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Commodore PET 2001

Commodore PET 2001

Speed1 MHz
Memory8 KB

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Commodore

PET

Release Date: 6/1/1977
Manufacturer: Commodore
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
$1,395.00
$5,496.62*
 
Donated By: Danny & Peter Epstein
 
Conceived by Chuck Peddle from Commodore, the "Personal Electronic Transactor" or PET went on to be a very successful machine for Commodore but not so much as a home computer. It was actually used a lot in business and even more so in the school system. Later models would do away with the built-in tape drive and allowed users to choose either a tape drive or floppy disk (or both if you were that lucky) for "mass" storage. There are actually 3 variants in this series, with varying amounts of RAM. This one has 8K and runs a CMOS 6502 microprocessor. The BASIC was developed by Microsoft. The original price for this machine was approximately $1395 US.

You can download a technical reference called Pet Communication with the Outside World.

The video clip below shows Millipede being played on the actual computer that is in the museum.

 

This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.
 

User Comments
Chris D. on Monday, June 25, 2018
This was my first computer, I bought it for $1400.00 from Eaton's Camera Display in Sherway Gardens Etobicoke Ontario sometime in late 1978. It provide hours of training and entertainment, I built an addon board for the connecter in the back and added 8k more memory and some I/O functions. My second computer was the Tandy Model 1 Level one, that I modified from 4k to 16k with chips from an NCR ECR. lots of fun, now 40 years later still playing with computers I'm an IT Network Manager. Great to see someone preserving these early machines.
Margo Karolyi on Saturday, April 7, 2018
Back in the mid 70s my boss (who was in charge of Instructional Development [new teaching methodologies] at Sheridan College) dropped one of these on my desk and said, "This is the future, figure out how to use it." Pretty much everyone involved in computing at the College thought he was crazy!!! It was my first exposure to computers and we went on to build an entire lab of Commmodore PETs [which we upgraded to the full size keyboard and 5.25" dual disk drive] and hire a "lab manager" to oversee programming students who created various educational [and gaming] applications [Micro Math was a HUGE best seller in public schools]. We also ran numerous educational workshops [e.g., Microcomputers in Education] and hosted the first "small computer" trade shows in Ontario [Micro Age 78 and 79] at the College. I wrote user manuals for various [Word Processing, Finance, Math and more] and eventually began teaching computer courses at night school [and later, during the day]. This brought back a lot of memories. I can't wait to visit your facility.
My first computer on Sunday, February 23, 2014
In 1978 I bought my first computer from Eaton's. The Pet 2001 looked too cool to pass up and Eaton's was having trouble selling it so it was priced half off at $700. Such a joy to play 'Monster Chase' on. The tape drive never worked all that well but those Floppy disks were way too expensive to justify getting a drive. It's sits now under it's cover in the basement and my Grade 5 daughter may eventually get it. I'm not sure if her iPad attuned fingers will like the Chicklets keyboard but it's about right for her hand size now. It, my Mac 512, and my Newton will stay packed away as I liked them too much to sell them when I upgraded. I'm glad you have one in the museum.
Stephen Young on Sunday, July 15, 2012
My very first computer. It opened like the hood of a car, complete with a side steel rod to it there!
Marlon Silver on Monday, February 13, 2012
It really hurts to see this computer. I traded in mine to get the 16k memory, Large keyboard. I obtained a teletype on Queen Street and removed the 300 baud modem and built a telephone hand-set lifter to place the phone in the cups. Next was the bulletin board system and it was online ! My son's did not believe it loaded software from a modified cassette tape player. I then used it with a memory chip (eprom) programmer to fix video games and change Coin-op Pacman to MS Packman etc. The IEEE bus was the best and many scientific tools could be attached. Learning basic code was fun . later I attached a chip device checker that could check all dip type integrated circuits. Ink printers and surplus line printers were a small challenge. The large floppies were .. well .. lets say I bought a dual floppy drive to keep it updated to all it could do. Still works and made in Toronto CANADA. Glad to see your site and hope to visit. Too bad the hours are so infrequent. You can google me to find me , good luck with the museum
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