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The C64 (and other 8-bit Commodore machines) thread.

Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade' started by lupin, Nov 8, 2014.

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What 8-bit Commodore machines do you have in your collection?

  1. Commodore KIM-1

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  2. Commodore PET/CBM

    3 vote(s)
    3.0%
  3. Commodore CBM-II (B128/B256/128-80/256-80/500/600/610/700)

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  4. Commodore MAX

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Commodore VIC-20

    14 vote(s)
    14.0%
  6. Commodore 64 (The older brown fat model known as the "Breadbin")

    47 vote(s)
    47.0%
  7. Commodore 64C (The newer beige slim model)

    45 vote(s)
    45.0%
  8. Commodore 64GS

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  9. Commodore SX-64

    6 vote(s)
    6.0%
  10. Commodore Educator 64

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. Commodore 16

    4 vote(s)
    4.0%
  12. Commodore 116 (Cost-reduced version of the C16 sold only in Europe)

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  13. Commodore Plus/4

    7 vote(s)
    7.0%
  14. Commodore 128

    10 vote(s)
    10.0%
  15. Commodore 128D

    9 vote(s)
    9.0%
  16. Commodore 128DCR (Cost-reduced and bug-corrected version of the C128D)

    2 vote(s)
    2.0%
  17. Commodore Prototype/Unreleased (C65/C900/LCD/Other)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. Commodore Emulator - I don't have real Commodore 8-bit machines anymore :(

    19 vote(s)
    19.0%
  19. Commodore Emulator - I've never seen/owned real Commodore 8-bit machines, but wish I did!

    2 vote(s)
    2.0%
  20. Commodore Remake - FPGA or similar modern day implementation

    3 vote(s)
    3.0%
  21. Commodore Candy - I thought Commodore was a car model...?

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    WTF?!

    Did Badmofo include that in the sale? It's like a C64 fire sale! I definitely see no evidence he lives up to his name. It's good to see people willing to pass on gear to those looking for a retro machine to love.
     
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  2. MUTMAN

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    that and more :)
    more goodies to be revealed :)
     
  3. MUTMAN

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    I've been told of some extra super surprise bonus bits on that USB ....

    :cool::cool:

    the only thing badmofo is bad at is being a bad mofo
     
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  4. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    You look like you've got everything you need!

    The 1541 UII+ never came with a quick start guide printed like that. I had to search on the internet.

    Looking forward to seeing it all set up.
     
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  5. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    Vanne, I forgot to mention RGB to VGA issues. The one main deal-breaker is the 15khz vsync from RGB, bit I think they now make an RGB to VGA adapter for the C128, perhaps that would help?

    It's one of the things stopping me from getting a VBXE for my 600XL and achieving hardware 80 columns as well as a few more extras, it only has a 15khz vsync output.
     
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  6. MUTMAN

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    everything except a retro display :wired:
    I've got a retrotink on express delivery via DHL. all going well it gets here next Tuesday ....
    so with some good fortune I'll get this setup in two weekends.

    in the mean time I'll just sit here like Dr Evil patting a C64 cat :)
     
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  7. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    When it comes to retro hardware, it's always the display that ruins the fun! I'm holding onto the 17" Sharp Aquos LCD TV I have here as it'll sync 15khz via svideo - Meaning it works with both my 600XL and C64 if I need it to.
     
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  8. breech

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    Here's an awesome demo that thinks outside the box :D
     
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  9. Vanne

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    Wow!! Absolutely amazing!!!!!
     
  10. MUTMAN

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    the "sound" is going to be hammering that poor old stepper motor.
    I'd be very cautious to run that demo on my own original gear (not that I have a real 1541 :D )
    but very clever use of a peripheral for sure
     
  11. Vanne

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    Yeah quite a few of those stepper motor demos. Prob not the best for it. But that parallax scrolling is pretty awesome!!!

    I can't even do that shit on a normal c64 let alone a freaking floppy drive..lol
     
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  12. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    That is bloody amazing! I'd like to see what could be done using a 1541 with a ramboard expansion. I'd love to see more of the 1541 being used as a coprocessor.

    I'd never hack up my own hardware like that, but what he did there is mind-blowing.

    The SFD 1001 runs dual 6502's with the faster IEEE-488 interface, I wonder what that could do? Although my 1541 running S-JiffyDOS actually has faster data transfer over serial IEC than the parallel IEEE-488 interface.
     
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  13. Vanne

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    Hmm my new c64 was returned to sender due to no commercial invoice included, it was included, but the idiots at DHL Germany couldent find it in the 3 copies of the waybill... Grrrr.... Have to make a new waybill tonight...
     
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    Mind = blown

    To me, this is amiga territory, amazing.
     
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  15. flu!d

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    Check out the loading times in this video using the same Ultimax mode:

     
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  16. MUTMAN

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    that's impressive alrite.
    is it some form of DMA to punch it in so quickly ?
     
  17. flu!d

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    Yep, DMA is bloody quick. In fact, using Ultimax mode you can just bank the memory in the cartridge itself and the C64 will immediately see it. Furthermore, the memory of the C64 itself will effectively be frozen, so you can swap between the memory on the cart or the memory in the C64 itself in an instant.
     
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  18. Alby1976

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    That's insane.

    Between my seizures, there was many a flashback of games thrashed in my early teens.
     
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  19. MUTMAN

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    ive had a quick play with the U1541 cart and it may be doing the same thing/method. insta swaps between whatever is on the C64 and itself
    damm cool
     
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  20. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    That's exactly what it does.

    When you press the button to enter the 1541 UII loader/menu, the 1541 Ultimate II utilizes Ultimax mode to instantly halt the 6510 using the DMA pin on the expansion port and flips memory from the C64's internal memory to the memory on the 1541 Ultimate II.

    So you can invoke the loader from anywhere without loosing the C64's internal state, as soon as you're done making changes or swapping images you press the button again and continue on like nothing has happened. The C64 simply resumes where it left off when the CPU was halted.

    This is something the Atari 8bit line simply can't do, in fact I don't know of any other 8bit machine of the era with such functionality.

    EDIT: So have you got the beast up and running? We need pics!
     
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