Acorn Archimedes

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We got our Archimedes in October 1989. It was originally an A420/1 supplied with the Learning Curve package, but we had it upgraded to the same specification as an A440/1. The table below show the current specification.

Name. Acorn Archimedes A440/1.
Introduced. 1987 (original range), 1989 (revised range).
Processor. ARM 2 (8 MHz).
RAM. 4 Mb.
ROM. 512 Kb or 2 Mb (containing OS, some system applications and modules, BBC BASIC V).
Operating system. RISC OS 2 (until 1992), RISC OS 3 (1992 onward).
Interfaces.
  • RGB monitor out.
  • Video out.
  • Parallel port.
  • Serial port.
  • Keyboard.
  • Mouse.
  • Four expansion slots.
Monitor. Philips RGB (rebadged as Acorn AKF12).
Drives.
  • 3.5" floppy drive.
  • Rodime 53 Mb ST506 (until 1997), Conner 210 Mb IDE hard drive (after 1997).
Expansion cards.
  • Beebug external disc interface.
  • ICS IDE interface.
Peripherals fitted. Olivetti JP150 inkjet printer.
Software installed (selection).
  • First Word Plus.
  • Acorn Desktop Publisher.
  • Impression II.
  • Genesis.

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Robert McMordie

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