Which translates to:
NOTE! Some versions of the C64 are said to have no 9VAC at the user
port , they are referred to as "ALDI" versions (ALDI is a German 5 'n' 10).
This means that you cannot operate EPROM burners and other hardware which
needs 9VAC with these C 64s.
In January 1982, when it was presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
(at a suggested retail of US$ 595 , or DM 1400 ),
nobody could foresee that the C64 would be the best-selling computer in the
world - over 17 million units were sold until late 1992
, as many as the VW bug. The technical limitations were
overcome in many ways: graphic modes go as far as 640x400 (okay, a bit cheating :-),
the RS232 was tuned from the standard 300bps [?] to over 9,600bps, and the sound
chip SID, which
originally wasn't designed to play samples at all, was talked into playing
8-bit PCM samples. So, the C64 seems to have no limits indeed :-)
1. The Original
The first Commodores came in an off-white case just like the VC20. The
color was changed to the well-known shade of brown soon (pic. 1). The keys
were white on dark brown, the four function keys white on brown. What leaps
to the eye on first sight is the second joystick port (which is missing in
the VC20) and a - compared with the VC20 - much smaller expansion port. Above
that, the C64 doesn't seem to differ from the VC20 - until you switch it on.
2. The C 64 C
Commodore produced the first generation of C64s (pic. 1) until May 1986 ,
then it was discontinued and they introduced the C64C. According to the
64'er , this version has been planned since the Hannover mass in 1985, but
as the old version sold so well during Christmas '85, it was put on ice first.
3. The Golden C 64
Until December 1986(?) , 1,000,000 Commodore 64s have been
sold in Germany. On this occasion, Commodore Büromaschinen GmbH
(Commodore's German subsidiary) released a limited edition of a golden C64,
serial numbers 1,000,000 to 1,000,199 , which was presented to
the public in the BMW museum in Germany Commodore had rented for this event.
One of these machines was donated to the German magazine "64'er" (serial
number 1,000,058). In the middle of the acryl plate it was mounted on you
aus Anlaß des 1.000.000sten
C 64 in Deutschland
5. Dezember 1986
on occasion of the 1,000,000st
C 64 in Germany
5th of December, 1986
4. The C 64 G
The third generation of C64s, introduced in August 1987 , did not only
come with a new board, which was significantly shorter and much more
integrated, but also with the old case (keeping the off-white keys of the
C64C). While the old case would have eliminated the problems with expanding
the C64, the completely new board made it nearly impossible to use ANY of
the old internal hardware extensions.
Commodore 64 Bedienungshandbuch (same in German)
Related Links (general)
 COMPUTE!'s Gazette, Issue 32, Feb. 1986, Beyond the 1541: Mass Storage for The 64 and 128
 64'er 7/92, p.20, Die Hardware des C 64 im Wandel
 Peter Kittel in 64'er ?/92(?), p.3, Seite 3
 64'er 6/86, pp.19-21, Der Neue
 64'er 2/87, p.10, Der Millionär
 RUN 2/87, pp.39-40, Eine Million Brotkästen claim they had the serial numbers 1,000,001 to 1,000,150, but Frank Kuppels told me that the one he has/had bears the serial number 1,000,199 and that the Commodore employee handing him this machine said that this was number 200 and thus the last golden C64.
 64'er 9/87, p.8, Ein Neuer in der 64'er-Familie
 Marko Mäkelä and xxxx told me about this label; xxxx has one.
 64'er 7/92, p.22
Updated: May 26th, 1998
Created: September 1st, 1997
Status : Verified on September 9th, 1997
Thanks to: Marko Mäkelä and xxxx for reporting the BN/E version.
Copyright © 1997-98 by Marc-Jano Knopp
This document is part of MJK's Commodore 64 & LCD Page
Which translates to:
NOTE! Some versions of the C64 are said to have no 9VAC at the user port , they are referred to as "ALDI" versions (ALDI is a German 5 'n' 10). This means that you cannot operate EPROM burners and other hardware which needs 9VAC with these C 64s.