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  1. If anyone is curious, I asked this in Lemon64 as well and was told that the chips are interchangeable between each-other and between PAL and NTSC boards.
  2. Anyone know where to get these plungers?
  3. So I've been working on one of my spare C64 boards (250425) just to see if I could get it to work and ran into a bit of an impasse. There was no video. Not a black screen, just no video signal at all. After some work, and replacing the fuse, I finally grabbed my only working C64 with this revision board, and swapped the 7701 clock generator. Tuns out it's dead. I've since gone looking for a replacement, but all I'm finding are the 8701s sourced from PAL machines, not the 7701s that both my NTSC boards have (well, one has and the other had). So my question is can I substitute the 8701, and does it matter if the chip came from a PAL vs NTSC machine?
  4. Sadly, I don't have a 3D printer. But I have been thinking about it.
  5. OK! So I've managed to find the plungers for the one with the grey function keys... Unfortunately, all the spare keycaps I have are for various Apple computers and don't work with this particular style of plunger (the plus mount is too thick). So the board will still be incomplete and there's nothing to hold the springs on yet. But still... Progress!!! 🙂
  6. I can see that. Sorry for the delayed response, forgot to hit post.
  7. http://personalpages.tds.net/~rcarlsen/custom ps.html
  8. Thank you so much! Please let me know. Even if you don't have all of them, I'll be closer than I am now. I've seen those too. It's ridiculous! For that price, I've seen whole VIC-20s that work, even a few questionable C64s. Same with the Apple ][ plus. The keyboard alone is nearly as expensive as the computer. The //e isn't that far behind. And finding individual keycaps... If you can help, I'd be very grateful. Also, what are people doing to their number rows? It always seems like every partial keyboard I see is missing the same keys.
  9. You're right. The upper case is from a VIC-20. I've been trying to find a good upper case for a while, but so far no luck. As for the keyboard, I bought that separate, so I really don't know where it came from. The original is currently in another C64. It's pretty common for either a C64 or VIC-20 (mustard function keys, same plungers as the machine with the marked up case). So I've discovered. Also thanks, I'll keep looking. You don't get a computer in this condition without knowing it'll be a long term project. 🙂
  10. So I have number of Commodore 64s in various states of repair and functionality. Four of them are more or less fully functional, but the two seen below lack full keyboards. The lettering is different on each, as are the plungers (I did manage to find a source for the plungers for the board with the grey function keys). I actually have all of the mustard colored function caps (just lack the plungers to mount them with), but one is currently serving as a delete key on an Apple //e (the "DELETE"/ESC, Arrow and 9 keys seen in the picture are spares from another //e so I guess it all balances out). I've tried Google, eBay and Etsy, but so far no luck. It seems like everywhere I look, either the caps I find are the wrong ones for my respective boards, or they don't stock the particular key that I need. Can anyone steer me in the right direction here? It would be very much appreciated. 🙂
  11. Interesting. I believe the ones on PolyPlay are the nano versions. I've held off on them because they don't offer full paddle and mouse support (not that I have a mouse). Do any of the alternatives offer that kind of peripheral support?
  12. Already ordered. Now all I need to do is figure out how to clean up this awful case (seriously, there are whole lot of melt marks all over it), and find some replacement key caps for the missing ones (I have the 1 key, but it snapped off from the plunger so I need to get the broken plastic out of that too). But at least it works!!! Thanks again!
  13. Try polyplay.xyz CIA was about 20 something Euro, SID 35, and the RAM was around 1.30 (but 4164s can be gotten anywhere, and probably for less). Sorry if the prices aren't exact, but they tend to fluctuate over the day. However, if you lock it in your basket they will honor the price when you added it. They also carry SID alternatives (SwinSIDs) for less.
  14. Thanks! It's good to know what those do. Excellent guess! I stuck in my spare VIC and got a normal startup. I'm guessing that I'll have to get a PAL VIC for full compatibility. Additional Thanks and Info!!! Just tested it with the SID and original PLA! Everything works! Thank you so much, now I can play all of those PAL games I always wanted to on real hardware!!!
  15. So I recently got a PAL C64 bread bin that gives me nothing but a grey screen. This is a 250425 board with several small modifications compared to my two other 250425 boards. Unfortunately, I'm not experienced enough to know whether their normal or not. All the ICs on the board were soldered to board except the SID, VIC II, and Clock. I desoldered, socketed and replaced the PLA with a PLAnkton to no effect. The VIC II is a 6569R3. This is the only PAL version I have, as all my other boards are NTSC, so for the moment, I can't swap the VIC. I did try this without the SID. No difference. So far I can eliminate the SID, PLA, Video Cable, and Power Supply (Ray Carlson model, tested with 3 other working NTSC C64s). Sadly my Dead Test is dead at the moment (ironic, I know) so I haven't been able to run any diagnostics so far. Any suggestions?
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