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And now we come to the one and only member of the PET-II line, the P500. Part of the 1982-83 line of CBM-II ('B') machines (featuring the B5XX-B7XX computers), this was designed to be the 'P'ersonal version of their 'B'usiness computers. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the P500 never made it out of the starting gate due to a perceived market conflict with the already popular Commodore 64. Also, they were also reportedly recalled due to mismanagement by Commodore distributors and retailers.
As a computer, it resembles the low profile CBM-IIs in appearance, as well as in basic
design and capabilities. The biggest difference is the existence of the VIC-II video
chip (the same one in the Commodore 64) and a pair of joystick ports. A great collectors
find, and I dearly hope to find time to study this machine more closely in the future.
On the left, you'll see the three 8K ROM chips, just below ye olde power supply. That's not the original power supply, of course, but a 120V I "borrowed" from a spare B500. To the right, you'll see the IO chips, memory, and other fun stuff.
Inside, the motherboard resembles the CBM-II line very closely:
Statistics and features:
Personal Note:This machine came from the fabled George Page collection. Previously I kept a converted PAL P500, but this one is American through and through, so I decided to keep it instead.
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