Newbie's Guide

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The Newbie's Guide to the Color Computer

So, you've picked up this thing for a couple bucks at the thrift shop and you want to see what it can do. Maybe you have heard rumor of how fun the CoCo is and had to try it out for yourself. Perhaps you had a CoCo years ago and you've forgotten more than you ever knew about it, but you want to reacquaint yourself with a new friend. There is a lot of information available on the Web about the CoCo, but most of it assumes you have at least a baseline of familiarity. This introduction to the Color Computer should help you get started doing simple tasks with the CoCo, and give you the basis for understanding the other information you'll find out there. Let's get started!

First things first:

If you are fortunate enough to have acquired a copy of the manuals that came with the CoCo, you could do a lot worse than to give them a look. Most of the documentation that came with the Color Computer, CoCo peripherals, and CoCo software, was well written and informative, and intended for those who had no prior knowledge of computers. Probably most people who purchased a new CoCo had had little or no contact with computers before stepping into their local Radio Shack.

The Hardware -- What You Need and How to Hook it up.

The Operating Systems -- How to Get Things Done