View Full Version : Not supposed to count your chickens before they hatch but...

vic user
December 2nd, 2003, 09:23 AM
I have been looking for a Commodore 64c keyboard (the off white ones), so I can transplant it onto one of my vic 20's. I really like the look of the vic 20 with these keyboards.

Anyway, I posted on a local for sale newsgroup, and a person in my city replied, mentioning that he has:

vic 20
Commodore 64c
floppy drive
and boxes of disks, cartridges, and tapes.

He told me I could pick it all (I repeat ALL), of it for a sweet $65.00 Canadian!!

Will Christmas come early for me?

I almost feel guilty. Almost, but then I am rescuing stuff that is just sitting in a basement, so maybe I am doing an altruistic thing ;)

I hope you guys also get some nice e-mails like I had!


December 2nd, 2003, 11:04 PM
So, are you planning on doing a perfect swap if both machines are working? A black keyboard on the off-white C64C looks cool too.

vic user
December 3rd, 2003, 03:56 AM
Yes, I will be screwing the vic 20 keybaord into the 64c.

Although I rarely use my 64's, I might as well put the vic 20 keyboard somewhere :)

I tried to put a vic 20 baord in a 64c shell a couple of months ago. In my opinion, the 64c case is the nicest case I have ever seen on a computer. After removing any plastic on the back of the 64c case that was obstructing the vic 20 exapnsion port, I popped the vic 20 board into the case.

I was able to properly secure the board to the case, but I could never get the keyboard to rest well with the vic 20 board. I used the vic like this for a while, but I was never happy knowing that the keyboard was not screwed down well.

I think I would have to make a plastic wedge or something along the width of the case, so I could keep the keyboard propped up away from the vic 20 board, and have the keyboard properly screwed down.


vic user
December 3rd, 2003, 03:50 PM
My God did I ever score!

The guy dropped off his Commodore stuff, and I can't beleive I got what I got:

Here is a super quick inventory:

three 1541 drives
one vic 20
one 64
one 64c (with a keybioard I have never seen before)
1701 monitor
6 joysticks
2 printers
line noise filter
track ball
(all in their original boxes and all cables!)
about one hundred 64 tape cassettes
about five hundred loose 64 floppies
about fifty games in boxes (many flight simulators, and Beach Head hooray!)
about twenty books on the 64
tons of porductivity software and GEOS! yes!
and I am sure I missed things.

The boxes even have the price tags, so I get to gawk at the value of thse things at the time!

Well I know what I will be doing for the next few months...
Getting into the 64 whether I like it or not :)


December 3rd, 2003, 04:17 PM
Very nice haul! Congratulations!


vic user
December 3rd, 2003, 04:35 PM

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect something like this to happen to me.

I now have so much duplication, and so much material to share.
Just out of gratitude, once I make a proper inventory, I am going to be sharing this wealth.


December 4th, 2003, 11:00 AM
Aah, printers.. which sort? I used to have a MPS-801 many years ago, and was lucky enough to sell it further for a decent amount of money. Since I sent it by post, I was told to keep a pile of paper which is why I still have a drawer full of tractor-feed paper.

Btw, I ordered a new (but far from cutting edge) computer today, so hopefully I'll have a busy Christmas too.

vic user
December 4th, 2003, 03:27 PM
hi Anders;

I received an MPS 1200 and a Gemini II.

Both in their boxes and manuals, The guy who I got all the Commodore stuff from, also had the ribbons sealed in baggies, so that is great news!

There is a store downtown that re-inks ribbons, so I will be paying them a visit.

What kind of computer did you get? An upgrade PC?


p.s. Have you gotten rid of your cold yet :)

December 4th, 2003, 11:11 PM
Ok. Is the MPS-1200 a nine or 24 pin matrix printer? Gemini II probably is a 3rd party printer?

Erm.. yes, it will be an upgrade. From Pentium MMX 200 MHz/64 MB/2 MB S3 Virge to Athlon XP 2000+/256 MB/64 MB integrated Xabre. My cold is over, but sometimes I still pick my nose in front of the live webcam.

vic user
December 5th, 2003, 03:59 AM
The Gemini II was made by Star.

It has a really neat box, where it has displayed in a comic book look, how easy it is to hook up the printer to your Commodore computer and start printing. Reminds me a bit of the Vic logo guy in the user's guide.
It's a very heavy printer!

Both the MPS 1200 and the Gemini II are 9 pin printers.

I also have a 1250 (also 9 pin), which is really nice looking and quite small. I was able to carry it in my backpack!

Here is a wicked Commodore link, where there are some nice pictures of Commodore printers etc.



December 5th, 2003, 09:11 AM
The Gemini II was made by Star.

Duh. Of course. Once I was tempted on getting an Okimate 20 (IIRC), which was an early colour matrix printer, presumably with good quality but expensive ribbons. I never bought it although it was fairly decent priced.

Today, I would actually prefer a good b/w laser printer over a fancy colour ink jet printer, as I'm more likely to print documents of all kinds than images.

vic user
December 5th, 2003, 12:47 PM
yep, i am with you.
i would rather have a good b/w printer than a colour one. expensive cartridges those colour ones.

i read somewhere that the canon bj 200 series work really well with 64's, as long as the canon is in epson LQ mode.

would be nice to have one hooked up to a vic 20 :)


December 10th, 2003, 12:26 PM
wow,,what a find!!!!!!! to say you are lucky is an understatement hhe he :lol:

vic user
December 16th, 2003, 06:41 AM
well, I have managed to seperate the floppies into four piles:

1) Games

2) Applications (like printing, GEOS, diagnostics disks, things like that)

3) Public domain

4) Unknowns (just can't rely on what is written on the disk labels)

I have greatly underestimated the amount of floppies I received. I have well over a thousand.

I am currently cataloguing the public domain disks, and placing the info on a spreadsheet on one of my Mac's.

It's still going to take quite a while going through all the files, and I am not helping matters, with all my 'game breaks' I keep taking :)

Thank Goodness I didn't start with the game disks!


December 16th, 2003, 11:22 AM
I think everybody with a c64/vic20 has a stack of pirated 5.25 disks. Having 50 boxed games is nice, I have been buying complete games for my amiga, atari st lately and the disk still work.

A question I have is how many commodore era printers have been kept compared to people hoarding the hardware, software, monitors, and disk drives? Everybody I knew (including myself) had a dot matrix printer when the c64 was current (mine was a nice panasonic 9 pin tractor feed unit) but you rarely see them these days.