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	What are the two configurations for the LORAM, HIRAM, GAME, and EXROM
        pins that will allow the use of a full 64kB of RAM in the C64?

	There are actually 4 configurations, in two categories:
        LORAM   0   0   (X means either 1 or 0)
        HIRAM   0   0
        GAME    1   X
        EXROM   X   0

	What is the first thing that the C64 (and VIC) KERNAL does upon

	The first thing each does is reset the stack pointer to $ff.

	What KERNAL routine is used to set a DOS channel to input?  

	CHKIN ($ffc6)

	What KERNAL routine is used to set a DOS channel to output?  

	CHKOUT ($ffc9)

	Before calling the routines in $1C2 and $1C3, what register must
        you load?

	You must load .X with the logical file number.

	What 3 devices can the KERNAL NOT load from?

	keyboard (0), RS-232 (2), or screen (3).  The first and last are
        somewhat obvious, but allowing RS-232 loads would have made
        loading from a remote machine possible.  Incidentally, you can't
        save to any of these devices, either.

	In the Commodore KERNAL, there are "high" and "low" level routines.
        To which class of routines does "SECOND" belong?

	low.  It is used to specify the secondary address, as the '7' in
        open 4,4,7.

	If a programmer calls the KERNAL routine "STOP" and the RUN/STOP
        key is NOT pressed, what is returned in the .A register?

	.A will contain a byte representing the last row of the keyboard

	The Commodore KERNAL routines are all accessed via a jump table.
        What routine is used to change the values in the KERNAL jump table?

	The appropriately named VECTOR ($ff8d) call, which few programmers
        actually use.

	A call is made to a KERNAL routine, the call returns with the C
        bit set and the .A register holds $02.  What error does this 

	"File already open"

	If a call to READST is made, and a $40 is returned in .A, what 
        does this indicate?

	End of File.

	What routine can be called to determine the physical format of the
        Commodore 64 screen in characters?

	The also appropriately named SCREEN ($ffed) call.

	The Commodore 64 starts a non-destructive RAM test at what location?


	Which way does the RAM test proceed: up or down?


	Which KERNAL routine is used ONLY in conjunction with a Commodore
        IEEE card? 

	SETTMO ($ffa2), which sets the IEEE bus card timeout flag.  I infer
        that Commodore thought many people would use the IEEE interface.
        (Anyone know any more about this?)

	Many hybrid BASIC/ML programs use SYS to transfer control from BASIC
        to ML.  However, a few use USR(X).  When using the latter function,
        where does BASIC fetch the ML routine's starting address from?

	785 and 786, in classic LO:HI format.
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