From: Niklas Ramsberg (niklas.ramsberg_at_swipnet.se)
Date: 2007-07-12 09:30:15
Anders Carlsson wrote: > As a side note, I think I have commented before that for a while in the > mid-80s, it may have been impossible to buy a Commodore 64 that was not > localized too. I can't swear on that, but based on Handic's advertising > and all the resellers, the VIC-64S (Swedish) was hot in c:a 1984-85. > > 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. > For what it's worth: I bought my C64 in January or February 1984 in Gothenburg, Sweden. I distinctly remember that it didn't have Swedish keys or kernal; when I later got a MPS-801 printer which did have the Swedish characters I had to type @][ to get it to print ÅÄÖ. My three current breadboxes (all bought locally in Gothenburg the last 5 years, although I don't know whether they were originally imported by Handic or through unofficial channels): - Serial no U.K. B1 333546, all chips dated 1984, made in England, real Swedish keys (as opposed to stickers). - Serial no U.K. B1 603220, all chips dated 1984, made in England, stickers with Swedish characters. - Serial no WG C 39632, all chips dated 1983, made in West Germany, standard C64 keys and kernal. Niklas Ramsberg, aka < . (:) Bacon < . Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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