Re: Secret Weapons of Commodore 13th edition

From: Marko Mäkelä (
Date: 2007-07-05 21:42:26

On Thu, Jul 05, 2007 at 08:15:12AM +0200, Anders Carlsson wrote:
> Marko Mäkelä wrote:
>> 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.
> I think Mikam73 (who you briefly know?) also owns a CBM 220, and I've seen 
> pictures of that unit with built in disk drives. That would make it two 
> units, both currently located in Finland.

Mika visited me last autumn, I think.  I helped him set up an external
3040 or 4040 disk drive.  Some previous owner had cut some diodes to
change the device number, but it had been restored back to 8.  I changed
the device number to something else again, so that Mika could use the
drive with a PET containing built-in drives.  He didn't take the PET
with him.

That being said, I remember setting my camera on a tripod and
shooting some pictures of my PETs after Mika's visit.  He may have
posted those pictures on some web forum.

Sorry, it is again too late to open up the 220.  There's so much to do
outdoors.  I'll try it tomorrow afternoon when my younger son is sleeping.

> This soup of renamed models is interesting though. Was the 8032-SK released 
> prior to the 700 series, and then some pointed head suggested to at least 
> on some markets rename the existing 8000 series computers into three digit 
> model numbers to better match the new 500/600/700 series?

Could be.  Or was the plastic 8032-SK case perhaps somewhat cheaper to
produce than the metal 8032 chassis?  The mold is almost the same as
for the CBM 700 series, after all.


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