I've been keen to get my old #Commodore64 back online for a while, but it's looking like it's going to be massively expensive.

I need a power supply, and then I have no storage devices - I had a 1541 but no idea where it ended up. I have no disks, no cartridges, no peripherals.

So I've decided to go with an emulated setup for now. I'll replace the C64 motherboard with a Pi and a Keyrah so I use the real case and keyboard and it'll look original and run modern.

#retrocomputing

This saves me worrying about stuff like dodgy power supplies, leaking capacitors (the unit hasn't been turned on for at least 15 years - I have no idea if it even works) and a heap of other issues.

I can then put the board aside and build up a collection of bits and improve things over time, instead of needing to do it all at once.

It's also NEARLY possible to build an almost 100% new C64, with new compatible boards and cases being produced. I really want to do this too. #C64

@mike I've bought a lot of broken machines and had a lot of fun with a rasp pi and keyrah, with a c64 reloaded, and with original hardware using a purpose-built power supply. Using the Ultimate II+ to load software. Good luck with it!

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