Re: 8296 Execudesk disk

From: Robin Harbron (
Date: 1998-09-28 02:55:08

Marko Mäkelä wrote: 
> I got this question from William Levak, the guy who contributed lots of
> PET stuff to  Can anyone answer this question?

I had meant to mention this here ages ago, but
forgot about it...

> From: William Levak <>
> Do you Know what an Execudesk disk is?  I have some information from the
> Toronto Pet Users Group.  They say they have the Execudesk disk for the
> 8296.  Any Ideas?

I picked up a largish box labelled "Execu-Desk" a few
month ago at the local Salvation Army - it's about
9" by 18" and 2" thick or so - the back of it has a
big blurb:

Software Information:
Your *8296 with EXECU-DESK allows you to access the
following built-in software with a touch of a button.

Word Processing ... blah blah
Electronic Spreadsheet...
Data Base...

Other Built-In Software Includes:
Financial Programs
System Utilities
System Shutdown

*Compatible with the 8096

It's an official Commodore product.

Inside were all kinds of documentation
and booklets, some of which obviously
have nothing to do with the Execu-Desk:

One book has C= printed all over the cover.  The first
page inside says "EXECU-DESK 8296 DEALER INSTALLATION"
and has two pages of how to install the EXECU-DESK ROM
inside the machine.  The rest of the book is the Execu-
Desk Business Menu System User's Guide - August 10, 1984.

Two copies of the Commodore Business Computer User's
Guide Series 8000 (I think I have a few of these already)
but one had a couple interesting sheets tucked in it:
one titled "Installation Instructions for 64K memory add-on
board" and the other an errata sheet for the C= Basic
Version 4.0 User's Ref. manual #321604 July 1980.

The CBM Expansion Memory Board User's Guide - about
adding 64k of RAM to your 8032, essentially.  Inside
were a couple loose sheets: CBM Expansion Memory Board
user's Guide Software Addendum Part No. 324065-01 July
1981.  It's got hex dumps of a few small patches, and
instructions for the Expansion Memory Monitor Program.
Also, a 2 page assembly listing of Toggle PRG. - "This
program 'toggles' most of the gates within the 64k.
add-on.  There's some cool stuff within the User's
Guide itself - Programming the Expansion Memory
Board, etc. interrupt handling...

26 stapled sheets titled "CBM 8296 - Supplement to
the 8032 Manual" - seems like interesting program
info about Memory mapping, the Control Register,
Mods of the memory system, Video-RAM, hardware/memory
expansion via J4, J9, programming the memory expansion
bank, IO handling... etc etc

And finally, about a 40 page booklet which is an
assembly listing of "ADD-ON-MON", a 64k-add-on
monitor - basically seems to be a monitor to
allow you to use the extra 64k.

Whew, that was a bigger job then I expected - thanks
to my wife for cleaning my computer room the day before
I got this email - I actually found that box in just
a minute, once I got reminded of it's existence...

If anyone wants more details, let me know...
Robin Harbron

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