Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 15, 2016 in Pictures

The future is here: AmigaOS playing a MP3 while Web browsing over WiFi on an A600 with the KIPPER Vampire II FPGA Hardware Accelerator card:

Amiga 600 KIPPER Viper II FPGA Board - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club member Aaron installed the KIPPER Vampire II card into his Amiga 600 computer at the recent C64 Club meeting. Pretty cool!

The Apollo Core / Apollo Accelerator Vampire II HW Accelerator built and sold by KIPPER has the following features:

  • 128 MB Fastmem RAM
  • Digital video output
  • SD card for HDD storage
  • 64-bit core, full 32-bit compatibility
  • Directly update core from the Amiga without need for external programmer
  • FPU and 16-bit Audio is planned for future updates

The A600 Vampire II will sit on top of your original CPU and take full control of your Amiga. Such an awesome piece of kit!

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 14, 2016 in Meetings

Greetings Northwest retro Commodore computing friends! Here are some of the highlights from our October 7, 2016 Commodore Computer Meeting:

Below are pictures showcasing some of the retro hardware and consoles at the recent C64 Club meeting, enjoy!

The always popular Commodore SX-64 Executive computer, Nintendo NES Top Loader with HDMI video modifcation and a Commodore 64c with JiffyDOS installed:

SX-64, Nintendo NES Top Loader, C64 C64C - Commodore Computer Club

We always start the meeting off with some tasty Pied Piper Pizza, fried chicken and all sorts of other awesome food from the all you can eat dinner buffet:

Pied Piper Pizza Vancouver, WA - Commodore Computer Club

Michael, Ryan, Justin and Jaycob playing the games Nintendo Mario Bros and Space Taxi (C64) on the Commodore 64 using the EasyFlash 3 cartridge:

Michael with kids playing C64 games - Commodore Computer Club

Showcasing an unreleased 1989 Commodore 64 prototype game on the SX-64. This RAD game has never been released, however that’s going to change in the near future :)

SX-64, 1989 RAD Prototype Game, NES cartridges - Commodore Computer Club

Chad playing the arcade perfect Donkey Kong Junior C64 Homebrew Game Port:

Donkey Kong Junior Homebrew C64 Game - Commodore Computer Club

C64 Club member Doug playing some Forza 6 (hehe) on his Colecovision video game console, complete with the steering wheel setup:

Doug with Colecovision Video Game Console - Commodore Computer Club

Check out all the awesome Buy, Sell, Trade and Free items representing C64, Vic-20, Books, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox 360 and so much more:

Buy, Sell, Trade and Free Marketplace - Commodore Computer Club

C64 Club friends, members and guests playing games and having a fun time at the Commodore Computer Club meeting:

C64 Friends playing games - Commodore Computer Club

George playing with his recently fixed Commodore SX-64 computer and Flyer Internet Modem. He’s playing the game Jupiter Lander. George likes anything to do with rockets:

George, SX-64, Flyer Internet Modem - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club members Paul and Marcus playing some homebrew games on the Vectrex. Also seen in the picture are Paul’s Atari Lynx II game cartridges:

Paul, Marcus, Vectrex, Lynx II Games - Commodore Computer Club

Justin, Ryan and Jaycob, our youngest C64 Club members playing games and having a great time at the Commodore Computer Club meeting:

SX-64, Kids playing games - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club member Aaron getting ready to install his KIPPER Viper II FPGA board into his Amiga 600 computer:

Aaron Amiga 600 KIPPER Viper II FPGA Board - Commodore Computer Club

Getting ready for the C64 MSSIAH Cartridge, MIDI Hardware and SID Software Presentation. Press any key to continue (hehe):

MSSIAH Midi SID Software - Commodore Computer Club

Chad checking out the C64 MSSIAH Cartridge MIDI Hardware and SID Software Presentation:

MSSIAH Midi SID Software - Commodore Computer Club

Justin is having a fun time playing with the Nintendo Virtual Boy that was on hand at the meeting thanks to C64 Club member Marcus:

Nintendo Virtual Boy VirtualBox In Box - Commodore Computer Club

Michael playing some Mike Tyson’s Punch Out! on the Nintendo Top Loader game console. You can see Justin smiling in the background near the Commodore 64c computer:

Mike Tyson's Punch Out! Nintendo NES Game - Commodore Computer Club

There is always tasty food, great friends and good times to be had at the Commodore Computer Club and Northwest retro computing meetings:

Colecovision, SX-64, Amiga 1200 - Commodore Computer Club

George and Chad chatting about all the things you can do with a SX-64 and Amiga 1200. Aaron can been seen in the background working on his KIPPER II FPGA mod for his Amiga 600:

