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The Unseen C128

A.K.A. "I didn't know I could do that with my C128!"

In my opinion, the C128 is the most versatile 8-bit personal computer that was ever produced. It still amazes me to learn about all of the extraordinary things you can do with it. It is a real shame that so many in the computer market were blinded to many the things this computer was capable of doing, both in the home and in the office.

On these pages, I'm going to shine a light on some of the things I have found to be the most interesting and useful software developed for the C128. I hope you enjoy them, too. I also hope they encourage you to spend more time learning about and using the C128 for yourself.

Be sure to check out all of the other C128 related content I've posted in the other sections of the website, like my C128 game and application reviews, making your own RGBI to RCA 80 column video cable, and my special archive of C128 games.

128 Shell: The C128's own (native) mini CP/M

In Issue #10 of Loadstar 128, Robert Rockefeller published his own creation of a “RAM disk” for the C128, with a selection of file management applications that closely resemble CP/M. The big difference is, 128 Shell is much easier to implement and to use, not to mention being useful to anyone programming in BASIC 7.0.


GBASIC 128: Expanded BASIC commands for better graphics control

In Issue #10 of Loadstar 128, Jon Mattson published a BASIC 7.0 extension, called GBASIC128. It is a collection of sixteen additional commands that assist with the display and control of sprite and graphic elements, for your gaming ideas.


WS-DOS: Load C64 programs using "burst mode"

WS-DOS is a utility program that simplifies and expands upon the C128's DOS functions. The big improvement involves a fast loader for your C64 programs, making use of the C128 “burst mode” file loader, when coupled with a 1571 floppy disk drive. But, there's so much more to it.


Unix 128: It's not Unix, but you'll swear it was

Unix 128 has been programmed in BASIC 7.0 and compiled to machine code, but once booted up and logged in, you'd swear you were running a Unix/Linux PC. The commands work and perform just like in Unix and even a version of EMACS is here.


C64 BY 80: GO64 on the VDC

If you find BASIC 2.0's 40 column screen editor a little confining, then this little OS enhancement will allow you to use the VDC's 80 column mode when you GO64.


Half Fast 128: Access 2Mhz processor speed while in C64 mode

Half Fast 128 is a utility program for the C128, which allows you to access the 2Mhz processing speed that the C128 is capable of, when in C64 mode.


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unseen128.txt · Last modified: 2023/06/21 23:03 by David