Commodore 64 in a PC Desktop Case.

On a large Commodore system, with 2 drives,a CMD hard drive, Printer, Monitor, etc.. I always hated the fact that you had so many power supplies to plug into Power boards, and all the cords & Serial cables running all over the place. It was a giant mess under the tabe.

It also took up a lot of room on top of the bench and so there were 2 reasons to find a way to (1) Fit everything into one small , neat case, and (2) Have everything come on at the flick of one switch.

In mid-1994, I bought an IBM PC Desktop case, and started to attempts to Install the C64, Drives, CMD Hard drive, etc into this pop top case.

MK-1 (Built December 1994)

The Commodore 64 , CMD-Hard Drive, 2 x 1541-II Drives - mounted inside the 90's style PC case., with 1084s Monitor & detachable Keyboard.

Click here to Download the Instructional guide, which is a D64 file.
This Instructional guide was made entirely on a real Commodore 64.
Here are some close up photos of the various sections.
Photo of:
Reset Switches & a switch
to select Jiffydos or CBM DOS.

5 Switches and the two Joystick Ports.

C64 Motherbaord, CMD Hard drive, 1541-II (device 8 & 9 )
CMD Hard drive, 1541-II (device 8 & 9 )
Click here to Download the Instructional guide, which is a D64 file.
This Instructional guide was made entirely on a real Commodore 64.
Commodore 64 : MK-2 (Tower Case)
 
 
 
 
1541 - Device 8
1541 - Device 9
CMD Hard Drive - Device 10 (SCSI Device 0,0)
CD ROM Drive (SCSI Device 3,0)
 
1581 - Device 11
 
 
RAMLINK - Device 16
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   The C64-PC (  MK-II )
This is a standard C64C, 1988 model, which has had its Motherboard removed and mounted into an IBM PC type Full Tower case.

The entire system is powered by an old 486 power supply. The only reason why the system still uses the C64 power supply is because 9Volts AC are used by Modems and other devices connected to the C64 User Port.

This is the second "C64 in a PC Case" Project that I have completed constructing.

Here are some close up photos of the various sections.
I connected the hollow C64 keyboard case using a standard D25 Male to D25 Male Cable, that was easily found in shops at the time. Sold as a SCSI cable or Modem Cable.
The Tower case with the side removed. The Upper half is crammed with the Drives & Controllers, The lower half has plenty of free space & air circulation with only C64 motherboard & CMD Ramlink.

1541-Controller, 1541 Drive mechanism-Device 8, 1541 Drive mechanism-Device 9, 1541-Controller, CMD Hard Drive, CMD-Controller, CD-ROM Drive.

All of the Drives & their controllers crammed in on top of each other in a row. Even a PC tower case is a tight fit for so many devices.

C64 Motherboard and the Ramlink with 16MB, with case removed to improve air flow.

The case had to be cut to move the PC Power Supply up higher to leave more room for the Drives & c64 motherbaord.

The power switch was also moved to rear, see the Blue push button in the top right corner of the photo.

Here is a Rear view of all the Ports I have mounted. All of them actually work.

USER PORT

SCSI

RS-232

JOYPORT 3 (Is a double of Joyport 1 - so I can leave my mouse plugged in )

TV (RF out for TV)

KEYBOARD (for the C64 keyboard)

CD AUDIO OUT (For playing Audio CD's (music))

VIDEO - AUDIO (Using a Stereo converter - I now get 2 x left & right channels)

PRINTER (Using a Centronics interface, i can connect a standard PC Printer)

JOYPORT 1 & 2

Click here to Download the Instructional guide, which is a D64 file.
This Instructional guide was made entirely on a real Commodore 64.
Commodore 64 : MK-3 (Tower Case)

 

 
1541 - Device 8
2GB JAZ Drive (SCSI Device 1,0)
 
DVD ROM Drive (SCSI Device 3,0)
 
1541 - Device 9
 
CMD Hard Drive - Device 10 (SCSI Device 0,0)
 
 
1581 - Device 11
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RAMLINK - Device 16
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WHATS NEW on the MK-3 ?

DVD-ROM DRIVE (Model: HP )

The NEW Version of my Commodore 64 Tower now has a DVD-ROM Drive so I have 4.4GB of C64 games on one DVD. I was over the moon with excitement when I got this working on 25-10-2007

I used to use loads of CD's and after looking on my catalog I would search for a CD and then search the CD for a PRG file or a D64 image, but now I have everything in one place. In theory the limit of an 8 bit system is 4.04 GB (Gigabytes) but as we only access one file at a time, the size of the DVD is irrelivent. The only limit seems to be the Age & ability of the DVD Drive. I used a 50 Pin SCSI drive because it seems to work smoothly with the CMD HD SCSI Controller.

ISO STANDARD

Thanks to ISO standard, CD's & DVD's can be read by PC, MAC, AMIGA and now the Commodore 64. Which is great when you have a DVD full of PC file types, like WAV Audio or JPG Pictures and D64's and PRG's, as you can easily access them with a Commodore 64 using a CD or DVD Rom drive.

ULTRAWIDE 68-Pin SCSI CD-ROM DRIVE

In previous experiments, I used a 50-Pin to 68-Pin Converter, and then connected an Ultrawide 68-Pin SCSI CD-ROM Drive as SCSI device 1,0 ..

JAZ / ZIP DRIVE

The Internal JAZ Drive can be set to any SCSI Device number from 0-6, so it can be an ADD-ON to the system or you can flick a switch to make it SCSI Device 0 and use it as a total replacement for the CMD Hard Drive. For other ways to connect JAZ / ZIP Drives externally , CLICK HERE and all will be revealed.

ULTRAWIDE 68-Pin SCSI HD

I used a 50-Pin to 68-Pin Converter, and then connected an Ultrawide 68-Pin 9GB SCSI HD as SCSI device 0,0 and it worked well, but as you know, you can only format 4GB of the hard drive space. Some 9GB SCSI drives will not work, the CMD controller reports them as 520MB ??? so you need to try before you buy !!

DVD Drive (SCSI 50-Pin)

I connected a DVD Drive as an experiment and tried to access it using CD ROM COMMANDER software and thanks to INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS (ISO), it all works fine. The amazing thing is a DVD holds around 4.5GB which is the largest storage device ever used on a C64. My next experiment is to simply try a DUAL LAYER DVD. It would be great to have 8.5GB of c64 Tools & games in one place, but not sure if this drive can read Dual layer.

CD BURNER (SCSI 50-Pin)

I use to have connected a Matsushita Panasonic 4x SCSI CD Burner to my C64 and it will read CD-R's and CD-RW's fine but no chance of Burning CD's. Firstly there is no software on the C64 to Burn CD's and secondly, the C64 cant transfer enough data to even satisfy the Burner running at 1x ( 1 SPEED).

JOYSTICK PORTS - I now have two on the front to make life easier, the tree on the back also still work so I leave a mouse in one most of the time.

 
Commodore 64 : MK-4 (Tower Case)

ZIP DRIVE

The NEW Version of my Commodore 64 Tower had an internal ZIP Drive set as SCSI-Device "0" so I am now using a 2GB JAZ drive as a total replacment for the Hard Drive mechanism!!

DVD-ROM

The NEW Version of my Commodore 64 Tower now has a DVD-ROM Drive so I have 4.4GB of C64 games on one DVD. I was over the moon with excitement when I got this working.

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