Commodore PC compatible systems

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A Commodore PC20
Close-up of a Commodore PC 20-III

The Commodore PC compatible systems are a range of IBM PC compatible personal computers introduced in 1984 by home computer manufacturer Commodore Business Machines.

Incompatible with Commodore 64 and Amiga architectures, they were generally regarded as good, serviceable workhorse PCs with nothing spectacular about them, but the well-established Commodore name was seen as a competitive asset.[1]

History[edit]

In 1984, Commodore signed a deal with Intel to second source manufacture the Intel 8088 CPU used in the IBM PC, along with a license to manufacture a computer based on the Dynalogic Hyperion. It is unknown whether any of these systems were produced or sold.

In 1984, the first model released, the PC-10, sold for $559 without monitor ($1333 in 2021).[2] They were sold alongside Commodore's Amiga and Commodore 64c/128 lines of home and graphics computers. The PC10 was comparable in the market to the Blue Chip PC, Leading Edge Model D and Tandy 1000 line of PC compatibles.[3][4]

Models[edit]

Commodore PC30-III

The line consists of the following models: Series 1

First generation - Series I:

Commodore PC 5:

  • Introduced in 1984, at $1395, the Commodore PC 5 was the low budget option with a Monochrome video card. It had a Intel 8088 running at 4.77 MHz and 256k RAM on-board (expandable to 640k). RS232 Serial and Centronics parallel printer ports were on the motherboard rather than on separate cards thereby making more slots available. it had one 5.25" floppy drive and no harddisk.(can be installed) it was released with MS-DOS 2.11 and GW Basic 3.2. it had 5x 8Bit PC BUS Slots. It have 2 motherboards. One contains CPU, RAM and ROM v. 2.01, as NPU socket and some VLSI chips. The second mainboard is connected by goldpin connectors, it''s an "IO board" containing serial and parallel port, ISA slots and all I/O chips. Some tracks from ISA slots are factory cut by drilling. The early PC10 has no RTC, HDD controller or reset switch, in front it has DIN keyboard connector

Commodore PC 10

  • The Commodore PC 10 is a PC 5 with a added Color video card and two floppy drives

Commodore PC 10-1

  • a 512k RAM and single floppy drive version. $519

Commodore PC 10-2

  • 640K RAM and dual floppy Drives. $619

Commodore PC 10-S

  • a PC 10 with a single floppy drive. (PC 10 have two floppy drives)

Commodore PC 20

  • The Commodore PC 20 is a PC 10 with a 20 MB hard drive an only one floppy drive.

Commodore PC 40 / AT

  • PC 40 is the top model of the first generation Commodore PC’s with improved 16bit "AT" hardware compared to 8bit XT in the others. It had a Intel 80286 that runs at either 6 or 10 MHz choosable by the user. Standard RAM was 1Mb and the video card was the same as in the PC 10 and 20. It had one 1,2 Mb 5.25 drive and a 20 MB hard drive. the cabinet had a key lock switch added Notes: The "PC AT" is a "PC 40" with a "AT" added to the name.



Second Generation - Series II

Commodore PC 10-II

  • The Commodore PC 10-II is a minor revision of the original PC 10. It have mainly the same specifications and casing, but the main difference is that it has a new revised single motherboard opposed to the original PC 10 that have two motherboards combined. As the original PC 10, it comes with dual floppy drives and no hard drive.

Commodore PC 20-II

  • The Commodore PC 20-II is a PC 10-II with one floppy drive and one hard drive


Third Generation - Series III

Commodore PC I

  • The Commodore PC 1 is a special small form factor PC inspired by the design of the Commodore 128, meant for budget homes or office use. The PC 1 have no internal room for Harddisk, the "PC 1-20" Harddrive came with a 3.5" 20 Mb hard drive and can be connected to the expansion port. The machine can also be expanded with the "PC 1-NET" which added a Novell Ethernet 10 Bit card connected to the expansion port. Strangely there is no internal sound. but a 8 Ohm speaker can be added. there also was sold a expansion box for connection 3 ISA cards..
  • Expansion slots: Commodore "PCEXP1" is a special expansion cabinet made for PC1. this gives 3 additional ISA Slots plus a extra 5.25 drive

Commodore PC 10-III

  • The Commodore PC 10-III is a complete revision of the PC 10 and 10-II machine. it have a new sleeker cabinet and better specifications. while the two generations before only went at 4.77 MHz, the new III series uses an 8088-1 CPU capable of 10 MHz speeds. The really cool thing about the PC 10-III/Colt is that its Faraday FE2010 chipset allows the CPU speed to be adjustable via a SPEED.EXE utility via DOS or through keyboard commands. The default is the standard 4.77 MHz but the speed is adjustable to 7.16 MHz and 9.54 MHz. It also had more standard ram and a better video card. it is still a 8bit machine. it came with two floppy drives.

