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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi 165

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "A group of Commodore fans are working on a new emulator with the ability to turn the Raspberry Pi £30 computer into a fully functioning Commodore 64 fresh from the 1980s. Scott Hutter, creator of the Commodore Pi project, together with a team of developers on Github, are seeking to build a native Commodore 64 operating system that can run on Raspberry Pi. 'The goal will be to include all of the expected emulation features such as SID sound, sprites, joystick connectivity, REU access, etc. In time, even the emulation speed could be changed, as well as additional modern graphics modes,' he writes on his website."
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

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  • Re:LOLOLOL (Score:4, Informative)

    by LWATCDR (28044) on Monday April 14, 2014 @02:54PM (#46749867) Homepage Journal

    Why? Just get this http://simh.trailing-edge.com/ [trailing-edge.com] and compile it.

  • Vice and Frodo 64 (Score:5, Informative)

    by innocent_white_lamb (151825) on Monday April 14, 2014 @02:56PM (#46749885)

    I use Vice [sourceforge.net] on my desktop computer and Frodo C64 [google.com] on my Android phone. Accordingly, I don't need an extra gadget to play with my Commodore 64.

    Gamebase64 [gamebase64.com] has everything you never needed to know about C64 games, Girls of '64 [c64.org] for everything in 8-bit nudity, and AppsnToolsBase64 for everything in utilities, business and productivity applications.

    All c64 programs are tiny in modern terms; an uncompressed 1541 floppy disk image is only 170k. So you can carry every significant Commodore 64 program that was every released on a single flash drive or on your phone, and have plenty of room to spare.

  • Re:old tech (Score:3, Informative)

    by Narcocide (102829) on Monday April 14, 2014 @06:33PM (#46751595) Homepage

    Ok, you're right. I'm sorry, that was completely pointless. In all seriousness, what is probably most telling about the time period in computing and why there is still such a following today is in the second sentence of its wikipedia page [wikipedia.org]; "Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-selling single computer model of all time, independent estimates place the actual number sold between 10 and 17 million units."

    While its true that shortly after that era the "IBM PC revolution" effectively fragmented individual model counts so far that counting sales based on single model figures became a pointlessly obscure metric to gauge the total picture of the market, it also remains true that at that point the highest-end IBM models could only do 4 screen colors simultaneously (compared to the Commodore's 16) and 1 sound at a time (compared to the Commodore's 3) even for years after the practical extinction of the C64 from a sales perspective, and that there is still to date no single other model of personal computer that ever achieved such market penetration, and most likely there also never will be again.

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