Nightfall Retro Collection Virtual Tour

September 16th, 2012 22 comments

Nightfall Retro Collection Virtual Tour

Nightfall Retro Gallery

Photo Gallery update of my Retro Collection / Retro Trash

Clicking on the photo will download the highest resolution version available (10708 x 5137).

Updates of the Nightfall Retro Collection:

You can see my Retro collection with a Virtual Tour, we hope one day to be able to expose my things to the public.

Many thanks to Andrea Schillani and Freddy Anselmo for the photos and graphic support.

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Commodore Amiga 500 that i have bought back in 1987

May 19th, 2018 No comments
My Commodore Amiga 500 that i have bought back in 1987

I decided to clean and fix my Commodore Amiga 500, it’s him, the one you can see in my old photos.

As you can see the switches and buttons are remained in place while the stickers has been removed many years ago.

The Commodore Amiga 500 has always been kept in a box, in fact it has the original color of the case and the keyboard.

The photos below are before cleaning, after cleaning and vintage photos.

Gallery:

 

Commodore Amiga 1200 Full Recap & Cleaning Floppy Drive

May 12th, 2018 No comments
Commodore Amiga 1200 Full Recap & Cleaning Floppy Drive

Commodore Amiga 1200 Full Recap & Cleaning Floppy Drive.

Gallery:

TheC64 Mini Firmware Update v1.0.8

May 12th, 2018 No comments

Firmware upgrades for THEC64 Mini provide new features and/or correct any technical issues.

We always recommend that you use the latest version of the firmware.

Version 1.0.8 – Changes:

  • Includes firmware optimisations and improvements to THEC64 input response times.

DownloadTheC64 Mini Firmware v1.0.8 (24)

source: thec64.com

Categories: Firmware, News & Rumors, Today

Pi1541 (Raspberry Pi 3B Commodore 1541 Disk Drive Emulator)

Pi1541 is a real-time, cycle exact, Commodore 1541 disk drive emulator that can run on a Raspberry Pi 3B (or 3B+). The software is free and I have endeavored to make the hardware as simple and inexpensive as possible.

Pi1541 provides you with an SD card solution for using D64, G64, NIB and NBZ Commodore disk images on real Commodore 8 bit computers such as:

  • Commodore 64
  • Commodore 128
  • Commodore Vic20
  • Commodore 16
  • Commodore Plus4

source: cbm-pi1541.firebaseapp.com

Restoration and Repair Commodore Floppy Drive VC-1541

May 5th, 2018 2 comments
Commodore Floppy Drive VC-1541 (differences before and after)

I start immediately to say; Floppy Drive, Metal base with the Transformer are ended up in the trash, are unrecoverable (see photo).

What i did is carefully clean the external case of the Floppy Drive which i am quite satisfied of the result.

Then i have started to repair and carefully clean the motherboard of the Floppy Drive (REV 1540050) that had the following problems (see photo):

  • I had to use the sockets for all the integrated circuits, because the rust had crept under all the integrated circuits, creating many problems.
  • Remove the voltage regulators and clean the rust that was under the heatsink.
  • Clean and try all integrated circuits after removing them.
  • Clean the PCB.
  • Replaced 2 x 6522 (VIA) that is not working.
  • Replaced 1 x 6502 (CPU) that is not working.
  • Replaced 1 x HM6116P (STATIC RAM) that is not working.
  • Replaced 2 x Resistors of 9.1k 1% interrupted.
  • Replaced for safety also 1 x Resistor of 91ohm 1%.
  • Moved the ceramic capacitor (FIX by Commodore) to the solder side, which was fixed above the 74LS86.
Restoration and Repair Commodore Floppy Drive VC-1541

What i have used to clean the external Floppy Drive case:

  • I have used a plenty of running water by rubbing with a brush to remove everything you could do without using specific products.
  • I have used CIF GEL with bleach that i left to act for 30 minutes.
  • I have rinse thoroughly with water, always rubbing with the brush and with a stanley plastic spatulas
  • I repeated these last two phase for least 3 times.
  • I have used CIF Degreaser with Bicarbonate that i left to act for 10 minutes.
  • With a Brush / Toothbrush / Toothpicks / Cotton Fioc / Stanley plastic spatulas o have rubbed and cleaned the most dirty and hidden parts.
  • I have rinse thoroughly with water, always rubbing with a brush.
  • I repeated these last three phases for least 4 times.
  • I have completed the cleaning with the Glassex and Alcohol.

