Re: C64GS

From: Richard Atkinson (
Date: 2000-06-07 18:01:00

On Wed, 7 Jun 2000, Richard Atkinson wrote:

> Plugging a Magic Voice into the C64GS (!) produced a standard C64 BASIC V2
> READY prompt. Although I can't do anything with it (no keyboard or serial
> port) I'm willing to bet it would function entirely as a normal
> C64. I think the Magic Voice contains an entire replacement Kernal for the
> C64, not just some new reset vectors. The power-on screen for the native
> C64GS definitely has the words 'GAMES SYSTEM' at the top for a brief
> moment before it goes into the cartridge loading screen.

I felt I ought to clarify this - the machine does display a normal C64
powerup screen before putting the words 'shift-C OMMODORE 64 shift-G AMES
shift-S SYSTEM' at the top, changing the palette registers and drawing the
console and cartridge animation. I probably will add a keyboard because I
want to see whether this screen responds to keyboard input and what it
does about the RESTORE key. Also, the RUN/STOP - RESTORE combination needs
to be tried.

> The question is, whether to modify it by adding a C128D keyboard
> connector...

And a serial bus connector, come to think of it. This combination ought to
be capable of running most programs. The cassette port would require the
addition of a motor drive transistor, which is probably going too far.


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