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Commodore CBM 8032

Commodore CBM 8032

Speed1 MHz
Memory32 KB

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Release Date: 5/1/1980
Manufacturer: Commodore
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Released 3 years after the first PET 2001, the 8032 ran better in most ways and had better internal circuitry. Supporting the complex IEEE-488 port (still in use today for scientific instruments) you could connect up to 15 devices such as hard drives and printers on the bus. You may have seen a CBM 8032 and wondered why and if the CBM machine was still a PET. The answer is yes, as the name changed strictly related to some legal issues that Commodore ran into with the name. The 8032 was similar to the 4032, with 32 KB of RAM, but had a 12 inch display (instead of 9) and was capable of display 80 columns.

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User Comments
Mike Westbye on Thursday, July 23, 2015
I worked at a company when the 8032's first came out. We bought two of them plus two 8050, (.55 meg per drive), floppy drives. Each of these units were $2500 per device. The price came down after awhile but at the beginning they were what was needed for any kind of biz use since the original 40 column machines were not much good for WUSIWUG typing, (What you see is what you get). We upgraded these machines with, I believe, Madison boards to make them 8096's, which had the astonishing RAM of 96K. This additional 64K was only available thru Bank Switching, which few programs and few programmers availed themselves of since it was difficult. Calc Result was one such program, (spreadsheet). With large programs, one entered the data, hit recalc, and went for a coffee... maybe 5 minutes if you had a lot of Boolean, "If" arguments etc. Nevertheless, they were as reliable as a Crowbar. We never had a single Commodore computer device fail and they outlasted ALL the original PC's and AT's that came after.
Asher Green on Tuesday, June 30, 2009
This is the very first PC I laid eyes on. I walked into my friends house, who is a professor of Psychology at the local university. They let me try my luck at Space Invaders, the very first game I ever played. Later on I played other games too, and our school had these PC's in Grade 8, and of course, all we ever did was play games on it, no formal computer education like they have now. Man, they have gone a long way, now a days they students apparently must have laptops in school!
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