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The Commodore SX64 Portable Computer


Description
Manufacturer Commodore Business Machines
Model Commodore SX-64
Date Announced 1983
Date Canceled Unknown
Number Produced Fewer than ten thousand
Country of Origin USA
Price $1,000
Current Value $50-$150
Specifications
Processor MOS 6510
Speed 1 MHz
RAM 64K
ROM 20K
Storage Internal 170K 5.25" floppy drive
Expansion Cartridge slot
Bus N/A
Video 320x200x16 color composite video or TV out
I/O Serial, Parallel, optional IEEE-488
OS Options Commodore DOS
Notes The SX-64 in my collection is a little dinged up but fully functional.
Related Items in Collection 1541 disk drives, software on floppy, manual, monitor, Commodore Plus Four,Commodore Vic 20
Related Items Wanted Additional software on disk, commodore cassette drive


The Commodore 64 is the best selling computer model in the world. The SX-64, or Commodore Executive, was basically a Commodore 64 with a 5" color screen and a Commodore 1541 disk drive stuffed into a portable box.

The Commodore SX-64 is widely considered to be the first color portable ever produced.

Commodore SX64 screen

The SX-64 in my collection is a bit dirty but it works perfectly.


(Submitted September 25, 2012 01:11:30 by Dom)

I had one with a dodgy diskdrive and missing keys in my parents garage but they threw it out, dam fond childhood memories.


(Submitted June 30, 2012 00:16:28 by DelMurice)

I have one in perfect condition, still fire it up to play Wizball and MULE. Most of the keyboard problems was due to the design. They just weren't meant to last decades. They can be fixed but it requires a careful hand since it can easily be made worse.


(Submitted May 31, 2011 09:37:48 by Alvin DeBord)

Have Excellent SX-64 with new Citizens 40 clm Printer in box. Make an offer.


(Submitted April 19, 2011 08:39:41 by Jim)

Found this post and it got me wondering about the old SX64 that I had. Searched through me storage and found it. works great and brings back a lot of fond memories like lugging it through several airports during a trip to Germany.


(Submitted June 16, 2010 16:23:10 by Sullystone Music)

FOR SALE. I have a vintage Commodore SX-64 in perfect condition in Los Angeles.


(Submitted February 20, 2010 14:43:06 by Oldlover)

I am a commodore nut. Well okay more like M.U.L.E. nut. Still, I have both and I even relive the past by playing M.U.L.E. in a C64 emulator. Of course, my SX-64 still works. I have used a keyboard app(self-made) to make music.


(Submitted December 31, 2009 19:05:58 by Paul LeTang)

COMMODORE SX-64 EXECUTIVE COMPUTER FOR SALE ---) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ViewItem&item=300382571402&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX: IT


(Submitted August 10, 2009 06:34:19 by paul )

hi, where could i buy a sx64 monitor from, my internal one has died and i want to replace it. please could somebody help. i live in australia and i am despereate


(Submitted July 8, 2009 21:40:54 by Greg)

Nobody mentiond the DX-64, the two drive version of this?


(Submitted April 7, 2009 21:25:03 by testeez)

This is the coolest thing I seen in awhile. This guy made a Commodore 64 laptop (retro style) from the guts of a real C-64 and it actually works... http://benheck.com/04-05-2009/commodore-64- original-hardware-laptop


(Submitted March 29, 2009 14:50:49 by oldlover)

Ever heard of the PSX64? Or Shredz64? See toniwestbrook.com and\or synthdreams.com.


(Submitted March 12, 2009 11:03:39 by Allan)

Anyone in the UK got an SX-64 they'd be willing to part with?


(Submitted February 24, 2009 18:33:03 by Oldlover)

To run a floppy disk 2 1/2 type LOAD $,8 and then type LIST to see what is on the disk.


(Submitted June 24, 2008 06:27:54 by pierre)

Hello!

I'm really happy to have a sx64! My computer is really comfortable to use, thanks its new screen. I've found it in France, and they are lot of my friends who belongs to a C64 club. I've bougnht a Commodore joytick also! Very hard to use but really fun! Enjoy your SX64!!


(Submitted June 3, 2008 06:26:16 by EKS)

I want one that isn't in working condition. So that I could mod it into a up to date pc. Put a new LCD Screen it and new keyboard so it has that vintage commodore look but I will have it running vista or linux.


(Submitted May 25, 2008 23:10:53 by Rob)

I've got an sx-64 in great shape, with lots of floppies/games. What's it worth to you?


