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	What is the name of the company that recently purchased the
        liquidated Commodore assets?

	ESCOM recently purchased the liquidations of Commodore Amiga.
        GMT Electronics had earlier purcased the IC fabrication division
        called Commodore Semiconductor Group (CSG).

	At one time, Commodore attempted to manufacture a dual drive
        version of the 1571 called the 1572.  For what technical reason
        did it utimately fail?

	One must remember that the 1571 DOS was a descendant of the 1540
        DOS, which was in turn a descendant of the earlier dual drive IEEE
        drives.  To make the 1572, Commodore engineers tried to re-introduce
        the dual drive code that had been removed when Commodore started 
        producing single disk drives.  Unfortunately, the re-introduction
        did not ultimately succeed.

	Over what computer system did a User Group sue Commodore and win?

	The Commodore B-128 line.  Story has it that the B-128 User's Group
        sued Commodore because they claimed to support the B-128 after CBM
        had closed down production of the B series.  The suit demanded that
        all materials needed in manufacturing and supporting the machine was
        to be handed over to the User's Group.  This included masks of the
        ICs, source code for BASIC and DOS, and schematics.

	In $103, the question asked how to create a graphic of a small box
        on the 1525.  In this quesrtion, we have made a different design.
        If you wanted to create the following graphic using individual
        dots on the printer, what bytes would you send to the printer after
        turning on graphics mode?
         **     * *
        *       ***
        *   **  ***
        *   * * * *
         ** **  * *
            * *

	The following bytes would be sent to the printer: 
        142, 145, 145, 128, 252, 212, 168, 128, 159, 134, 159

	(Some C65 questions)  How many SID chips does the the development
        Commodore 65 machine contain?

	2. The Commodore C65 has stereo output.  

	What CPU does the Commodore 65 use?

	The CSG65EC02, running at 3.54 MHz.

	What is the alternate name for the Commodore 65?

	Some versions of the prototype C65 are referred to as the Commodore 

	How many processors does the internal 1581-compatible drive 
        on the C65 contain?

	none.  This is interesting, as Commodore started with two CPUs per
        drive (IEEE 8050, etc), went to 1 (1540, etc.), and finally cost
        reduced the CPU completely out of the drive electronics.

	In the tradition of naming certain ICs after famous cartoon
        characters, one of the ICs in the C65 is named after a Warner
        Brothers cartoon character.  Which one?

	Elmer (Elmer Fudd).

	What version of BASIC is included on the Commodore 65 in C65 mode?

	Basic v10.0.

	How many I/O ports does a Commodore 65 contain?

	2 joystick ports,
        1 power supply port,
        1 expansion port,
        1 serial port,
        1 user port,
        2 audio ports,
        1 RGB video port,
        1 RF output port,
        1 composite video port,
        1 high speed disk drive port,
        1 Ram expansion connector (under unit behind cover).
        13 ports in all.  (12 if you discount the PS plug).

	What common Commodore 64 I/O port does the C65 NOT have?

	A cassette port.

	How many function keys are on a Commodore 65?

	Depending on whether you count the "help" key as a function, there
        are  7 or 8 physical keys, which provide F1-F14 plus help.

	What CBM disk drive DOS was used as the template for the internal
        C65 drive DOS?

	The Internal DOS in the C65 was based on DOS 2.7, found on the
        CBM IEEE 8250 Drive.  This DOS was adapted to the Commodore 65
        by Dennis Jarvis.

	What resolution of text screen does the C65 power up in? (Please
        give answers in characters).


	What distinguishing non-textual characteristic in the C65 is not
        present in othe Commodore 8-bit computers? 

	The systems powers up with a multicolored banner on the upper left
        portion of the screen.  It has 6 lines of decreasing lengths in
        red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, and purple.
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