Re: Secret Weapons of Commodore 13th edition

From: Marko Mäkelä (
Date: 2007-07-04 23:04:53

On Wed, Jul 04, 2007 at 09:34:48PM +0200, Anders Carlsson wrote:
> Also consider the CBM 200, 210 and 220 as per Jim Brain's canonical
> list of Commodore equipment:
> CBM 200 = PET 200 = PET 8032-SK
> CBM 210 = ???
> CBM 220 = PET 8096-SK
> I also see from the list that there exists a PET 8096-D? In that
> case, Marko's CBM 220D could just as well be a 8096-D instead of
> a 8296-D.

The front of the computer says "Commodore", "220", "drive 1", and "drive 0".
It's too late to open the case now, but I'll try to get around to it

One former PET user mentioned the Commodore 220 to me, saying that it
had built-in disk drives.  It would be quite a coincidence if the 220
I acquired some years later was the same unit, and the only 220 with
built-in disk drives.

> Perhaps some dealers offered side import to get original C64's? I think
> it was not until Commodore took over and the launch of the C64C that one
> could choose keyboard layout again.

Interesting.  In Finland, the official importer was PCI-Data Oy in Vaasa
(Pet-Commodore Inc.).  I haven't seen any non-localized PET or CBM
models here, but the Swedish/Finnish C64 is a rarity.  There was a kit
for replacing the ROM chips and some keycaps.  My first C64 was
grey-imported from Germany, in 1986 if I remember correctly.  PCI-Data Oy
went bankrupt during the time when the Amiga and the C64 were still
selling well.  According to, the bankruptcy was officially
declared on December 8, 1990.


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