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Posted: 6 Days 4 Hours ago by: DAVE DRUMFascinating video that one of my old customers sent to me. Well worth the time spent watching and appreciating. https://youtu.be/lP2ZBp9O0mk ENJOY!!!
Posted: 6 Days 18 Hours ago by: Robert BernardoHappy May, SCCANers! The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, May 21, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant 19662 Nordhoff Street Northridge, California (818) 407-94
Posted: 10 Days 6 Hours ago by: Robert RolandThe most useful tool for troubleshooting a black screen C64, is the Dead Test Cartridge. Note that a black screen and a blank screen are fundamentally different. Throwing parts at it is a lottery. If you want to continue the lottery, th
Posted: 10 Days 7 Hours ago by: Andreas KohlbachIf there are no other solution I recommend Adrian's Digital Basement on Youtube. He appears to be a specialist when it comes to the C64 - and I remember he had to deal with a lot of "black screeners" and always found the culprit. Neithe
Posted: 10 Days 12 Hours ago by: KenzoOne book I have says a bad 6502 can also cause a black screen. I guess the moral of your story is you really have to troubleshoot electrically, just replacing arbitrary chips is not guaranteed to solve the problem. I have the documentati
Posted: 10 Days 15 Hours ago by: phiganI'm really liking this thread. Just wanted to chime in that I too have a C64 that powers on with just a black screen. I tried changing out the VIC and that made no difference. Even tested the original as well as relacement VICs in a know
Posted: 11 Days 11 Hours ago by: Paul FörsterHi Robert, On 08. May, 2022 at 13:44:25 CEST, "Robert Roland" <email@example.com> wrote: I don't know if it always sits in a socket. If so, the easier is it to take care of it. Sometimes it also helps to check the soldering of either the so
Posted: 12 Days 2 Hours ago by: Robert BernardoThe BIT-C-128 Video Dac http://www.bit-c128.com/ Truly, Robert Bernardo Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan June 25-26 Commodor
Posted: 12 Days 20 Hours ago by: ClockyCool! There are many facebook groups for retro computers generally and of course a lot of Commodore specific ones. If you're not on facebook consider joining up as there is a lot more traffic than there is here. Happy retirement :-)
Posted: 13 Days ago by: Andreas KohlbachI use the VICE emulator to emulate some of the Commodore 8bit family computers on a modern Linux PC connected via HDMI, including the C128. Just tested: The resolution doesn't changes. But looks like a C128. Starting DOSBOX, there the re
Posted: 13 Days 5 Hours ago by: Ron L.I picked up a RGBtoHDMI from TexElec (https://texelec.com/product/rgbtohdmi-ttl/) for a different project. But I tested this out on my C128 and HDMI monitor and it worked great. Just remember that the 80 RGB connector on the C128 only w
Posted: 13 Days 9 Hours ago by: KenzoI don't want to buy a CRT for many reasons. So I am stuck with composite, VGA, and HDMI led monitors. Is there any way to get high quality 80 columns from a C128 into those types of monitors? What is the recommended way to get the best v
Posted: 13 Days 23 Hours ago by: Robert BernardoHappy Mother’s Day, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 1:30+ p.m., Sunday, May 15, at Panera Bread Restaurant 3590 W Shaw Ave. (corner of W. Shaw Ave. and Marty Ave.)
Posted: 15 Days 5 Hours ago by: KenzoThanks, I ordered a zoomfloppy today. Regarding the 1571 I should just replace the linear power supply with an SMPS. If the fuse is blown there must have been a reason. There is a meanwell that is a good match. And there are 4 electrolyt
Posted: 15 Days 5 Hours ago by: Robert RolandIt is likely that the power supply has failed. The 1571 has a very simple linear power supply. It should be easy to fix. There is even a fuse, winch needs checking. Also, the solder joints for the transformer can crack. The transforme
Posted: 15 Days 6 Hours ago by: Robert RolandI have a Zoomfloppy. I definitely recommend it. The accompanying software (OpenCBM) does not provide a GUI, but there are 3rd party solutions available for free. I use cbm-transfer.
