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Commodore PET Serial Number Project

Post by administrator » Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:37 am

Tell Us About Your PET! https://www.commodore.ca/commodore-pet- ... r-project/

We regularly receive requests from people asking about the vintage of their PET and there is very little documentation on this so we thought it would be a good idea to gather a few hundred (hopefully) entries we can make available in a table so logical inferences can be made. For instance we know that MOST European machines start with at serial number 1000000 but the very first UK PET's were actually 2001's that someone was improperly importing from the US, and we know many of the West German PET's have serial numbers under 10000.

https://www.commodore.ca/commodore-pet- ... r-project/

I have added 3 PET's to the list already and it averaged less than 2 minutes per device to get through the process so it is very fast and super easy. There are no REQUIRED FIELDS, so just tell us what you can about your PET. There are just 12 short fields looking for things like:
  • The PET's serial number
    The PET's power supply specs (i.e. 220V 60amp)
    The PET's model number (i.e. 2001-8 4016-N B-710)
    Where you PET was made (SOME, not most, PET's say things like MADE IN W-GERMANY)
    Your current city and country
    The city and country the PET was originally sold
    If the PET is working or not
    Anything interesting about the unit
Thanks for the help!

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Re: Commodore PET Serial Number Project

Post by rbernardo » Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:16 pm

Nice! This sounds like an earlier project at a now-defunct website which tried to list everybody's PET with details.

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Re: Commodore PET Serial Number Project

Post by administrator » Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:30 pm

Hey Robert (and EVERYONE ELSE!);

I have the link working now. I am just 50 years old and fully committed to the Commodore.ca site so it will definitely not be going away. I think this information could be very useful for many people in may ways. If we can get a few hundred people to provide serial numbers and basic location information, we might be able to untangle the mess that is PET serial numbers, which will definitely help in the valuation of PETs. Also, we will be able to rough estimate popularity.

Personally, I do want to share my PET enthusiasm with others. These things do little good tucked away in the basement and I want people to know what we have and what resources we can have to help out.

If this works, and I suspect it will, we will start a similar list for:

KIM1's
VIC20's
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oddballs like C65's, 264's...

We could do the the C64 as well, but there are still so many of them and most of the information about them is already known, it may not be of great value.

Thoughts?

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Re: Commodore PET Serial Number Project

Post by rbernardo » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:39 pm

administrator wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:30 pm
These things do little good tucked away in the basement and I want people to know what we have and what resources we can have to help out.
Very true.
If this works, and I suspect it will, we will start a similar list for:

KIM1's
VIC20's
and
oddballs like C65's, 264's...
A list has been started for VIC-20's; see the discussion at the Denial forum - http://sleepingelephant.com/ipw-web/bul ... f=4&t=8708

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Re: Commodore PET Serial Number Project

Post by administrator » Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:18 pm

The PET Serial Number project only has 6 responses at this point. This despite a fair amount of promotion including paid advertising on Google. If we don't see some notable action in the list by the end of 2018, we will scrap the project.

If you have a PET, please let us know about it: https://www.commodore.ca/commodore-pet- ... r-project/

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Re: Commodore PET Serial Number Project

Post by rbernardo » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:38 pm

Heh, I'll get to it after the DTLA Maker Faire! :)

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Re: Commodore PET Serial Number Project

Post by administrator » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:33 pm

We need hundreds to make the serial number project useful. We are now up to 6 people providing their PET information so the project is now on its last legs.

If you would enter your PET information https://www.commodore.ca/commodore-pet- ... r-project/ we can all benefit from it.

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