Commodore 16

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I currently own two Commodore 16's:

Commodore 16 Mainboard 250443 - before repair and restoration
Commodore 16 Mainboard 250443 (Modified) - before repair and restoration
  • C16 - 1984 - Assy No: 250443 PCB - 251789-0 1 REV.A - Keyboard doesn't work. Boots fine. Swapped TED chip. Black screen! Replaced TED Chip. Now working! Sensitive Keyboard.
  • C16 - 1984 - Assy No: 250443 PCB - 251789-0 1 REV.A - Black Screen. Doesn't boot.Swapped TED chip. Has minor mods to the board. Now working!

History / Log

  1. Update 5th August 2020 - Purchased at Auction for £78 (Two C16's, Datasettes and a collection of books and games)
  2. Update 16th August 2020 - After mucking about with the two C16's, one starts-up fine but has a faulty keyboard, the other doesn't boot at all (black screen). Ordered Commodore 6529B chip.
  3. Update 23rd August 2020 - Using the good C16, I swapped out chips with the dead C16 to determine what was good & bad. Unfortunately, the TED chip is dead. So to get a fully working C16... I've put my 'good' TED chip into the dead C16, to give me a C16 with a working Keyboard! All I need now is a new TED chip. A bit pricey!
  4. Update 30th August 2020 - Gave one Datassette 1531 a good clean. Swapped out the two old belts for new ones. Worked like a charm. Connected it to the working C16 and loaded "Bandits at Zero" with no problems. First C16 I've played (with a dodgy joystick!). Have ordered a TED chip for the other C16... coming from Hungary soon! :)
  5. Update 20th September 2020 - After wrestling with the Royal Mail over a missing delivery. I managed to recover my Hungarian TED chip. Installed into dead C16 and it worked like a charm. The Keyboard seems OK too... if a little sensitive. I'm delighted.

Cassette Games & Software

  • An Introduction to BASIC - PART 1 (1984) - Commodore
  • Bandits At Zero (1986) - MAD Games
  • BMX Racers - Mastertronic
  • Daley Thompson's Star Events (1985) - Ocean
  • Exorcist - Commodore
  • Frank Bruno's Boxing (1988) - Encore
  • Formula 1 Simulator - Mastertronic
  • Harbour Attack - Commodore
  • Icicle Works (1985) - Commodore
  • Mayhem - Commodore
  • Megabolts - Mastertronic
  • Number Chaser (1985) - Commodore
  • Rolf Harris Picture Builder / Chess (1984) - Commodore
  • Roller Kong (1985) - Melbourne House
  • Space Sweep and Invaders - Commodore
  • Squirm - Mastertronic
  • Treasure Island (1985) - Commodore
  • Way of the Exploding Fist - Riccochet by Mastertronic
  • Xadium - Mastertronic

Top Ten Commodore 16 Games (retrogamer.net)

Position Name Publisher Released Links
1 Tom Thumb Anirog 1986 eBay
2 Tutti Frutti Mastertronic 1985 eBay
3 Bongo Anco 1984 eBay
4 Bandits At Zero MAD Games 1986 eBay
5 Harvey Headbanger Firebird 1986 eBay
6 Auf Wiedersehen Monty Gremlin 1987 eBay
7 Kik-Start Mastertronic 1986 eBay
8 Trailblazer Gremlin 1986 eBay
9 Winter Events Anco 1986 eBay
10 Voidrunner Llamasoft 1987 eBay

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Books and Magazines

  • C16 plus/4 An Introduction to BASIC - Part 1 - by Prof. Andrew Colin - Commodore
  • Commodore 3+1 Software Manual (Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Business Graphics, Database) - Commodore
  • Commodore 16 Games Book - Cameron Duffy and Richard Woolcock - Melbourne House Publishers (1984)
  • Commodore C16 Book 1 - Starting BASIC - M.Thompson & J.Irwin - Glentop Publishers (May 1985)
  • Commodore plus/4 User Manual - Commodore
  • Using the Commodore 16 - Peter Gerrard - Duckworth

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