Commodore COLT

  • An American version of the PC 10-III with slightly different front design. The front is a white variant of the PC 30-III front with the COLT logo on.

Commodore PC 10-III SD

  • a PC 10-III with one floppy drive. (PC10-III have two floppy drives)

Commodore PC 20-III

  • Same as PC 10-III but with a 20Mb HDD added.

Commodore PC 30-III (also sold as Select Edition 286)

  • The commodore PC 30-III is a new generation AT machine with a EGA video card, a 3.5 floppy drive and a 20 MB Harddisk. The PC-30-III motherboard is the same as the PC40-III MB but with the VGA hardware missing from the Motherboard. (it is empty space on the motherboard for the VGA hardware)

Commodore PC 35-III

  • PC-35-III is a PC 30-III but with VGA hardware added to the mainboard. same 20 MB harddisk as PC 30-III

Commodore PC 40-III

  • PC 40-III is same as PC35-III, but with a 40Mb Harddisk.

Commodore PC 45-III

  • same as PC-40-III but with an AMD equipped CPU instead of Intel in the PC-40-III

Commodore PC 50-II

  • The Commodore budget 386 machine. it could be delivered with 40 or 100MB Harddisk or with just a3.5 floppy. it have SVGA

Commodore PC 60-III

  • a top-of-the-line tower PC for professional use.
  • Price: ?
  • CPU: Intel 386DX 25MHz
  • Optional CPU: A 387 FPU can be added.
  • Standard RAM: 2Mb onboard RAM
  • Optional RAM: upgradeable to 18Mb RAM via two expansion cards with max 8 Mb on each card.
  • Video Card: Paradise 88 VGA card
  • Floppy Drive: One Chinon FB-357 1.44Mb 3.5" and one Chinon FZ-506 1.2Mb 5.25" floppy drive.
  • Harddrive: It came with different choices of hard drive from 60Mb to 200Mb hard disk.
  • Expansion Bays: 4x 5.25 bay and 2x 3.5 bay.
  • Expansion Slots: 7x 16bit AT expansion slots + 2x Commodore Slots for memory card. 9 total.
Commodore PC Spesifications: PC 1 PC 5 PC 10 PC 10-II PC 10-III PC 20 PC 20-II PC 20-III PC 30-III PC 35-III PC 40 / AT PC 40-20 PC 40-40 PC 40-III PC 45-III PC 50-II PC 50-III PC 60-40 PC 60-80 PC 60-III
Also known as: Colt Select Edition 286 SL 386SX - 25
Motherboard Year 1987 1984 1984 1985 1989 1984 1985 1989 1989 1989 1987 1988 1988 1989 1989 1989 1991 1988 1988 1990
Price £315, FIM
3.950,- ilman näyttöä (1988)
$1395 $559(1988) / NOK 18000,- $1,200/ DM 4.950, FIM 14.950,- (1986) FIM 7.995,- (1988) £999 (Aug 1988)

NOK 30000,-

FIM 23.550,- (1986) FIM 14.995,- (1988) FIM 14.950,- ilman näyttöä (1989) £2,247 (Feb 1987) FIM 24.500,- ilman monitoria (1986) 26.080,- ilman monitoria (1987) FIM 21.500,- (1989) FIM 22.850,- (1990) FIM 36.480,- (1988) FIM 46.480,- (1988) £3,999 (40MB HDD), £4999 (80MB HDD)

