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    Default PET Alive! - The Event Thread!

    Welcome to Pet Alive!. This event is now open. Time to unleash your PETS and let them run wild.




    Use this thread to post up photos of your PETS, post links to photos and videos of your PETS and discuss your (and other people’s) PETS. They can be live PETS, dead PETS, dirty PETS, clean PETS, dressed PETS, PETS at work and at play.

    First, some housekeeping. Please read.

    1. Uploading Photos and Videos

    Please use Youtube for any videos. If you have more than one or two photos consider using Flickr or other photo services to show them off. We don't want to overload the VCF server. Don’t use a service that requires people to register just to see them though.

    2. Qualifying computers

    Just PETS. No Vic 20s or C64 please. Also, no PETS of the four legged kind! (-:

    3. PET Hospital

    Is your PET sick, dead or dying? Post the details on our PET Hospital thread. Our resident veterinarians might be able to help.

    4. Awards

    Earl Evans (Retrobits Podcast) will be handing out a few awards at the end of the event for the best photos or videos in the following categories:

    • Best DRESSED PET (adorned with props, perhaps showing a theme)
    • Best BEHAVED PET (A PET doing something…perhaps running a program, showing some graphics, operating some equipment etc.)
    • Best GROOMED PET (The cleanest PET which is in tip-top shape externally)
    • Most NEGLECTED PET (Something we should call the Pet protection agencies about!)
    These categories are not necessarily exclusive and one display could collect several of the awards. Earl may also give out special awards for PETs that are noteworthy, but don’t necessarily fit the above labels.

    To be eligible for an award, your PET needs to be posted before 2400 hours GMT on the 2nd May. It should be an original photo or video prepared for this event. However, this does not preclude citing links to existing PET images and video on the Web which you think might be interesting to others. In fairness to those who have prepared something especially for this week though, be sure to mention it was pre-existing.

    PLEASE post up your PET even if you don’t think it has a dog show of collecting a prize! The competition is just a little extra lighthearted overlay to add flavour to the event. Primarily, the latter is a celebration of Commodore’s Personal Electronic Transactor (PET).

    5. Finishing time

    Soon after Earl announces the Awards.

    That’s all the housekeeping. It would pay to BOOKMARK THIS THREAD so you can come straight back to it.

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by tezza; April 23rd, 2010 at 02:48 PM.
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    Default Tezza's 3032

    I’m very pleased to have this beautiful 3032. It came to me as a broken machine originally showing the “garbage screen” so common with faulty units. Philip Avery (Pavery) diagnosed the problem but in the end it was an Anders Carlsson-supplied board which finally got it back on its feet. The original keyboard was somewhat non-responsive but thanks to a keyboard sourced from Billdeg, it's now perfect!




    I just love the design of these early PETS. With their built-in screens they are so retro-looking. In the day, they looked just like a computer should look.

    My initial encounter with a PET was the first time I ventured into a shop selling microcomputers. This shop had an original PET 2001 (with the calculator keys), a TRS-80 Model 1, an Apple II, Sorcerer and a Dick Smith System 80. Out of all the machines I REALLY WANTED the PET. I just thought it was so cool and stylish. It was running a graphic (PETSCII) game showing some kind of android that went up and down levels. I’d never seen graphics like that before on a computer!

    Anyway I left the shop with the System 80 under my arm primarily as it was ˝ the price of all the other machines there. I still hankered for a PET though. I’m glad I’ve finally got one. After all, is there any other microcomputer of this vintage that has full-screen editing? There can’t have been many!

    What was your first encounter with a PET?

    Tez
    Last edited by tezza; April 23rd, 2010 at 07:25 PM.
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    My first encounter with a PET was at school, where we first had a 3032 with a 3040 floppy available for students, later also a 4032 and an 8032 with 8250 floppies and even printer.

