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Commodore CBM 4008

April 5th, 2016 No comments
Commodore CBM 4008

The Commodore PET 4000 series features Basic 4.0 as a standard feature, along with more memory and a lower price that made them attractive to schools.

Elementary, Middle, and High Schools all over Canada and the United States were filled with these impressive lumbering beasts. Introducing children far and wide to the wonders of BASIC programming. Another lesson taught was the importance of patience, since many schools provided only a tape datasette for loading and saving work.

Like the other models of PET, the 4000 series includes dual datasette ports, though only one is exposed to the outside of the casing. A standard IEEE-488 interface in the back allows the PET to connect to the numerous (and heavy) disk drives and printers being produced by Commodore and other manufacturers.

The PET also has a fully programmable bi-directional parallel interface called the “User” port, which allows the PET to connect and control almost any device one could dream up! The greatest feature, however, is the friendly READY prompt, and the well-laid out keyboard with graphic characters only a keypress away! Pictured here is the PET 4016.

Interestingly, although Commodore provided 8, 16, and 32k versions of their PET 2001 and 3001 series, they had a hard time getting people to purchase higher memory versions as an upgrade. It seemed that people were soldering in their own memory chips onto PET 2001 and 3001 8k and 16k models to upgrade them to 32k. To help prevent this, Commodore sold many PET 4008 and PET 4016 models with the empty memory sockets punched out and destroyed! This encouraged those who wanted more memory to upgrade to the 4032 instead of doing it themselves.



C4CPC cartridge replacement for the Amstrad Plus range & GX4000

April 5th, 2016 1 comment
C4CPC cartridge replacement for the Amstrad Plus range and the GX4000

C4CPC is a cartridge replacement for the Amstrad Plus range and the GX4000.

Using a micro-SD card storing cartridge images it also allows direct loading of the cartridge from a PC (Windows/Linux/OSX) through USB.


  • Direct access to 16 cartridges selected by dip switches. Cartridge can be up to 512kB.
  • Access to unlimited number of cartridge images using the provided selector cartridge.
  • Direct cartridge loading from host computer using USB.
  • Cartridge file can be in standard .cpr format or raw binary .bin
  • Integrated ACID.


Download: C4CPC GX4000 microSD Games & Demos (587)


Commodore VIC-20 Repair

April 5th, 2016 No comments
Commodore VIC-20 Repair


  • Black screen.

Replaced parts:

  • Soldered a 24-pin IC socket.
  • Replaced 1 x 901486-07 KERNEL ROM (UE12)

Gallery of the repairing:

Commodore SX-64 USA (NTSC) – Repairing and Cleaning

April 5th, 2016 1 comment
Commodore SX-64 (USA)

A big disappointing this Commodore SX-64 USA purchased for spare parts to fix aesthetically one of my SX-64 PAL.

Why disappointing? because from the photo’s looked in a very bad shape, rust stains, various diseases and not working.

Conversely after removed the shit from the external case, replaced the booring PLA (906114), general cleaning + keyboard / Floppy Drive test and replaced one keyboard lock, the SX-64 is fully working and aesthetically in good condition.

Now i have for myself four SX-64 where the fourth is NTSC/USA, but honestly i was not looking for the USA version.

I am really unlucky :D

Gallery of the cleaning and repairing:

C64 Big Game Pack: Alone Against the BSE9 +6T / QWAK +3F …

April 4th, 2016 No comments

Some new games or tools (Cracked / Trained or Unrealeased) for Commodore 64 have been released from your favorites groups.


  • Speeding on the A 81 +7
  • Speeding on the A 81 + Bonus
  • Slime Deluxe +3
  • Lazarian +3DGH
  • Fire-Drill +H
  • Pirati +2DT
  • Petaco´5
  • Mini-Penetrator +3HT
  • Sheepoid – Frozen in Time +4DF
  • Sheepoid – Frozen in Time
  • Slider Session
  • Kill the Bit
  • Frogger II – Three Deep +4D
  • Castle of Life +3DT
  • West +2DT
  • It’s Magic 2 +4PI
  • Movement Basic
  • Shockway Rider +6DGH
  • Pothole Percy +3D
  • Buttonpress
  • Chopper Hunt +3
  • Heathcliff +DGMF
  • Ring on a String [16kb cartridge]
  • Slime Deluxe [16kb cartridge]
  • T.H.E.A. [16kb cartridge]
  • Alienator [16kb cartridge]
  • Vortex Crystals [16kb cartridge]
  • Pickle’s Pod Patrol [16kb cartridge]
  • Icicle Race [16kb cartridge]
  • Platman [16kb cartridge]
  • Bug Hunt [16kb cartridge]
  • QWAK [16kb cartridge]
  • Blap ‘n Bash Revisited [16kb cartridge]
  • Platman +4
  • Pickle’s Pod Patrol +4H
  • Night of the Valkyrie [seuck]
  • Ring on a String
  • Platman +2H
  • Icicle Race +2
  • QWAK +3F
  • Bug Hunt +1H
  • Blap ‘n Bash Revisited +5HD
  • Alienator +4HF
  • Vortex Crystals +9HD
  • T.H.E.A. +2D
  • Ring on a String +
  • Alone Against the BSE9 +6T

Download: All Games in One Archive (1163)


Revision 2016 – C64 Party results

March 29th, 2016 No comments

This is the official demo party results from Revision 2016 (Top 3 Entries only). See also the CSDB Revision 2016 section for more informations.

