Commodore Dynamic Total Vision, Generation II (CDTV/CR a.k.a. CD500)


Information on this upgrade to the CDTV is nonexistant. One would speculate that it was indeed designed as a high end upgrade to the CDTV, or perhaps to be sold alongside the CDTV as an advanced model. Either way, the CR in its name denotes that it was at least considered a "Cost Reduced" model (despite the enhanced featureset). From what little we do know, there were about 60 of them made, with some featuring hard drives, and others without the flopppy drive (covered, as in an Amiga 3000).

cbm/cd500/cdtvScreen.gif cbm/cd500/cdtvcrSettingsScreen.jpg Comparing this machine to the CDTV, the first thing one notices is that the CD-ROM drive uses a standard slide out tray instead of the CDTVs caddy. Also notable is the addition of a 1411 compatible DSDD floppy disk drive internally mounted with convenient front access. The last obvious feature is the re-vamped front display, which includes new activity graphics, but lacks a clock. What appears to be a full-fledged PCMCIA slot has been added, as well as a round mini-din serial port in back to replace the standard 25 pin. All of the CDTVs video ports are present, as well as parallel, mouse, keyboard, and floppy drive ports. Some also had IDE controllers for a hard drive.


Statistics, features, and CDTV/CR resources:

CPU: Motorola 68000 RAM: 1024 kilobytes ROM: 800 kilobytes

cbm/cd500/cdtvcrPortrait.jpg Video: CSG "Daphne/Denise" chip

Sound: CSG "Portia/Paula" chip
cbm/cd500/cdtvcrBack.jpg Ports: CSG "Portia/Paula" chip
cbm/cd500/cdtvcrPorts.jpg cbm/cons/cdtvremote.gif Extra hardware:

Personal Note: Although I'm a big fan of the CDTV, and was very excited to have the ability to pick this up off eBay, I was not very excited at the considerable market price this item brought. :)

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