A TOWER COMMODORE
by Virgil Leisure
A brief explanation about how the tower came to be: I had just purchased The Compression Kit and found out that it had a dongle, yuk! Always pulling it out and losing it. So I wanted to make a multiple input switch for the two ports. I ended up making an entire tower. I have been using it for about a year now, without a hitch. Besides eliminating about half the cables, I now have only one fan cooled power supply in the tower. I also keep the RAMLink backup battery in it. The tower cost me about $125 to build and about 1000 hours of effort; well, maybe not that many, but it was a lot of enjoyment and extremely useful.
(From The Interface, newsletter of Fresno Commodore User Group via the Commodore Information Center)
Photo 1: Virgil's granddaughter at the keyboard of his C128D Control Tower.
Photo 2 & 3: Front & Back Views
Top to bottom: Two port four-position input switching; Ramlink and SuperCPU control panel; 1581 drive and LED panel; FD4000 disk drive; drive configuration and tower on/off switch; CMD 375 meg hard drive; device power on/off switch panel; eight-input connector panel, switchable.
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