Captain's Log / star date 2009.0330

Last week I faced Dutch prime time traffic in order to pick up a Commodore 128. I spent a total of nearly 4 hours in my car for a trip that shouldn't have taken more than 2 hours. But in the end my troubles were more than worth it as I got the following setup pretty cheap: A boxed C128 including manuals, a 1541-II disk drive, one Final Cartridge III, some boxed original software, two small boxes of floppy disks and a Suzo Arcade joystick.

I have owned a C64 back in the day. As a matter of fact it was my first real computer and I have fond memories of using it along with a 1541-II drive. I have a few C64's lying around but never got around to properly hooking them up. I also only recently managed to buy a boxed 1541-II drive and was planning to connect it to one of my C64's. I have never owned a C128 though and everything I've read about it really convinced me this was a nice little machine to have. It was Commodore's last 8-bit machine (not counting the C65, which was never released) and features near perfect C64 compatibility. But next to that it also runs CP/M (an OS closely related to MS-DOS) and ofcourse the original C128 mode.

This weekend I unboxed the C128 and cleaned it up. The 1541-II disk drive was very dirty, but has cleaned up nicely as you can see from the photographs. After I hooked the C128 up to my 1084S monitor everything worked straight out of the box, as they say. I popped the included Commodore test disk into the 1541-II and ran the performance test program that was included, which runs a test of the drive's mechanics, formats a disk and does some test reads and writes. Thankfully the drive passed with flying colours! The C128 and the drive worked perfectly. As coincidence would want it, I happen to have a spare 1541-II box lying around that came with some Amiga disks I bought off someone a couple of months ago, that will go nicely with the 1541-II I just got as part of this deal.

Well, the rest of the Saturday was spent playing Arkanoid, Last Ninja III and listening to some cool SID tunes! Been a long time since I last enjoyed Commodore's 8-bit goodness and I'm looking forward to going through the stack of floppy disks that I still haven't checked. Good times! Check out more photographs of the C128 and the 1541-II by clicking on the corresponding links in the Collection Menu on the right!

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