VIC stuff, ComputerSpace, and SuperPET update!

From: Larry Anderson & Diane Hare <>
Date: Wed Jun 18 00:14:05 1997

From: Paul E Coad <>
Subject: Weekend Acquisitions III

>...Get money. Go back to thrift. The VIC was still there.
>Bought the box of stuff for $5. This included VIC-20 (still untested),
>CN2 (my 3rd!), 3K, 8K, and 16K memory carts, super expander cart (with
>manual), Forth Cart with box and manual, programmer's aid cart, machine
>language monitor cart, 7 cart games, and a few cassette games.

(think Homer Simpson Voice): Mmmmm Utilities!

   I have about 20 or so various Commodore datasettes, from a couple
butchered Sanyo decks Commodore stuck in the first PETs to a clone one.
Almost tempted to pick up another today -along with the 64 it was being
sold with-

>Saturday noon
>Went back to the sale and met up with Uncle Roger and his girlfriend.
>We had an excellent lunch. Swapped a few stories. Went home and
>explained to my wife why I NEED 2 more Sun keyboards.

  Fortunately for me my wife understands, as she has read, it is easier
to get along with your spouse if each of you have a money-pit hobby,
hers is mainly knitting, spinning, and fabrics, and mine classic
computers. I understand when she needs that third sewing machine and
she understands the gleam in my eye as a snag another 4040 dual drive.

From: Kai Kaltenbach <>
Subject: RE: PONG
>...Several years before Pong, Nolan created a more
>sophisticated game called Computer Space, built by Nutting and

>Computer Space was the first arcade video game.

>Trust me, I own all of them.

I have been curious what was Computer Space like????? I keep reading
about it, but no good descriptions. What were the controls, the layout,
the game play, etc.

SuperPET update!

  Well I was a little bit conservative in my estimation of
daughterboards on the SuperPET, the count is now three (well technically
four, one of the daughterboards has a daughterboard itself.) I
discovered the bottom-most daughterboard seemed to be loose so I had to
do a partial diassembly to get to it.

  It would seem that the bottom-most daughterboard plugs directly into
the 6502 socket of the 8032 motherboard, and that daughterboard was not
seated in the socket (which is raised with about 4 stacked chip
sockets!) Continuing on, I discover that also some of the pins on the
bottom of the daughterboard were bent and *sigh* some broke upon attempt
to get them back in line (they should be replaceable, but not too
easily.) For now, I decided to re-assemble it (and all the various
cross-connections and such).

  Also, I had gotten word back from the person who has a SuperPET and
set the switches to work as an expanded 8032. I now can get the
'jingle' sound and a screen full of garbage characters! (Not a complete
victory, but a very good amount of progress here!)

Plus, the gentleman does have some of the disks:

>Yes, I have most of the Waterloo software stuff, for sure the assembly
>stuff, the Pascal possibly, the Fortran for sure, and possibly the
>BASIC. I may even have the Cobol stuff...

  I really don't have the time or space to do much more presently, (one
of these decades when I retire or win the lottery) but will work on
getting a set of the disks, for future use. This is so much fun, my
Commodore collection is getting there!

          Larry Anderson
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