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 11 
 on: August 28, 2018, 12:48:46 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     The first video is up and running! It is

Goedeken and the miniGANGCART

https://youtu.be/HuUeaDhPGVk

Don't forget to check out the videos that also premiered at this year's CommVEx -- videos from our sister show, the Pacific Commodore Expo.

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 12 
 on: August 28, 2018, 12:43:51 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     More PaCommEx videos have been posted -

Don Elman and Commander magazine

https://youtu.be/j7f5hf6sfnM

and

Hill and Amiga Kickstart Mods

https://youtu.be/oUel6zoYbhk

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 13 
 on: August 26, 2018, 12:25:53 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Good news!  In his understated way, Ray Carlsen writes:

> I just finished updating my website to include the new C64 mini PS and some adapters that will eliminate
> the Y configuration on new power supplies that run a C64 and C128.

     O.K., here are more details, all found at

http://personalpages.tds.net/~rcarlsen/custom%20ps.html

The mini C64 p.s., priced at $55 plus shipping, is rated 5VDC @ 4 amps and 9VAC @ 1 amp.  The very custom M-AM/64/128-2D p.s., priced at $140, powers a C64/128/VIC-20CR and disk drives, or with the flip of a switch, an Amiga 500/600/1200.  Now on the webpage, the VIC-20E two-prong p.s., priced at $35, outputs 9VAC @ 3 amps.  The C64-to-128 p.s. adapter and the C128-to-64 p.s. adapter are $15 each.  (Not pictured is his heavy-duty p.s. for the Amiga CD32.)  All of these are in addition to his other C64/128/VIC-20CR and Amiga 500/600/1200 power supplies!

     At

http://personalpages.tds.net/~rcarlsen/cables.html

there is another addition/improvement.  It is the "Deluxe Box" Computer Saver and PS Tester, priced at $50.  Not only does it prevent overvoltages from original CBM power supplies, but it also "allows p.s. testing without being connected to a computer."

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 14 
 on: August 24, 2018, 09:17:03 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     For those who are waiting impatiently, the videos of the various CommVEx presentations will start posting on Monday.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 15 
 on: August 21, 2018, 04:27:44 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB

     Well, the videos are still not ready to go until next Monday, but some of the photos are posted!  For the Friday pre-show photos, go to

http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/08/the-evening-before-commvex-2018.html

     And Mario L.'s photos of CommVEx have been posted. Go to

http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/08/marios-commvex-2018-photos.html

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 16 
 on: August 18, 2018, 09:38:05 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
They removed the old FoMoCo stereo radio and installed a brand-new Pioneer DEH-X6900BT CD/radio.  When they tried hooking into the old Premium Sound speakers, they found out that the speakers had a separate amplifier, making the speakers unusable with the new Pioneer.  Solution - bypass the amplifier and put in new speakers.  As I had planned, the dull dash speakers were disconnected and the 5 1/4" door speakers (which were in the doors but were not working) were replaced by new Pioneer tri-axial speakers.  The rear speakers would have to be installed at a later date.
    Today I finally bought new rear speakers and had them installed.  The new speakers were Pioneer 6" x 8" speakers, quad-axial but really tri-axial because they have a woofer, mid-range, and two tweeters.  Strangely, unlike the FoMoCo front door speakers, the FoMoCo rear speakers did not have an amplifier hanging off each unit, i.e, they were ordinary paper speakers with a rubberized surround and a whizzer cone.  The paper was brittle, and one of the whizzer cones was torn... yeah, they needed to be replaced.  Also unlike the auto stereo installation of last year, this time the speaker installation was pretty straight-forward.  Undo the rear speaker grilles, detach the old speakers off the grilles, attach the new speakers to the grilles, adapt the old speaker wires to the new speakers, and replace the grill/speaker combination back into the rear.
     Final result -- much clearer sound now that the rear speakers were installed!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

P.S. But as in my other cars, more has to be eventually done to the Colony Park.  Cruise control has failed (it failed just as I was coming back from the Pacific NW a few months ago). and defrost/heat is not coming from the upper/lower registers.  Also the faded "wood" on the tailgate area is bugging me.  I asked about it at a local body shop, but they had no experience in restoring it and thus didn't want to work on it.  However, I found a site selling the vinyl wood that nearly duplicates the factory look. http://woodgrain4wagons.com/

P.P.S. I asked the auto stereo shop about whether they could stop (sound-deaden) the vibrating of the front inner door panels (which is what happens when the car stereo is a bit too loud).  They said they could apply Dynamat to stop those resonances.  T will have to think about that for the future!

 17 
 on: August 17, 2018, 09:24:24 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Oh, I think Sev also said he wants to show/tell more about the Pi1541.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

 18 
 on: August 15, 2018, 01:45:03 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy almost Labor Day, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, August 19 at  --

  Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant
  2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan)
  Fresno, California
  (559) 227-1686

     This month I'll give a full report on the Aug. 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo.  In addition, we'll talk about the upcoming Amiwest Show in October. 
     Speaking of CommVEx, we'll look at a video or two that was filmed at the show.  In addition, I'll break out the SuperCPU in order to use the 3D Construction Kit for the C64 (which I had presented at CommVEx).  Vice-president Roger may have more to show us on last month's program, the German C64 CAD program, GigaCAD.  The Amiga 1200 returns with its WHDLoad games.
     We'll also have leftover, freebie, gift bags from CommVEx.  Don't forget to grab one at the meeting!

          Not a crowded agenda this time,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

 19 
 on: August 15, 2018, 01:11:40 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     After discussion at CommVEx, Saj wants to bring his Amiga 4000 with Video Toaster to the next meeting and show us how VT works.  Matt B. will assist.  Smiley

          Back in central California,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 20 
 on: August 05, 2018, 03:10:02 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     The countdown is approaching lift-off for the August 11-12 CommVEx!   Gear is being gathered, programs are being prepped, and Commodorians/Amigans are anxiously awaiting the show!  Smiley  As we have for many years, we'll be at the Plaza Hotel, third floor, 1 Main Street, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
    Just a reminder to check out the CommVEx website at

         http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

as it is updated with the latest show info, i.e, exhibitors, presentations, raffle prizes, door prizes, freebies, etc..  Also check out the forum at

         https://www.commodore.ca/forum/viewforum.php?f=6

for any more details.
     Friday, August 10, is set-up time, and expect the show room to be open at 2 p.m. for exhibitors and anybody else who wants to drop on by.  Saturday, August 11, at 11 a.m. CommVEx officially begins and continues through 5 p.m..  Then we have an unofficial Saturday night in the room for talk, hacking, programming, or watching Commodore/Amiga videos.  Sunday, August 12, CommVEx opens at 11 a.m, and we carry on 'til 5.  Thereafter, we start the tear-down of the tables.
     Come and enjoy the Commodore and Amiga computers... come and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Commodorians and Amigans.

          Sincerely,
          Robert Bernardo
          organizer - Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018

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