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What is the opinion on how durable the VIC-20 is when compared to it's bigger brother, the 64? I have fiddled with three VIC-20's over the years (two are mine, one cleaned up for someone else) and I really haven't had much issue with them. I currently own two breadbox 64's and one works, one just brings up a blank screen. (Possible power supply failure on one of them?) Now, both of my current VIC-20's have the two prong power supply plug for roughly 9 or so volts and one is a bit of a middle range unit that has the later logo, but still uses the earlier power adaptor. One thing I have noticed is that the these units don't seem to have the failiure rate that the later power supplies used on the 64 did and my earlier supply can even be opened up and the fuse replaced in it if need be. Looking in through the back of the VIC-20 (Yeah, you can see the insides through the ports!), I can see some socketed chips in there compared with the one 64 I checked, which had all soldered chips. In all honesty, I originally thought the VIC-20 sould be super cheaply made compared to the 64 when I got my first one, but so far the units are a bit more like tanks. My only issues I have had have been the external RF boxes acting up (easily bypassed with the right AV cord) and the power switches wanting to seize in the off position. Actually, I might have gotten that repaired too with some good lubricated switch and relay cleaner today. So, what's the opinion on how durable the VIC-20 actually is?
Here is a piece of marketing copy (item 10) that has indeed stood the test of time. Such a shame their support for the computer ended so abruptly, but of course, money talks. This comes from the "Introduction to Computing with the TI-99/4A" booklet that was put out by the TI Computer Advantage Club in the "Commonly Asked Questions" section. The second one (item 12) was clearly a shot at both of Commodore's computers - the VIC 20 and the 64 - with the marketing hype taking over by mentioning only good things such as creatively arriving at access to 110K of memory and a 16-bit processor in the era of 8-bits, even if the machine really was unable to take full advantage of it. Dazzle 'em with numbers - the higher, the better, baby! (...or baffle 'em with BS, depends on your point of view)