FIM

45.500,- (1990)
CPU Siemens Intel 8088 Intel 8088 Intel 8088 Intel 8088 Siemens Intel 8088-1 Intel 8088 Intel 8088 Siemens Intel 8088-1 Intel 80286 Siemens Intel 80286 Intel 80286 Intel 80286 Intel 80286 Intel 80286 AMD N80L 268-12/S Intel 80386 SX Intel 386 Intel 386 Intel 386 Intel 80386DX
CPU MHZ 4.77 MHz 4.77 MHz 4.77 MHz 4.77 MHz Standard 4.77 MHz Turbo 7.16 MHz Double 9.54 MHz 4.77 MHz 4.77 MHz Standard 4.77 MHz Turbo 7.16 MHz Double 9.54 MHz 12 MHz 12 MHz 6/10 MHz 6/10 MHz 6/10 MHz 12 MHz 12 MHz 16 MHz 25 MHz 8 / 16 MHz 8 / 16 MHz 25 MHz
Optional Co-Prosessor Intel 8087 Intel 8087 Intel 8087 Intel 8087 Intel 8087-1 Intel 8087 Intel 8087 Intel 8087-1 Intel 80287 Intel 80287 Intel 80287 Intel 80287 Intel 80287 Intel 80287 Intel 80287 Intel 80387 Intel 80387 Intel 80387 Intel 80387
Chipset Faraday FE2010A Faraday FE2010A Faraday FE3020 Faraday FE3020 Faraday FE3020 Faraday FE3020
Battery Dallas DS1287 Dallas DS1287 Dallas DS1287 Dallas DS1287
Standard Ram 512 kB 256 kB 256 kB 256 kB 640 kB 256 kB 256 kB 640 kB 640 kB 640 kB 512 kB 1 MB 1 MB 1 MB 1 MB 1 MB 1 MB 2,5 MB 2,5 MB 2 MB
Expansion Ram 4x 32k RAM 384 kB 384 kB 384 kB 384 kB 384 kB 512 kB 15 MB 15 MB 2 MB 15 MB 13,5 MB 13,5 MB 16 MB
Maximum RAM 640k 640 kB 640 kB 640 kB 640 kB 640 kB 1 MB 16 MB 16 MB 1 MB 16 MB 16 MB 16 MB 18 MB
Video Card Name WD Integrated Paradise PVS 2 Hercules GB-101 MDPA ATI CW16800-A ATI CW16800-A WD Paradise PVC4 ATI CW16800-A ATI CW16800-A WD Paradise PVC4 ATI EGA Wonder 800+ Paradise 88 PVGA1A-JK ATI CW16800-A ATI CW16800-A ATI EGA Wonder(800) VGA Paradise 88 PVGA1A-JK Paradise 88 VGA
Video Card modes MDA, CGA, Hercules, Plantronics MDA MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics MDA, CGA, Hercules, Plantronics MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics MDA, CGA, Hercules, Plantronics MDA, CGA, EGA & Hercules VGA MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics MDA, CGA, EGA VGA (256 KB RAM) VGA (256 KB RAM) MDA, CGA, EGA, VGA SVGA MDA, Hercules, CGA, EGA MDA, Hercules, CGA, EGA MDA, Hercules, CGA VGA
Video Card RAM 64 kB 64 kB 64 kB 64 kB 64 kB 256 kB 256 kB 64 kB 64 kB 256 kB 256 kB
Ideal Monitor Commodore 1450 1901 1084 1084 1084 1084
5.25" Floppy Drive Chinon F-502L 360k ALPS DFC222A 360kB 2x ALPS DFC222A 360kB 2x Chinon FZ-502LII 360k 2x Chinon F-502L 360k ALPS DFC222A 360kB 1x Chinon FZ-502LII 360k Chinon F-502L 360k Chinon FZ-506 1.2Mb Chinon FZ-506 1.2Mb 1x 1,2 Mb 5.25 1x 1,2 Mb 5.25 1x 1,2 Mb 5.25 Chinon FZ-506 1.2Mb Chinon FZ-506 1.2Mb 1x 1,2 Mb Chinon FR-506 no 1x 1,2 Mb 5.25 Chinon FZ-506 1.2Mb
3.5" Floppy Drive Optional C-1010 or C-1011 can be added at the amiga style disk port on the right side no no no no no no - Chinon FB-357 1.44Mb Chinon FB-357 1.44Mb option option Chinon FB-357 1.44Mb Chinon FB-357 1.44Mb 1,44 MB 1 option Chinon FB-357 1.44Mb
Harddisk The optional 20 MB "PC 1-20" Hard drive can be connected to the expansion port. no no no optional 20 MB 20 MB WD 20Mb HDD WD 93028 AD 20MB 68 ms WD 93028 A 20MB 20 MB 20 MB 40 MB 40 MB 52 MB 40Mb Conner CP-3044 or 100MB option. 200 MB 40 MB 80 MB
5.25" Expansion bay 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4
3.5" Expansion Bay - 1 - - 2
8-bit XT PC ISA bus 1x PCEXP1 5 5 5 3 5 5 3 1 1 6 1 0 2 2 -
16-bit AT ISA bus - - - - - - - - 3 3 2 5 5 4 4 7
Keyboard PC/XT 88 key PC/XT 88 key PC/XT 88 key PC/XT 88 key PC/XT 88 key PC/XT 88 key PC/XT 88 key PC/XT 88 key PC/AT 102 key PC/AT 102 key PC/XT 88 key PC/XT 88 key PC/XT 88 key PC/AT 102 key PC/AT 102 key PC/AT 102 key PC/AT 102 key PC/AT 102 key PC/AT 102 key
Operating System MS-DOS 3.1 MS-DOS 2.11 MS-DOS 2.11 MSDOS 3.3 MS-DOS 2.11 MSDOS 3.3 MS DOS 4,01 MS DOS 4,01 ms-dos 3.20 MS-DOS 3.21 MS-DOS 3.21 MS DOS 4,01 MS DOS 4,01 Windows 3.1
Ports Power, VGA, Component video, RSR-232 Serial, Centronic Parallel Centronic Parallel Centronic Parallel Centronic Parallel Centronic Parallel Centronic Parallel Centronic Parallel Centronic Parallel Centronic Parallel Centronic Parallel Centronic Parallel Centronic Parallel Power, Printer Paralell, 2x RS232C, VGA 2x RS232C, 2x Centronics Parallell Centronic Parallel
Power supply 112 W 112 W 112 W 112 W 145 W 170 W 170 W
Dimension 326 x 330 x 85 mm 390 x 360 x 150 mm 390 x 360 x 150 mm 390 x 360 x 150 mm 390 x 360 x 150 mm 390 x 360 x 150 mm 366 x 381 x 146 mm 366 x 381 x 146 mm 381 x 146 x 356 mm 377 x 158 x 421 mm


