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	What POKE is used to disable RUN/STOP RESTORE and also scrambles
        LIST attempts on the C64?

	POKE 808,234.  POKE 808,237 restores everything.

	What happens if you run a program in BASIC 2.0 and it
        executes a CONT statement?

	The program gets caught in an endless loop.

	What happens if you run a program in BASIC 7.0 and it
        executes a CONT statement?

	UNlike in BASIC 2.0, the statement is skipped.

	What diference exists between generating a "beep" (Ctrl-G) on the
        C128 after RESET and after RUN/STOP RESTORE?

	The volume is set to a different level on a warm start than on a cold

	In Commodore BASIC, is anything needed after the THEN of an IF/THEN

	No.  The command following the THEN is optional.

	In Question $0B3, we noticed that the 64's BASIC 2.0 placed two
        spaces between the error text and the word "ERROR" in error strings.
        On what machine was this problem fixed and only one space appears?

	The C128.  The C128D and C65 also fixed the problem.

	What disk drive was introduced to be used with the Commodore 64?

	The Commodore 1541.  However, intially, it was called the VIC1541.
        Commodore was confusing.

	What upgrade to original PETs caused some machines to dISPLAY tEXT

	When early PETs were upgraded to BASIC 2.0, the character set ROM 
        had to be replaced.  The problem was that some PET boards had 28 pin
        ROM sockets, while others had 24 pin.  The new character ROM only
        came in one size, so the models with the wrong number of pins on their
        board had to go without.  Commodore had decided to flip the location
        of uppercase and lowercase characters in the ROM.  

	Newer Commodore 1541 drives have a multicolored "rainbow" pattern
        on the front decal.  Name the colors in order from top to bottom
        that make up the "rainbow".

	Red, Dark Yellow, Light Yellow, Green, Blue.

	Commodore disk drives have flip flopped on drive LED color meanings
        over the years.  When the serial drives first appeared, green meant
        power and red meant access/error.  With what drive did they swap
        the meanings?

	The 1571 swapped meanings.  Later, the 1541-II and 1581 also used
        red for power and greeen for access, but the 1541C continued the
        alternate usage.

	Most late-model CBM VIC-20 sport a DIN style power supply connector.
        However, early VIC units utilize a different connector.  How many
        pins did this early connector have?

	2 (two).  American typically refer to the connector as a "electric
        Shaver" or "electric toaster" connector.

	Although Commodore produced mainly 80 column printers, it did 
        introduce some "wide carriage" models.  How many columns did these
        printers have?

	132 columns.

	What is the "nickname" for the Commodore logo?

	Depending on who you ask, either "Chicken Feet", "Chicken Head", or
        "Chicken Lips".  I like the second one best.

	When the Commodore 128 was introduced, a new Graphical User
        Interface was introduced to be used with it.  Name it.  (hint: not


	A stock C128 powers up showing how many bytes free?

	122365 bytes free.

	Of those, how many can actually be used to store BASIC code?

	Bank 0 locations $1c00 to $fbff (57344 bytes).
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