As a computer, it resembles the low profile CBM-IIs in appearance, as well as in basic design and capabilities. The biggest difference is the existence of the VIC-II video chip (the same one in the Commodore 64) and a pair of joystick ports. A great collectors find, and I dearly hope to find time to study this machine more closely in the future.
And Speaking of those ports, here they are. From left->right, RS232, Video DIN, cassette, expansion (cartridge), Ground, Audio, Power, IEEE-488, Joystick X 2.
Inside, the motherboard resembles the CBM-II line very closely:
On the left, you'll see the three 8K ROM chips, just below ye olde power supply. That's not the original power supply, of course, but a 120V I "borrowed" from a spare B500. To the right, you'll see the IO chips, memory, and other fun stuff.
ROM: 24 kilobytes
Personal Note:This machine came from the fabled George Page collection. Previously I kept a converted PAL P500, but this one is American through and through, so I decided to keep it instead.
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