C64 4K Intro:

  • 1 – The Best Intro Ever by Razor 1911.

Mixed Graphics:

  • 6 – Vote EvilBot by Laxity.

Mixed Music:

  • 4 – 8-bitburgers by Panda Design.
  • 5 – A Computer in My Backpack by Lft.
  • 9 – Remembrance by Genesis Project.

Mixed Demo:

  • 1 – We Are Demo by Fairlight, Noice, Offence.
  • 6 – Watch My Balls in Action! by Singular.
  • 7 – Decrunch 2016 Invite by DreamWeb.

Download: Revision 2016 Party stuff (569)


CBMXfer v0.41.1 (Front-End for CBM4Win/CBMLink/ZoomFloppy)

March 17th, 2016 No comments

CBMXfer is a front-end to several command-line utilities for transferring files and working with disk images. CBMXfer makes using those utilities easy by providing a familiar windows interface that removes the need to learn the commandline syntax of each program. CBMXfer also includes a multi-format file and picture viewer.

The commandline utilities are:

  • OPENCBM – transfers files/images to/from a real CBM drive connected via an ‘X-cable’ on the parallel port.
  • CBMLINK – transfers files/images to/from a real CBM drive connected to a real CBM computer connected to the PC via a serial cable.
  • C1541 – a utility from VICE that works with CBM Image Files (ie: D64,D71,D81 files).
  • NIBTOOLS – Utilities to transfer images via parallel port. Supports protected disks.
  • IMGCOPY – Utility to image IEEE and 1581 disks.

What can I do with it?

  • Transfer files to or from real CBM drives
  • Create D64 and other images files from real CBM disks
  • Write D64 and other files back to real CBM disks
  • Transfer files from WITHIN Image Files
  • View Commodore files (BASIC, SEQ, Binary, ML, Chr Sets, and Images). Supports all all machine types
  • ML viewer is a full two-pass symbolic disassembler!
  • Simple file operations like copy, delete, rename
  • Launch VICE and attach disk images plus autorun
  • Zoom Floppy supported.
  • Supports 1581 partitions with OpenCBM
  • Format disks
  • Supports IEEE drives with Zoom Floppy

Download: CBMXfer v0.41.1 (662)

source: Steve J. Gray Homepage

USB Stick STM32 (Gotek) HxC Floppy Emulator: Firmware v3.0.6.7a

March 17th, 2016 No comments

Jean-François DEL NERO (who’s behind the HxC SD Floppy Emulator) recently has released a version of the HxC emulator firmware that is compatible with the STM32 chip used in the Gotek floppy emulators.

This means that the great functionality of the HxC SD emulator is now available on cheaper and more widely available hardware.

The bootloader to convert the Gotek floppy drive in HxC compatible must be purchased on the website HXC 2001 by sending an email to Jean-François DEL NERO. The price of the bootloader is one-off 10 Euro per Gotek that you want to update. Future updates of the software are free and can be made from a USB stick

The HXC Usb (Gotek) firmware supports:

Release notes Firmware USB HxCFloppyEmulator v3.0.6.7a

  • Tandy TL/2 write issue corrected – glitch filter reduced (Probably solve write issue with some others machines too).
  • 2 digits display init issue corrected (I2C timeout reduced).
  • LCD support: Characters glitches with some long file name corrected.

Download: USB Stick STM32 (Gotek) HxC Firmware v3.0.6.7a (595)


C64 Big Game Pack: Encounter +3DIGF / Avenger +5DG / Rodland …

March 11th, 2016 No comments

Some new games or tools (Cracked / Trained or Unrealeased) for Commodore 64 have been released from your favorites groups.


  • Shark +2
  • Hugohunt +5D
  • Slime 100%
  • Slime
  • Slime +
  • Mystic Mansion +3DG
  • JANI 2 +2 [seuck]
  • JANI 2 [seuck]
  • Wizard’s Doom +3D
  • Hessian
  • Hessian +5
  • Kormi a tetőn [hungarian]
  • Spaceman Splorf: Planet of Doom +2D
  • Spaceman Splorf: Planet of Doom
  • V2 Basic Minesweeper Clone
  • Snake
  • Crackers Revenge +7DGH
  • Dress Up!
  • Happy Blocks Basic Preview
  • Captain Fizz V1 +9
  • Dungeon Wizard +DT
  • Stack (My Bitch) Up +
  • Telengard Remastered V1.1
  • Rodland +7DHI
  • Beppe Kid +3DEM
  • Chobin II +2DES
  • Slime Deluxe
  • CRX Race
  • Avenger +5DG
  • Dragon Hunter Preview +3
  • Drugs +5HFTD
  • Ylcodrom +1FTD
  • Space Defence +D
  • Encounter +3DIGF

Download: All Games in One Archive (1135)


Amiga 4000 CR2032 Battery Clock & A3640 Card 3.2 Upgrade

February 29th, 2016 No comments
Commodore A3640 CPU Card 3.2 Upgrade

Commodore A3640 CPU Card 3.2 Upgrade.