(Submitted May 21, 2008 15:18:36 by Roope)

My beautiful SX-64 has faulty keyboard. I will buy one if you sell it!

Please send email to: rseppala(removethis) welho.com


(Submitted May 11, 2008 04:22:36 by fistok)

sold AUD$560 in real mint condition should i be happy?


(Submitted May 5, 2008 21:39:39 by fistok)

I list mine on ebay Item number: 190219779833 Mint condition with manual. have a look!


(Submitted February 4, 2008 09:51:33 by Erik Schubach)

If you are interested in getting a Commodore SX-64 of your own, visit http://www.erikschubach.com/vintage/sx-64-paper-model.php for a fun little project you can show off to your friends.


(Submitted November 22, 2007 04:23:18 by John Christian Lnningdal)

About production numbers. I think there were many many more produced than what this collector indicates (or the frequently quoted 9000 sold). If you take a look at http://www.sx64.net/sn_database/sn_database.htm you will see that there are several production runs for different countries. Some runs (like the USA one) goes all the way up to serial 50000. Only the last GA6 german production run goes to around 10000 according to this information. I think people are trying to make these rarer then they really are.


(Submitted November 5, 2007 23:41:13 by Mark Blans)

I have a 'near-mint' condition SX for sale here in Toronto, ON Canada. I also have a perfectly working 1526 graphics printer and specialized hardware (lighting controller/software). Comes with original and extra software and extra audio/video cables, etc. Contact me if interested as I'll be posting it for sale on other sites in the near future.


(Submitted October 29, 2007 23:12:57 by Jorge)

hello , i have my sx-64 + printer, works ok.. if u interested, i can send u some pictures... jorge_sjo@hotmail.com


(Submitted September 17, 2007 19:17:42 by Ron)

Hello. I have a SX-64 that my neighbor had stored in his attic. I tested it out with a BASIC script (hello world) and it works like a champ. It's in good condition with no blemishes. The only issue I found was the SPACE key sticks. You need to re-hit it for it to stop. Drop me an e-mail if your interested. I got pics and will answer any questions.

Rostiguy@verizon.net


(Submitted September 12, 2007 11:41:40 by Steve)

eBay item 190152263544, for you colletors. Complete working SX-64 with joysticks, printer interface, and a bunch of software.


(Submitted July 5, 2007 18:56:32 by BOB)

My SX64 is in perfect condition w/lots of floppys,games and HAM floppys for beam headings and Gray line info. Make an offer.


(Submitted June 27, 2007 02:59:00 by John Chaplin)

I had an SX64 in the 80'S BUT SOLD IT TO BUY A A1000. NOW I AM KEEN TO BUY A WORKING SX TO RELIVE THE PAST. I AM IN NEW ZEALAND SO SHIPPING COULD BE AN ISSUE


(Submitted June 17, 2007 19:44:08 by Q Mabary)

I have a sx 64, but I am not sure of the command to load a disk. I do not have the manual.


(Submitted June 15, 2007 08:36:03 by m1001101)

Hi, i need a monitor replacement part CJ39587-00A (F.B. Transformer T502).

Thanks

M


(Submitted March 26, 2007 15:07:36 by Joe)

I may be grabbing one, but without a cable, if someone has any great ideas of where to buy the cable or how to put one together, let me know...

P.S. I have seen working models go for as little as 85 bucks on ebay or as high as $350...

regards,

Joe


(Submitted March 14, 2007 05:52:21 by Maurwn)

My first Commodore :D

Mine is still running. Sometimes I play with my mom Summer Games or California Games, just for fun.


(Submitted January 18, 2007 14:36:43 by Scott)

I am looking for a case only in good shape. I want to try a case mod for a PC and like the look of the old C64-SX.


(Submitted December 8, 2006 12:04:45 by steven)

i have an sx 64 tons other comodore stuff i was a comodore nut back in the day. I didn't have the heart to get rid of any of it it was my life at one point and time. Anyone intrested in anything just let me know.


(Submitted October 30, 2006 17:11:55 by Paul)

I love the portable Commodore SX, because you can't get any better than that! An awesome game machine that is still being developed for today, and you can sit down without any other hardware and just play/work/relax all day! I saw one at an auction once, unfortunately too late to make a bid on it.

I know alot about Commodores, and the SX is basically a prebuilt system. You don't have to worry about even half the wires of the standalone systems.

Any questions about your SX, feel free to pick my mind for a while.

Ciao!

Kudos to the coders that still code C=64!


