Inside the Atari 800

It's the 30th anniversary of this 8-bit PC classic. We celebrate the occasion as we always do, by tearing the product apart and showing you the pieces.

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What you see here is slightly deceptive: The guts sitting on the bottom half of the unit actually screw into the underside of the top half. Here, they're simply resting where they'd normally sit in the assembled unit.

Within the case lie two basic components: the motherboard, currently covered with a thick aluminum RF shield (more on that in a moment); and the power board, which plugs into the motherboard. Also visible is the unit's speaker (the round thing at lower left); when the machine is properly assembled, the speaker emits a somewhat annoying click sound whenever a keyboard key is pressed.

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