A while back, I got this message. I tried to search André Fachat's page for a FAQ or history of the PET computers, but the pages weren't there (at <URL:http://www.6502.org/users/andre/petindex/petindex.html>). Same for Larry's PET page. Is my computing equipment cursed today (first the disk crash and now this), or what is going on? Marko Date: Mon, 06 Sep 1999 18:01:00 CEST From: _ _ <email@example.com> [...] I have just come over a piece of classic computer-history, and now I have some questions of the hardware. Some days ago I bought this: * Commodore PET 200 (exactly the same as on the picture at: http://calvin.ptloma.edu/~spectre/ckb/secret/cbm-200.jpg) * Commodore CBM dual drive floppy disk model 8050 * Commodore Tractor Printer 4022 The PET 200 (serial no: 14167) is in very good condition with just a few minor scratches. When I switch it on, it gives away a nice bleeping sound, and the green screen shows that the ROM is loaded with "commodore basic 4.0", and that it has 31743 bytes free. The keyboard has a Swedish layout, with the three extra keys found in the Swedish alphabet (åäö/ÅÄÖ). There are a few keys that doesn't seem to work when pressed (3,6,9,*/:,run/stop and inst/del). There actually also were some malfunctional keys on the numeric keypad, but after I dissambled the keyboard-contact and adjusted a pin, the numeric keyboard now works fine. Maybe I should try to tweak some other pins inside he keyboard-contact to see if I can get the rest of the keys to work properly too. The floppy diskdrive (serial no: 09557) is a huge piece of metal and plastic and when connected to the PET 200 shines with three red LEDs. I noticed that when the PET 200 is shut off, the drive flashes the right and middle LED from green to red light. I also noticed that when the PET is connected to the 8050, it does not give away any startup-sound when switched on. Maybe that sound only works as a warning to tell that there's no extra floppy attached? The Tractor Printer seem so work to, and when turned on, the printer head slides from side to side and then stops with a the button (with the initials T.O.F) shines red. Now, I've never owned such an old computer as the PET 200 so I am a bit confused/concerned what to do with it. Fro the beginning, I was only to buy a 1541 diskdrive for my old C=64, but also ended up with this extra hardware. It was the Commodore-logo that made me acquire the PET :) So, I now want to know as much as possible of the PET 200. When it was introduced, what it costed, if it's rare, if the Swedish keyboard makes it even rare, to whom it was aimed (i.e. secretarys or business analysts) and... well... everything! I also would like to know how to operate it. It seems like the basic works in the same way as he old C=64, but I really would like to know if there's a copy of a manual to come over somewhere. I also would like to have some software to play with. I know there are games produced especially for the PET, so do you know where I can get some 5 1/4"-floppies? I really hope to get some of my questions answered. I am just so glad I now own a beatutiful computer as the PET 200! :) regards, Markus Norsted Stockholm, Sweden - This message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list. To unsubscribe: echo unsubscribe | mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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