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Cracked Magazine (November 1982)

Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:00 PM

It looks like the guys at Cracked decided to jump on the arcade craze like everybody else.

I haven't been able to find any information on this particular issue and it seems to be fairly rare with the only one on Ebay being listed at $100 and with no sold listings. Here are scans of the magazine for all to enjoy. I'll have a download link to higher quality scans HERE

 

 

 


Weird VIC-20!

Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:20 PM

Ladies and gentleman of the retro computing world... this VIC-20 makes absolutely no sense. It seems to be a bit of a Frankenstein's monster, it has the wrong badge and keyboard type for the model number board (1001006 REV 3), it has a PET style keyboard with mustard function keys, with a silver (not rainbow) VIC-20 badge while the serial number sticker is for a VIC-1001. Clearly the keyboard has been replaced at some point, what really confuses me though are two of the chips on the board, they are a dark grey color with a plaque for the chip type and number, but here's the kicker the pins are gold. Could this have anything to do with the serial number, which to date is the lowest I've seen (102640). Here's a link to a VIC-20 serial number registry (currently mine is at the top) https://cbmvic.net/registry/all, you'll get more detailed info there. Here's some pictures for you to mull over, any help or info at all would be appreciated. It was owned by a fairly prominent journalist (I will NOT tell you his name), so it may have been a 'review computer' sent to him by Commodore, but there would likely be something in or on the case/board saying that. Also I have no means of powering it on yet, seeing as I don't have an a/c adapter that fit's nor do I have the proper video cables.

 

VIC-20 Board Version (PNO 1001006 REV3)
VIC-1001 Serial Number (102640)
VIC-20 Chip Layout
VIC-20 Strange Heatsink
VIC-20 Badge
VIC-20 Keyboard
VIC-20 Bottom
VIC-20 Side
VIC-20 Weird Chip #1
VIC-20 Weird Chip #2
 
 
Help, please

CH Products Atari Joystick

Wed May 2, 2018 3:14 PM

So I found this controller in a friend of mine's basement and he's convinced that it's worth something.

Looking on Ebay and even doing a basic google image search we were only able to find variations of this joystick for IBM pc's and Apple II computers.

Have you ever seen this controller before and what do you think it's worth if anything?

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