Commodore 64 Repair & Test

My partners beloved Commodore 64 switched on and managed to load games via a multicart but I couldn’t get any sound output.

After a short Internet search, I found many articles suggesting the SID chip would probably be faulty. This chip is the sound synthesizer for the C64. The diagnostic cart test showed some errors and when it got to the sound test, again there was no sound output.

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The case opens after removing three screws along the bottom of the case.

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This is the faulty SID chip on the motherboard.

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This is the new 6581 SID chip that I ordered from Etsy for just under £38.

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The diagnostic cart still shows errors but the sound now works.

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This is the multicart with a selection of games to play.

Looking at the list of games on the multicart:

Playing Astroblitz from the multicart:

 

 

iPhone, Android Charging Keyring

Bought this little gadget from Robert Dyas at the weekend for £3.43. Such a simple device but really useful. It can be used as a charge cable for android and iPhone’s in one cable. It attaches to a keyring and is so small you can forget about it being there. The USB end and the charger end connect together with a little magnetic clasp. The cable is short but that’s why its so unobtrusive when connected to your keyring.

I’m always running out of phone charge at work and don’t have a charging cable. This means I will always have a charge cable with me.

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