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The "Commodore 64 @ 933.000 Mhz"
By JJ aka DocLorren - Posted on April 28, 2003
The Geek inside took
over command the minute I spotted the M9000.
The nice compact layout, the onboard features,
the impulse-buyer-friendly price and the power (enough for
the usual stuff while I have to feed my P4 with SETI or Folding@home
just to keep it from becoming bored), had not passed unnoticed.
I didn"t care too much about the power consumption, you
need an power outlet anyway if you want to do some serious
work or want to see the end of the DVD for that matter. Didn"t
care about reviews talking nonsense about gaming performance
and other trivia. Didn"t care at all. The Geek inside
talked in its authoritive voice: "Buy one, buy one! You
must! Must!" The Geek inside usually wins, especially
around payday. This time it won without a struggle. Payday
There it was, being admired, caressed, turned
over and admired once more by yours truly.
The shiny heatsink, the little fan waiting
in anticipation, the hidden processor not knowing when its
first set of instruction would arrive, aaah the joy!
OK, now that I had it and had satisfied
the basic need of just needing one (you fellow Mini-ITX-ers
know what I am talking about), the inevitable question arose:
"What to do with it?"
It was about to become my fifth computer,
and I could really not think of yet another "serious"
purpose for this machine. This time I would not convince the
girlfriend that it was a necessary piece of kit that was absolutely
needed for some scientific groundbreaking work. This time
I might even have to hide it from her eyes. Familiar feeling,
friends? Ok, so it was about to become my first totally superfluous
This was to be a project to fulfil some
basic needs. You just know that some people have those. Now
that I have introduced you to the rational reasons why I had
to get hold of one of these puppies (none, as you would have
guessed by now), I am about to tell you how this project turned
into: "The Commodore 64 @ 933.000 Mhz"
Seeing all the nice, funny and wonderfully
ridiculous housings on mini-itx.com, I decided to revive "The
Significant One from the "80s". Then, I used to
have a Commodore 16 on which I experimented with BASIC programming
until it decided to retire after a physical "Peek"
and subsequent "Poke" in its internals. "That,
you should not have done, my friend
", was the feeling
I was left with when the screen turned black, never to return.
The C16 was thrown away. That was unwise since they are quite
a little bit rarer than the 64 and nice to look at. Remember
they were dark grey with light grey keys? Anyway, Nostalgia
took over (two very influential powers "Nostalgia &
the Geek inside" you see
) and I bought a defect
C64 on Ebay for almost two Euros. Sometimes you just have
to throw in some serious money to get what you really, really
Here it is, looking very sharp, its
original design appealing as always and complimentary with
a nice touch of fading and aging of the plastic housing, adding
to the feel of authenticity:
defective intestines were to be surgically removed, which
was easy enough by just unscrewing the case (three screws
from the bottom) removing the upper lid holding the keyboard
(taking care not to break or severe the plastic hinges on
the upper lid; they are a little weak), disconnecting the
keyboard and power LED cable from the mainboard.
A couple of screws (eight if
I am not mistaken) had to be removed before the complete mainboard
could be taken out of its natural habitat.
What is left will look like this
depending on your skills not to break stuff:
Here you see the empty undertray
of the C64, with some tape to mark and protect the area that
is to be milled out for a close fit of the EPIA. Oh, you can
see it in the background of the picture giving a good representation
of the relative dimensions of the donor / recipient. The piece
of plastic that has to be removed is exactly between two little
ridges (arrows) on the inside of the undertray; the EPIA I/O
backplate fits like a glove between them. Of course this is
purely coincidental but for people that want to do this casemod,
it is very convenient to know. Also notice that because the
C64 originally ran @ a mere 1.023 Mhz the heat produced by
the 6510 processor did not require a fan to cool things down.
Some slots provided the necessary airflow and I am very happy
to say that they are located at the area where the EPIA is
to be fitted. This is the second coincidence, hmm
In the picture above you can see the plastic
removed from the undertray, while the upper part is taped
to get the same treatment in just a minute.