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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. MUTMAN

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    yer seems a unique feature. some neat tricks in these old micros :)

    it was a sneaky run for 5 minutes on the big old plasma. dont want burn-in on this (just yet) so very limited action right now.
    the retrotink is in the house, but havent even pluged it in yet ..... busy busy busy with work and home right now, and basically brain mush in the evenings ...
    hopefully some sweet 8 bit action this weekend. fingers crossed :)
    I'll get my work pc out of the house and back in the office, and then things will be better soon
     
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  2. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    The Another World intro ported to the C64. Quite impressive for an old 8bit machine.

    Sadly I can't get Open Camera perfectly synced to a 50Hz CRT so there is a rolling scan line through the video. It's also difficult filming CRT's as they tend to bloom, which washes out detail. I can assure you, the character does have a face!

     
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  3. breech

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    instant classic.
     
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  4. Vanne

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    Box rocked up today from Germany..

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    Keyboard could use some retro brighten, and the CBM logo has a few marks on it, but it's in okay nick. No idea if it boots up yet... I opened it up as there was a loose ide screw in there, but looked okay upon inspection...

    All chips are socketed and have heat sinks on them. Haven't gone so far as to see if the proper Sid is in there or the opla.

    The RGB board looks like a very neat install..
     

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  5. MUTMAN

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    awesome Vanne :thumbup:
     
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  6. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    Looks good Vanne. The old C64's aren't getting any younger, half the fun is the restoration. Although by the looks of things it looks like a pretty clean machine.

    I'm really interested to see how that RGB board works out.
     
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  7. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    I've been playing with my drive thoroughput again, I wondered what the result would be if I combined the Action Replay V6 fast loader with the S-JiffyDOS ROM. The results speak for themselves.

    The only problem is I can't maintain my JiffyDOS commands, and while I used to use an Action Replay IV cart in the day, I by far prefer the JiffyDOS commands now that I've experienced them:

    S-JiffyDOS ROM:

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    S-JiffyDOS ROM with Action Replay V6.0:

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  8. MUTMAN

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    1. got computer. check
    2. run benchmarks. check
    3. amd or intel. wtf, this is retro buddy
     
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  9. Vanne

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    Kung Fu Flash cart arrived..
     
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  10. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    You notice the difference on these old machines, I find the results interesting as I never thought I'd see the venerable 1541 achieve such data transfer speeds and changing ROM's is just so easy with the 1541 Ultimate II series of devices.

    I've never used a Kung Fu Flash, I wonder if it's like the BackBit? You'll have to show us how it works.
     
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  11. Vanne

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    Will do mate, as soon as i get around to it, havent even plugged the 64 in yet, the house looks like a bombs gone off with car parts inside the lower levels.. Missus and kids away in brissy for the summer, so had to get cracking on some of the jobs ive been putting off for yonks.

    Might see if i can boot up the c64 tonight...
     
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  12. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    They're away for the summer?!

    That's amazingly awesome, you lucky bastard. I'd have car parts, computer parts and pizza everywhere!

    Enjoy my friend.
     
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  14. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    That's been there for a while, originally the price was far higher than that. Thanks to that machine the C64 has Ultimax mode, which is awesome.
     
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  15. bester

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    Seems a new Ultimate-64 firmware was released today (3.10 / Core 1.41 - Dated: 2021-07-24).

    Good to see it still supports the Ultimate-II non plus version (I installed it on mine), although I do have a plus in the post from Gideon but it's taking forever to arrive.

    Anyway this gave me an excuse to play around with my C64 today, in addition to the crap weather and lockdown in Adelaide.
     
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  16. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    Yep, I applied the update. A word of warning: All the utility cartridge images that came with the 1541 Ultimate products will be wiped. Apparently there is a new feature, which is good, that allows you to add your own images into the new /flash/carts folder to run on boot - The bad news is the old cart images are no longer supplied.

    It sounds like a copyright issue although all on the 1541 Ultimate team are staying tight lipped about it, it's like a Donald Trump campaign - They're trying to sell the benefits.

    However, I have to say, there are two huge benefits. Number one: You can now emulate the 1571 drive, allowing you to mount and load .D71 images. Number two: You can also emulate a 1581 drive, allowing you to mount and run .D81 images - I think I read that even MFM formats are supported (not sure if this is limited to the C128 or not). There's also a cool 'drive mounting' sound and the 1571/1581 drives have a unique sound that's really cool.

    I downloaded the 1571 and 1581 JiffyDOS ROM's and applied them. I also managed to find .CRT images of all my Action Replay carts and the Final Cartridge III, so I'm satisfied. It's still a bit of a swiftie to pull on the community however...

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    A quick demo of 1581 drive emulation mounting and running a .D81 file.

     
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  17. bester

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    Yes I noticed that, for a moment I thought something was wrong after the flash lol. I run JiffyDOS on my C64 Reloaded MK2 and 1541 Ultimate-II, so I have now licensed the 1571/1581 ROMs in advance of my plus arriving from Gideon.
     
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  18. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    I'll have to do some more testing, but running JiffyDOS ROM's the 1581 emulation seems pretty quick. Possibly faster than the emulated 1541 running an S-JiffyDOS ROM.
     
  19. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    OK, so after much complaining, if you download the archived update now it comes with an extra folder called 'carts', all the cart images are in there. Much better.

    Damn the 1581's fast, far faster than the 1541 running S-JiffyDOS ROM's:

    1541 S-JiffyDOS:

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    1581 running JiffyDOS:

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  20. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    I haven't been able to play The Last Ninja for the longest time, the controls just wouldn't work right and I had no idea why.

    Anyway, last night I was browsing CSDB and I came across The Last Ninja Remix, I was looking for EasyFlash CRT images that really pushed the limits of Ultimax mode and this was one of the games that did so. I download the game, FTP the game to the corresponding folder on my C64 and fire it up, only to find the controls are still buggered!

    This really pissed me off, so I went on a mission trying to work out what the issue could be. As it turns out, you can't play The Last Ninja with a Commodore 1351 mouse plugged onto controller port 1! As soon as I unplugged the mouse everything worked fine.

    Such a good game, such an awesome soundtrack!

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