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Commodore 128

Commodore 128

Speed4 MHz
Memory128 KB

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Commodore 128

Release Date: 6/1/1985
Manufacturer: Commodore
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Donated By: Pat Girdlestone
Considered by many as the best 8-bit computer ever made, the 128 and 128D actually contained two processors. The 2MHz 8502 (which ran Commodore 64 software) and the 4MHz Zilog Z-80 CPU that was completely capable of running CP/M 3.0 software such as Turbo Pascal and WordStar. By this time in the market, the Macintosh and Amiga computers were far more powerful and could do more but it was surprising to many how much could be accomplished with the right software. The only difference with the 128D over the 128 is the packaging of the computer and the inclusion of the 1571 drive right in the main chassy. There is a separate entry for the 128D.

User Comments
Norm M. on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I have really fond memories of the Commodore 128. At the time, PCs cost thousands of dollars (the IBM PCs only had 4 colours, and a lousy sound generator). This baby could go into three modes: C64, C128 (native mode) and CP/M. It had 16 colours and 4 "voices". C128 programs like word processor "Ghostwriter" and the "Pocket" series (database, spreadsheet and word processing) along with the "GEOS" O/S could rival anything coming from Apple or IBM. For me, this computer was a work horse which I used daily for years. Sid was selling a kernel upgrade kit that I bought and installed, that really souped up the features and speed of the floppy drive (up to 15 times). It also provided real functionality to the function keys. You could activate it at a flick of a switch before booting. This was an awesome upgrade to this computer! I ended up buying just about everything Berkeley Softworks ever released in the GEOS series. People used to see the stuff I did and asked me if I had an Apple computer. I even had this great desktop publishing program (the name of which escapes me at the moment) written by two twin brothers who were 16 years old! I even had a font creator program which I used to make a font in my own handwriting (in the days when people told me it was too impersonal to write a letter on a computer). Ha! You don't hear that anymore, right? The Commodore 128 was one of the best looking machines too. Sleek and functional. The keyboard had a feeling of quality (especially compared to anything in its class). I still have this unit in my basement; it needs a replacement power supply. I still have all of my programs and data. For some reason, I can't part with it. :-) I only paid $500 for this machine. For a monitor, I bought a 15" colour TV (on sale) and tweaked it until it was as sharp as a Commodore monitor. Bought all of the toys for it (other than extra memory which was expensive). I had some of the coolest apps for it (which I still can't find in the PC world to this day). Totally awesome computer for the times. A classic.
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