Posted: 15 Days 6 Hours ago by: Ron L.Ya, if you run something like a fast loader that reprogams the disk drive, an SD2IEC won't work. The problem with both the SD2IECs and Pi1541s are they usually amateur-made. So quality and features will differ between them. I started w
Posted: 15 Days 8 Hours ago by: xxxxYou should try Pi1541 is much compatible than SDIEC
Posted: 15 Days 9 Hours ago by: KenzoZoomfloppy? Looks great for converting physical floppies to D64 copies in windows and reverse?
Posted: 15 Days 13 Hours ago by: Kenzoright, i misspoke about 1571, it is the first version and uses just iec power cord. but it won't power up. I have book on trouble shooting and repairing C64, but since I now have three working 128s, fixing the C64 work will be on back bu
Posted: 15 Days 15 Hours ago by: Robert RolandFrom what I understand, the VIC2 is always in a socket. It is, however, likely to be one of those cheap single-wipe types which are notorious for having bad connections.
Posted: 15 Days 15 Hours ago by: Robert RolandWait. What? The 1571 has a built-in power supply. It is powered directly from the mains wall socket. You didn't plug the power supply into one of the IEC ports, did you?
Posted: 15 Days 21 Hours ago by: Paul FörsterHi Kenzo, On 08. May, 2022 at 05:57:00 CEST, "Kenzo" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: I'm not sure that you can use a 1541-II power supply with a 1571. I'd do some research before trying that because a bad power supply can not only not power
Posted: 15 Days 23 Hours ago by: Kenzothanks paul, I also tried a commodore serial cable but still no luck for the first 1541 I tried. I had 3 other drives in storage which I retrieved and tested. A 1571, 1541, and 1541 II. The 1571 won't power up but using the same power
Posted: 16 Days 15 Hours ago by: Paul FörsterHi Kenzo, On 07. May, 2022 at 00:06:36 CEST, "Kenzo" <email@example.com> wrote: The usual suspects are: 1. Bad power supply of the external drive. 2. If you have a 128D, you may have a drive number conflict. The internal drive is #8.
Posted: 16 Days 15 Hours ago by: Paul FörsterHi Andreas, On 07. May, 2022 at 01:20:18 CEST, "Andreas Kohlbach" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: yes, I highly recommend both, the SD2IEC solution to replace a physical drive, and VICE for emulation. If you use a Mac, there's also VirtualC6
Posted: 17 Days 3 Hours ago by: Andreas KohlbachI should have a look at SD2IEC. Would had recommended VICE, which emulated the C128, C64, PET, VIC-20... And accepts .d64 files among others.
Posted: 17 Days 4 Hours ago by: KenzoSo my physical 1541 prevents the C128 from completing boot up when the drive is powered on and serial cable connected. If I kill the power to the drive while the 128 boot up is hung, the 128 completes booting. Same if I disconnect the se
Posted: 17 Days 7 Hours ago by: Paul FörsterHi, On 06. May, 2022 at 09:54:55 CEST, "Daniel Path" <Daniel Path> wrote: I second that. I love my SD2IEC. 👍 Cheers Paul
Posted: 17 Days 12 Hours ago by: KenzoCan anyone recommend the preferred drive emulator for making use of .d64 files? I want to run the .d64 files on my 128 after I have downloaded onto my windows PC. I see various hardware on the Bay but not sure which will work on a 128 in ei
Posted: 17 Days 19 Hours ago by: Daniel PathHello Kenzo, 06 May 22 07:56, you wrote to All: SD2IEC works perfectly with a c128, but i think any other device will do. :) Regards, -- dp
Posted: 17 Days 22 Hours ago by: KenzoI did have an aftermarket power supply, with cables attached to either power 128 or a 64. The first 128 I tried powered up no problems and composite video screen looks very sharp. I will try GEOS 128, and the 512k memory cartridge, and G
Posted: 19 Days 20 Hours ago by: ClockyNeh, just don't just a genuine C64 brick of death or at least use a power saver. If you're determined to use an original brick do measure voltages first, they are notorious for failing and taking out the computer.
