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TRIVIA 35A

$220)
	What 3 bytes must reside on track 1, sector 0 of a disk in order
        to autoboot that disk on a C128?
     

	The abovious "CBM" bytes must be present.

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$221)
	Let's suppose you pick up a printer at a flea market and it says
        CBM on the decal.  However, it lacks the familiar logo and further
        investigation reveals it isn't a Commodore printer.  The printer
        was made in 1984.  What company sold the printer?
    	

	Citizen Business Machines (Citizen).  I had a lady inquire about
        a printer so marked.
     

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$222)
	Which company came out with the first parallel printer interface
        for the VIC-20 in the US?
     	

	CardCo, Incorporated.
     

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$223)
	If you boot up a 1540 disk drive and read the error channel,
        what model number is indicated in the power-up string?
     	

	V170.  Possibly, this is the code number for the drive.  Dunno,
     

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$224)
	Who produced the very first Commodore diskette drive?
     							    

	As close as I can tell from research, a company called "Convenience
        Living" brought out the first Commodore disk drive, beating 
        Commodore's 2040 by many months.  The system was a dual drive 100 kB
        per unit single sided drive.  The company changed their name or
        sold the unit to "CompuThink" upon introduction.
     

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$225)
	What company wrote the initial BASIC for the Commodore computer
        line?	
     	

	Your archenemy and mine, Microsoft.  When the PET series was
        introduced, Microsoft's Gates and Paul Allen made big bucks licensing
        BASIC for small computers.  Microsoft BASIC was small and ran on
        minimal hardware, making it an ideal language to bundle with early
        machines.  Commodore modified the BASIC after 1.0 and Microsoft
        was not involved past the initial porting effort.  As an aside, it's
        rumored that Gates and Allen might have lifted the source for BASIC
        from the University computers where they attended, but who knows :-)
     

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$226)
	What was the last modem Commodore produced for the 8-bit line?
     	

	The 1670.
     

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$227)
	Which came first, the 2040 or the 2031?
     	

	The 2040.  In business, it's generally considered bad practice to
        deliver a smaller numbered model after a larger numbered one, 
        especially if the units perform the same function.  Commodore didn't
        use such logic :-)
     

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$228)
	Which came first, the 4040 or the 8050?
     	  

	Again, Commodore rebelled and delivered the 8050 long before the
        4040 showed up on the scene.  This time, the reason was more logical.
        The drives served two different markets and were keyed with the prefix
        number of the machines they were marketed with.  The 4040 sold with the
        40XX series, while the 8050 came with the 80XX systems.
     

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$229)
	Where were VIC computers introduced first: US or Japan?
     	

	Japan.  Commodore introduced the PET in the US first, but found the 
        US market "fickle", so they introduced the VIC overseas first, since
        that market was easier to penetrate.  
     

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$22A)
	Which Commodore 64 model came out after the C64c and sported
        an "off-white" case?
     			   

	The C64gs (Graphics Station).  I am uncertain, but believe this to
        be a non-US machine only.
     

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$22B)
	Commodore produced two "Pong" type video games.  Name one model.
     	

	CBM 2000K and 3000H models.  Both were simple machines with unknown
        processors.
     

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$22C)
	What significance does the name "Gortek" have with respect to
        the VIC-20?
     	

	"Gortek and the MicroChips" were characters introduced to help people
        learn how to use the VIC-20.
     

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$22D)
	What person actually developed CP/M for the C128? 
    	

	Von Ertwine
     

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$22E)
	The 8563 VDC IC in the C128 was originally designed for another
        Commodore computer.  Which one?
     	

	The Z8000 machine, another machine that never saw the light of day.
     

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$22F)
	Name the single bit in the status register of the 6502 that can
        be set externally.

	The Overflow (V) flag can be set via pin 38 of the 6502, the SO
        pin (Set Overflow).
     
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