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The Commodore 128 Computer


Description
Manufacturer Commodore Business Machines
Model 128
Date Announced 1985
Date Canceled 1989
Number Produced Tens to hundreds of thousands
Country of Origin USA
Price $300
Current Value $25-$100
Specifications
Processor MOS 8502, Zilog Z80
Speed 2 MHz, 4 MHz
RAM 128K expandable to 512K
ROM 48K
Storage 5.25" Floppy
Expansion Internal expansion bus
Bus N/A
Video Various graphics and text modes up to 80x25 and 640x200 16 color.
I/O Serial, user port
OS Options Commodore 64/128 BASIC, CP/M
Notes Tbe Commodore 128 was intended to follow on the Commodore 64's success and compete with the likes of the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC. It was twice as fast, had twice the RAM and added a Z80 processor for CP/M compatibility. These were not enough and the machine failed to carve out a significant market share. Ultimately the Commodore Amiga turned into a far bigger success.
Related Items in Collection Commodore Amiga 500, Commodore 64 Computer, Commodore SX-64 Portable and others.
Related Items Wanted Manuals, external components, 1902 monitor, software

A very interesting Commodore article about the machine dubbed "The Most Versatile 8-Bit Computer Ever Made" appears on the Canadian Commodore site.

The Commodore 128 Computer box

The Commodore 128 in my collection comes in its orginal box which is in very good condition for its age.

Contents of the Commodore 128 box

Inside can be found the system, power supply and a variety of connecting cables.

The system is clean but I haven't yet had a chance to hook it up to see how well it might work.



(Submitted January 13, 2013 13:27:23 by Bob)

If anyone needs a power supply for a c128 i've found here the schematics for the original power supply, that i used to make one working ! http://www.zimmers.net/anonftp/pub/cbm/schematics/computers/c128/power/ps-128.gif


(Submitted July 28, 2012 08:36:40 by (a href=mailto:NeedPowerPlug128)jaytamjaymesyahoo.com(/a))

Hello, were looking for a power plug for our Commodore 128. Anyone hve 1 for sale ? Thank You'll. Jay


(Submitted January 4, 2012 14:05:05 by KGT)

Looking for a C64 or C128 with drive and software (maybe a monitor too) in SE MI...

Must be working!


(Submitted August 21, 2011 19:37:02 by Joseph Coleman)

I have a commodore 128, monitor, single disk drive and old printer. Had boxed it up ready for the trash. I do not any of the plug but will sell it all for $50 plus shipping.


(Submitted May 21, 2011 02:46:47 by yorkie4)

i am after a commodore c128 keyboard or maybe a 128D


(Submitted April 29, 2011 14:33:13 by Jon Wedde)

Hi, I have a Commodore 128, with monitor and printer, all in original boxes. I have pics available for interested party(ies)


(Submitted January 23, 2011 23:39:22 by Aneta)

I have the Commodore 128 and would like to sell it. Send me an email if you are interested. Thanks.


(Submitted January 23, 2011 08:25:39 by Martin)

I have a Commodore 128 two floppy drives, monitor, joysticks and over a hundred games. Some of the keys on the keyboard dont work well. They might need to get cleaned up. Anyone interested please let me know. You can email me at stankiewicz@optonline.net


(Submitted January 15, 2011 23:51:14 by Thomas)

I am looking for a commodore 128 system. Anyone want to sell?


(Submitted September 19, 2010 15:27:53 by Bud)

I have a B128 and dual floppy drive. Not sure if it works. Before I bother to clean it up woild anyone be interested?


(Submitted September 16, 2010 12:19:59 by Brenda McNabb-Stange)

I have a C-128 and many many infocom (at least 22) and other games. I have someone interested in buying the machine but I have no idea what it is worth. It is in the original box and was only used a couple of times if at all. Any thoughts?


(Submitted May 4, 2010 07:49:16 by Jim)

Vintage Commodore 128 Computer With Tons Of Extras

Commodore 128 Computer 2 Commodore 1571 Disk Drives Commodore 1902A Color Monitor Commodore MPS 801 Printer (unknown if it works) 2 Modems 2 Slick Stick Joysticks All cables and power supplies included Tons games and utilities, too many to list....

Price Neg...


(Submitted February 20, 2010 14:48:18 by Oldlover)

I have a C128D. 128 mode does not work, ergo, i do not use it. But, 64 mode is GREAT!!!!!!!! I play M.U.L.E. all the time. The tape player I have always crashes. Still, I have heard it is worth (all together) over $650 USD. I may (i said MAY) sell it on Ebay.


(Submitted February 7, 2010 04:26:08 by Greg)

Hello, I am interested in buying a C128 in full working order. I live in Western Sydney, Australia, so I would need a PAL system. If you have one, in good working order, and want to sell it, let me know please. I have wanted one of these things for many, many years.

