Re: Some PAL/NTSC c64 problem ...maybe (fwd)

From: Nicolas Welte (
Date: 2001-03-30 13:47:29

Marko Mäkelä wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Mar 2001 wrote:
> > I'm not familiar with "Aldi", please tell us more... :)
> Aldi is a cheap grocery store chain in Germany.  They buy stuff in large
> quantities, and they sell mostly frozen food or food packed in tin cans.
> Occasionally they have also other stuff.  They had sold at least one
> special batch of C64s.  This is limited to my experience from 1994-1996;
> native Germans can probably tell more.

The infamous Aldi C64 was probably sold as early as 1987 or 1988, and they
were the first batch of 64s to feature the new cost reduced version E board.
Of course people complained in letters to 64'er magazine that all the
internal hardware modifications do not work anymore, and some machines were
also shipped with a weaker power supply, so the rumour was spread that all of
those machines didn't have 9V AC on the userport anymore. This is not true in
my own experience, but I know someone who has such a machine and he could
give me some more details: So there was also an internal modification to the
machine, some capacitors were missing, and the input filter coil was missing
one of the windings for 9V AC.

Secret Weapons has an entry for the Aldi, it should look like a brown
breadbox with a white C64C-style keyboard in it. Later they probably sold
other batches with C64Cs, which were also *VERY* cost reduced in later years.
I have one that was assembled mostly without screws, it has some sort of
snap-in mounts for the keyboard and the top half of the case. Only the
mainboard is screwed to the bottom half of the case. I think this unit only
weighs one half of an original C64C with large board and metal shields.

Nowadays Aldi sells PCs from time to time, just last week they had one for DM
2300 :-) When they offered the first PC a few years ago, people were like
crazy because it was so cheap. There were long queues at the doors before
Aldi opened, and here in my hometown one customer threatened another one with
a (fake) gun to get the last PC they had.

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