Posted: 19 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert BernardoPart 2 of the biggest C= group gathered in years! The 12 Commodore engineers and employees discuss their remembrances of working at Commodore Business Machines -- Andy Finkel, Al Charpentier, Benny Pruden, Bil Herd, Bob Russell, Carl S
Posted: 20 Days 22 Hours ago by: Robert BernardoHere it is... the main event! The biggest C= group gathered in years, 12 Commodore engineers and employees to discuss their remembrances of working at Commodore Business Machines. Andy Finkel, Al Charpentier, Benny Pruden, Bil Herd,
Posted: 21 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert BernardoCommodore engineers Dave Haynie and Andy Finkel talk about Amiga computer development, telling the story from 1984 and then going throughout the years. Go to Haynie and Finkel - VCFE 2022 https://youtu.be/EGDt4aaeUQM Trul
Posted: 22 Days 21 Hours ago by: Robert BernardoThis VCF East video has Commodore engineers Bil Herd and Albert Charpentier talking about the C= computers of 1977 to 1985. Go to https://youtu.be/FwYb1sXqylI Truly, Robert Bernardo Fresno Commodore Use
Posted: 23 Days 23 Hours ago by: Robert BernardoAnother video, this time of Neil Harris as he talks about his experiences working at CBM and about Jack Tramiel. Harris of CBM - VCFE 2022 https://youtu.be/AAkBBuxh43w Back in California, Robert Bernardo Fresno C
Posted: 23 Days 23 Hours ago by: bernardoone@netzero.Another video, this time of Neil Harris as he talks about his experiences working at CBM and about Jack Tramiel. Harris of CBM - VCFE 2022 https://youtu.be/AAkBBuxh43w Back in California, Robert Bernardo Fresno C
Posted: 24 Days ago by: Kenzothanks to all, very helpful!
Posted: 24 Days 19 Hours ago by: Anssi SaariI especially seem to remember the old US C64 power supply can produce quite high voltage ripple and that can damage the computer. So testing the output with a scope would make sense to me.
Posted: 25 Days ago by: Computer Nerd KevActually the extra ripple resulting from the voltage from the transformer being under the value of the voltage regulator could possibly be a problem with the electronics in the computers due to capacitors causing different voltages to exi
Posted: 25 Days 3 Hours ago by: Robert BernardoSome more videos have been posted! See McGann and his C64 emulator - VCFE 2022 https://youtu.be/8GpPacpNSAU Grip and Reverse engineering the C128 - VCFE 2022 https://youtu.be/XirYtA7aNao Back in California, Ro
Posted: 25 Days 3 Hours ago by: bernardoone@netzero.Some more videos have been posted! See McGann and his C64 emulator - VCFE 2022 https://youtu.be/8GpPacpNSAU Grip and Reverse engineering the C128 - VCFE 2022 https://youtu.be/XirYtA7aNao Back in California, Ro
Posted: 25 Days 3 Hours ago by: Computer Nerd KevIt should be OK so long as you don't connect any externally-powered accessories such as a disk drive when they're under test, in which case the voltage difference between the different devices could cause damage in various ways. Usually
Posted: 25 Days 9 Hours ago by: KenzoI am bringing out of storage - not counting the actual computers - probably 5 large boxes of Commodore 128 and 64 hardware accessories, software, books. Collected mostly from the Bay over the past 20 years. For the 128 and 64 computers, s
Posted: 26 Days ago by: Robert BernardoMy first 2 videos from the April 22-24 Vintage Computer Festival East 2022 have posted. See Stout and PC tools for C64 programming - VCFE 2022 https://youtu.be/nQTs_q8IkX4 Reinauer and the ReA4091 board - VCFE 2022 https://youtu.b
Posted: 29 Days 12 Hours ago by: Jim BrainThanks for maintaining the list. I am fully aware of the amount of work it takes :-)
Posted: 29 Days 22 Hours ago by: Daniel PATH//Hello MikeS,// on *23.04.22* at *9:17:55* You wrote in area *CBM* to *Bo Zimmerman* about *"Re: Canonical List of Commodore Products"*. +1 :) thanks Bo! Regards, Daniel PATH
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