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    Yow! I saw this on another forum. It's a C128 modernized and redone to fit in a slim-line C64 case. The webpage is at

    http://www.the128rm.com/index.php?id=home

    snd the German discussion thread is at

    http://www.forum64.de/index.php?thre...30#post1254330

    I used translate.google.com in order to translate the first post there --

    "Hello everybody,

    For some time I have been working on a C128 version, which fits in the C64 case (slim case). I have some modifications built in like: VIC / VDC output switcher, Control port switch, 8 bit color ram, Accepts 6-36VDC input voltage, Dual SID, etc.

    Here are some pictures of the project (still in the prototype phase):

    EDIT: Pictures uploaded to the forum and inserted! External links removed! war64burnout"

    Looks like I'll be using a lot of Google Translate,
    Robert Bernardo
    Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
    Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
    June 9-19 Pacific Commodore Expo NW 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
    Aug. 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

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    Much like with the remanufactured Amiga 500 cases.....why?
    Both markets are really small.
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    I can see a use for the Amiga 500 cases (you should see the abomination I'm going to be repairing in the next couple of weeks). As for re-making a Commodore 128, that falls under the "who cares" category. We already have multiple relaunches of the Commodore 64 (some good, some not), but why would anyone want to make a C-128? There's barely any software specifically for the 128, and the software that is available isn't all that great.

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    It all depends on what you want to do with a machine. Their is some great programming language and BBS termina/server software for the C128. Not many games I admit, but then I've never really been into games.

    The machine itself is twice as fast, has twice the built-in ram and the 80 column mode makes it feel much more usable. For me this is what counts.

    Plus you get all the benefits of a C64 and CP/M thrown in for good measure.
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    I love my 128dcr. But with this, I dont quite get the need for 3d printed abs fake looking heatsinks over everything. very strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bungo Pony View Post
    I can see a use for the Amiga 500 cases (you should see the abomination I'm going to be repairing in the next couple of weeks). As for re-making a Commodore 128, that falls under the "who cares" category. We already have multiple relaunches of the Commodore 64 (some good, some not), but why would anyone want to make a C-128? There's barely any software specifically for the 128, and the software that is available isn't all that great.
    And that is why I havent prioritized repairing my C128....... IT works in C64 mode... so it works. 'nuff said

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    I haven't used my C128 in years. I have to get it out and see if it still works. The 1902 monitor does. I loved my C128. I could write much bigger programs and still play all of the C64 games. When there were C128 versions of games, they were better than the C64 version. At least one of the Ultimas (8 maybe?) had a C128 version. Much less disk access than the C64 version. I published a newsletter for a while. Editing in 80 column mode was great.
    PCjr, DTK PC-XT Turbo, 386DX 33, 486 laptop, Pentium 120, Pentium III 500, various old laptops, Commodore Colt, all working. I also have a 286 that I need to see if I can repair.

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    The Commodore 128 and 128D take up too much space on my desk. I’d love one of these.

    I wonder which version of the VIC and VDC it uses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VERAULT View Post
    And that is why I havent prioritized repairing my C128....... IT works in C64 mode... so it works. 'nuff said
    I don't know that there's a better CP/M machine than a C128.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC9UDX View Post
    I don't know that there's a better CP/M machine than a C128.
    I wish that were true, but in reality they were pretty slow in CP/M mode, although there are a few replacement BIOS's that speed it up a little.

    Having said that, lots of business did buy them purely as a cheap CP/M machine. One thing I really liked is that the 1571 disk drive could read so many different formats.
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