Computers_With_BASIC_in_ROM / was Re: Texas Instruments CC-40 won't boot

Chris Osborn fozztexx at
Sun May 3 10:27:59 CDT 2015

On May 3, 2015, at 8:18 AM, tony duell <ard at> wrote:

> However, with the Atari 400 and 800 and the Exidy sorceror, the BASIC ROM module was, IIRC, included with the machine in the standard configuration (i.e. if you bought an off-the-shelf boxed version of one of those, you got a BASIC module). Is that really any different from having the ROMs fitted to the main PCB?

It is different because it’s essentially external software that has to be loaded into the computer. If you start including BASIC on a cartridge because it came with the computer then you would have to include computers that included BASIC on a cassette or disk that shipped with the computer.

In many cases where the BASIC software was not on ROM it has been separated from the computer long ago. The list should only include computers that can get into BASIC without requiring any external software to be loaded.

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