QUESTION My Commodore 64 is outperforming my Windows XP PC. I thought I'd take advantage of this and get to know its ins and outs. Where can I find a program for writing Basic and a book of operation codes? Stephen Condon

HELPROOM ANSWER We love the fact that you want to learn Basic. You'll find plenty of links and overviews at

You may also want to use an emulator on your PC so you can run the Commodore 64 OS on it. A list of Commodore 64 emulators is available here.

If you're interested in computer languages, it's worth trying to get to grips with Visual Basic. Microsoft Visual Basic Express, Visual C# and Visual C++ and others are all free.

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