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TRIVIA 20A

$130)
	The Commodore Plus/4 was referred to as the "___________ Machine".

	Productivity.

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$131)
	Although the Commodore 16 and 116 were functionally equivalent, what
        two physical characteristics distinguished one from another?

	Case style and keyboard.  The C16 is enclosed in a VIC20/C64 style
        case with keyboard, while the C116 sports a scaled down Plus/4
        style case and "chicklet" keyboard.

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$132)
	How many pins are there on the Commodore plus/4 expansion port
        connector?

	50 pins.

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$133)
	On which side of the Commodore 65 (as it is facing you) did Commodore
        place the power switch on?

	The left side.  Since the disk drive fills the entire right side, the
        left side is an obvious choice, as the swith would require cabling if
        installed on the right side.

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$134)
	How many keys are on a standard Commodore 128 keyboard?

	92 keys.

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$135)
	What color are the drive LEDs on the SX64 drive?

	There is only one LED, a red in-use LED.

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$136)
	True or False?  The Commodore 64 and VIC-20 keyboards are
        interchangeable.

	True.

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$137)
	On a 1526/MPS 802 printer, how many redefinable characters
        were available for use per line of text?

	1.  True fact:  In order to print a line of graphics, one must
        print a GFX char, do a returb without linefeed (resets the graphic
        character, evidently), the tab over and repeat the cycle until 80
        characters were printed.  I had one, and it took me 7 hours to 
        print 21 pages of GEOWrite text!

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$138)
	To set up a redefinable character on the MPS 802/1526 printer, what
        secondary address must be opened?

	Secondary address #5.

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$139)
	How many pins are in each Euro-DIN plug used on the Plus/4-C16
        joysticks?

	8 pins.

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$13A)
	How many pins are on a regular Commodore VIC-20/C64 joystick
        connector?

	9 pins.

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$13B)
	What BASIC command is used to change from C128 mode to C64 mode on a 
        C128?

	go 64.  It will ask for confirmation.

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$13C)
	What were the four integrated programs included in the infamous
        "3+1" software in the Plus/4?

	A word processor, spreadsheet, graphics software, and a data management
        program.

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$13D)
	Which Commodore serial printer(s) had a small switch that allowed it
        to be addressed as either device 4 or device 5?

	The 1525, MPS 801, and MPS 803 had such a switch.  Although I cannot 
        confirm this, I believe the 1515, the precursor to the 1525, also 
        had the 4/5 switch.

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$13E)
	How many addressable registers does the Commodore VIC-II IC have?

	There are 47 control registers in the Commodore VIC-II chip.

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$13F)
	On a Commodore PET machine, what output appears on the screen after
        typing in SAVE "",2?

	PRESS PLAY AND RECORD ON TAPE #2
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