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What were the Apple II artifact colors?

The Apple II outputs a video signal that is close enough to NTSC specifications that composite monitors will attempt to display color, but deviates in ways that monitors are not particularly designed ...
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Did using a PAL display mode for Amiga Workbench slow down an NTSC machine?

Because PAL output needs to shove more data (roughly 25% more) out to the screen, it accesses chip memory longer than in NTSC mode - does this, however, more rarely (50 times/s instead of 60 times). ...
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Why was the VIC-II restricted to a hard-coded palette?

Analog output on TV was a messy process. Back in the early days of Homecomputing, electronics were not as exact as today. Nowhere you could difference on a cheap tv 16 mio. colors (256 brightness ...
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Why was the VIC-II restricted to a hard-coded palette?

While I would doubt that a 16x8 ROM would be cheaper than an 8-bit register or even four of them (which is probably why the Atari 2600 allows a wide range of colors, but leaves me puzzled at the SID ...
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Why was the VIC-II restricted to a hard-coded palette?

We can of course only guess why, but with a fixed palette, it only needs to implement the circuits you need to get the 16 predesigned colors based on the color index. Cheaper, faster, and they were ...
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