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Educator 64

The Educator 64, also called CBM 4064 and PET 64 was the Commodore's second attempt to sell a C64 based system to U.S. schools and so compete with the Apple II.

Like Apple, Commodore could take advantage of a large range of available public domain educational software.

The first attempt came in the form of a basic C64 case. But the system was so often stolen that the department of education suggested Commodore provide a new system including the computer and the display in the same case.

Since the resulting system was to remain inexpensive, Commodore brought back to life old PET 4000 cases with monochrome monitors and fitted them with refurbished C64 motherboards.

Some models came with a modified kernel ROM which inhibited colors and sound, and displayed a different start-up message. Others featured an internal audio amplifier and headphone jack. The Educator 64 keyboard color code was also removed from the front of the number keys.

Although the last version was sold with a color display, the Educator 64 never was sold in big quantities. It's now a piece of choice for computer collectors.

NAME  Educator 64
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1983
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Commodore Basic 2.0
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, 4 function keys, 66 keys
CPU  6510
SPEED  1 Mhz.
RAM  64k
ROM  20k
TEXT MODES  40 x 25
GRAPHIC MODES  several, most used : 320 x 200
SOUND  3 voices / 6 octaves (sound output through built-in loudspeaker)
I/O PORTS  2 x Joystick plugs, Cardridge slot, Tape interfarce (300 bps), Serial, User Port, TV RF output, headphone jack.
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in Power supply unit (Same as CBM 4000)
PRICE  Unknown

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