The Future was 8bit

 

Commodore Max Machine

Now, this is a rare beasty. Bought as non working via ebay.. 

 

Commodore Max Machine

The seller sold it as having a black screen.. I thought the worse.. a 6566.. But @byteproject suggested otherwise.

Low and behold, when it turned up.. with the supplied cartridge (Clowns I think).. no video output.. We'll pick up on that a little later

Commodore Max Machine

Ah well, lets take a peek... Keyboard ribbon cable is still good.. UNLIKE a frigging Plus/4 !!

Commodore Max Machine

Innards are clean.. Really clean! Less chips that it's Big Bro the C64.. Nice ot see it shares a SID (6581)

 Commodore Max Machine

Ceramic 6566 VIC-II

Commodore Max Machine

Nice simple mod this.. All it does is tap into the composite via the RF tuner and connects it too a spare pole on the audio jack.

Commodore Max Machine

Wider shottage

Commodore Max Machine

Back to testing. The Max Machine has no rom of it's own. If you've not got a cartridge, you won't get a picture.

Rather than making my own cartridge to test the Max Machine, I bought myself a MultiMax. And guess what..

Commodore Max Machine

Oh happy days.. She friggin works! :D

Commodore Max Machine

If you own a Max Machine and you've not got one of these GET ONE!. It'll be the best 20 odd bucks you'll ever spend.

Commodore Max Machine

It didn't feel right, but I had to do it. Re-capped and cooled. No reason why I can't use this rather than hide it way in a box.

Commodore Max Machine

Brave! I've put it back together before re-testing..

Commodore Max Machine

Radar Rat Race IS the FUTURE!

Commodore Max Machine

Picture even seems a little better now the caps have been changed.. which is nice ;D

Commodore Max Machine

Not a good photo, but it does show you what the MultiMax is full of. Get one, get one now..

Commodore Max Machine

Have you got one yet..?

Commodore Max Machine

Don't worry.. I'll be treating it to a larger screen real soon!!

And a final note.. The keyboard isn't as bad as you'd think.. Honest!