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COMMODORE PET 8296 DISK DRIVE AND PRINTER, 1984

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COMMODORE PET 8296 DISK DRIVE AND PRINTER, 1984

The last of the Pet series this one made in western Germany in 1984 The final version of what could be thought of as the "classic" PET was the PET 4000 series.

This was essentially the later model 2000 series, but with a larger black-and-green monitor and a newer version of Commodore's BASIC programming language.

By this point Commodore had noticed that many customers were buying the "low memory" versions of the machines and installing their own RAM chips, so the 4008 and 4016 had the sockets punched out of the motherboard.

Donated by Geoff Robinson

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  • This was my computer. It had a full suite of business software, e.g.
    stock control and accounts so was intended for use as a business machine. Its futuristic design maybe appealed to my son aged 12, who wrote a number of games for it in BASIC. I had it for many years and never had a problem with it or its printer and disk drives. My sister in law even taught herself basic word processing on it. Nice machine.
    .......... Geoff Robinson, Flore, Northants, 10th of February 2012

  • The only computer ever made that you could set on fire by programming it. I kid you not. It was a poke to RAM that grounded part of the circuitry; this was followed by smoke coming out of it and then if you didn't switch it off in time a real fire.
    .......... Paul D Moore, Birmingham, 14th of July 2010

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