Written and Maintained by Gregory Nacu

COMMODORE 8 BIT BUYER'S GUIDE

Last modified: Oct 07, 2019

From the Editor

Welcome Commodore 8-bit users!

I am so happy to bring to you this carefully crafted Buyer's Guide. The guide lists:

Over 350 Products, Projects and Kits,

Available from more than 45 Vendors.

Every item listed below is for your Commodore PET, VIC-20, C64, C64c, SX-64, Plus/4, c128 or c128D. And every product is commercially available today. That means you can have confidence while you browse this guide that if you see something cool you know you can order it and have one for yourself.

The products are grouped into 12 categories to help you find that piece you've always wanted to expand your Commodore without needing to worry about who makes it or who sells it.

It is my goal to have a feature page detailing each product, or product family, found below. This describes the primary function and use of the product, shows up–close photographs, lists the models of Commodore it is compatible with and links to the product's homepage and documentation. It also lists prices and gives clear instructions about how you can order it. The feature pages open up comments for the community to leave reviews, and to ask and answer questions.

This icon, ☆ indicates which items in the guide have a feature page available. There are currently 20 feature pages available and I'm adding new ones as quickly as I can. Follow my progress on twitter, hashtag #8bitbuyer.




PS. If your commercially available product, project or kit for a Commodore 8-bit computer is not listed here, mention me on twitter @gregnacu and we'll get you listed.

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Features

Products you don't want to miss

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Ultimate 64

FPGASid

Mechboard64

Help Support Me

Your Support is Important to C64OS.com

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The best and easiest way you can support C64os.com is by purchasing one of the items I am current offering, below. These items are periodically cycled so there will be new ways for previous contributors to help out again. Your purchase helps offset the cost of running this site.


All new parts, hand soldered and tested by me. Includes all optional components to easily configure for your own ROMs. Includes a 27C256 (32KB) EPROM. Includes a color–printed manual. Does not include a cartridge case.

1 Versa64Cart + 1 EPROM: $20 USD

+ $7.50 USD Shipping/Handling
Limited availability.
Contact me if you want the EPROM preloaded with particular software.

Vendors

The Top 20 places to get cool stuff for your Commodore computer

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Here are my picks for the Top 20 places to buy hardware to expand and repair your Commodore computer. There are many other vendors who sell individual items which you will find throughout the Buyer's Guide, but if you're looking to browse a catalog, don't miss these great suppliers! Ebay, while not a Commodore specific supplier of hardware, should not be overlooked as one of the best sources of current and no–longer–commercially–available hardware.


Advanced

New mainboards, plus some advanced products that defy categorization.

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Ultimate 64

C64 reloaded MK2

The 128 Remastered

TheC64 MINI

Cassiopei v2

Turbo Chameleon

Storage

Storage for your Commodore comes in all shapes and sizes

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Pi1541 Hat w/LED

Pi1541 Complete w/case

Fast Loader Carts

Freeload

EPYX Fastload Reloaded

FastLoad

PDQ/Megaload v2

VIC-20: Storage+

Final Expansion 3

Final Expansion 3 Case

IDE/CF Storage

IDE64 v4

Slave CF Adapter

IDE64 Case

Cables and Adapters

IEC Cable

CMD Parallel Cable

IEC Y-Splitter

IEEE-488 bus cartridge

IEEE-488 Cable

Micros Doubler 64

Cableless SD-Card Storage

Cableless SD2IEC w/case

Cableless SD2IEC

SD2IEC Internal Fit


8GB Preloaded SD Cards

Cheap 1GB SD Cards

SD2IEC Mini Readers

SD2IEC v4

SD2IEC Classic

SD2IEC Cassette Powered

SD2IEC Drives

Retro3000 SD2IEC v3

MMC-SD SD2IEC Drive

SD Card Drive

SD2IEC with Screens

petSD+

Commodore SD2IEC w/LED

SD2IEC w/LCD

Internal Drive Upgrades

SuperCard-Plus 1541

SuperCard-Plus 1541/71

1541 Trackdisplay

1541 Easy Drive Number

µIEC SD-Card Storage

Commodore/PC Transfers

ZoomFloppy

ZoomFloppy Acrylic Case

ZoomFloppy Case


XM1541

XA1541

XU1541n Interface

XU1541b Interface

miniXUM 1541

SCSI Adapters

SCSI to SD v5.1

SCSI to MicroSD

SCSI Adapter Mount

Tape Storage

uCassette

Tapuino Reloaded

Tapuino: Digital Tape Deck


TapeCart (black)