George SX-64, Chad Amiga 1200 - Commodore Computer Club

Success! Aaron got his KIPPER Vampire II FPGA Hardware Accelerator installed and working in his Amiga 600 HD:

Aaron's Amiga 600 KIPPER Viper II FPGA - Commodore Computer Club

Marcus says “Thumbs up for the Commodore Computer Club” with C64 Club members Chad, Paul, Doug, George and Michael:

Chad, Marcus, Paul, George C64 Friends - Commodore Computer Club

Ryan and Michael playing Frogger on the C64 computer thanks to the EasyFlash 3 cartridge:

Ryan and Michael C64 Frogger Game - Commodore Computer Club

Chad giving his minty fresh Commodore Amiga 1200 computer a work out at the meeting:

Amiga 1200 Presentation - Commodore Computer Club

One of our youngest Commodore Computer Club members Jaycob playing Dig Dug on the C64 computer. Real games only need one button:

Jaycob playing Dig Dug C64 Game - Commodore Computer Club

Morgan playing with his Vectrex and recent pick up: a fully loaded Vectrex multi cartridge with all the classic games ready to go:

Morgan's Vectrex with Multi Cartridge - Commodore Computer Club

“Thank You” to everyone from the PDX and surrounding areas who have continued to support and attend the Commodore Computer Club meetings over the past 6+ years. It’s really appreciated.

We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on September 24, 2016 in C64

Commodore 64, 1702 color monitor and 1541 disk drive originally purchased in 1983 and still working in 2016. The best part? It’s used on a daily basis… awesome!

C64, 1702 Monitor, 1541 Disk Drive - Commodore Computer Club

On top of the monitor is a LED lamp that was purchased at ThinkGeek.com a few years ago and sadly is no longer available.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on September 3, 2016 in Meetings

Hello and Greetings Northwest retro Commodore computing friends! Here are some of the highlights from our September 2, 2016 Commodore Computer Meeting:

  • C64DTV designed by Jeri Ellsworth C64 project box
  • IMSAI 8080 microcomputer from the 1970’s
  • Magavox Odyssey 2 game console collection
  • Samsung N501 NUON Tempest 3000 DVD game
  • Pac-Man wrist watch from the 1980’s

Here is some of the retro video game and computer hardware at the C64 Club meeting: NUON Samsung N501, Sega Master System, Namco Plug-n-Play and Commodore 64:

NUON Samsung N501 N401, Sega Master System, C64 - Commodore Computer Club

Is it a DVD player, or a video game console? It’s both! Here’s the game Tempest 3000 playing on Paul’s Samsung N501 NUON. Nice NUON t-shirt Paul heheh…

Samsung n401 n501 NUON Console - Commodore Computer Club

The future begins yesterday, NUON is here at the Commodore Computer Club meeting along with Tempest 3000:

Tempest 3000 NUON Console - Commodore Computer Club

Here are two new members into the Commodore Computer Club that came down from Kelso, WA to hang out and play games on the Commodore 64 computers:

Friends socializing - Commodore Computer Club

Another picture showcasing the Sega Master System, Namco Plug-n-Play and JiffyDOS powered Commodore 64 computer system:

C64, Sega Master System - Commodore Computer Club

C64 Club members Kevin Savetz and Paul doing some floppy disk drive repairs at the meeting. George watches while enjoying a cool refreshing drink from Pied Piper Pizza:

Atari Disk Drive Hacking and Repair - Commodore Computer Club

Always a hit at the Commodore Computer Club meetings, the Activision classic game H.E.R.O. (HERO) for the C64 on cartridge:

Activision HERO H.E.R.O. C64 Game - Commodore Computer Club

Christopher showcasing his modded C64DTV designed by Jeri Ellsworth Commodore 64 project box up and running on a big color TV. Pretty cool!

Jeri Ellsworth C64 DTV Project Box - Commodore Computer Club

There was a lot of retro goodness on the Commodore Computer Club’s buy, sell, trade and free marketplace tables:

Buy, Sell, Trade, Free Marketplace - Commodore Computer Club

Video gaming and sound programming books for the Commodore 64 and VIC-20 computers scored from the C64 Club marketplace tables:

C64 and VIC-20 Programming Books - Commodore Computer Club

Doug brought his Magavox Odyssey 2 game console collection to the Commodore Computer Club meeting. It was a huge hit for sure!

Magnavox Odyssey 2 - Commodore Computer Club

It’s not everyday you see a IMSAI 8080 microcomputer from the 1970’s. The IMSAI 8080 computer was featured in the 1983 movie WarGames:

IMSAI 8080 Microcomputer WarGames - Commodore Computer Club

After the rain stopped, the sky cleared up a little showcasing these amazing clouds outside at the Commodore Computer Club meeting:

Commodore Computer Club

We had a Atari Lynx Checkered Flag ComLynx battle royal with multiple Atari Lynx II color handhelds between Aaron, Mike, Doug and Paul. So much fun!

