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View Poll Results: What 8-bit Commodore machines do you have in your collection?
Commodore KIM-1 0 0%
Commodore PET/CBM 2 4.00%
Commodore CBM-II (B128/B256/128-80/256-80/500/600/610/700) 0 0%
Commodore MAX 0 0%
Commodore VIC-20 8 16.00%
Commodore 64 (The older brown fat model known as the "Breadbin") 28 56.00%
Commodore 64C (The newer beige slim model) 23 46.00%
Commodore 64GS 0 0%
Commodore SX-64 3 6.00%
Commodore Educator 64 0 0%
Commodore 16 3 6.00%
Commodore 116 (Cost-reduced version of the C16 sold only in Europe) 1 2.00%
Commodore Plus/4 4 8.00%
Commodore 128 7 14.00%
Commodore 128D 5 10.00%
Commodore 128DCR (Cost-reduced and bug-corrected version of the C128D) 2 4.00%
Commodore Prototype/Unreleased (C65/C900/LCD/Other) 0 0%
Commodore Emulator - I don't have real Commodore 8-bit machines anymore 8 16.00%
Commodore Emulator - I've never seen/owned real Commodore 8-bit machines, but wish I did! 1 2.00%
Commodore Candy - I thought Commodore was a car model...? 1 2.00%
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Old 8th November 2014, 8:05 AM   #1
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Default The C64 (and other 8-bit Commodore machines) thread.

Well it must be time for the ultimate C64 / 128 thread.

So here it is the C64 / 128 thread.

Discuss what ever you like and feel free to share your collection and rare items.

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Old 10th November 2014, 8:15 AM   #2
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I loved it. So much memories in the 80s at families and friends house when playing the Commodore 64.

-Always thought the music was the best on it. IK+ and The Last Ninja Tunes
-Loved Ghouls and ghost from Capcom
-Loved the DEMO load screens "Cracked by xxxxx" Really show cased the talents
-I played Wonderboy on it when it was still popular in the arcades. My eyes were tired and sore lol
-Use to copy the tape based games using a standard double deck tape player. Sometime it worked. Sometime it didnt.
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Old 10th November 2014, 8:16 AM   #3
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Atari 800XL > C64
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Old 10th November 2014, 12:49 PM   #4
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Supidly for me at some stage in my early 20's I sold everything I had for my C64. 20 years later its taken me awhile to get it all back again.



It does run Jiffy DOS now and I use a SD2IEC instead of the floppy and tapes, but I still get on it at least once a week for a bit of action.

I have a few C64C's as spare parts as you never know when something will fail.
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The C64 didn't have stereo did it?

If so you should run the Amiga on the 1084S and the C64 on the 1084.

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Can someone give me a rundown of the cases that were available for these?

From what I gather:
- the standard C64 that I know of with mainboard and keyboard integrated into the chassis is the "breadbin" case, and shared some or all of its design with the earlier Commodore VIC-20
- what other cases did the C64 come in? Wikipedia says there were some different models in the family, but was there a desktop or tower case? Going purely by WP, I think the other case for the "C64" was the C64C
- the two images of the C128 on WP are an updated integrated-keyboard model and the "C128D", a desktop model - was that it for the C128?

Commodore apparently was known for shoving whatever boards they had into whatever cases they had and reusing physical designs between computer generations, so I'm sure there's some weird variants.

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What no love for the Plus/4??

It was the only Commodore we owned back then. Pain in the ass to find games for but what games I did have were a blast to play. Even dabbled in a little bit of BASIC programming and started writing a text based adventure game.

May not have been that powerful but you got to admit that jet black case is 80's cool.
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Old 10th November 2014, 2:57 PM   #8
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The C64 didn't have stereo did it?

If so you should run the Amiga on the 1084S and the C64 on the 1084.

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Both plugged into a receiver in the cupboard.
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Both plugged into a receiver in the cupboard.
Had a feeling you might have been doing that, I ran my A500 through a stereo system back in the day for big stereo sound - ah the memories.
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I remember sticking bits of wire with match sticks to hold them in the din plug of the C64 to get an output to my stereo. It was the shit.
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Can someone give me a rundown of the cases that were available for these?

From what I gather:
- the standard C64 that I know of with mainboard and keyboard integrated into the chassis is the "breadbin" case, and shared some or all of its design with the earlier Commodore VIC-20
- what other cases did the C64 come in? Wikipedia says there were some different models in the family, but was there a desktop or tower case? Going purely by WP, I think the other case for the "C64" was the C64C
- the two images of the C128 on WP are an updated integrated-keyboard model and the "C128D", a desktop model - was that it for the C128?.
There were quite a few and I'm by no means an expert but as I understand it the list as far as what came first is as follows.

Commodore 64 (breadbin model looks like the vic20)
Commodore 128 (retains compatibility with C64 software)
Commodore 64C (looks similar to C128 but improvements of heat dissipation and reliability of drives with 1541-II etc, not the best SID chip?)
Commodore 128D (had either a plastic or metal case with an external keyboard, thinner but similar in style to early desktop cases but never saw a commodore tower)

Other models that I'm aware of but haven't played with and not sure when they were released in the greater timeline

Commodore SX64 ("portable")
Commodore 16
Commodore Plus/4
Commodore Amiga (many, many models )

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forgot the C64GS, anyone have one?
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Nice Impossible Mission quote

Anyone know what's the best emulator?

So many good memories. Wouldn't mind revisiting them.

Bruce Lee, The Last Ninja, Summer Games, Stake or Die, Commando, Leaderboard Golf, Gunship, Pitstop, Racing Destruction Set, and the list goes on and on.........
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I like the look of this. There are a few things on tape that I play via emulation.

http://www.indieretronews.com/2014/1...2iec-with.html

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Old 20th November 2014, 6:43 PM   #15
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New C64 PSU thingy. Takes a 9V AC and a 5V DC plugpack and brings it all together.

The C64 side cord and the logo on the top were salvaged from one of those resin filled Commodore 64 Power Supplies.


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I added some hot glue in there after taking the photos The capacitor is a low ESR variety 470uf 16V plus a ceramic 100nf. Together these should provide some useful extra power filtering. The low ESR cap should also present a short circuit if someone connects the 5v up with the polarity reversed and blow the fuse.

I put this in the 'what retro activity' thread before I noticed the C64 thread. Good idea Lupin. EDIT: Other post deleted.

Further EDIT: Lupin the 1541 Ultimate II has tape emulation and actually mounts a full floppy in an emulated floppy drive of your choice! It also mounts .crt cartridge files. Absolutely excellent product. I have the tape cable but have not used it yet.

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