Today I finished Thimbleweed Park, a kickstarter from the guys that also created Maniac Mansion.
Thimbleweed Park is a nice game with a lot of hints to the old games of Lucasart.
If you liked Maniac Mansion and/or Zak McKrakken then you sure will like this game.
Yesterday I found an old project I made several years ago.
It’s a IECATA an ide interface for the commodore computers with the iec connector like the VIC20 and C64.
It’s based on a microprocessor and some memory.
The system lets you use the default commands to load and save files to an ide harddisk.
Last month I collected some new hardware.
I got a 1700 (c128 memory expansion, expanded to 512k), 1571 drive, Multi evolution 500 (a500 SCSI interface with some fast memory) and a surf squirrel (A1200 scsi interface).
And I picked up some old projects.
I will try to keep this site updated with the progress of those projects
A little update, Last 2 months I was busy adding pages to the data sheet part of the site.
And changed the way I wanted to control my commodore SX64 (and later on my compucase and Amiga).
My first Idea was to control the Kernal selections and drives id by a little FPGA, but it the FPGA I have didn’t like to have that much flipflops (memory for storing configuration).
So I had to go for a bigger FPGA or move to another way.
The other way presented it self to me 3 months ago, when I learned about the ESP8266 devices.
A ESP8266 Device is a cheap (2-3 Euro) module that contains a CPU, WIFI controller and webserver.
With some simple code, I turned it into an Access Point that has a website that is controlling the kernal selection and drive id.
The communication between the ESP8266 and the I/O chip (PCF8574) is done by I2C.
The circuit also contains a I2C EEPROM to store settings.
Last night I built the circuit on a circuit boards and hope to do some test real soon.
I still need to build the I/O part that selects the drive ID and drive ROMs.
Also I need to program the ROMs with the various Kernals and drive firmwares.
It was about 6 years ago that I visited the club for a very short visit.
I met a lot of people with the same interest as me, and had several good conversations.
and a very interesting kernal selector based on a Atmel cpld chip.
If you are in the Netherlands on the third Saturday in the neighborhood of Maarsen (near Utrecht), it will be worth visiting their meeting.
I was building a list of LCD monitors that were able display the 15 kHz images by searching on the internet.
I wanted to place the list on my website, but last week I bought a LCD monitor that should support the 15 kHz.
After testing it at home, I got the message that it did not support the frequency.
The monitor I bought was a Samsung Syncmaster 710N.
So I decided that I won’t publish the list.
I wish everyone a happy 2016.
may you all enjoy another year in good health and lots of (computer) fun.
Last couple of weeks I was busy celebrating Christmas and did some researching, mainly autoconfig/autoboot rom of the Amiga Zorro II expansion port.
I also almost bought a A590 Hard disk controller, but the day I was going to get it, the guy sold it to someone else.
So if you have one for sale, please let me know.
I was already thinking of upgrading it (GURU rom, DMAC version 2).
I was also busy with my kernal switch project for my Compucase D64 and SX64, it will contain a xc9572xl that can be controlled by writing values to a certain memory location.
And maybe you already seen it, but I also added some info on mainboards.
I don’t own a monitor for my Amiga, so I wanted to connect her to a VGA (lcd) monitor/TV.
I tried several way to get this done, but so far I didn’t got it to work.
Only the composite output of the Amiga was working, but I wanted to have a color image.
So I tried a Amiga to scart cable, but my TV didn’t accept the signal.
Next I tried a Amiga to VGA cable, but this also didn’t work (none of my LCD monitors accepts a 15 kHz video signal.
I looked for another lcd, but I couldn’t find one, so I ordered a GBS8200 video converter on ebay and created a simple Amiga to VGA cable that I could hook up to the GBS8200, The GBS8200 then is connected to a VGA monitor.
For the cable I took an old VGA cable and cut it in halve.
Then I connected the R,G,B,C-sync and GNG to the 23-pin Amiga video connector.
This gave me a reasonable image on my lcd monitor.
Only I had some random white pixels on my screen.
I found on the internet that this had to do with the speed of the dram chip used on the GBS8200.
Maybe I will fix it later, but for now I’m happy.