Atari Lynx II color handhelds - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club members relaxing and socializing at the meeting:

Retro Tinkering and Hacking - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club members Kevin, Aaron and George doing a little floppy disk archiving to keep these awesome programs alive for many years into the future:

Floppy Disk Archiving - Commodore Computer Club

Aaron quickly grabs the Nintendo NES Zapper yelling “Back off! These Commodore Computer Club buy, sell, free and trade deals are mine!” hehe…

Aaron Cowdog360 - Commodore Computer Club

Kevin Savetz and Paul having some fun during tinker time at the Commodore Computer Club:

Tinker Time with Kevin Savetz and Paul - Commodore Computer Club

“Don’t copy that floppy!” C64 Club members looking through a huge collection of floppy disk software getting ready to play some games on the Commodore 64c computer:

C64C Box of Floppy Disks - Commodore Computer Club

Check out this awesome Pac-Man wrist watch from the 1980’s. Doug has owned this since he was a little kid and recently put in fresh batteries. Yep, still works like new!

Vintage Pac-Man Wrist Watch - Commodore Computer Club

George playing a game of Jupiter Lander, a Lunar Lander clone game at the Commodore Computer Club meeting:

C64 Jupiter Lander Lunar Lander - Commodore Computer Club

Christopher and Paul playing the game Ballistic on the Samsung NUON DVD video game console with graphics that compare to the SEGA Dreamcast or Sony PlayStation 1:

Ballistic NUON Game DVD - Commodore Computer Club

Paul giving some technical advice to Kevin Savetz on how to clean up the video signal on the Atari 800XL computer:

Atari 800XL 800 XL - Commodore Computer Club

“Thank You” to everyone from the PDX and surrounding areas who have continued to support and attend the Commodore Computer Club meetings over the past 6+ years. It’s really appreciated.

We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on August 8, 2016 in News

If you don’t have a real Commodore Amiga computer to play games, that’s ok because the Internet Archive has fired up a new section: a software library for the Amiga:

Internet Archive Amiga Software Games - Commodore Computer Club

You can play over 10,000 Commodore Amiga games directly in your web browser with this new offering. Pretty cool!

Update August 11, 2016: After a beta-testing period, the emulated Amiga programs at the Archive have been taken down for further development. Thanks to everyone for testing the Amiga In-Browser emulation package during the beta period, and especially a thank you to the Scripted Amiga Emulator project, as well as db48x and bai, for all the hard work with this experiment.

Source: Internet Archive Amiga Video Game Software Library

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on August 7, 2016 in Meetings

Greetings Northwest retro Commodore computing friends! Here are some of the highlights from our August 5, 2016 Commodore Computer Meeting:

Below are some of the pictures taken that showcase the good times had by all at the August 5, 2016 C64 Club meeting, enjoy!

Commodore Computer Club members, friends and guests having a great time at the meeting playing games and socializing:

C64 Friends Retro Video Game Time - Commodore Computer Club

Here’s another picture showcasing C64 Club members, friends and guests having a fun time at the meeting playing retro video games and socializing:

PDX Users Group PDXCUG - Commodore Computer Club

Morgan playing a game of KLAX on his new Atari Lynx II color handheld portable console:

Morgan and his Atari Lynx II KLAX Game - Commodore Computer Club

Michael playing some C64 video games with his two boys. So nice to intruduce a new generation of kids to the wonderful world of Commodore and other retro computers:

Game Time Retro Console Games - Commodore Computer Club

Aaron all smiles with his Amiga 600 HD and two Atari II Lynx color portable consoles with the McWill LCD screen modifications:

Aaron's Amiga 600HD - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club members Doug, Morgan and Aaron enjoying some Pied Piper Pizza for dinner before Joe Decuir’s Amiga hardware presentation starts:

Pied Piper Pizza Food - Commodore Computer Club

Aaron and Joe Decuir relaxing before Joe’s Amiga hardware architecture presentation:

Aaron and Joe Decuir - Commodore Computer Club

C64 Club members playing the game Flappy Bird on the Commodore 64c computer:

Flappy Bird C64 Game - Commodore Computer Club

Marcus, Brooke and Paul playing Leisure Suit Larry on the Commodore Amiga 1200:

Amiga 1200 Leisure Suit Larry Game - Commodore Computer Club

Clay playing a game of Moon Patrol on the C64c computer using the EasyFlash 3 cartridge:

Clay playing Moon Patrol - Commodore Computer Club

Michael trying out a recently found unreleased C64 prototype game from 1989 on the Commodore SX-64 Executive computer:

Michael playing SX-64 Game - Commodore Computer Club

Check out Commodore Computer Club member Doug’s Amiga Trumpcard (Donald Trump?) 500 AT and the Amiga Supra Turbo 28:

Amiga Trumpcard 500 AT Supra Turbo28 Donald Trump - Commodore Computer Club

Marcus and Brooke are all smiles at the Commodore Computer Club meeting. See, girls do like retro computers and video games :)

Marcus and Brooke Leisure Suit Larry - Commodore Computer Club

C64 Club members enjoying a little gametime at the meeting. Always a fun time!

