C64 1541-Ultimate

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yakumo9275
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Anyone getting one of these?

http://www.1541ultimate.net/content/index.php
They are supposedly better (and appear to me to be so) than the 1541-iii

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The '1541 Ultimate' is a storage solution for your Commodore home computer, such as the C64, C128, C plus4, C16, etc. This piece of hardware implements a 'real' 1541 diskdrive for Commodore computers, and is capable of storing the floppy disks on a modern SD-card, or MMC-card. It contains a replica of all the necessary hardware to be fully compatible with a real drive.

The '1541 Ultimate' can be used as a cartridge in the C64/C128, or as a stand-alone unit for use with other Commodore models with a serial bus. In cartridge mode, the user can view the SD-card content with just a simple push on one of the buttons, and 'mount' .d64 images into the floppy drive. In stand-alone mode, the user can use the buttons to navigate through the directories, or send IEC commands to a secondary device on the bus. This secondary device also allows saving and loading files to the FAT file system directly, but is not as compatible as the 1541 drive.

If i had money.... sigh. Specs look really interesting.

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Looks like their website

Looks like their website gives a tentative release date of January of 2011 for the 1542U2.. I'll probably wait until March before I make any decisions. I've got the MCC-216 and a newly JiffyDOS enabled C-64c with an SD2IEC to keep me busy until then anyway.

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Chip Hageman wrote:

It seems that this is going to come out to about the same price as the Chameleon 64 cartridge.. so I may wait for that to be released before I decide on which one I want to get.

It's hard to justify these charges for a 25+ year old computer. :-)

Yeah, I've seen Chameleon, but it seems like there's no set ETA. I figure between the MCC and the 1541 Ultimate II, I'll be covered. You're correct about these charges, it does reach a point of being too much. If I had forsaw most vintage systems getting all these flash devices and transfer cables and what-not - most of which I ended up buying - I would have been more conservative in getting all the disk drives and original hardware that I did. I would have probably been a bit more conservative on the boxed software purchases as well. It's a whole different strategy.

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Newcomer re-release
Ronnie Magnusson wrote:

Newcomer is also set to release soon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0VEqdAGsWw
It should come shipped with a tape but a downloadable image file will also be available for use with emulators software and hardware.
Maybe this game should get it's own thread upon release as it's looking really nice.

We talked about it here: http://www.armchairarcade.com/neo/node/3618

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Newcomer is also set to

Newcomer is also set to release soon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0VEqdAGsWw
It should come shipped with a tape but a downloadable image file will also be available for use with emulators software and hardware.
Maybe this game should get it's own thread upon release as it's looking really nice.

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I know the firmware for the

I know the firmware for the 1541 Ultimate II is open source... I had asked Jim Brain about the possibility of him being able to license 1541U2 design from Gideon Zweijtzer, but I never got a response back on that issue. At the very least, this would save on the conversion rates.

It seems that this is going to come out to about the same price as the Chameleon 64 cartridge.. so I may wait for that to be released before I decide on which one I want to get.

It's hard to justify these charges for a 25+ year old computer. :-)

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Bill Loguidice
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C-64 madness!
Chip Hageman wrote:

Yeah... I've been getting pretty heavy into the c64 again and this is probably going to be something I will end up buying... even in spite of my grumbling over the price.

Out of curiosity.. what was the cost plus shipping to jersey?

Insanely expensive. I don't remember the conversion, but the total was EUR 157.90. There was probably a small free on the Paypal side too, though I don't recall. I've had somewhat similar devices like this before, but never this feature packed. Hopefully this will truly be the ultimate, as in last such device I ever have to buy for the old 64. Between the MCC and this, I've spent a pretty penny in the past three months when in reality I'm probably just fine with the stuff I already have, including oodles of the original hardware. It's hard to resist the shiny new thing though that will supposedly make my classic gaming life easier...

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Yeah... I've been getting

Yeah... I've been getting pretty heavy into the c64 again and this is probably going to be something I will end up buying... even in spite of my grumbling over the price.

Out of curiosity.. what was the cost plus shipping to jersey?

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Bill Loguidice
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1541-Ultimate-II

I am apparently now ranked 10 in the queue (others are in the 200's). I paid back in October. So it shouldn't be too much longer with this saga (maybe another month or two; and yes, when I ordered and actually paid there was a HUGE gap). It's for the main unit, the 1541U2 Tape Adapter Set (assembled), and the 4 GB MicroSD Card (SDHC, with adapter). Looking forward to it!

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Bill Loguidice
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And so a new word for homebrew delivery emerges...
Gandalf42 wrote:

The price is a bit steep. I agree, $50 [USD] is probably a good price point for a device like this. Until then, emulation or my x1541 cable with my 1541-II will do fine.

Still, I'd love to hear your experience with it.

-Gandalf42

As long as I'm not "Pandora'ed", I will certainly do that...

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Chip Hageman
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The price is a bit steep. I

The price is a bit steep. I agree, $50 [USD] is probably a good price point for a device like this. Until then, emulation or my x1541 cable with my 1541-II will do fine.

Still, I'd love to hear your experience with it.

-Gandalf42

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