Set Up a Commodore 64




Introduction: Set Up a Commodore 64

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The following is an overview of how to set up a Commodore 64 computer system.

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Step 1: Unpack and Inventory Components.

Careefully unpack the components that come with your Commodore 64. This is best done on the actual desk you will be using. IF anything is missing, you might be able to find them at your local electronics shop or by Googling the component.

Step 2: Connect Peripherals.

If you have peripherals ( e.g., disk drive, printer, tape drive, etc.) connect them following the directions that come with the component. DO NOT power them on yet!

Step 3: Connect Video and Audio.

Connect the video and audio between the computer and the TV or monitor you are using.

Monitors are better because they don't have issues with TV interference, but if you use a TV, you'll need to use an RF modulator and a selector switch and/ or a 75 ohm adapter plug to connect the computer's video and audio outputs to the TV. The user guide that comes with the C-64 gives better details about this and should be consulted, especially if you have a TV made before 2000. If any questions, ask a TV service tech to help.

Step 4: Connect Power Supply.

At this point, you can connect the power supply unit to the power in jack on the right side of the computer. The end of the cord with the round plug goes here; the other end goes to your mains electricity source. The big brick converts your mains power (120 or 220 volts AC, depending on where you are) down to 5 volts DC that the computer uses. Don't turn on thre power yet!

TIP: Use a multi-outlet power strip, with a surge protector, to provide power to each components by plugging the indivdual items into the strip (do this while thr power strip is turned off!!!). This device can be purchased in an electronics shop or retailer and is the wisest investment you can make. I highly recommend APC, but there are other good brands out there.

Step 5: Check Connections Then Power On! (Troubleshoot If Needed.)

At this point, double-check all of the connections to make sure they aren't loose. If everything is firmly in place, turn on the components, in this order:

Disk drive
TV or Monitor

If you have a power outlet, and every item is plugged into it, you may now turn on the power strip.

If any problems, recheck connections and individual components using the troubleshooting guide that comes with the individual component that may be to blame. Any problems that are related to electrical or mechanical issues should be referred to qualified service personnel.

Step 6: Enjoy!

If all goes well, you should be enjoying the 8-bit bliss that is the Commodore 64.

Happy computing!

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    3 years ago

    Great tips! It would be really great to see some step-by-step photos of your instructions!


    3 years ago

    This is my first Instructable. Apologies if the graphics are a bit crude. I did it on my tablet.