C64 SX-64 Executive - Commodore Computer Club

Opening slide for the Joe Decuir Amiga hardware architecture presentation:

Joe Decuir Amiga hardware architecture - Commodore Computer Club

One of great the Atari engineers Joe Decuir doing his presentation on Amiga hardware architecture at the Commodore Computer Club meeting:

Atari Engineer Joe Decuir Amiga Presentation - Commodore Computer Club

Joe Decuir doing his rockstar Amiga presentation while Commodore Computer Club members, guests and friends watch and learn about early hardware design techniques:

Atari Engineer Joe Decuir - Commodore Computer Club

Another picture showing the good sized crowd of people enjoying Joe Decuir’s Amiga presentation at the C64 Club meeting:

Joe Decuir Presentation Crowd - Commodore Computer Club

Joe Decuir discussing key features for Amiga computer animation during his Commodore Computer Club presentation:

Key Features For Amiga Animation - Commodore Computer Club

C64 Club members and guests watching and listening to Joe Decuir’s awesome Amiga hardware presentation:

Joe Decuir Presentation - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club members and guests Doug, Marcus, Clay and Aaron discussing the Amiga Trumpcard 500 AT and Supra Turbo28:

Doug, Marcus, Clay, Aaron - Commodore Computer Club

Aaron carrying his Amiga 500 computer Bonus Pack like a 1980’s boombox radio. You can see Marcus and Joe Decuir in the background laughing. Such a great picture!

Amiga 500 Bonus Pack - Commodore Computer Club

“Thank You” to everyone from the PDX and surrounding areas who have continued to support and attend the Commodore Computer Club meetings over the past 6+ years. It’s really appreciated.

We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on August 1, 2016 in Meetings

Joe Decuir Atari VCS Amiga - Commodore Computer ClubAt the upcoming August 5, 2016 Commodore Computer Club meeting we are extremely honored to bring to you a presentation by Atari and Amiga hardware engineer Joe Decuir.

Joe Decuir will be presenting his work on developing the Commodore Amiga hardware architecture.

For those who can’t make the meeting in person which starts at 6:00 pm (Joe will be presenting at 7:30 pm) we will be video recording the entire presentation and it will be posted to YouTube within a few days of the actual presentation.

Meeting Time and Location:

Our 1st Friday of the month PDX Commodore Users Group meetings take place at Pied Piper Pizza located in Vancouver, WA which is about 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon from 6:00 pm until midnight:

Pied Piper Pizza – 12300 NE Fourth Plain Rd. – Vancouver, WA 98682 – Get directions

Pied Piper Pizza - Commodore Computer Club

Once inside Pied Piper Pizza, head straight back past the dart boards to the private banquet room #3. Look for Commodore computers. If you can’t find it, ask someone at the counter.

We always plenty of room, tables and electrical outlets, so if you have anything (game consoles, rare retro items, etc.) to show off or enjoy with other members, please feel free to bring it along.

Bring your Family and Friends:

As always it’s perfectly fine to bring your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or kids with you to the upcoming meeting. All are welcome. The more the merrier!

Retro Gaming And Computer Marketplace – Buy, Sell, Trade or Give it away for free:

For those who frequent the meetings know, there are always good finds to be had at our buy, sell, trade and free tables, so remember to bring any Commodore, other 8-bit computer or gaming console items you want to sell, trade or give away.

Need more information?

To find out more about our meetings, get directions, etc, please check out the Commodore Computer Club meetings page.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Commodore Computer Club and Users Group meeting on Friday August 5, 2016. Come to learn, come to share.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on July 4, 2016 in C64, Videos

Today is the 4th of July in the USA, the day we celebrate our independence, so the Commodore Computer Club wanted to showcase the Activision Fireworks Celebration Kit:

As good measure we are providing the D64 disk image so you can enjoy it on your real C64. It runs great on the Flyer internet modem and disk drive emulator using real hardware.

The Fireworks Celebration Kit was released in 1985 by Activision. It was programmed by John van Ryzin with music by Stephen Gaboury. You can even control the fireworks with your joystick plugged into port 1 on your Commodore 64.

Happy 4th of July 2016 from the Commodore Computer Club and Users Group!

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