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30 Years of MIDI

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30 Years of MIDI

It’s already 30 years ago that the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) was created. MIDI technology is now being used by more than 700 companies in a wide range of devices ranging from electronic keyboards and drum sets to video game consoles and cell phones. To commemorate its birthday, the MIDI Manufacturers Association have displayed […]

Repairing the Commodore 386SX-LT

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Repairing the Commodore 386SX-LT

Recently I acquired a second Commodore 386SX-LT, complete with power-supply, laptop bag and the original disks. The only problem was that it didn’t seem to boot-up anymore: the screen would display the BIOS-screen and then complain that there was no system disk present. My first 386SX-LT had taken a turn for the worse as well, […]

Commodore USA releases a new OS!

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Commodore USA releases a new OS!

A couple of days ago, Commodore USA, best known for their PCs-in-a-Commodore-64-case products have released a free operating system called “Commodore OS Vision“.   The OS is Linux-based and its look is inspired by the Commodore 64 and original Commodore Amiga Workbench GUIs. The GUI (Gnome 2.x) however comes with a modern spin, including several slick graphical effects intended in the first place […]

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Commodore’s “Inner Space” – Revolutions

It seems that 2 missing pieces of my collection have fallen into my lap within the time span of a couple of weeks.  First I was lucky enough to get a hold of the elusive Commodore 64GS (Games System), on which I featured the sequel to the article Commodore’s “Inner Space” – aptly called Commodore’s […]

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Commodore’s “Inner Space” – Reloaded

At the beginning of the year, I wrote an article that highlighted the “Inner Space” of the C64, showing the different models and their respective mainboards. One of the models missing in the overview was the C64GS, because quite simply, it wasn’t in my collection. Sure enough, from time to time these Commodore consoles show up […]

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Connecting a TTL monitor to the C64

If you used the C64 or C128 for professional purposes, working on a small black-and-white or color TV screen was quite tiring for the eyes.  The solution would have been to go out and purchase a nice Commodore monitor like the 1084S, but the downside to this was that it would have set you back […]

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How the C128 was incompatible… with the C128

After my articles on the “inner space” of the C64 models and the MAX Machine, I thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look at the C128s and see how the 3 different models (C128, C128D and C128DCR) are similar, or rather quite different from each other.  Digging deeper into the […]

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Running CP/M on the C64

The idea of running the multitude of CP/M software on your Commodore surely was one of the drivers for people to invest in the C128. But what about that obscure CP/M cartridge, containing of course the Z80 CPU (running at 3MHz), that Commodore released for the C64 in 1983?  Did this introduce CP/M for the […]

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The odd one out… the MAX Machine

Since my article on “Commodore’s Inner Space” – all about the interals of the C64 models – I have been opening up some more Commodore computers (so expect some more on this in the near future).  In this article already, the MAX Machine as it’s closely related to the C64. In 1982 Commodore introduced the MAX Machine […]

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Commodore’s “Inner Space”

No other computer has achieved the cult status the Commodore C64 has.  Its sales totaled 17 million units, making it the best-selling single personal computer model of all time, and it was the machine that got many of us interested and involved in the whole IT industry. Whereas most of us have used it to […]