    The simplicity and elegance of the machine has intrigued me and I have never lost interest. Now I own a few (although some still need repair), and I have even managed to build new ones! (well at least the board, not the screen, but I could use a TV set
    http://www.6502.org/users/andre/cbmhw/index.html

    The timing of the VCF PET alive! event is great, as I was in the process of creating a CPU replacement board for the PET, and for VCF I have now rushed to get it finished and to be able to post a screenshot here. After all I managed to get it up to 10MHz speed

    See this one that it really is a PET

    and look at this one

    to see a simple benchmark I wrote for this event to show it off
    More information is on the web page I created for the board (although it still has the first prototype - the pictures here are exclusive first pictures of the new version directly from the camera)
    I currently test with the 8296 as it is the only working one I have with a socketed CPU. More tests with other models will follow.

    So my PET is still alive and even more kicking than ever!
    André

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    Thought I'd post some pictures of my Japanese PET 2001. It's the only Japanese original PET I've ever seen, and is one of the early ones with the blue/gold sticker and blue screen trim. The motherboard has a serial number 1026.







    More pictures can be seen here:
    http://web.mac.com/lord_philip/CBM_P...001j.html#grid

    Phil

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    I've not done anything exciting, but I did dig the old 2001 out for walkies.





    She's holding up quite well since fixing her up. If there was a prize for most abused PET, it'd probably have a chance of winning something. Here are a couple of photos of what I had to contend with...


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    Quote Originally Posted by fachat View Post
    My first encounter with a PET was at school,
    Yes I remember reading that PETs were popular in schools due to the "all in one" design. They were also too heavy and large to slip in a schoolbag

    Quote Originally Posted by fachat View Post
    The timing of the VCF PET alive! event is great, as I was in the process of creating a CPU replacement board for the PET, and for VCF I have now rushed to get it finished and to be able to post a screenshot here. After all I managed to get it up to 10MHz speed
    ....
    That's a cool project Andre. One blazingly fast PET. I'm always impressed by hardware mods like this. Thanks for posting.

    I love the rounded shape of the 8296. The design had that futuristic look.

    Tez
    Last edited by tezza; April 24th, 2010 at 01:25 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nama View Post
    Thought I'd post some pictures of my Japanese PET 2001.
    An interesting model for sure Phil and I would say quite rare! Any idea of just how popular they were at the time?

    Commodore seemed to have good international penetration in the late 70s-early 80s compared to it's compeditors Apple and the Tandy. My impression was that whilst the latter two firms did sell internationally, Commodore did it better for some reason.

    You mention on the website that the computer is not working. Is it the old garbage screen symptom? Would it be worth posting detailed symptoms in the hospital thread and see what suggestions people come up with?

    Tez
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosam View Post
    I've not done anything exciting, but I did dig the old 2001 out for walkies.
    Beautiful machine Steve. Love the demo image. At some stage I aim to get a pair of disk drives like that for mine. I've only seen a dual drive arrangement appear ONCE in our local auction site in the three years I've been looking. I put in a bid but they went for some astronomical price.

    Re: the circuit board abuse - Ouch! Looks like someone with limited soldering skills tried a hack. Definitely some trauma in the history of this unit. Seems your therapy has worked though.

    Edit: Just read the repair article under the link....quite an adventure! (-:

    Tez
    Last edited by tezza; April 24th, 2010 at 01:40 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tezza View Post
    Would it be worth posting detailed symptoms in the hospital thread and see what suggestions people come up with?

    Tez
    Actually, a friendly member of the CBM hackers list (a bunch of knowledgeable peeps) has my motherboard and is making some headway in trying to fix it.
    I was actually thinking to get it powder coated at some point in the future as it has a bit of speckled surface rust (you can see a little in the keyboard image), but the trick would be how remove the stickers safely, and put them back afterwards. If that is impossible then it'll just have to stay speckled.

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    Default My two PET 4032s

    Here's a video of my two PET 4032s, both running a customized version of my smooth scrolling demo made specially for PET Alive!



    The PET was the first computer that I spent any large amount of time with. My dad was able to borrow one from the school he taught at, and I'd spend the weekend typing in listings from books like BASIC Computer Games.

    Games like Miner and Dungeon totally captured my imagination, and set me on the path that I'm still following today: programming video games, which I've been doing professionally since finally getting a break in 2004.

    Robin Harbron / P1XL.com

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