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Here is one for Commodore fans, Commodore completists or those who want to revisit the early 1980s. This is an early model Vic 20 in excellent condition (no yellowing or case damage). Unlike later (most!) Vic 20s, it has a two-prong power connection (11V AC) and the badge doesn’t have the rainbow colours usually associated with it.
Also included is a Vic datacassette and manual, the PSU, a cable for a composite monitor, a cartridge chess game and the user manual (missing the front cover).
I’ve tested the unit with a game (Snackman) loaded off cassette. Everything seems to work including sound and joystick control. I haven’t tested the record function on the datacassette.
There are two minor issues to be made aware of.
- The two sockets in the power cable (where it connects to the computer’s power pins) are bit loose around the pins. Sometimes the cord where it connects to the computer needs to be wriggled for power to flow. I’ve tested the power socket on the computer for continuity and even replaced the solder around the connections to the board. That seems fine. The problem does seem to be sockets in the power cable which may have stretched over time.
- The pins on the cassette plug seem to have lost some of their spring. Everything seems to connect if you don’t push the plug all the way in on the card connector. If it’s rammed home hard though, the tape recorder doesn’t always work.
This looks so pristine I’m reluctant to let this go, but it’s a spare and just have to make some room.
Shipping & pick-up options
|Destination & description||Price|
|NZ Post North Island||$24.10|
|NZ Post North Island Rural Delivery||$28.00|
|NZ Post South Island||$31.30|
|NZ Post South Island Rural Delivery||$35.20|
|Pick-up available from Palmerston North, Manawatu||Free|
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