Re: C64 power supply replacement

From: Mike Paull (
Date: 2004-01-11 05:20:03

For anyone looking at replacing a C64 power supply with one from a PC have
a look at this web page;

This is the IDE64 home page however they have a nice little DC to AC
circuit so you can power your C64 from the one power source instead of
having one for ac and one for dc. 

I haven't built it yet so I can't say anything about it's reliability or


On Sat, 10 Jan 2004 03:33:13 +0200, you wrote:

>Hey Ryan,
>sorry to hear about your problems with the PSU.
>However, could you tell me more about this "Pinto" power supply? How does it blow up your C-64, exactly? And, do you have pictures of this PSU, so I can be sure which exactly you mean?
>I think it's simple to reverse engineer the PSU.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
>> []On Behalf Of ext Ryan Underwood
>> Sent: 10 January, 2004 02:35
>> To:
>> Subject: C64 power supply replacement
>> Hey,
>> Well, I finally got around to building a S-Video cable for my 
>> C64 today.
>> Fire up the C64, and a blank screen.  Sigh.  Cable must be 
>> bad, so check
>> all connections on cable, nope, cable is good.  Check C64 
>> power supply.
>> 5V -> 5.15V, 9VAC -> 10VAC, seems almost normal, and... whups, wait a
>> second, now there's nothing on the 9VAC.  Wait a little while, unplug,
>> plug back in, still no 9VAC.  Looks like it just gave up the ghost.
>> This is one of the "Pinto" supplies, you know, the ones that were made
>> to eventually blow up your C64 when they failed, and they 
>> were sealed in
>> lots of epoxy so you couldn't even fix it if you wanted to;  I found
>> that out the hard way, after spending an hour with screwdriver and
>> hammer, busting it open in complete confidence that I would be able to
>> fix whatever was plaguing the 9VAC output.
>> Hopefully my C64 survived, but now I need a new power supply.  Anyone
>> have a cheap circuit for one or a link?  (google isn't being helpful
>> today)
>> thanks,
>> -- 
>> Ryan Underwood, <>
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