I have updated only the GAL (U209) because the GAL (U204) was already replaced.

Gallery of the work:

Commodore Amiga 4000 Replacing Battery Clock with a CR2032.

Gallery of the work:

Download: AmigaWiki GAL/PAL/PLD (704)

BCC #10: C64 – Official demo party results

February 29th, 2016 No comments

This is the official demo party results from BCC #10 (Top 3 Entries only). See also the CSDB BCC #10 section for more informations and download.

C64 Demo:

  • Tangled Up by Delysid
  • The Mayday Show by Mayday!
  • TIS by Bonzai

C64 Music:

  • Oldschool Heaven by c0zmo
  • Toca Off Alone by Snabel
  • Press Space, Release Power by Gaetano Chiummo

C64 Graphics:

  • Der Wahrsager by Oni/Luisa
  • Voyage to Pandora by Grass
  • Moon by awsm

C64 Mixed:

  • CRX Race (Game)
  • David Bowie Collection (SIDCol)
  • Stack Up (Game)

Productions released outside compos:

  • Crackers Revenge +7DGH by Hokuto Force (Crack)
  • Dungeon Wizard +DT 101% (Crack)

Download: BCC #10 full Party stuff (585)


Commodore Amiga 4000 hack to handle 64Mb of Fast Memory

February 25th, 2016 No comments
Commodore Amiga 4000 hack to handle 64Mb of Fast Memory

The Amiga 4000 motherboard can be ´hacked´ to handle 64Mb of Fast Memory, to do this, you have to solder a new GAL and make some bridges between FASTRAM SIMM -> GAL -> CHIP RAMSEY.

This work is not complicated but you need to have a good practice with the soldering iron and PLCC soldering.

Gallery of the hack:

Download: Amiga 4000 64Mb Hack (796)

source: Cosmos Blog John Hertell Blog

Commodore Amiga 4000 updating GAL 16V8 for IDE PIO-2

February 24th, 2016 No comments
Commodore Amiga 4000 Updating GAL 16V8 for IDE PIO2

Commodore Amiga 4000 updating GAL 16V8 for IDE PIO-2.

After doing this update of the two GAL’s 16V8 from PIO-0 (commodore original) to PIO-2 mode the access of the IDE drives are 25% more faster.

Gallery of the work:

Source & Download:

Amiga 4000 Recap – A3640 Recap – 060 CPU Adapters – Kick Patched

February 24th, 2016 3 comments
Commodore Amiga 4000 Recap - A3640 Recap - 060 CPU Adapters - Kick Patched

List of works that have been made:

  • 1 x Commodore Amiga 4000 – Full Recap.
  • 3 x 68040 -> 68(EC)060 Adapters – Testing & Fixing.
  • 2 x Commodore A3640 – Full Recap and Polarity Fix.
  • 1 x Commodore A3640 – Oscillator Socket.
  • 1 x Burning Kick 3.1 patched version for 68040 -> 68060 adapters*

* exec.library has been patched to support a full Motorola 68060 CPU with FPU. This patch is not needed for the EC version without FPU.

Gallery of the work done:

Download: Kickstart v3.1 Exec Patch Version for 3k & 4k - Ready to Burn! (864)

Commodore Amiga 4000 Repair – System Clock Dead

February 23rd, 2016 1 comment
Commodore Amiga 4000 Repair - System Clock Dead

This post is dedicated to all the people that do not remove the damn battery on any hardware, not only Amiga.

It was better don’t make this repair, i knew from the beginning, when you find an acid lake that takes away everything, pad, pcb tracks and some welding is better left alone, however the Amiga 4000 was working perfectly but without the a way to Save or Load the system Date.

I wanted to challenge for the umpteenth time this problem where anything that i make comes off and worsens the situation already dramatic.

Conscious that the final work was a colossal shit, because with exploded pad, broken track and the through holes between layers fucked up you can not do miracles, you can only hope doing your best.

In fact, it works perfectly, but it remains a shitty job, unwatchable.

Moral: REMOVE ALWAYS THE BATTERIES and if the pcb is corroded by the leaked acid clean very well using appropriate products, not with the usual alcohol or a bath with soap, used products like PCC KONTAKT CLEANER or like, scratching well the pcb and also the holes between layers using a needle fine.

Gallery of the repair: