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09-26-2018 at 08:18 AM
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My Commodore Cables are in!

Cables and Interface finally arrived! Soon ill be having a blast and hopefully setting some recs on Original hardware!!! ... of course I also picked up a 2nd job, so.. now i just need time...

  1. Marco1019's Avatar

    So your setup consists of all original hardware? I ask because I'm hoping to do that down the line and after reading out the power supply, I'd like for my eventual setup to not blow up in my apartment.

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    Original C64

    Original 1702 Monitor

    Original 1541 Floppy Drive .....

    And Original Power Supply :/

    I am gonna be building a power supply soon for it. There are some really easy plans on building them with a 12v WalWart and a USB Charger. Haven't built it yet, but I did check the voltage on my plug and everything seems to be running at the correct levels. Hopefully it will hold out till I can build the new PSU.

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    I just learned of the PS-64 power supply from @ILLSeaBass , I believe. It's not cheap, but I don't have the technical know-how to build one myself. I don't mind investing in such a product.

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    Yah that is a really nice item, but i can build this one for like ~15 bucks lol

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    I...cannot lol, so I'm making a note for future reference!

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  6. onlyinajeep's Avatar

    The original C64 PS has been known to spike on the 5v rail frying chips, not heard of one being a fire hazard. My PS on my breadbin C64 went out killing my C64 a year or so after buying it back in the day. I replaced it with a C64C and its PS was going well until a few years ago, it wouldn't power up with my new Ultimate 1541 installed. Which is when I bought a Ray Carlsen PS.

    There are a few options, US anyways, for new, safe power supplies.

    Ray Carlsen, well regarded in the community for his PS units and his repair knowledge.


    Commodore4ever has a few options, no experience with their PS units but I got his pi1541 hat and its fantastic.

    Kevin Ottum's NuBrick, saw this at VCF-Midwest. Looks nice, no experience, he posts availability on Facebook C64/C128 page every so often. He's from Iowa so they must be good :)



    There are also overvoltage protectors that fit betwixt your PS and C64. Many available, search for C64Saver.

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    Thanks for the info!

    I should have clarified that I was joking about blowing up my apartment...kinda

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    @Marco1019 Outside of the PSU, I also grabbed one of these: C8D Joystick Switcher ... also pricey for what it is, but totally helps with the frustration of switching joysticks and cuts down on the wear/tear of the constant joystick swapping.

    These are the other two items I purchased and work great:

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    Ray Carlsen is also a super nice dude. I was having some issues with my 1702 monitor and sent him an email with a few questions. Dude sent me back an email that was like 10 pages long of specs and different things to try. Really nice guy who has a passion for the c64

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    Quote Originally Posted by onlyinajeep

    The original C64 PS has been known to spike on the 5v rail frying chips, not heard of one being a fire hazard....

    I finished reading "Commodore: A Company on the Edge" about 6 months ago, and remember a short passage regarding Commodore engineers having to visit houses that burnt down due to the original power supplies heating up. There were a number of reports (no a lot of details were given...) of people's curtains and other easily flammable materials igniting because they made contact with those hot ps bricks. I'm sure Atari and other companies had the same issues though. Great read and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to know the origins of Commodore and how the PET, Vic-20 and C64 came to be...

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    Haha, look at that.

    "Adding to Commodore's woes were house fire started by the Commodore 64. Robert Russell saw the results of the fires first hand. 'I had to go do fire investigations as part of my career,' he says. 'It wasn't the VIC-20 so much as the Commodore 64 that I investigated. The Commodore 64 was much worse because the power supply was much more overloaded. It burned down buildings and houses because people had managed to put their draperies over top of the power supply." -- Brian Bagnall, "Commodore: A Company on the Edge"

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    Im totally picking this book up!

  13. onlyinajeep's Avatar

    "Commodore: A Company on the Edge" is part of a trilogy. Mr. Bagnall has released, "Commodore: the Amiga Years" earlier this year and has an upcoming, "Commodore: the Final Years".

    Amiga Years (1984-1987):


    Final Years:


    There is also a very similarly named book by the same author that pre-dates the 'trilogy'. It is pretty much the complete saga in one book.

    "On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore"



    "Commodore: A Company on the Edge" covers to the end of 1983.


    Also a must have for Commodore aficionados is, "The Home Computer Wars: An Insider's Account of Commodore and Jack Tramiel", by Michael Tomcyzk. This one can get pretty pricey, but there is digital 'backup' copies available.

    And be sure to check out the Floppy Days podcast at http://floppydays.libsyn.com/ Randy has an excellent VIC-20 series of episodes that includes interviews with Bagnall and Tomczyk.


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    @onlyinajeep Omg Awesome recommendations. Im literally gonna be checking all this stuff out.

    Ever watch Halt And Catch fire? Based on your source material above, i think you would really like it. I loved it. All about the rise of the Home PC (with some drama and stuff about life) Amazingly done show, and pretty accurate in regards to alot of the tech. (Not perfect, but, sometimes perfect doesn't make for good TV lol)

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