Re: Dating a C-64 board

From: Richard Atkinson (
Date: 1999-04-19 14:16:40

On Sun, 18 Apr 1999, William Levak wrote:

> > > Only the original board had the 5 pin connector.  This version was not
> > > compatible with PAL and was not sold in Europe.
> > 
> > Careful what you say, Bill. I don't know *for*sure* if my Really Early C64
> > is the 'original' board, but it certainly has a 5 pin video socket and the
> > video circuit seperate from the modulator as in the PRG diagram. The only
> > thing required of the _PCB_ for PAL compatibilty is some way of setting
> > the clock divider to 18 instead of 14.
> > 
> What I said was:
> That the original C64 was not PAL compatible and was not sold in Europe.
> Both of those things are true.  Whether or not someone could modify it to
> run on PAL is an entirely different question.

Well obviously no C64 with an NTSC-only kernal ROM and an NTSC video chip
would be sold in Europe, but I am quite sure that it was Commodore
themselves that modified this C64's board to run in PAL.

The serial number is 0693 for all fans of early serial numbers.


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