TapeCart (in box)

TapeCart (silver)


MP32C64 Datasette

1541 UII+ Tape Adapter & Cable

1541 UII+ Tape Adapter Case

MP32C64 Datasette w/Case

Expansion

If you're buying hardware, you better grab some expansion options

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X-Pander 3

Datel EX64

X-Pander 3 Case

UserPort Expansion

Mini Expanders

Mini X-Pander+

Mini X-Pander

Mini X-Pander Case

Cartridge XPANDER 1X

C64 Cartridge Expander

C64 Expansion Port Adapter

IEC Expansion

QuadPort IEC

QuadPort IEC Acrylic Case

Audio

The box already rocks but it rocks harder with extra audio gear

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SIDFX

SIDFX Adapter (top)

SIDFX Adapter (bottom)

STEREOinSID

SID2SID PCB

SID2SID Components

SID Symphony II

SID Chip Remakes

FPGASid

ARMSID

SwinSID Ultimate

SwinSID Nano

SID Chip Originals

6581 SID

8580 SID

MIDI/Synthesizer

CynthCART 64

Mssiah 64

Datel MIDI Interface

VIC MIDI

Sound Expansion

FM-YAM

SUX 6400

8 Bit Stereo Sampler

MP3@64

Other Audio Stuff

Rolls MiniMix II

FM Radio

Memory

You can do so much more by blowing past 64K of memory

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GRAM/1D 1MB GEORAM

GRAM/4D 4MB GEORAM


1750 REU Memory Upgrade

1MB RAM Expansion Unit

C16 64K Ram Upgrade

Love For VIC-20

Penultimate Cartridge

UltiMem

Vic-20 MAX RAM

32K Selectable RAM Expansion

3K to 35K RAM Expansion

Love For PET

PET ROM/RAM

SuperPET MMU

ROMs

Cartridge ROMs give instant access to your favorite software

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EasyFlash 3

EasyFlash 3 Acrylic Case

EasyFlash 1


Versa64Cart

EasyFlash

MiniFlash

VIC-20 ROMs

16K ROM Cartridge PCB

Multi ROM Carts

UltraCart 128

Black Magic Cart

UltraCart 128 Acrylic Case

Meg-Uh-16 Cartridge

Jason Ranheim PCC4

9502 DUO

Simple64-128 Cart-Dual

Plus/4 C16 16K

Plus/4 C16 Universal Cartridge

Single ROM Carts

Multicart+ 64

512 - 4 Megabit PCBs

8K Cartridge PCB v2

Simple64Cart

Open64Cart v2

64K Karte

KERNAL ROM Adapters

Reprom64

9628 External Kernal

ROM Chips

EPROMs

ROM-el 23128/23256

ROM-el 2364

Network

Ethernet, Serial, WiFi: Many options for Commodore networking

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64NIC+

RR-Net MK3

64NIC+ Case

WiFi / TCPIP Modems

C64Net Wifi Card

WiModem

WiModem w/OLED

Wifi Modem C64

64 Telnet Wifi Adapter

v2.1 wifi modem (w/ Case)

v2.1 wifi modem (w/ OLED Screen)

v2.1 wifi modem

UserPort Serial Adapters

EZ-232

GLINK-LT

GLINKUSB-LT

Expansion Port Serial Adapters

GLINK-232T

GLINK-232

Link232

Video

You can hook your Commodore up to lots of modern displays

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C128 VGA Module II

GBS 8200

BIT-C-128 Video DAC

CGA 2 RGB

RGBI to RGBA Adapter

CGA to RGB Converter

S-Video Alternatives

Video Novelties

Overlay64

QuickSCAN Interface

Video Upgrades

LumaTOLB

LumaFix128

64K VDC Upgrade

LumaFix64

A/V Cables

6' S-Video, side Audio

5-PIN AV, Mono

5-PIN AV, Stereo

25' S-Video, Stereo

25' Composite, Stereo

6' S-Video, Stereo

c128 Video Cable Set

SCART din 1.5m

Commodore Auto Switch Box

8-PIN, Split+Composite, side Mono

S-Video to RCA Splitter

RCA to S-Video Splitter

Input

Give yourself and your Commodore new ways to talk to each other

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4 Player Adapter

4 Player Adapter w/ Case

Competition Pro Retro

BX–87 (Mark II)

Controller Cables and Port Adapters

Joystick Switcher (Idoregesz)

C8D Joystick Switcher

C8D Joystick Switcher Case

Joy Cable Replacement

Joy Cable Extension (long)

