Due to the long production time, there were many different models of the C64. Below there you can see the different models produced. But there was also a game console without keyboard (C64 Games System), a portable computer (called SX-64) and a version in a PET/CBM housing, which was intended for schools. Also there was a version by a company called Drean, which sold the C64 in Argentinia. The successor of the C64, the C128 and C128, was compatible.
Here the first version of the C64 with silver logo. Nowadays, this version is rare.
Here the well-known brown C64 with rainbow logo. On the right side you can see the connections for two joysticks, the power switch and power jack. The brown version with a dark keyboard is probably the best known. Above is the type plate with the familiar rainbow colors.
Rear connections from left to right: expansion port, TV-modulator (sometimes with setting option), Video, Serial, Datasette connector (for model 1530) and the user port. There is no reset button.
Another variant of the C64 is unofficially called "Aldi" because it was mainly sold at the German supermarket "Aldi". It has the case of the brown C64, but a white keyboard. This variant has the older key labels with the graphic characters on the front. Although this version was only sold in Germany, they were produced in both "W. Germany" and "USA". Both versions are different. The version from Germany used a cheaper sticker instead of a metal name plate.
The C64c got a modern case design. He came with GEOS, a graphical operating system. The design is similar to C128. Technically, he remained largely unchanged and compatible to older models. The board is smaller and chips were replaced with higher integrated components, which helped reduce costs. There are from two different C64c keyboards. On the right you can see the C64c with the earlier key labels. This keyboard was also used in the C64 Aldi. As with the brown version of the C64 the graphic characters are on the front of the keys.
The C64c on the right has the more modern key labels. Like the C128, it has all the graphic symbols at the top of the keys.
This is the latest version of C64c and was cost reduced even more. It is very rare and unknown. Instead of a metal plate on the top there is the logo only engarved in plastic case itself! The keyboard has been held on the upper housing part with brackets (not with screws as normal). In addition, the housing itself was only held together with clamps (see pictures below).
All connections still exists and are unchanged from the older versions. Unfortunately, the C64c also got no reset switch.
The back of the C64c. The footprint is larger than that of the old C64. Furthermore, the housing is held together with three screws on the front and brackets at the back. For lower lower production costs there are only two rubber feets mounted.
An interesting variant of this C64c. As a version of the A500, there was also a version of the C64 with embossed nameplate on the bottom. The serial number is like the A500 a sticker. Also there are no more screws. The entire enclosure is tuned to low production. Only clips keep the unit closed. Also the upper part of the case changed inside: Here, the keyboard is held only with clips too and is not screwed tight! There was also a version where the logo on the top was embossed. But this version has a normal metal top plate.
The C64G, the last model of the C64. It was rebuilt with the old case design but color is white instead of brown. The white keyboard of C64c was built in, so the entire computer is white. He was usually sold with games and a joystick as a set.
Another variant of the C64G. This rather rare C64G has the white casing with the cheap sticker plates, but the old, dark keyboard (graphic characters are on the front of the keys). The packaging of all C64G shows this version, although usually the white version (see above) was included.
The underside of the C64G shows the nameplate. This was produced in W. Germany. You can see also the serial number and the power supply voltages. On the brown C64 models and the model "Aldi" there is written "C64" on the nameplate only. At the bottom of C64c there you can read "C64C" and the C64G - as shown here - shows "C64G".
There are different variants of C64 PSUs. Left in front the known C64 PSU, it is the same that the VIC20 used except the different color. Right of it the more angular brown version. Left top the same but in beige color (this one also available with cables on the front and back instead from the side). Upper middle the well-known C64c PSU. And right of it a rare, late, cheap PSU made in China. On the top of all power supplies you can see a Commodore logo.
This is the first C64 board (ASSY 326298) which was used in the first C64 produced. This model in the collection is NTSC standard. Video-output has 5 pins only (instead of 8 pins) and has no chroma/luma signal. Besides the different arrangement of the parts it contains early versions of the chips. Rev 1 and 2 of the operating system had an error. By typing POKE 1024,1 in Rev 1 there will appear an white A in the upper left corner, in Rev 2 will appear no letter (it has the dark blue color of the background). Only Rev 3 is flawless and there will appear an light blue A.
