Terminator, The Easter Egg - Good CPU Performance

T-800's own visor shows a lot of stuff including series of MOS 6502 machine code instructions.

MOS 6502 was the CPU used in famous Commodore 64 computers and it's about 1Mhz fast. So it is a miracle for such a CPU to run the Terminator :)

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Contributed By: Anonymous on 10-25-2000
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The Terminator uses a 6502 CPU ! 6502 on Terminator
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Hack Ace writes:
In a certain episode of Futurama (the one with the "X-Ray" flashlight) we see that Bender is also run on a 6502.
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Joe Cassara writes:
The visor code we see specifically comes from a type-in program from the popular 80's Apple magazine "Nibble". This verifies that it's 6502. It's not true, however, that the code would run on any processor. The assembly mnemonics we see in the visor are instantly familiar to anyone who has written for the Commodore 64. You can't take that code and expect an ix86 or Z80 to make much sense of it.
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If you will remember James Cameron(probably others did help or the idea was garnered from something else) wrote the screenplay in the very late 70's and early 80's. What computers were in households and being used by writers (and almost everyone dealing with computers) at this time? 64's and apples, IBM's were still the workhorse of big companies. So what better chip to use?
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Well, commodores may be popular, but I can remember one instance of a spectrum ZX-81 being mentioned on TV: In Red Dwarf, Holly (A computer with an I.Q of 6000) tells this harrowing story: Holly: I was in love once... a Sinclair ZX81. People said "No Holly. She's not for you. She's cheap. She's stupid." And she wouldn't load. Well not for me, anyway. So there you go.
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onspeed writes:
Why is the 6502 and commodore 64 so popular in movies? 6502 crops up everywhere while 8086 and z80 seem completely under used.
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xDr writes:
Well, actually, commodore 64 has 6510 processor, so technically is smarter than terminator.
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Jim Peeler writes:
It may be more relevant that the Apple II computer also used the 6502 chip. The Apple II was in more common use at the time and it was easy to get a dump of memory to the screen. The clock speed as I remember was 1.024 MHZ.
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jimbo writes:
and did you know that the building where Sarah Conner crushes the Terminator is in fact................Cyberdine. This is how they've got the arm in the sequel and how they work out how to build the thing in the first place.
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richy writes:
Surely you mean assembly instructions? If they were machine code we could expect something like 8A124849F8317227490D0069 to appear. The assembly instructions that appear in the visor are not microprocessor specific and would work on practically all microprocessors.
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