But recently I was lucky enough to find an untested Commodore 64 breadbox computer among a lot of other neat things.
I plugged the machine in to see if it would boot normally, and the light came on. But nothing appeared on the screen.
[Imagine a picture of a television with a blank screen]
So far I was getting excited! I plugged in my Commodore Dead Test cartridge and turned it back on to see a screen flashing white and black. This means I'll be able to find the fault! While I would love to go further with this and find the problem now, I have other things going on that require me to put that on hold. But it will be happening.
Anyway, let's take a look at the inside of this computer.
This was a pleasant surprise. I've never seen a solid aluminum RF shield inside a Commodore 64 before. They're very common in other vintage computers, but usually the C64s had a flimsy paper thing with reflective stuff glued to it. I just dispose of those because they serve no purpose other than tearing and getting in the way.
This is a revision I haven't worked on before, so at this point I was absolutely thrilled with this computer. I really wanted to see this board beneath the RF shield, so I removed that.
Who would have expected something so beautiful inside such a beat up chassis? This is such a clean layout compared to my other C64s, and the board is in fantastic condition.
Compare this to the board that isn't working, and I've put a lot of time into cleaning that one. I haven't even touched this new one. I don't think I could ask for more from a backup board.
At this point I'm feeling pretty good about Project 64. Once I have a working board, I can start with some internal modifications I've been wanting to do. This also leaves me with more spare parts for future projects.
Thanks for reading!