The KU14194HB board (not pictured) was the predecessor of the ASSY 250407, which differs significantly from the first board. Even if the board looks similar to the later ASSY 250425 there are differences: SID and PLA are swapped in the position and the VIC (behind the shielded metal box) is rotated.
The board of the C64. There are different layouts of the long construction period. This one is a older version that has been installed in a brown C64 model. Top right corner of the module port with metal cover. Beneath the fuse. The metal box to the left is the TV modulator. The chip below is the VIC-II, responsible for the graphics. On the far left top of the board are two CIAs, the left one is responsible for the keyboard, the right for the disk drive. To the right are Basic, Kernal and Char Rom, then the processor 6510, and then follows the 6581 SID (Sound Interface Device), which is responsible for the sound. In the lower left corner are eight RAM chips, and on the right there is the PLA. Below you can see the shielding.
Here is the newer, smaller board, as found in newer models such as the C64C. It uses 85xx chips, which are higher integrated and where the production was cheaper. Top right corner of the module port with metal cover. Beneath the fuse and the keyboard connector to its left. The metal box to the left is the TV modulator. Further to the left the first chip is a CIA 6526. Further to the left there is the newer SID called 8580 and left of it the VIC-II 8565. To the left is a new chip, it contains the PLA and other TTL Logic. Further to the left there is the processor 8500 and below there are two instead of eight RAM chips and left of it the Char Rom and a new chip that contains basic and kernel. To the left another 6526 CIA. Below you can see the shielding.
The C64 came with this blue box. It shows the model with silver plate, although this was only produced in a short time period. A package with rainbow sign was not produced. Even the C64 Aldi which had a white keyboard was delivered in this package. The design is similar to that package of the VC20: The transition from blue (silver on VC20 package) to white with colored stripes and the picture of the product. The TV on the right with color bars will again stress the graphics capability of the C64.
The back of the package is also similar to the VC20: The description of the connections and the four images with possible applications is almost completely taken over by the VC20.
Here is the modern design of the C64c packaging. As the computer itself it should look more professional. Because of the greater depth of C64c compared to the older C64 models also the packaging is slightly larger. Like the old packaging, it is just a 1.carton that is pulled over two pieces of polystyrene.
The back of the package shows how you could expand the C64. Since the newer equipment like 1541c with white case was not delivered they show the old brown models of 1541 and the monitor. Later followed revised periphery with the new design adapted to the C64c. On the right side, the technical data of the C64c are listed. Thus, this package differs significantly from the first.
The packaging of C64G was a wider, as a 1342-Joystick and a game cartridge "Super Games" (with Colossus Chess 2.0, Silicon Syborgs and International Football) was included. It was sold under the name "Video Supergame 64".
Here is the US packaging. Each country could use their own marketing, packaging, etc. Compared to the European packaging with two Styrofoam parts, the C64 packing from the U.S. is a stable box. On the produc images on the side of the package is a VIC20 shown (for example, the wide module slot and the missing TV modulator was added on the picture). Also at the back there are errors: For example, the C64 is shown with the 1540 floppy which is not compatible with the C64.
Innen der C64 umgeben von zwei Styroporteilen. Die Anleitung liegt unter dem C64. Im vorderen Karton ist das Netzteil untergebracht. Im Gegensatz zu den europäischen Versionen ist das Netzteil schwarz und eckig, es hat nicht die typische abgeschrägte Seite wie wir es von den C64-Netzteilen gewohnt sind.
Commodore took over the BASIC 2.0 from the VC20 for the C64. The C64, however, managed to display 40 characters per line and had another start screen. In addition, the colors are now light and dark blue.
The Commodore C64 "Aldi", the C64c and the C64G were sold with the mouse-controlled operating system GEOS. You can use GEOS on every C64 model and it supports the Commodore C64 mouse 1351.
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|Launch Price:||595 Dollar|
|Processor:||MOS 6510/8500 (1,02 MHz)|
|Operating system:||BASIC 2.0 / GEOS|
|graphics chip:||MOS 6566/6567/6569 (VIC-II)|
|Resolution:||Up to 320 x 200|
|Soundchip:||MOS 6581/8580 (SID)|
|Sound:||3 voices, mono|
|Size:||C64: 205 x 405 x 70 mm
C64c: 250 x 410 x 70 mm
|Rare? (first version):|
The above shown computers are in the collection!
Compatible drives for the computer C64: