Commodore 64 unboxing

From the attic at my in-laws' house. I've titled this photo "Anticipation."

And this one? "Disappointment."



  1. Nice head fake! I was expecting something like that unboxing of the cherry Apple //c that someone did a couple of years ago.

  2. At least my Vic20 box packed away in my storage space still has a Vic20 in it. Don’t think my kids will be too excited when they open it though.

  3. …I feel for you, man. I discovered a few months after I got “Stumpy” that mOM had converted my old IBM PCJr lugging case to an actual suitcase. All the Jr parts were in a box in one piece – including all my modded/upgraded sidecars – but the real loss was the foam inserts, which was a slightly denser foam than you normally get with specialized carrying cases, something IBM had specially made to Japanese division specs.

    Ah well, at least I’ve got the Jr up and running again, with the RF signal going into a TV capture card on an old 386 box, just to be totally…hey, what *is* the word to describe using superior technology to operate obsolete/previous-generation technology?

    1. “hey, what *is* the word to describe using superior technology to operate obsolete/previous-generation technology?”


    2. Some conjugation of the word “skeuomorph” is what you’re looking for, methinks. That or just emulation.

  4. If it helps, I have an original 1979 Apple ][ without a box. It could mate with your box and make bastard 8-bit offspring.

  5. Sad, but nice box!

    I could actually use a c64 box or three since I have 3 c64’s and a vic20.

  6. The great thing about Commodore64 was that the schematics were the in service manuals, widely available (maybe free?) It was as close to “open source” hardware I’ve ever seen for a commercial product.

    1. Commodore made a habit out of that, it was great. Even my Amiga had the schematics in the manual.

    2. Yeah, that was actually the great thing about *most* of the computers from the 80’s. Hell, the 70’s even…

      The great thing is, companies that put this effort into their products were rewarded by becoming extremely wealthy, and they understood that people who purchased these awesomely powerful devices may want to get under the hood – with permission and a guidebook.

      Take a look at your latest Apple manual for an interesting comparison:

    1. 64k? Not even close. That included the os so you really only could use about 40k. Which of course was waaay better than the ZX81 that I had with only 1K of memory.

  7. schadenfreude, my friend.
    my pop has an old xerox machine in the basement. i’m sure it works. takes 8ish” floppies. twas on that machine that i learned to type and “played” eliza–the a/i computer bot. and oh, the ascii art we printed off on that thing. :o)

    1. @lummels:
      Is that “old xerox machine” as in a Star or Alto or something of that lineage?
      If so, you don’t know what a rare gem you have at hand. :)

  8. In an alternate reality, someone is unboxing a Ono-Sendai VII that they found in their grandpa’s attic.

  9. Ahhh, bummer! I was hoping for a good C64 blog entry. There is still a very healthy C64 hobby scene in Europe with new developments occuring frequently. For example, there is a neat little device called 1541 Ultimate cart that reads disks images off of a SD card and perfectly emulates the tricky 1541 drive, down to its head and drive motor movements and noises. Also, just recently, a group figured out how to get four channel digitized music out of the famous 3-channel SID chip. The main problem for us in the states however is that the European C64 is PAL whereas the American is NTSC, so most of the newer software doesn’t work well (or at all) over here. Of course, C64 emulators are switchable between PAL and NTSC which solves that problem.

  10. @#23 Thank you, that’s interesting. By modern standards, that makes the Apple II a fully open-source machine!

  11. I think I have one of those still in its box. Pulled it out of a storage places dumpster. Never turned it on.

  12. Note that the usefulness of the box’s current contents has not changed in 30 years, and in fact they’d still be useful in 100 years.
    I learned programming on ‘micros’ – KIM-1, OSI Superboard II and C64 in the ’70s and ’80s. I just sold my Cromemco to a museum and the only Micro I still have is some kind of NEC in the basement.

  13. I had a similar but opposite thing happen to me over the holidays while visiting my mother in Texas. I went up in the attic to get some Christmas decor and there was this dusty 44 gallon round plastic detergent tub. I picked it up and it had a curious rattle to it. I opened it and it was all of my Legos from the late 70s-early ’80s. Lots of my treasured space Legos and some jousting stuff. Yes, I cried.

  14. I had one. I had the 1571 mk II disk drive. I had a gazillion games on cassette and disk. Then my girlfriend came to the conclusion that it was all taking up too much room and the whole lot got scrapped.

    How I recovered, I’ll never know. I even married the girl.

    Luckily, good things come to those who wait, and I now have Paradroid on my iPhone.

  15. Stayed the night at a friends house where he had a Commodore 64 and stayed up for a full 24hrs trying to beat Zaxxon.

  16. WOW!! David, for this year you can relax and stop blogging as “Commodore 64 unboxing” is definitely the BB post of the year!!

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