(Submitted August 26, 2006 04:51:44 by ravenator)

hello sx-64 owners.. im in a spot of trouble. i recently aquired a perfect condition sx-64. and i have no idea how to work it.. if any one can help me it would me most appreciated my email is sav.zilla@gmail.com please help :)


(Submitted August 18, 2006 15:40:15 by Al Brown)

I still own a Commodore SX-64, along with two 128's. It still works. Used to use it for writing calibration procedures at work. I have most of the Computer Gazette mags along with the disk of the month. There used to be a guy in Tewksbury, MA Joe who kept mine working. Dunno if I could ever find him or not. The store where he worked sells PCs now


(Submitted August 6, 2006 19:04:42 by Mark)

I have a mint-condition C64-Sx hat has been been customized with a 'blue' drive light, I have an additional 30' keyboard cable and I wrote the software for & built hardware for controlling an 8 channel lighting system (fully programable by user), which can control up to 1,200 watts of lighting. My software also offers a customizable display setting, for use on club video systems when the software is not used to control lighting! If interested, get back to me as it (as a package) is for sale. Mark in Toronto, Ontario, Canada


(Submitted April 16, 2006 03:55:31 by Gerard)

I bought my SX-64 a few years back from eBay germany and paid a fortune for the item, shipping and international money transfer. They are getting more rare each day with units failing.

I stuck mine on ebay now because I'm about to get married and have a baby but it sure hurts to sell this baby!

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8795983804


(Submitted April 6, 2006 23:03:56 by Gene)

I have a SX-64 perfect except for two keys missing on the keyboard. the F & R keys I let my grandchildren use it years ago and somehow knocked em out...it still works with my fingers in holes but would like to have these two keys if anyone has em.......and the fellow that said ten's of thousands of em were made might read up on em there's lots of information about them....they were high in price 1000.00 dollars I gave 500.00 dollars for mine way back......thanks email: gflake@midsouth.rr.com


(Submitted March 26, 2006 20:08:26 by vaughan)

i am a collector from New Zealand and am interested in aquiring a sx-64. anyone interested in selling a working model?


(Submitted February 22, 2006 13:18:24 by Jorge)

I have a sx-64 in very good condition cosmetically however there is no text when i turn the sucker on! the disk drive powers up, i hear a slight feedback sound when the volume is on full blast(signifing that the speaker works), and the screen definetly works.i really want to get this thing running any suggestions? please write me thanks!!


(Submitted October 31, 2005 22:53:56 by Craig)

The SX-64 is a sweet piece of history. Ignore what Eric said about 10's of thousands of SX's being sold. Only 9000 units were sold... many of which have died long ago. being a 20+ year old system, with heat issues etc with the psu, i'm sure only a handful of the original 9000 are still around. The problem is that many owners aren't aware of it. - Do a little googling and read up on the history of these things. Oh, I have an SX-65 that I'm looking at selling... so email me if you're curious. Regards, Craig.


(Submitted October 17, 2005 02:38:57 by Tyrell)

I've seen one sold for over 500 EUR on ebay this morning!! I'd like one but now they are too expensive...


(Submitted October 2, 2005 16:25:29 by david)

The Commodore SX-64 is a sweet little (?) machine. They sell on ebay for between 60 and 100 USD pretty routinely. The key thing to remember is if the blue 'trim caps' on the handle swivel and the blue trim on the face (and keyboard) is/are missing, then it is considered substandard for collectors. Least that's my opinion. I have a working unit in PERFECT condition, and one that has let out its 'magic smoke'. Anyone do repairs?


(Submitted August 31, 2005 23:15:24 by Will Carroll)

I have a very clean SX-64 that was in perfect working order but I lost the keyboard cable in a move. I would really like to find a keyboard cable for this unit. Any one that has a cable to sell please contact me.


(Submitted July 7, 2005 10:05:18 by Mark)

If anyone is selling one of these I'd love one.


(Submitted March 31, 2005 12:33:02 by Alex Merk)

Hi If some body have keyboard and cable for the SX-64 I interested let me know. Thanks


(Submitted March 22, 2005 20:56:43 by Erik)

The SX-64 is far from rare unless you are comparing it to the C-64 or some other dime-a- dozen type machine. There were tens of thousands of these or more made and many have survived.

I've seen pretty much new-in-the-box units go for only a little over $100.

Erik


(Submitted March 22, 2005 14:48:54 by jonathan)

I would think that since the sx-64 is a rare computer it would be worth more now than when it was in 1983. It should have risen in value. I have one that is not dinged up or otherwise and i have heard a couple thousand dollars worth.

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