Commodore PET 8032SK

The PET has a special place in the history of micro-computers, as it was one of the biggest sellers in the 1979 /1980 period.

This machine was a major remodelling of the range, and was targeted more at the business user rather than the home market, which was a shift in strategy from the 2001/3000 m,achines.
The name 8032 stems from the machine having an 80 column display and 32 K of RAM.

Business users were the main target of new features in new the 4.0 Basic, although like Pets before it, and afterwards, the impact in the US market was stunted by the lack of CP/M compatibility.

As usual the new range was supported by a good range of disk drives and business software, the lack of RAM in this version of Pet was also an achilles heel, as computers from their rivals were already carrying much more memory.  

Another problem for the 4000/8000 series was a different video controller, which caused a compatibility problem known as the killer bug, which meant software for the 2001/3000 had to be rewritten to stop the machine from being damaged, later machines had a modified controller to prevent such damage with older programs.
 
This machine was the first PET to feature a detachable keyboard and a monitor with tilt and swivel.

MOS 6502 CPU at 1 MHz. 32 kB RAM. The case is designed by Porsche Design.

Our model together with a Commodore 8050M double disk drive unit and Commodore 4022 printer was very kindly donated by John and Chrissie Biddlecombe
The serial number is WG 05532

Manufacturer: Commodore
Date: 1979

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH4723. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

Commodore PET 8032SK


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