Demo of Atari 1010 Program Recorder

Remember when computers used audio cassettes to store and retrieve data? Yeah, I barely remember myself. So here’s a reminder of what that used to look and sound like. Atari 800 (circa 1979) and a slightly newer 1010 Program Recorder.


  1. MOHAMAD GHOUL on May 1, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Hello gregjcort
    I’m still own ATARI 800XL and was rarely using its 1010 cassette tape recorder. However, I was using MSX computer with optional cassette tape recorder and use more commands on BASIC program to save/load data on tapes.
    CSAVE/CLOAD are on both systems, and MSX included with SAVE/LOAD and BSAVE/BLOAD commands.
    Anyway, it is highly appreciated to meet you and remind the good memories of retrocomputers.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Sincerely yours

  2. Matt McIrvin on May 1, 2021 at 12:51 am

    I had the 410, which was bigger and beiger, styled to match the 400/800 (there were two distinct models of 410; I had the earlier one). Most of these were thinly-disguised audio cassette recorders on the inside, and the 1010 was more compact and stylish than most of them.
    I remember saving programs on cassette to be not just slow but infuriatingly unreliable. I suspect it was because I was using cheap cassettes.
    Unfortunately CSAVE gave you no non-destructive way of verifying a save. If you got the dreaded ERROR – 143, your program was gone. But there was a trick: instead I used the less efficient LIST "C: which saved the text of the program without tokenization. You’d load that back in with ENTER "C: which was functionally like typing the program in from the keyboard, line by line. You could then verify the save by loading it in right over itself, and if the load failed, you’d lose at most one line of code rather than your whole program.

  3. Mr. SEA on May 1, 2021 at 1:02 am

    In 1983, my dad bought an Atari 600xl with a 1010. My dad would have bought me a C64 with floppy drive, but I wanted an Atari. I had a copy of Frogger on cassette…my only game to play for months besides Antic magazine games that I had to type in manually and save.

  4. thark thax on May 1, 2021 at 1:10 am

    great machines the 1010, i fix them regularly. better than the xc12

  5. Ian Vallender on May 1, 2021 at 1:20 am

    I had a couple of atari computers when I was a kid starting with a 600xl shortly upgrading to an 800xl with a 1010xl datasette back then games were cheap £1.99 and £2.99 for budget titles these days they’re £40 to £50 a title shows you how much they’ve gone up in price over time!

  6. Federico Angeloni on May 1, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Hi…i have an atari 1010 but i don’t have the computer for now. It seems to work and i’ve tried to plug it to an ac adapter and seems to move and the red led is on. But i’ve seen that the record button don’t goes down. Is this normal? What test can i do without the computer? thanks

  7. Christopher Nobody on May 1, 2021 at 1:23 am

    this is fucking sweet!!!

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