New provider

I’m moving the website to a new provider.
This could cause some downtime while moving the site.

The reason behind the move is the bad service my current provider (mijndomein.nl) gives.
After migrating/updating their hosting servers last month (22 june 2018), all links on my site were broken.
It took 5 days to get response from their support.
The responses clearly shows they don’t read the questions/requests.

264 joystick converter

last couple of months, I was very busy creating several new interfaces and converters.
one of these is the joystick converter for the 264 family systems.
this family has a 8 pin mini din as joystick connection.
a simple converter with only wires should work for a default joystick.
But joysticks that uses 5 volt for something like autofire would fail.

normally a joystick uses a switch between ground and a direction pin.
the 264 family uses a “select line” instead.

the converter I found on the internet used a latch (74f244) to control when the signals are send to the computer.
this way “more advanced” joysticks can be used.

for build details follow this link.

other things I’m building are a joystick switch to be build into the c64 and a diag264 harness.

SD2IEC build

Added the Card Detect signal that was missing on the header

Last week I managed to complete my SD2IEC.
The PCB I created contained some little faults.
The silkscreen of the LEDs was wrongly positioned, and the DATA and CLOCK label of the serial port were swapped.
So I fixed the issues by swapping back the labels, and selecting a correct package for the LEDs (fault was in the component library).
The fixed version can be found on easyeda.com
I tried to program the AVR with AVRdude, but only got an error back (some sync error).
So finally I took my old STK500 development board, and downloaded AVRStudio from Microchip.
With this I could program the MCU and after hooking up the SD2IEC to my C64, I could access it like a drive.
(I uploaded the SW1 bootloader for the M1284P with the following High:0x92, Low:0xEF and Extended:0xFD)
On the 2nd photo you see a modification of the mico SD module.
the module didn’t have the card detect signal on it’s pins, so I wired a wire for this signal.
the card detect can also be controlled by the dip switches.
another signal that is not pressent is the write protect signal.
Micro SD cards don’t have this, so this is also handled by the dip switch.

HCC meeting 17 February 2017

last Saturday 17 February it was again the 2 monthly meeting of the Commodore HCC club.
on these meetings not only Commodore fans are comming, but also other retro computer fans join.
You will find MSX, Atari and other systems here.
I had a “little” gift to the guy that is starting a computer museum, a Toshiba hard disk from 1980.
I have no clue what capacity it had, but guessing it will be around 5 to 10 MB.
The little 2.5″ pata hd on top is from Jan Derogee (the creator of the Cassiopei and 1541-III). he was sitting in opposite of me.
My collection also grew a little with a oceanic drive, c64 test set, some books and DD floppies and an Amiga 500.
The Amiga has a broken drive and the case is not very nice, but I will use the keyboard to fix my Amiga 500+.
The main board will be stored for spare parts, or for testing purpose.

Visit the Facebook page of the Commodore HCC club to learn more about the meetings

SD2IEC PCB arrived

2 weeks ago I designed a PCB for my SD2IEC.
Last Friday I received them in my mailbox.

I took the schematics of ShadowWolf and used the online design tools on www.easyeda.com to draw the schematics and design the PCB.

The result is found here and I ordered an prototype ($10,- with shipping).
The SD2IEC uses a micro SD module with build in voltage converter.
The only signals missing from the SD module are Card_Detect and Write_Protect.

I routed those signals to a dip switch so I can still control these signals.
The Card_Detect signal is also routed to the SD module header, so I can modify the SD module to add this signal.

If this proto type works, I will be updating the PCB with RTC and LCD, and will move the micro SD to the main PCB.

 

Finally an update on the kernal selector for the Commodore 16

I finally managed to create a page on the kernal selector for the Commodore 16.
Last couple of months I was very busy repairing an Amiga 2000.
But last week I made some time to create a schematic of the circuit I created.
The circuit uses an Arduino Nano to listen to the reset line and reacts to it’s use.
this way you don’t need to drill a hole in the case, and the already existing reset button can be used to control multiple mods.

Retrobright

Vic 20

This weekend I bought some hydrogen peroxide gel from a local store.
And started to retrobight the top covers of an Amiga 1200, C128 and a vic 20.

First I cleaned the case parts very good with a toothbrush so all dirt is gone.
Then I used a brush to “paint” the case parts with the gel, and wrap them in with plastic foil.

A1200 cover drying

After this I left them for some hours in the garden.
It was a warm day, but the sun did not burn as there were a lot of clouds.

After some hours I cleaned the gel from the cases and was surprised by the result.
I will do it another time as I noticed I missed some spots.
And then I will also do the bottom part of the case.