Posted by Commodore Computer Club on December 22, 2013 in Pictures

At the December 6, 2013 Commodore Computer Club meeting a wish of mine was finally granted after close to a 4 year search… acquiring an Educator 64.

Here is how the PET 4064 machine looked when it first came into the meeting:

C64 Educator 64 - Commodore Computer Club

As you can see, it works, but really dirty and has the #3 key broken off. Cleaning is easy and so is replacing the broken key. It’s also missing the decals below the monitor and above the keyboard.

After a few minutes of using the Educator 64, a horrible burning smell was coming from it and also a loud buzzing sound. Uh oh. We immediately powered it off until further testing could be done at a later date.

Well after a few weeks, lots of elbow grease, replacing a bunch of capacitors, adding the missing #3 key and major cleaning, check it out now:

C64 Educator 64 - Commodore Computer Club

It’s now super nice and clean. In the above picture you can see the Commodore 64 game Space Taxi in all it’s PET green screen glory thanks to the EasyFlash 3 cartridge.

As for the buzzing, that was coming from the power transformer inside. I’ve been able to quiet it down a little and hopefully at some point down the road it can be replaced.

I’m working on recreating the missing decals in Photoshop for the Educator 64 and sometime in the new year I’ll get them printed off then applied to the computer.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on December 21, 2013 in C64, Videos

Every holiday season the C64 Club likes to showcase the magical SX-64 Christmas demo and share it with all our Commodore friends around the world:

The above Christmas Demo was included on the 1541 SX-64 Test Demo disk which came with the Commodore Executive 64 (SX-64).

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the PDX Commodore Computer Club. We hope you enjoy the video.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on December 12, 2013 in Meetings

Hey Commodore friends! Below you can check out the photos that were taken during our last Commodore Computer Club meeting of 2013. Some of the highlights were the following:

  • Multiple PET computers
  • PET 2031 and 4040 disk drives
  • Commodore Educator 64
  • Xbox 360 Japan model
  • EasyFlash 3 cartridges
  • Games, games and more games
  • Great friends socializing
  • Buy, sell, trade and free table

Ok, now for the moment you’ve been waiting for, pictures showcasing our December 6, 2013 Commodore Club meeting:

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Xbox 360 Game Console - Commodore Computer Club

Xbox 360 Game System - Commodore Computer Club

Conrad CGE Adventures Atari 2600 - Commodore Computer Club

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PET 4032 with 2031 disk drive - Commodore Computer Club

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Pet 4032 with 4040 disk drive - Commodore Computer Club

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PET systems and disk drives - Commodore Computer Club

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

“Thank you” to everyone from the Pacific Northwest and surrounding area who continue to support and attend our Commodore Computer Club meetings. It’s really appreciated.

Our next scheduled meeting will be Friday January 3, 2014. 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 November 30, 2013 in Meetings

The next PDX Commodore Computer Club meeting is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013 from 6:00 pm PST until 12:00 am PST.

Please note: Due to recent weather (snow and rain), the December 6, 2013 meeting will most likely be pretty low key and not go until midnight since most people don’t want to venture out in bad weather. If you decide to come out the meeting, please drive safe and be careful out on the roads and freeways.

Ok, back to the meeting announcement: Club members, guests, friends and retro enthusiasts from the PDX and surrounding areas typically show up between 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm PST.

Our “first Friday of the month” meetings take place at Pied Piper Pizza located in Vancouver, WA which is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon:

Pied Piper Pizza - Commodore Computer Club

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

Once inside Pied Piper Pizza, head straight back past the dart boards to the private banquet room #4. Look for Commodore computers. If you can’t find it, ask someone at the counter.

What You Can Expect To See, Hear and Enjoy:

The following hardware and software will be available to enjoy at the December 6, 2013 PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club meeting:

  • C64 Direct-to-TV C64DTV (hardware design by Jeri Ellsworth)
  • Multiple Commodore 64 (C64) computers with JiffyDOS
  • VIC-20 with Mega-Cart loaded with 100’s of games, demos and programs
  • C64 EasyFlash and EasyFlash 3 video game cartridges

Of course there is always more hardware, software and gaming fun brought to the meetings by our members and guests that we don’t have listed, so come and be surprised!

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!

Presentations, Demos, Member Showcase, Etc:

As for presentations, we do plan on having a few PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club member presentations which also include showcasing some cool software and hardware.

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.

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 December 6, 2013. Come to learn, come to share.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on November 10, 2013 in Meetings

Below you can check out the photos that were taken during the fun times at our November 1, 2013 Commodore Club meeting:

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“Thank you” to everyone from the Pacific Northwest and surrounding area who continue to support and attend our Commodore Computer Club meetings. It’s really appreciated.

