Commodore 64

Modding, tips and other retrothings

First post is here :)

Hi, this is my new blog. Why? Because i did not found enough blogs about the famous Commodore 64. No, just a joke.

So i like to mod my c64, and i like to play it for a long time (20-30 years, huhh)

And id like to share my and another retroguys’ idea, tricks tips.

And of course , about new and old games, we can discuss. If someone will visit this blog… 🙂

First topic, what are Your favourite multiplayer games? 

My is Wizard of Wor 🙂 its from 1983 but still the best i think. I also like Bombmania, do you know this Polish diamond?
This screenshot is from my birthday party at summer 🙂 (projector, sorry)
Do you like this configuration? 🙂

Featured post

C64 vu meter

Fancy but very simple

Jeff music, what else

I ordered a very cheap vu meter from China.

12V input i had

12V splitting
Vu meter from inside

As you can see, it has a little button for mode change, but backside, so i soldered wires on it, and i put another button onto the machine case.

There are 2 wires for power and 3 for stereo sign, so its simple, 2 wires together are coming from sound output of c64.

Tiny red button for mode change
I covered the borders with plastic.
Working 🙂

My latest Amiga….

… is a 600. I love it. It has a furia card, i like how fast is it. It had a lot of issues, pcmcia/ide was not working, sound issues, etc… but i have a good friend who could fix it.


New lights

Hi everyone. For personal reasons, i had no time/mood/possibilites to write new posts, but sometimes i continued modding my old c64. This is the same machine, from my childhood, just i put into c16 case (dont worry, it was total bad, but its processor is still living in another plus4)

So Im still fan of leds, sorry 🙂 i installed a new RGB LED stripe under the keyboard, and temporary 2 switches, one for blue, one for red-off-green. Im still thinking how to make it better, just i had 2 holes on case… you can see here:

Ugly but working switches

So maybe 3 switches could be nice, i dont know.

12V input

And how it looks like?

These are daytime photos. And switches can mix the colors 🙂

See you soon…

Coming soon… sd1541 with 99% compatibility?

No sd card yet 🙂

I bought it some days ago.

Joystick connectors backlight

After a long long pause, I’m back. 

So new useless but nice(?) feature is joystick port backlight. 

I cut a slice from top of the connector :

After i created a plastic “console” where i can glue the leds:

With leds (ugly Chinese, but cheap and white, and works):

Assembled : (there is a led on top, i covered it to make photo)

The Machine :

Turn on the lights!

On my desk:



Fast review – 8 Bit Civilizations

Hi guys. Check what ive tested in my favourite c64. Yes , this is Civilizations on breadbin 🙂 

Its a demo version, but full playable. 

Link :

Fortunately It runs perfectly with my sd device, i used the D81 image. The game is so fast and very nice.

Its only a demo version, so some features are missing ( diplomacy and sounds for example), but i enjoyed very much.

Enough of talking, lets check this fantastic game!

Reply to Old School Game Blog … my desktop

Hi guys.

Visit this fantastic blog:


So this is a reblog, please let me show you my amiga desk :

That’s all for today, thanks.
Continue reading “Reply to Old School Game Blog … my desktop”

Homemade joystick

So, this is my most used joystick 🙂 

Body built by a carpenter. Main stick wrecked from an arcade machine (good old eighties)

Buttons are new from China. 

Cable is from one of my old unserviceable joystick, but you can use 9 pin DSUB plug. :

I used plexi as lower-cover, and i was not too precise as you can see 🙂

A new paint planned, but I’m thinking about colour… 



C64 RCA sound output howto

So, first of all, dont check my soldering, im not professional 🙂 but i’d like to give idea

Thats it.
It’s a stereo output what is mono now, but works fine (i also have a sid2sid card, but i have to assemble it, and buy another sid new sid chip – hopefully will be another post if you are interested)

Its works with plugged in audio-video connector, so you dont need to unplug it.

I have a mini stereo amplifier connected it.

The main point is this, where to connect sound, its a c64c mainboard in a commodore 16 case (later post)

Solder here 1st wire, and solder ground to here (or you can use any ground point):

The white one 🙂 another one is 5V for my sd2iec. 

That was the difficult part.

Another part is depend on what connector do you want to use. You can use a simple mono rca one (or jack), or you can use stereo (left and right are simple connected). This is my friend’s work:

I used a connector from an external scsi cd writer, but i dont think you can see anything usefull:) :

This is what for an old pc-piece is good for 🙂

So, just connect an amplifier and you will hear the most beautiful soundchip in the history 🙂

Of course, do everything at your peril, sid chip is very delicate.
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