problems relating to expanding memory with these products.