Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum

Commodore PET 2001

Commodore PET 2001

Speed1 MHz
Memory8 KB

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Release Date: 6/1/1977
Manufacturer: Commodore
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Donated By: Danny & Peter Epstein
Conceived by Chuck Peddle from Commodore, the "Personal Electronic Transactor" or PET went on to be a very successful machine for Commodore but not so much as a home computer. It was actually used a lot in business and even more so in the school system. Later models would do away with the built-in tape drive and allowed users to choose either a tape drive or floppy disk (or both if you were that lucky) for "mass" storage. There are actually 3 variants in this series, with varying amounts of RAM. This one has 8K and runs a CMOS 6502 microprocessor. The BASIC was developed by Microsoft. The original price for this machine was approximately $1395 US.

You can download a technical reference called Pet Communication with the Outside World.

The video clip below shows Millipede being played on the actual computer that is in the museum.


This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.

User Comments
My first computer on Sunday, February 23, 2014
In 1978 I bought my first computer from Eaton's. The Pet 2001 looked too cool to pass up and Eaton's was having trouble selling it so it was priced half off at $700. Such a joy to play 'Monster Chase' on. The tape drive never worked all that well but those Floppy disks were way too expensive to justify getting a drive. It's sits now under it's cover in the basement and my Grade 5 daughter may eventually get it. I'm not sure if her iPad attuned fingers will like the Chicklets keyboard but it's about right for her hand size now. It, my Mac 512, and my Newton will stay packed away as I liked them too much to sell them when I upgraded. I'm glad you have one in the museum.
Stephen Young on Sunday, July 15, 2012
My very first computer. It opened like the hood of a car, complete with a side steel rod to it there!
Marlon Silver on Monday, February 13, 2012
It really hurts to see this computer. I traded in mine to get the 16k memory, Large keyboard. I obtained a teletype on Queen Street and removed the 300 baud modem and built a telephone hand-set lifter to place the phone in the cups. Next was the bulletin board system and it was online ! My son's did not believe it loaded software from a modified cassette tape player. I then used it with a memory chip (eprom) programmer to fix video games and change Coin-op Pacman to MS Packman etc. The IEEE bus was the best and many scientific tools could be attached. Learning basic code was fun . later I attached a chip device checker that could check all dip type integrated circuits. Ink printers and surplus line printers were a small challenge. The large floppies were .. well .. lets say I bought a dual floppy drive to keep it updated to all it could do. Still works and made in Toronto CANADA. Glad to see your site and hope to visit. Too bad the hours are so infrequent. You can google me to find me , good luck with the museum
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