PET 64

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PET 64
Commodore 4064 (PET 64)
Type: Computer
Producer: Commodore
Price: 500 US$, (ca. 1500 DM, 750 €)
Released: 1982
Discontinued: 1994
Processor: MOS 6510 @ 1 MHz
Memory: 64 KByte, upgradeable
OS: BASIC V2.0
Info: - alias CBM4064, Educator 64-1, Educator 64-2.
-only for schools.

In the early 1980s, Commodore produced two new models of the C64 for North American schools: the PET 64 (Educator 64-1) and the Educator 64-2. Both computers were standard C64s but with a PET case. They were unrelated to the earlier Teachers' PET, which was a real PET 2001-8N!

PET 64[edit]

The PET 64, also known as the CBM 4064 or Educator 64-1, included a PET 4000 style black-and-white monitor with an internal speaker. Later models had a colored screen. The PET 64 came supplied with an adapted C64 KERNAL. With its metal case, it weighed almost 20 kg.

Start screen of a PET64

Educator 64-2[edit]

The Educator 64-2 had a green screen monitor with a regular C64 KERNAL that displayed the standard C64 boot screen. It featured a headphone jack and an internal speaker with a volume control. The case on most Educator 64-2s was plastic.

The space above the keyboard held a reference panel with keywords and shortcuts for BASIC V2, Logo, and the hardware, such as the datasette, floppy disk, and the printer.

Other differences against the C64[edit]

  • No information about changing the text colour on the number keys.
  • The control ports for the joysticks are in front of the keyboard.
  • The other ports are on the right-hand side of the case.

Links[edit]

WP-W11.png Wikipedia: Commodore_Educator_64