From the Individual Computers website:
You supply 5 of your own chips. Once installed, the motherboard will automatically detect them and set things up. There is also a built-in configuration program you can use with another computer (preferably a PC) to change some of the auto/default settings manually, too.The Commodore 64 Reloaded MK2 is a C64 Motherboard for building a C64 on your own. The board is shipped with empty ZIF sockets for the key chips such as CPU, port chips, sound/video chips. All other components are already assembled and pre-tested before shipment.
The parts used in my project included:
- C64 Reloaded MK2 motherboard
- Brand new, never used Commodore 64C case, created from a 2015 Kickstarter
- New case stickers (more on this later)
- New metal C64C keyboard mounts
- 12V PSU
- 5 chips from a Commodore 64: I needed the CPU, at least 1 SID chip, a video VIC-II chip, and 2 CIA chips.
- Transferring the LED cable
- Last but not least, and original 64C keyboard
Luckily my friend Matt had 2 spare CIA's and I was back in business. Whew! Total lifesaver - thanks, Matt! So be warned - before you buy an MK2 and think you're going to just swap a few chips, definitely open up the organ donor first and see if you have everything you need (or warm up your soldering iron!).
I live in the US and I use NTSC hardware. Thus, my chips are also NTSC. When I first turned the machine on hooked into my 1702 monitor, I got concerned. I see these strange wavy lines for about two seconds every time I turn the thing on.
After asking around, it appears everyone on NTSC hardware sees them, too, and they are not harmful. It's just the nature of the new motherboard when it hits NTSC chips. PAL chips don't seem to cause the same effect (especially when using an original CRT).
As my good friend Matt said, just turn the C64 on first, then the monitor. Problem solved. Hah!
The other oddity I encountered was the machine couldn't load disks. I could find the drive, but disks would never load.
I pulled the case apart and swapped the CIA chips. I have no idea why that would matter, but it fixed my problem. Everything works perfectly now. Machine is rock solid and gorgeous.