[vcf-midatlantic] Museum Report 2018-11-16

Jeffrey Brace jeffrey at vcfed.org
Wed Dec 19 18:15:57 EST 2018

On Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 11:58 AM Michael Pohl via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Yes, My sons Brain (12) and Nate (10) spent about 3 hours with Chris, Tony,
> and Doug on Sunday.  Thanks gents, we had a great time as always.  At your
> suggestion, we downloaded Forever 64 Sunday night and Brian has been
> splitting his two hour daily screen time allotment between that and "The
> Eight Bit Guy" on youtube ever since.

If you are looking for a good emulator for the C64, I would highly
recommend VICE. It is the best emulator available for the C64 and is in
daily development.

> I signed up to bring our non-working Commodore 64 to the workshop on 12
> JAN.  The power light comes on, but there is no video from either the RF
> modulator or the 8 pin video jack.  We ran some basic daignotics - power
> supply produces the correct voltages, voltage is present at specific places
> on the motherboard, fuse is good - but now we are stuck.

I will be at the workshop with my C64 diagnostic harness and a "parts" C64
to try different chips. I will have a few working ones so that if it is a
chip, then we can swap out a known working part. I have many C64 that I
need to fix, but have been too busy with VCF duties and grad studies. My
focus at the next workshop will be to get as many of my machines working as

I am not an expert, but I have gotten help over the years from other VCF
members and learned some things. There will be other expert knowledge
members there that can help you fix it. Undoubtedly, I will learn something
too. A good website for diagnostic resources is run by a former Commodore
repair technician: http://personalpages.tds.net/~rcarlsen/.

> Mike Pohl
> On Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 8:11 AM Tony Bogan via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> > > On Dec 19, 2018, at 7:44 AM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
> > vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > Doug was docent with Chris Fala and Tony Bogan. According to Doug lots
> of
> > > visitors due to the holiday train show. Maybe he can fill in the
> details
> > > here.
> > > --
> > > =========================================
> > > Jeff Brace
> > > Vice President
> > > Vintage Computer Federation
> >
> > Apologies for not updating everyone about Sunday.
> >
> > Busy day at the museum, quite a fair number of families as a result of
> the
> > train show as should be expected. While I was in the museum (had a friend
> > arrive at one point so I was absent for a little while as I showed him
> > around) the visitors ranged from quick walk throughs to very interested
> and
> > everywhere in between. I personally had two different sets of visitors
> that
> > had worked with systems similar to some of our big iron in their lives
> and
> > several that had close ties with some of the micros, so their interest
> was
> > high and they spent significant amounts of time in the museum.
> >
> > There were three gentlemen (father and two sons) that were extremely
> > interested in the Commodore 64 as well as the micros in general. I
> > apologize for not remembering their names (I do recall Brian was one of
> the
> > younger men!) but Doug and Chris spent a significant amount of time with
> > them. They are also part of this list so will chime in on their own I’m
> > sure, and we should be seeing them at the January workshop!!
> >
> > The heavy rain, especially during the first part of the day, kept he
> > traffic down a bit. Quite a few people never made it out of the main
> > building as the wind and rain made the walk down the road unpleasant.
> >
> > Still it was a busy day for both the museum and Infoage as a whole.
> >
> > It is also fortuitous that one of the most popular attractions at Infoage
> > (the military vehicles) requires going past our museum to get to, so we
> get
> > traffic that might not otherwise come down the street.
> >
> > Tony
> >

Jeff Brace
Vice President
Vintage Computer Federation

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