Generation 4 SlimLine series

Commodore 286 SX

  • Price:
  • Description: Slimline computercase
  • Motherboard year: 1991
  • Processor: Intel 80286 running at 8/16 Mhz. (A 80287-16 FPU can be added to an empty slot.)
  • ROM: 64KB Phoenix Bios
  • RAM: 1MB onboard standard, expandable to 5MB
  • Video Card: VGA 256K Byte, expandable to 512K
  • Disk drive: 1x Chinon F-502L 360k 5.25 drive.(Optional 720k Commodore 1010 og 1011 can be added to the Amiga style Disk port on the right side)
  • Harddrive: 40 MB - (313241-02), 50 MB - (311839-01) and 100 MB - (311840-01)
  • Network: the "PC 1-NET" came with a Novell Ethernet 10 Bit card connected to the expansion port.
  • Options: Expansion box for connection isa cards and Harddrive. an additional 8 Ohm speaker can be added for sound.
  • Operating System: MS-DOS 3.20 and GW-BASIC
  • Ports: VGA, Component video, RSR-232 Serial port, Centronic Parallel port.
  • Expansion slots: 16 bit x1 (expandable to 16 bit x 3 + 8 bit x 2 by use of riser card)
  • Keyboard: 84 Key XT Keyboard
  • Cabinet: Special small form factor inspired by the 128C

Commodore 286-16

  • A 16MHz 286 with 1Mb RAM, VGA video card, 3.5" floppy drive and 2x AT 16bit expansion slots.

Commodore 386SX-16

  • A 16Mhz 386 with 1Mb RAM, VGA graphics card, 3.5" floppy drive and 5x 16bit ISA expansion slots.

Commodore 386SX-16

  • A 25Mhz 386 with a Cyrix 387 FPU, 4Mb RAM, Cirrus Logic GD-5402 VGA (512kb video RAM), 40Mb HDD, 3.5" floppy drive and 5x 16bit ISA expansion slots.

Commodore 386DX-33

  • A 33MHz 386 CPU

Commodore 486SX-25

  • A 25MHz 486 with 4Mb RAM, VGA video, 1x 3.5" drive and a 150Mb HDD

Commodore 486DX-33

  • CPU: 33MHz 486 with
  • RAM: 8Mb RAM,
  • Video Card: VGA video,
  • Floppy drive: 1x 3.5"
  • Harddisk: 150Mb HDD

Laptops

Commodore C286SX-LT

  • a 12Mhz 286 with 1Mb RAM

Commodore C386SX-LT

  • a 386 with 2Mb RAM and a 40Mb HDD

See also[edit]

  • 3D Microcomputers, a Canadian computer manufacturer whom Commodore Canada authorized to produce PC clones bearing the Commodore label shortly before Commodore International's bankruptcy in 1994

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RUN Magazine issue 42".
  2. ^ "TCP ad, Run magazine Sep. 1987".
  3. ^ "The PC10 has Landed". Two of the PC10-2's most visible competitors for the home and school markets are the Leading Edge Model D and the Tandy 1000SX.
  4. ^ "Run Magazine Issue 42 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Internet Archive. Retrieved 22 December 2014.

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