Posted by Commodore Computer Club on November 21, 2015 in C64, News

Dave Moorman, last editor of Loadstar – the monthly Commodore disk magazine, has made available a number of issues on-line, ready to download as .D81’s. Each .D81 is packed with commentary, graphics, and programs:

LoadStar C64 C128 Disks - Commodore Computer Club

The disks start from issue 170 and continue through the Dave Moorman years with issues 200 to the last issue 250. That’s from 1998 to 2008.

Loadstar Monthly Disk Magazine for the Commodore 64 began in 1984 – and continued to 2007 – publishing 248 issues packed to the BAM (Block Access Manager) with games, applications, articles, entertainments, and tutorials. We have here a number of issues for your enjoyment, available in *.D81 file format. These files work just like a 1581 disk on a VICE Emulator.

Go to to download the disk images.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on November 14, 2015 in Meetings

Greetings Program. The C64 Club went on a road trip to check out the November 14, 2015 Southern California Commodore and Amiga Networkers, AKA the Scanners meeting.

Below are a few of the pictures and notes that were taken down during the meeting which took place at the Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge, CA.

On hand an SX-64 Executive Computer along with one of Jim Brain’s EasyFlash 3 cartridges. You can also see Mario Luppi’s Amiga 1000 booting up Kickstarter 1.3:

C64 SX-64 Amiga 1000 - Commodore Computer Club

Here we have Robert Bernardo from the Fresno Commodore Users Group (FCUG) discussing the A.L.I.C.E. Amiga Laptop Prototype that was showcased at AmiWest 2015:

AmiWest Amiga A.L.I.C.E. Laptop Prototype - Commodore Computer Club

It appears the game Choplifter is being played on the Amiga 1000 computer or is it coming from the SX-64? Dun Dun DUN!!!

Choplifter Amiga 1000 - Commodore Computer Club

The Commodore 64 Donkey Kong Junior port for the EasyFlash 3 cartridge was released February 25, 2015. At the meeting we tested it out. It’s arcade perfect. Pretty cool!

Donkey Kong Junior - Commodore Computer Club

Playing a little Space Taxi on the Commodore SX-64 computer, which is also being displayed on the big screen:

C64 Space Taxi - Commodore Computer Club

Due to limited space the Commodore VIC-20 and the Plus/4 computers that Robert had with him didn’t get hooked up, but that’s ok, the 2 SX-64’s and Amiga 1000 received lots of love.

A big “Thank You!” goes out to the Scanners group for the invite to attend the meeting. It was a lot of fun hanging out with other Commodore and Amiga Geeks.

I guess the only thing that wasn’t fun about the trip was all the crazy SoCal freeway traffic getting to the actual meeting, but for the love of Commodore computers, it was worth it.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 31, 2015 in Games

Below is a pretty spooky sampling of Commodore 64 themed Halloween classic games that the Commodore Computer Club suggest that our Commodore Friends around the world play today:

Chiller (1985) by Mastertronic:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Ghosts ‘n Goblins (1986) by Elite:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Ghostbusters (1984) by Activision (programmed by David Crane):

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Bone Cruncher (1987) by Superior Software:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Forbidden Forest (1983) by Cosmi:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Freak Factory (1986) by Firebird:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Night Breed (1990) by Ocean:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

If you don’t have 1541 floppy disks handy to play these games, you could always load them off the internet using your Commodore Flyer or directly from the Flyer on-board storage.

We hope that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 23, 2015 in News

Hey fellow Commodore 64 SID music lovers, check out this genuine 8-bit Kickstarter!!

A little bit from the official Back in Time Symphonic Collection Kickstarter page:

We’re raising money to arrange and produce a box set of Symphonic Commodore 64 studio arrangements that sound like properly large, epic tracks. And we want to produce full transcriptions for orchestras to play live in concert.

This is going to be so amazing! Just the thought of hearing C64 Music played by an orchestra… pretty cool!

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on September 20, 2015 in Games, Homebrew

Do you own a EasyFlash 3 cartridge designed by Jim Brain? Do you like the game Duck Tales for the C64 computer, but don’t like the disk load times? If so, this blog post is for you!

Check out some of the duck-tastic (whooo hooo) gameplay footage below showcasing this C64 floppy disk image crack to EF cartridge:

C64 Duck Tales - Commodore Computer Club

As of today, you can now download the Commodore 64 Duck Tales port for the EasyFlash 3 cartridge. Time to que up the Ducktales theme song…

Life is like a hurricane, here in Duck Burg
Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes, it’s a duck blur
Might solve a mystery, or rewrite history!
Duck Tales (woo oo)

Once again, for those who missed it above, here is the download link for Duck Tales EasyFlash 3 cartridge image. Enjoy!

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on September 14, 2015 in News

That’s right C64 Friends, earlier this afternoon as this blog post title suggests, a very low serial number Commodore 64 Silver Label was found in the wild:

Commodore 64 Silver Label VIC-20 Keyboard - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore 64 Silver Label Serial Number - Commodore Computer Club

Below are some of the geeky technical specifications that a lot of retro Commodore Computer Collectors want to know:

  • Serial Number: S00006011
  • Case Country of Origin: Made in USA
  • Board Assembly: 326298 (1982). This is the original “buggy” board
  • Board Revision: Rev C
  • Badge Type: Silver Metal
  • Keyboard Type: VIC keys (orange function keys)

Here’s an up close picture showing the case serial number sticker:

Commodore 64 Silver Label Serial Number - Commodore Computer Club

This thing is really clean too! It did need a light wiping down on the case from dust and of course I opened it up to blow out any dust, check chip date codes, board revision information, etc.

Speaking of chips and date codes, the chips are original MOS with early 1982 date codes. Pretty cool! Pictures of the board and chips to be posted soon.

I’m very happy to have found a nice working C64 Silver Label. It will be staying in my personal collection that’s for sure!

At a later date I’ll post more pictures showing the PCB and chip date codes, but for now I’m going to play some Space Taxi on this beauty…

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on August 22, 2015 in News

“Growing The 8 Bit Generation” has been in the works for quite awhile and now the creators of this awesome documentary project have started the Kickstarter campaign:

Growning The 8-Bit Generation C64 - Commodore Computer Club

A little bit about the movie taken from the Kickstarter page:

8bit Generation is a labor of love, from people who love the 8bit era, for people who are passionate or simply curious about it

8bit is a generation of machines, both computer and videogames, based on 8bit microprocessors starting from the early 70’s all the way to the end of the 80’s, often defined by blocky graphics, few colors, simple sounds and weird case designs.

In the documentary there are many Commodore Computer and other luminaries and retro pioneers such as:

  • David Crane co-founded Activision along with Alan Miller, Jim Levy, Bob Whitehead, and Larry Kaplan
  • Bil Herd designed the Commodore 128
  • Joe Decuir helped design, build, and produce the Atari 2600
  • Stephan Gary “Woz” Wozniak – founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs
  • Al Charpentier – The MOS Technology head of design
  • Charles Ingerham “Chuck” Peddle – Main designer of the MOS 6502 microprocessor
  • Jeff ‘Yak’ Minter – Video game designer and programmer
  • Andy Finkel – Was in charge of the Commodore VIC20 and C64 software library
  • Michael Tomczyk – Development and marketing of the Commodore VIC-20
  • Commodore founder Jack Tramiel and his son Leonard Tramiel

You can follow along with the progress of this project on the Official Growing The 8 Bit Generation Kickstarter page.

Special thanks go out to Robert Bernardo of the Fresno Commodore User Group for the heads up on this project.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on July 4, 2015 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 2015 from the Commodore Computer Club and Users Group!

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