Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 38 / JULY 1983 / PAGE 10

VIC Disk Details

I own a Commodore VIC-20. I need a disk drive now, but I do not want to get a 1541 because I may upgrade to a PET in the future and do not want to buy a whole new drive. If I use a VIC to IEEE-488 interface to a 2031 drive, will I retain all the standard Commodore disk commands? Will I need DOS for the 2031 or the 1541? Please help.

Larry Abramowitz

You will retain all of the standard commands. One of the main reasons for the manufacturing of an IEEE-488 interface is for upgrade adaptations like the one you're contemplating. There are several such interfaces on the market now. DOS is built into both the 2031 and the 1541.