VIC 20 - very low serial number - 0415 !

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VIC 20 - very low serial number - 0415 !

Post by martinw » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:40 am

I have had a slight hankering for a Commodore PET for a wee while, not sure why, then a gentleman at work offered me a VIC 20 in a box (a baby PET by all accounts), a bit yellow, but no more information. I opened it up (the box) and have come to the realisation it is pretty early/old. Late 1981 old to be exact (looking at the date codes on the ICs) and less than 500 on the serial number for a computer that sold over a million units.

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One of things I've gleaned (Googling) is some of the early units used Commodore PET keyboards.

I think this is borne out by the fact the keyboard has some of the holes that are not used covered up 8)

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Are they any good?

I'll keep you informed how I get on with it.

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Post by vanpeebles » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:09 am

Not bad for a freebie! They are pretty basic (no pun). I don't think they had the charm of a zx81 :)

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Re: VIC 20 - very low serial number - 0415 !

Post by martinw » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:26 am

vanpeebles wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:09 am
Not bad for a freebie! They are pretty basic (no pun). I don't think they had the charm of a zx81 :)
Cost me £30, nearly free :lol: Are they as bad as a ZX81 :shock: I thought I saw colour video on the interweb :? I guess the low amount of RAM is the limiting factor ... :?:

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Post by vanpeebles » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:38 am

You really need 16k, some of the games carts are cool. Gorf was excellent.

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Post by martinw » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:56 am

vanpeebles wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:38 am
You really need 16k, some of the games carts are cool. Gorf was excellent.
Cheers; I'll look into that :)

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Post by jms2 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:31 pm

Nice machine! :D

Regarding the serial number though, bear in mind that it says "Made in W Germany", and the serial number is prefixed "WG". So yours is the 425th made in Germany. Not all VICs were made in Germany (I would assume).

I found this site which contains this list (edited a bit by me to make it easier to understand):

WG and WGA = for Germany (Made in Germany)
WGB = for UK (Made in Germany)
WGC = for rest of Europe (Made in Germany)
U.K.B = for UK (Made in England)
P and V0 = for USA (Made in USA)
CC = for Canada (Made in Canada)
only Number = Japan

...so I think yours is the 425th destined for the UK.

EDIT: have a look at the serial number registry. Someone has serial number #14 for the UK!
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Post by martinw » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:09 pm

Thank you JMS2, that’s really interesting information =D>

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Post by CMcDougall » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:12 pm

first home computer I touched, I thought the game Blitz! (City bomber) was ace.
always wanted one, but not enough time in the day to do research & learn new fixing techniques :(
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Post by jms2 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:25 pm

I remember City Bomber! Someone brought a VIC into school and we played that. At the time, the idea of a smaller PET with colour seemed pretty cool to me.

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:05 pm

I always wanted one of these as well. Captain Kirk!

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Re: VIC 20 - very low serial number - 0415 !

Post by martinw » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:10 pm

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:05 pm
I always wanted one of these as well. Captain Kirk!


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Beam me up Scotty :lol: 8)

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Re: VIC 20 - very low serial number - 0415 !

Post by Corum » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:54 pm

Let me know when you don't need the VIC anymore :-)

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