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Pi in a Commodore



  • @madrikxiv Just to make it worse, they sell other versions for Ti99/4A, BBC Micro, Sinclair Spectrum and Commodore Amiga. I was most interested in the Commodore 64/VIC20 one as a VIC 20 was my first computer - with tape drive and a multi-expansion slot card that allowed me to have 3 cards attached, allowing me a massive 24K or RAM and the extended Basic which had actual graphics commands!

    If you are in the US, there are quite a few Vic-20's available on E-Bay listed as untested, which I interpret as "tested but I know it doesn't work". Goodwill also has a few on their e-bidding site too. I was looking for some advice on the interface before I started bidding.



  • @douga there is solder holes for the usb. You can use add a pin connector to those holes if you preferred.



  • @edmaul69 Even better! Thanks.



  • @MadRikXIV can I tempt you a bit further? I was digging around and found that If you want to use the keyrah2 with a C64, you can even buy a mounting kit to fit it plus a Pi in a breadboard Case :-)

    https://corei64.com/store/products.php?14&cPath=19

    Can’t get much easier than that!



  • @douga @MadRikXIV there is one thing i recommend doing. When you mount the keyrah and the metal plate, hot glue the metal plate to the case on the inside. The keyrah is supported by only two screw holes and the joystick ports are really tight. My screw holes were brittle and ended up cracking them trying to plug a controller in. So i had to glue them back together. Then i hot-glued the plate to the case.



  • @edmaul69 that sounds like good advice. I’m sure those cases must be brittle after all those years. I’m not sure how I will mount my cards, as even though the keyrah works with the Vic 20 keyboard, it is really designed for C64 configurations - 2 joystick ports rather than one, for example. Anyway, I need to find a suitable donor computer before I worry about that.



  • @douga said in Pi in a Commodore:

    @madrikxiv Just to make it worse, they sell other versions for Ti99/4A, BBC Micro, Sinclair Spectrum and Commodore Amiga. I was most interested in the Commodore 64/VIC20 one as a VIC 20 was my first computer - with tape drive and a multi-expansion slot card that allowed me to have 3 cards attached, allowing me a massive 24K or RAM and the extended Basic which had actual graphics commands!

    If you are in the US, there are quite a few Vic-20's available on E-Bay listed as untested, which I interpret as "tested but I know it doesn't work". Goodwill also has a few on their e-bidding site too. I was looking for some advice on the interface before I started bidding.

    Unfortunately, I'm in the UK, been looking through E-Bay, even faulty and untested are going for $40+.

    May look at a Vic, spray paint it beige.

    Already have a modified Amiga, with a Compact Flash Hard Drive and USB flopy drive I put together some time ago with WHDLoad.



  • @madrikxiv That's about the cheapest they seem to go for here in the US too. I will probably get one through the Goodwill auction site, which is a charity, so at least my cash goes to something useful



  • @douga just be aware, goodwill packs items really really bad. And they refuse to give refunds.



  • @edmaul69 Great :-( Thanks for the warning


 

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