Inside the Commodore 64

This pioneering PC made instant geeks out of millions of people back in the '80s. But what lies within the Commodore 64's fetching brown shell?

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Cracking the Case


After opening the case, you need only detach the internal keyboard connector and the power indicator LED from the motherboard to split the unit into two halves. The upper half contains a keyboard assembly screwed in place (plenty of screws there), while the lower half contains the motherboard. At this point, shiny RF shielding (which prevents radio interference with nearby TV or radio devices) obscures the innermost parts of the computer. But not for long...

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