Joy Cable Extension (short)

Alternative Input Adapters

Trap Them Controller

Super Nintendo Controller


Nunchuk 64

SNES to JPX

Nunchuk 64 Acrylic Case

64JPX Interface

64JPX PCAnalog


Unijoysticle

Jocopod

Jocopod Foot Petal

PS/2 Mouse Adapters

Joystick Switcher w/ PS/2 Mouse Adapter

MicroMys 5 (slim)

PS/2 to 1351 Adapter

USB Mouse Adapters

TOM+

Ryś MKII

TOM 2

Keyboard

MechBoard64

Keyman64

C=Key PS/2 Adapter

Hobbyist

Hobbies are great, but they're a lot better when you've got rad hobby kits

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CNC Control Card

IRQHack64

Diagnostics

C64 Dual Dead Test

C64 Dead Test


DIAG 264

C64 Dual Diagnostic

586220 Diagnostic Cartridge

C128 Diagnostic

Classic Hacking Carts

HES MON 64

ISEPIC Freezer

Nordic Replay

Final Cartridge III+

Jason Ranheim Re-Capture

Breakout Boards

C64 Expansion Breakout

Peripheral Breakout

User Port Breakout

Vic-20 Expansion Breakout

Cassette Port Breakout

Testers

Joystick Tester

LOAD-IT

Prototyping Boards

Baby Proto PCBs

ProtoCart Mini

ProtoCart Mini Kit


BREADCART

C=GPIO


C64/Vic-20 ProtoCart

DataPwr v1.1

C2N Power

Riser 44

Cartridge Cases

Short C64 Cartridge

Colored Cases

Translucent Red

3D Cartridge

Colored Cases

Vic-20 Cart Case

Internal Modifications

LED Power Control

IRQ LED Mod

SX-64 UltraReset

Useful Add-ons

User Port RTC Module

DS3231 RTC Module

Power

All this great gear needs reliable high amperage power

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* A vast assortment of options and configurations are available from Carlsen Electronics. Click into the feature page to see a full discussion of the models.

PS–64 w/ LED

PS–64/128

ATOM PS

Power Monitors

1501 Power Monitor

1501 Power Monitor II

Overvoltage Protectors

C64 Box Saver

OVP 64

Even More Power Supplies

NuBrick 64

1541-II/1581 PS

C64 & 1541 Combo PSU

C64 Replacement PSU

c128 Replacement PSU

Component

Complete a new machine, or replace broken components with new ones

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C64c Case (Themed)

C64c Case (White)

C64c Case (Beige)


Breadbin Dust Cover

C64c Dust Cover

Specialty Cases for New Mainboards

C64 Reloaded Acrylic Case

Ultimate 64 Acrylic Case

Extra Components for New Cases

Case Labels C64c

Case Labels Glyph Set

Case Labels Silver Set

Case Labels PETSCII Set

Case Labels History Set

C64c Case Label

C64 Case Power Label

Box for C64/C64c

C64c Power LED

C64/Vic-20 Power LED

C64c Rubber Feet

Printable Case Parts

C64 Port Plate

C64 Reloaded Power Plate

Ultimate 64 Power Plate

Ultimate 64 Keyboard Brackets

Replacement Chips

DRAM 4164

GandALF

PLA Replacements

PLAnkton

PLAdvanced

J-PLA

OzPLA

PLAtinum

SuperPLA v4

8701 Timing Chip (TOLB) Replacements

TOLB-8701

TOLB PAL

csg8701

Original Chip Replacements

CPU — MOS 8500 (6510)

CPU — MOS 6502

CIA — MOS 6526a

Switches and Connectors

C64 Cartridge Port

Cassette Port

User Port

1084s RCA Input

1084 Power Switch

D-Sub 9, 90deg

Printable Enclosures

4 Player Adapter Case

Slim Userport Cartridge Case

µIEC Case

µIEC w/Daughter Card Case

ZoomFloppy Case

Adapters

1531 Datasette Adapter

c64 PLA Adapter

PLAdapter

IEEE Cable Adapter

2364-27128 Adapter

2364-2764 Adapter

Miscellaneous Printable Parts

Misc. Cases

c128D Floppy Lock

Speedking Joystick Handle

User Port Cable Cape


THAT'S ALL FOLKS

Don't hesitate to contact me if you find any factual errors, if a product listed here is no longer available, or if an available product is not listed here.

Please have patience as I build out the details pages for each of these products or product families. If you want to contribute by writing a review of one of these products, contact me and I'll publish it.

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