The ADAM is available in two models, the complete system and Expansion Module #3. When the memory console of Expansion Module #3 is connected to the ColecoVision, the two models are essentially identical in function. The unit pictured here is the expasion module #3 (it is shorter than the complete unit). The expansion module #3 uses part of the Colecovision hardware, thus the memory unit doesn't have any cartridge slot, and isn't delivered with any controllers nor TV switch box.
The whole system is made of the daisywheel printer, the memory unit and the keyboard. The power supply is built-in the printer!
The Smart Basic isn't in ROM and has to be loaded from a tape, however there's a little word processor in ROM, this word processor prints the text to the printer at the same time the user types on the keyboard, but can also be used as a classic wordprocessor.
The Adam had a pretty short life, only two years! Despite this there is still a community of Adam fans who still use their system. Nowadays, most Adam users use a 320k 5 1/4 inch disk drive, an external 2400 baud modem, and a 20, 30 or 40 megabyte IDE harddisk. Adams often have memory expanders up to 2 MB in size (which is usually used as a RAM disk), and also a parallel printer (like a bubble jet)!
Greg Bowman reports that he got an external CD drive for his Adam from his uncle who was then Vice President of Coleco. He notices that this CD drive was designed especially for the Adam. If anyone has more information about this CD drive, don't hesitate to mail us.
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Most hyped home computer ever, oh my. The folks who brought you the Cabbage Patch Kids were now bringing you... a useful home computer system! One big box held everything. The big selling point was that it came with a printer -- and the whole shebang would cost $600 -- this at a time when printers alone were more expensive than that. Much more. Especially daisy wheel "full letter quality" printers. Yike. Okay. Well, the price changed to $700 by the time it was released... and the complaints rolled in. The first complaint was that the printer was of low quality and not durable. After a little while, it would start printing letters on a slant. Wow. So, you had to send the printer in for a repair... and in the meantime, you couldn't use your computer system because the power supply was in the printer! Sucked! Also, the system box would give off a nice big magnetic pulse when it was powered up, so if you happened to have your BASIC tape in the drive or sitting on top of the console, it might get corrupted. Sucked! Oh well. There were a few games that came out for the Adam, and you could buy blank tapes too, and it'd play colecovision cartridges. Eventually a disk drive was introduced... but by then it was too late. The home computer format war had split into Commodore 64 / Apple IIe / Atari 800XL. Your local retailer wasn't interested in giving over shelf space to anything else (well, until the Atari ST and Amiga 1000 arrived, and plenty of retailers ignored those two).
I''ve just released the free ColEm 5.1 for Windows and Linux, with the source code for those interested in porting ColEm to other platforms:
http://fms.komkon.org/ColEm/ $ homepage http://fms.komkon.org/ColEm/ColEm51-Windows-bin.zip $ free Windows version http://fms.komkon.org/ColEm/ColEm51-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz $ free Linux version http://fms.komkon.org/ColEm/ColEm51-Source.zip $ portable source code
This release adds configurable global color palette (via ColEm.pal file) and fixes state saving, loading, and rewind for Adam software. I have also added support for more Adam-specific keys. Please note that since Coleco Adam emulation is very new, it may have bugs. If you encounter any problems, or any Adam software that does not run, please, report it here:
ALL CHANGES: * Added Coleco Adam state saving, loading, and rewinding. * Added support for more Coleco Adam keys (see documentation). * Disabled loading disks or tapes with no Adam firmware ROMs. * Added support for default palette file named ColEm.pal. * Now able to supply .PAL filename to -palette parameter. * Changing palette in Windows no longer resets emulation.
I have released ColEm 5.0 for Android, a new version of my Coleco emulator:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id$com.fms.colem $ free version https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id$com.fms.colem.deluxe $ full version, currently on sale
This release is based on the latest Windows/Linux ColEm 5.0, released last week. It finally adds complete Coleco Adam home computer emulation, with keyboard, disk drives, and tapes. Both disk (.DSK) and tape (.DDP) image files are now supported and can be run from the File Selector. The "Settings $ Emulation" screen adds options for Adam emulation and virtual keyboard. Since Adam emulation is still very new, please, let me know if you experience any issues with it. Hopefully, these should be gone in the next few months.
Additionally, the "Change Folder" dialog now contains buttons for all your storage devices, such as SD cards and USB flash drives. To $ a storage device, simply $ "Change Folder" from the File Selector menu, click on your storage device, then click on "Ok". As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning ColEm from the store. You can easily reenable cheats though by downloading this file to your Downloads folder:
ALL CHANGES: * Based on the latest ColEm 5.0 sources. * Coleco Adam emulation is now fully operational. * Added support for Adam disk (.DSK) and tape (.DDP) files. * Added "Settings $ Emulation $ Coleco Adam" option. * Added "Settings $ Emulation $ Coleco Adam Keyboard" option. * Added "Settings $ Emulation $ ColecoVision Keypads" option. * Added list of available storage devices to "Change Folder" dialog. * Added available storage devices to the top row in AndroidTV UI. * Changed message indicating that Android denied a directory listing.
PS: ColEm Deluxe is currently on $2.99 sale for the next few days:
SmartWriter wordprocessor, Smart BASIC delivered on data-pack
Full-stroke keyboard with separated arrow keys, ten command keys and six programmable function keys. 75 keys
Zilog Z80 A
64 kb (25 kb available with Smart Basic), upgradable to 144 kb
40 x 24 / 36 x 24
256 x 192
3 voices, 5 octaves
Cartridge slot (complete system only), RGB video out, 2 x Joystick sockets, expansion port, 2 x ADAMNET port (serial port used to connect printer, digital tapes and keyboard), 3 x card connectors inside the case
BUILT IN MEDIA
1 - Digital data pack reader (real to real magnetic tape encased in a Lexan cassette), 256 KB. There is a room for an optional second one
EOS (Elementary Operating System) / OS-7
Built-in the printer !
Second digital data-pack drive, 5''1/4 disk-drive, modem, 64k RAM expansion