Using a A500 PSU with C128

mariosMSX

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Hello,
i would like to ask that question, is it possible to use an A500 PSU (without mod) with the C128 ?
the A500 PSU gives 5V, 12V, -12V, while the c128 PSU gives, 5V, 9V, but i think that the c64/c128 motherboard works only with the 5V, so in theory there is no problem.
What is the use of the 9V of the c128 PSU ?
 

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quick answer as its obvious to me,is no.

dont even try it,
 

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The 9VAC is used in the SID chip and for other parts of the C64/C128. You will certainly fry something if you just plug an A500 PSU in then turn it on. A C64 with only 5V but parts of the system simply won't work. Using an adapter, you can use a C128 power supply to power a C64.

Heather
 
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You should look at the amp requirements of the C128 because I don't think most C64 power supplies have enough amps to run a C128. In addition, C64 power supplies can fail and provide too much voltage on the 5VDC line, burning out chips in the system. It's best to find an actual C128 power supply.

Good luck,

Heather
 

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And isn't the 9 volt supply AC? I believe so...



yes it is at 1 amp normally,its rectified and smoothed first(its actually closer to 10 volts ac),depending on which machine its used for its then regulated to 12 volts/9 volts and/or 5 volts dc to be used on certain ics.
most of the logic in these as we know is 5 volts.supplied by the 5 volt dc side of the supply.
 
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