Our next scheduled meeting will be Friday December 6, 2013. 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 November 6, 2013 in Meetings

Due to an extremely busy personal and work schedule the past few months I’ve totally slacked on posting meeting pictures and recaps. As of moments ago, I’m all caught up :)

To make it easy for our Commodore friends to see the last few meeting photos, please check out the following links in order of oldest to newest updates:

Hopefully I won’t get behind in the future with posting pictures and recaps. Kindly enjoy the photos and we’ll see you at the next PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club meeting which have been happening the first Friday of every month since April 2010!

The November 1, 2013 meeting recap and pictures should be posted soon… yep, and now thanks to internet magic, they are posted here for your review.

Cheers!
-C64 Club Sysop

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 30, 2013 in Meetings

The next PDX Commodore Computer Club meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 1, 2013 from 6:00 pm PST until 12:00 am PST.

Club members, guests, friends and retro enthusiasts from the PDX and surrounding areas typically show up between 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm PST.

Our “first Friday of the month” meetings take place at Pied Piper Pizza located in Vancouver, WA which is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon:

Pied Piper Pizza - Commodore Computer Club

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

Once inside Pied Piper Pizza, head straight back past the dart boards to the private banquet room #4. Look for Commodore computers. If you can’t find it, ask someone at the counter.

What You Can Expect To See, Hear and Enjoy:

The following hardware and software will be available to enjoy at the November 1, 2013 PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club meeting:

  • C64 Direct-to-TV C64DTV (hardware design by Jeri Ellsworth)
  • Multiple Commodore 64 (C64) computers with JiffyDOS
  • VIC-20 with Mega-Cart loaded with 100’s of games, demos and programs
  • C64 EasyFlash and EasyFlash 3 video game cartridges

Of course there is always more hardware, software and gaming fun brought to the meetings by our members and guests that we don’t have listed, so come and be surprised!

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!

Presentations, Demos, Member Showcase, Etc:

As for presentations, we do plan on having a few PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club member presentations which also include showcasing some cool software and hardware.

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.

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 November 1, 2013. Come to learn, come to share.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 15, 2013 in Meetings

Due to an extremely busy personal and work schedule, the October 4, 2013 Commodore Computer Meeting recap and photos are just pictures and not detailed descriptions:

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Feel free to check out 3+ years of previous recaps and photos to get an idea of what to expect at an upcoming Commodore Computer Club meeting.

Our next upcoming first Friday of the month C64 Club meeting November 1, 2013 – same bat time, same bat channel.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 7, 2013 in Pictures

8 Bit Weapon needed a C= 64 to use for their performance at the 2013 Portland Retro Gaming Expo this weekend and the Commodore Computer Club was happy to assist.

After a weekend of awesome music and upon returning the system to our club vendor booth, Seth and Michelle were nice enough to sign the C64 used (and pose for a few pictures) which will now be cherished even more:

8 Bit Weapon Seth and Michelle - Commodore Computer Club

Thank you to both Seth and Michelle again for an awesome performance and for signing the Commodore 64c used in your weekend show at the PRGE 2013. You guys rock!

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 1, 2013 in Meetings

The next PDX Commodore Computer Club meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 4, 2013 from 6:00 pm PST until 12:00 am PST.

Please note: Since this weekend (October 5th and 6th) is the 8th Annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo – PRGE 2013, the October 4, 2013 meeting is going to be pretty low key and probably not go until midnight since we’ve got a lot of last minute preparations to do for the PRGE 2013 Expo.

Also, our friends 8 bit Weapon and ComputeHer will be at the show performing and also have a booth right across from the Commodore Computer Club :)

Ok, back to the meeting announcement: Club members, guests, friends and retro enthusiasts from the PDX and surrounding areas typically show up between 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm PST.

Our “first Friday of the month” meetings take place at Pied Piper Pizza located in Vancouver, WA which is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon:

Pied Piper Pizza - Commodore Computer Club

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

Once inside Pied Piper Pizza, head straight back past the dart boards to the private banquet room #4. Look for Commodore computers. If you can’t find it, ask someone at the counter.

What You Can Expect To See, Hear and Enjoy:

The following hardware and software will be available to enjoy at the October 4, 2013 PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club meeting:

  • C64 Direct-to-TV C64DTV (hardware design by Jeri Ellsworth)
  • Multiple Commodore 64 (C64) computers with JiffyDOS
  • VIC-20 with Mega-Cart loaded with 100’s of games, demos and programs
  • C64 EasyFlash and EasyFlash 3 video game cartridges

Of course there is always more hardware, software and gaming fun brought to the meetings by our members and guests that we don’t have listed, so come and be surprised!

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!

Presentations, Demos, Member Showcase, Etc:

As for presentations, we do plan on having a few PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club member presentations which also include showcasing some cool software and hardware.

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.

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 October 4, 2013. Come to learn, come to share.

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