DTV64 Micro Tower
The Direct-to-TV (DTV) 30-in-1
C64 was released in the lead-up to Christmas 2004. For many this
was a chance to re-live some of their favourite games. For me, it
was a chance to get my hands onto a "new generation" C64.
The DTV's designer included many more features in the circuit that
have been implemented in the joystick toy - 256colours, a DMA engine,
PS/2 keyboard support are all included, as well as the ability to
boot to BASIC and run most applications just like the real thing.
Within days of the
release, DTV hacking sites
spread on the web. Though I got my DTV in time for Christmas, I
had to wait a little longer to get some extra units for hacking.
What I've set out to do is create a computer out of the
game unit, something which includes the connectivity features that
would be in a C64 if released today...
In addition to building a case for the device, I wanted to add
all the I/O ports, build-in a XE-port, add compatibility to existing
C= equipment such as power connectors and video port. There's even
even enough space left in the micro tower for a S-video to VGA card
- but that's for later ;)
This item is not in the 64HDD Shop, but I had built some for folks. Unfortunately the DTV is no longer available in stores - try eBay.
The Micro Tower DTV64:
The Lite Micro Tower DTV64:
|The Lite version: - I've been offerring some users the option
of a lite version with fewer connectors and switches. All connections are done direct to the DTV PCB also
as this saves some build time.
Front panel only has one joystick port, the PS/2 keyboard connector and a drive reset.
|No XE-Port: - the XE-Port is not included on the lite version,
but you can use your standard XE1541 cable, or ask to have it added as an option.
The rear panel has A/V plugs, the serial IEC drive port, C64 power connector and a master-reset.