|Processor:||MOS 7501/8501 @ 0.885/1.76 MHz|
|Memory:||16 KByte, upgradeable to 64 KByte|
|Info:||Part of the Commodore-264 series|
The Commodore 16 (short form: C16) is a Commodore home computer, which could be seen as the successor of the VIC-20. It was produced in the years 1984 to 1985. The C16, C116 and Plus/4 are part of the Commodore-264 series. The selling price was usually 99 US$. The case looks like that of the C64, but colored in black. More than 1,266,000 pieces of the C16 have been produced worldwide. In Argentina, the computer company Drean produced the C16 under Commodore license, as the company Sigma did in Mexico.
The OS environment is an advanced version of BASIC (version 3.5). The software is not compatible with the C64. The devices datasette 1531, joysticks and the diskdrive 1551 can only be connected (without adapters) to the Commodore-264 series.
- Two joystick connectors (Joy1 and Joy2, round mini DIN, 8-pins, I) to connect a joystick
- Reset button
- On/off switch
- Power connector (power; 2 pins) for the power supply unit
- Main memory expansion (264 Expansion Port; 50-pin; I/O) to connect cartridges or the disk drive 1551
- TV connector (RF modulator outlet; O) to connect a TV aerial socket (depending on the version NTSC or PAL)
- Audio-/video (8-pins; O) to connect a monitor and/or a stereo audio equipment
- Serial bus (serial IEEE-488, 6-pin, I/O) to connect a diskdrive 1541/70/71/81 or printer MPS-801/802/803, VIC-1515/1525/1526
- Cassette connector (cassette port round mini DIN, 7-pins; I/O) to connect a cassette recorder (Datasette) 1531
- CPU: MOS 7501 or 8501 with 0.885/1.76 MHz clock frequency (controlled by TED) - average approx. 1.1 MHz.
- Memory: 16 KByte RAM, with 12277 free usable under BASIC, expandable to 64 KByte.
- ROM: 32 KByte in total, consisting of:
- Graphics: TED 8360
- Display in text mode (either capitalization / graphic characters or uppercase / lowercase) 40 (columns) × 25 (lines) characters or in graphic mode (HiRes) 320×200 pixels or 160×200 pixels, as well as graphics with 5 lines text mode at 320×160 or 160×160 pixels
- Colors: 121 (15 colors in 8 shades and black)
- Sound: TED 8360 is also used to create sounds and can form 2 independent voices with tones of over 4 octaves (about 28 notes without overtones) or noises.
- Keyboard: 66 keys (QWERTY), multi-assigned, function keys are already predefined.
- Dimensions: 407 mm × 77 mm (Series PCB)
- Weight: ?
- Power Supply: 9 V DC provided by power supply unit with 220 V at 50 Hz
- Power consumption: ? W
Memory adresses | Description Hexadecimal | Decimal | $0000-$07FF | 00000-02047 | zero page, system RAM $0800-$0C00 | 02048-03071 | color RAM $0C01-$1000 | 03072-04095 | video RAM $1000-$3FFF | 04096-06143 | BASIC RAM (if using graphics this area will shrink!) $1800-$1BFF | 06144-07167 | luminance (if using graphics) $1C00-$1FFF | 07168-08191 | color table (if using graphics) $2000-$3FFF | 08192-16383 | video RAM for graphics (if using graphics) $4000-$7FFF | 16384-32767 | free (for memory extensions) $8000-$BFFF | 32768-49151 | BASIC 3.5 ROM $C000-$CFFF | 49152-53247 | free for BASIC extensions $D000-$D7FF | 53248-55295 | char set ROM $D800-$FBFF | 55296-64511 | KERNAL ROM $FC00-$FCFF | 64512-64767 | ROM banking routines $FD00-$FEFF | 64768-65279 | I/O addresses $FF81-$FFF9 | 65409-65529 | KERNAL $FFFA-$FFFB | 65530-65531 | NMI vector $FFFC-$FFFD | 65532-65533 | RES vector $FFFE-$FFFF | 65534-65535 | IRQ vector
Deviations of color table and control characters
The commodore colour table deviates at the TED after the 9th color (brown):
Color | Key com- | Color value | In program: | Or by PRINT "control character" | bination | for POKE | PRINT CHR$(X) | (in quotes!) yellow-green| <C=>+<3> | 090 | 150 | inverse graphic-X pink | <C=>+<4> | 107 | 152 | inverse ring blue-green | <C=>+<5> | 092 | 151 | inverse clubs light blue | <C=>+<6> | 109 | 153 | inv. vline right dark blue | <C=>+<7> | 046 | 154 | inverse check light green | <C=>+<8> | 095 | 155 | inverse clubs
Hint: There are some new control characters on the C16:
PRINTCHR$(027) escape key PRINTCHR$(130) text flashing on PRINTCHR$(131) text flashing off PRINTCHR$(140) help key
The C16 function keys are normally:
- DIRECTORY+CHR$(13) (the key is hit)
- SCNCLR+CHR$(13) +
- DSAVE+CHR$(34) +
- RUN+CHR$(13) +
- LIST+CHR$(13) +
- HELP+CHR$(13) or
An overview or modification of the function key binding can be achieved through the BASIC command KEY, either in direct mode or in programs. After a reset or a reboot the normally function key configuration is reset.
Purchase packing list
In Germany the C16 was first available in a single package and was later sold in a bundle Commodore Computer-Lernkurs BASIC-Programmiersprache.
The purchased parts of a C16 package are (1984):
- Computer (C16)
- Power Supply
- Commodore 16 User Manual
- Aerial cable
- Commodore warranty card
- Commodore extra guarantee
- Interference free certificate
- Cardboard package
- Styrofoam shells top and bottom
- Commodore Jack Attack
- Commodore Pirate Adventure
- Commodore Viduzzles
- Commodore Atomic Mission
- Commodore Strange Odyssey
- Commodore Pirate Adventure
- Commodore C-16 Tutor
- Commodore Logo
- Commodore Diagnostic Test (TED Diagnostic Rev 1.5)
- Commodore Script/Plus
- Commodore Financial Advisor
For the C16/116 the following memory expansions were available:
- 16K Expansion (Kingsoft)
- 64K Extension (ak-tronics)
- 64K RAM (Kingsoft)
- 64K RAM memory expansion (Golden Games)
- 64K cartridgel (LINDY)
- DELA C16 memory expansion 64K
- REX Datentechnik (9305) 64K
- Commodore 16K RAM pack cartridge for the expansion port (Ram Electronics Ltd.)
- 64K RAM (Stonechip Electronics)
- Jureks 64K Memory Expansion
- Joystick adapter: To connect common joysticks with the 9-pin sub-D connectors there were adapters or adapter cables, respectively, available plugging these joysticks to the 8-pin, round mini-DIN connectors on the C16/116 and Plus/4.
- Datasette adapter: To connect datasette drives with the usual 12-pin connector there were suitable adapters or adaptor cables, respectively, plugging them to the 7-pin, round mini-DIN connector on the C16/116 and Plus/4.
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