Steve Gray wrote: > I assumed the localized machines came direct from the factory. I can't speak for the German market, but when it comes to the Swedish localizations, I am 95% all of those were done by Datatronic/Handic. That would include all the PET/CBM, all the CBM-II and the pre-localized C64 sold as VIC-64S in 1984-85. There may even have been a couple pre-localized VIC-20. At least for the VIC and C64 there were DIY kits with keycaps, stickers and ROMs or EPROMs, not sure if there were DIY kits for the PETs too or if those belonged to a price category where the distributor or reseller did all the dirty work for the customer. In the case of Swedish localizations, there existed both mask programmed ROMs (VIC and C64) and EPROM solutions (all machines). What strikes me as odd though is from where they got keycaps, if they partnered with Commodore Business Machines and ordered matching caps from the same factory, or if Commodore even produced them for respective distributor. I suppose some of it also were due to volumes. If a distributor could safely have placed an order of let's say 10,000 units of a particular model, perhaps Commodore could have assembled the desired chips and caps from the beginning. As for user guides and manuals, I am absolutely certain those were translated in just about every country where Commodore computers were sold, no matter if the actual machine was localized or not. Whether the user manual would be included with the computer or not seemed to differ over time and place though. I still have VERY strong memories of when my brother bought a brand new VIC-20 in February 1984 but the user manual was not supposed to be included. My mother insisted otherwise, and the seller had to run off to a competiting store to fetch a manual to include in the deal. Best regards Anders Carlsson Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2014-07-09 16:00:03
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