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JDT
July 24th, 2007, 03:06 PM
Greetings, C64/C128 people

I've recently had the urge to add to my arsenal of antique computers, I've been reading a bit about the C64/128s. I would just like to see what you all do with your treasured toys. Are thier any applications to get the C64/128 on a LAN (ethernet) perhaps even use TCP? I'd be very intrigued to get one on the internet.. why? I don't know.. Are thier a lot of games / applications for using a C128 as opposed to the C64? Any input greatly appreciated! Whats the availability of peripherals / software like? Thanks.

Jorg
July 24th, 2007, 10:11 PM
Ever since I sold my C64 II in 1989 I regretted it, but I needed the money for my first PC..

I don't think there were a lot of C128 specific games, more business applications.

Take a look at this :)
http://slashdot.org/articles/03/03/10/1211249.shtml

and this:
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2118399/commodore-back-web-server

It seems however the C64 webserver is not online (anymore?)
http://c64.cc65.org/

Oh, if you can, try to find a C128D. As long as you are not get the one I want to buy the moment I see it :)

barythrin
July 25th, 2007, 08:52 AM
Hm, while I'm not finding the link right now one of the tricks to get a c-64 online is to hack an ethernet palm cradle (it has USB but you can take it apart and solder on a serial port and then it actually acts as a nice SLIP connection) although you then need software on the vintage machine of choice that can use that connector (I think GeOS can).

I haven't completed the hack so I can't say how well it works but I do know someone who has their c-128 online. I think he uses it mostly for IRC and some MUD games (one of which he wrote and MAY be hosting via the c128). I beleive there are also some other projects you can buy for ethernet cards but I've never used them and I think a lot of them are around $80-$125 which was beyond my interest.

You could also possibly just route it through a linux box (null modem) to get it online.

I don't know what others use their systems for these days. I just code once and a while as well as just to play with some of the classic games from the days.

- John

billdeg
July 28th, 2007, 03:59 AM
I just posted a set of directions for connecting the 64/128 to an ethernet card on my PC. Not exactly what you're doing, but in the same ballpark. I used two new pieces of hardware, the MMC64 and RR-Net. I wrote up complete instructions for archiving diskettes (via TCPIP connection) on my blog web site:

http://vintagecomputer.net/browse_thread.cfm?id=85

you can also try lemon64.com forums. They guys who "wrote the book" on this subject are often there.

Bill

schotty
July 29th, 2007, 01:34 AM
I have several Vics and C128s that I use with my son to play games and teach him computing. this is so much easier to comprehend than the current MS/Linux/Mac method of Getting It.

Hexstar is about ready to die because I have been so damn slow and busy to get him my archives, but the software got for the most part is reliable. Once I get the data to him, play around in an emulator. If it looks cool, get the hardware and check ebay for the real disk/cart/tape. I have been collecting a ton of crap. Most of it is still in the packaging since I have spent like 10 days at home in the last three months :D.

If you want to go into it deeper, post away. I find that the good ole days were the best literally from the ease of entry to just about everything. Nowadays I find it too complex to start getting your hands dirty and getting much out of it.