C 128

C 128 - 02
The Commodore 128 was launched in the Las-Vegas Consumer Electronic Show 1985.
It was presented then as a competitor for the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC
(The famous advertisement said "Bad news for Apple and IBM").
In fact, the only star of this show was the Atari 130 ST ! 

It is the successor of the Commodore 64 and can use all software and lot
of hardware of the C64 
(the 8502 can be slowed down 1 MHz for the compatibility). 

Thanks to the Z80, the Commodore 128 can run under CP/M + : lots of
software was adapted for this computer and Osborne or Kaypro programs
can run directly. 

This machine would have limited acceptance. 


Manufacturer Commodore Name C 128
Type Homecomputer Origine USA
Introduction Date 1985 End of production ???
Built in Language Basic Keyboard Complete full-stroke keyboard with separated numeric keypad
CPU 8502 + Zilog Z80 Speed 1/2 mHz (for the 8510), 1.022 MHz (for C64 mode)
Coprocessor SID (sound) & VIC-II (video) Amount of Ram 128 KB
Vram 16 KB Rom 48 KB
Text Modes 40 x 25 / 80 x 25 Graphic Modes several, most used : 160x200 / 320 x 200 / 640 x 200
Colors 16 Sound 3 voices / 6 octaves
Size / Weight ??? Built in Media None
I/O Ports RGB, Video Composite, Joystick (2), Cartridge, Tape, User Port (RS232 compatible), TV, serial OS C128 mode, C64 mode or CP/M
Power Supply External Introduction Price ???
Sold ??? Serial Number ???
Other Extras None Bought Where Zelzate
Bought When - Condition Dead
Price Paid Gift Specs of my Model -
Setup Today ???

Back view


At this time I started to buy stuff at ebay (and other auction sites)

The first thing I bought was my Commodore 128 wit a C2N datasette

I bought it (and working) from a guy in Zelzate (price tag: 1000Bfr)

He also sold me a 128D (price tag: 1500 Bfr), 
diskettes (1500 Bfr, paid too much for this), 
an Atari 600XL (500Bfr), Atari VCS2600 + 19 games (500Bfr), 
Commodore VIC 20 (500Bfr), I also got two other datasettes, 
a lot of “damaged” hardware (C64, C64C, C128) and some software.