Category: Emulators

Added: 30th of October 2020

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Vice Commdore 64 Emulator will not launch on Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Vice is a Commodore Emulator for Linux and other platforms. It emulates the commodore 64, Commodore 128, Vic 20, Plus 4, Pet, other Commodore machines and devices.

To install vice enter the following command

sudo apt-get install vice


After installation I decided to launch the Commodore 64 emulator, but it would not launch.
I then decided to launch the Commodore 64 emulator via the terminal
x64


And received the following error messages
C64MEM: Error - Couldn't load kernal ROM `kernal'.
Error - Machine initialization failed.


Looking at the error, it was pointing to a missing Kernal ROM. After a bit of searching I later found out you can obtain the roms by downloading the Windows version of Vice and copying these over to the C64 directory on your own distribution.

Information on the files needed for the Commodore 64 emulator can be found at this link
https://vice.pokefinder.org/doc/vice_4.html#SEC26

Presuming you have already downloaded and extracted the package for Windows, copy the files over to the following directory. After this the emulator should launch
sudo cp {file names} /usr/lib/vice/C64


I don't know where users stand legally as to running emulators, since the roms are already included in the Windows version of Vice, so I presumed it was OK to copy these over to the Linux version.

Vice Commodore Emulator

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