Regards,

Greg


(Submitted October 13, 2009 07:12:42 by Dano)

i have about 50 joysticks, 100 cartridges, 25 monitors, 400 magazines and books, 20 keyboard units, 20 printers, and 40 drives, and random chips and what not...... im trying to get rid of alot of it.. if your interested respond via email bigdano622@gmail.com or text msg 412 877 4550 thanks dan

many different models available... reply for more info


(Submitted February 10, 2009 17:32:35 by dusty)

I'm looking for a Commodore 128 power supply if anyone would be willing to sell it to me. Thanks. Please email me.


(Submitted December 24, 2008 11:06:12 by mike)

I have a commodore 128 complete with diskdrive monitor games and joysticks if anyone is interested in it. mykel@budweiser.com


(Submitted October 23, 2008 17:13:08 by Chris)

Bought my C128 18 years ago because I loved playing on the C64 but never owned one. Somehow convinced my parents to buy me the C128 which in the UK cost so much more. Especially the game Elite. Lets face it this was the best thing ever. Bed time came far to early, I still have the original game boxed with some sort of story manual. Should I keep this all for when my kids are of age? Do these old games still turn me on? Not sure. I used to let the old tapes load whilst I went to play football only to find they had crashed on my return. The 5.5 disk drive was a novelty item but still a great accessory to have.


(Submitted September 27, 2008 03:32:40 by MICHAEL)

I LOVED MY VIC-20 I LOVED MY C-64 THE 128 WAS JUST STRANGE IT WAS IN FACT A 64 TAKE A 128 TURN IT ON AND TYPE GO 64 AND IT TURNED IN TO A C- 64

I MISS THEM ALL WOULD LOVE TO FIND ONE SO I CAN SHOW MY KIDS HOW REAL PROGRAMING WAS DONE LOL

AHHHH A 300 BAUD MODEM ...LOL


(Submitted September 6, 2008 10:33:09 by E. Jay)

I have a C=64 and C=128 with all the trimmings. Also boxes of magazines of Ahoy, Run and Commodore possibly others. Many games, disks (5, 3 1/2. All stored in my closit for many years. Any one interested send E-mail.


(Submitted August 15, 2008 12:27:27 by Krisi)

I'm looking for a keyboard for the Commdore 128D the big metal one. The keyboard has a parallel type of connector. If anyone has a spare keyboard plz contact me. Thanks.


(Submitted July 27, 2008 15:35:56 by tom lyannas)

i used to have a 64/128 I really liked programming it with games and other things,,my home was broken into and i lost it along with other things, I would sure like to get another one if you can help me find another one complete please let me know ok? i miss my commodore computer:( tom lyannas


(Submitted July 3, 2008 07:26:43 by Nick)

I use a C128 daily, keyboard problems arise, keys become hard to strike. The c128 keyboard fix is easy, small pieces of .200 long plastic tubing (.120 - .125 diameter polyethelene) must be inserted into the key hole. This tubing can be obtained from an upholstery supply. It is called 1/8 welting or piping. Cut small pieces exactly .200 with a rzor blade. Keys can be popped off with a small screw driver (be careful).


(Submitted May 30, 2008 06:37:35 by Hiram Patterson)

I bought a C128 on Okinawa in 1986 and used it for a number of years. I still have it in the original boxes, except for the monitor. It still worked before retiring it long ago. I wonder if it still does? As an aside, I was in the Navy in '86 and the 2 nurses in our department used C64's for patient databases?


(Submitted March 5, 2008 12:34:19 by TSerra)

I have never heard of a Commodore 24, a vic 20 yes.

I will post a list of all my Commodore machines and I may try to sell some of them soon.


(Submitted January 27, 2008 19:49:18 by Angelique Green)

When I was 7, I was the proud owner of a Commodore 24, yes a 24. My mom built it for me. Please tell me, was I the only one to have it. Are there any urban legends surrounding it. Can anyone help me.


(Submitted October 24, 2007 18:45:24 by Soz)

I was a senior in highschool working in the electronics department of K-Mart when the C-128 came out. Instead of working, I spent hours writing programs to feak-out customers with crazy sounds and light shows whenever they touched the keypad. Good times.....


(Submitted October 21, 2007 21:52:49 by Quaalude Charlie )

Congats on The Commodore 128 , i have never had one , it's on my Wish list too ! i hope you let us know how she runs .

Quaalude Charlie


(Submitted October 6, 2007 07:59:45 by John)

I ahd a 128 in the box with all manuals and a ram expansion. It was like new. I finally gave up and donated it to good will. Now I wish I had it back.


(Submitted August 11, 2007 01:21:15 by Nathan)

This is one of my favorite computers of all time. I still regret getting rid of the only one I ever had. I loved programing on it!! --Nathan


(Submitted August 9, 2007 22:19:59 by TJ)

I remember seeing it when it first came out in 1985! I drooled over them at the Dept. Stores. I had a C=64 at the time. I now own like 3 of them along with C-64's and a C-128D too.


(Submitted June 19, 2007 19:19:53 by jeff korte)

maybe bill gates , steve jobs and wozniak figured how to control the computer market by selling the idea of a disk and no rom to stuffy individuals and certain secretaries -- and ibm

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