Good Morning, Everyone!

Today it is my pleasure to present to you another notable #commodore #8bit machine - the #commodore16 !!

And once more it's a low-entry system: the third model of the "264" product line (along with the C116 and the Plus/4).

It features a 7501 or 8501 CPU (depends on model), a 6510 compatible chip, 16KB of DRAM (faster than the C64 DRAM), the TED video chip (320x200 pixels with 121 colors). The ROM contains BASIC 3.5 as well as a machine monitor. Sound capabilities are quite limited: 2 "Voices", one of them can only produce square waves, but 3-bit digital sound was possible.

But let's face it, one of the most remarkable features of the C16 is the dark gray case witht the lighter gray keys! I mean, this is what the C64 should've looked like!!

@Wintermute_BBS I always wondered why Commodore chose this colour combination for this machine and not for the C64.

What would have been if this beast would have had 64K or even more from the start and excellent compatibility with the C64 (or even more machines)?

@stirz well, AFAIK the original C64 color was chosen by randomly grabbing a can of color and spraying a VIC-20 case to distinguish the few prototype C64 machines from a VIC-20.

Why no one in marketing changed that before mass production began is only known to the universe ...

... but since we're talking about Commodore here, I am not surprised at all! 🤣​

@Wintermute_BBS @stirz and the blue on blue default colours were to hide dodgy video output! The black on white on the C16 was much easier to read.

@confusedbunny @Wintermute_BBS Christ! I knew that there were makeshifts, but this is new to me 😳

@stirz @Wintermute_BBS Explained in Commodore: A Company On The Edge. I've found the relevant section and quoted it here:

There's also a huge section about why the disk drive is so slow!

@confusedbunny @Wintermute_BBS Thanks. I recall reading that. You know, I am among the backers of all of Brian's C= books 😎

@stirz money well spent and let me thank you for backing him!!

I read his book three times and had it signed by Dave Haynie, David Pleasance and other Commodore 8bit and 16bit legends at #Amiga34 (2019) in Neuss.

And I am planning to read it again when soldering the uAX 64 Mini Long kit.

@Wintermute_BBS @stirz Mine's signed, I won it at a UK Amiga show - must have been 30th anniversary?

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