I have used a Floppy Drive mechanics and a transformer that i have found in the laboratory that i have installed in the Floppy Drive VC-1541 case.

Restoration and Repair Gallery:

Differences before and after the restoration Gallery:

It was a Commodore Single Drive Floppy Disk VC-1541

May 5th, 2018 1 comment
It was a Commodore Single Drive Floppy Disk VC-1541

The images speak for themselves, there is no need to write anything.

The images could irritate your sensitivity. :-P

 

Commodore VIC-20 (ASSY 250403) Repair

Commodore VIC-20 (ASSY 250403) Repair

Commodore VIC-20 (ASSY 250403) Repair

Defect:

  • Black Screen.

Replaced parts:

  • Replaced MOS 65245 [74LS245] (UF8)

Gallery of the work done:

Commodore 128 (REV 310381) Repair

May 3rd, 2018 1 comment
Commodore 128 (REV 310381) Repair

Commodore 128 (REV 310381) Repair

Defect:

  • Black Screen.

Replaced parts:

  • Replaced 74LS08 (U61)
  • Replaced CPU 8502R0 (U6)
  • Replaced PLA 8721R3 (U11)

Gallery of the work done:

durexForth v1.6.4 (Forth language for Commodore 64)

Forth, the Language.

Forth is a different language. It’s aged and a little weird.
What’s cool about it? It’s a very low-level and minimal language without any automatic memory management. At the same time, it easily scales to become a very high-level and domain-specific language, much like Lisp. Compared to C64 Basic, Forth is more attractive in almost every way.

It is a lot more fast, memory effective and powerful. Compared to C, specifically cc65, the story is a little different. It’s hard to make a fair comparison. Theoretically Forth code can be very memory efficient, and it’s possible to make Forth code that is leaner than C code. But it is also true that cc65 code is generally much faster than Forth code.

Download: durexForth v1.6.4 (D64) + Manual (59)

source: csdb.dk github.com

C64 Big Game Pack: Chilly Willy +4DGH / Ice Busters +6DGH …

Some new games or tools (Cracked / Trained or Unrealeased) for Commodore 64 have been released from your favorites groups.

Titles:

  • Valkyrie 3 – The Night Witch [seuck]
  • Galencia Khaos Sphere Preview
  • Galencia Khaos Sphere Preview-GP
  • Ski Or Die and Skate Or Die [easyflash]
  • Ski Or Die and Skate Or Die [easyflash]-SK8
  • Hermetic +6DT
  • The Games Summer & Winter Edition [easyflash]
  • Western Games +D [easyflash]
  • Western Games +D
  • Jake The Snake V4.1
  • Ski Or Die and Skate Or Die [easyflash]-KR
  • The Simpsons Arcade Game [easyflash]
  • Project Space Station [easyflash]
  • Bewitched Preview 2 +2
  • Crank Crank Revolution
  • Jake The Snake V5.0
  • Snek +1
  • Crank Crank Revolution +1F
  • Shadow of the Beast [scpu]
  • Solar Fox +3DGMH
  • Digger
  • Lumberjack Deluxe Preview +
  • Rogue Burger One Preview +2
  • Beat Em Up Preview
  • Flyboy Preview +2
  • Flyboy Preview +
  • Lumberjack Deluxe Preview
  • Flyboy Preview
  • Indiana Jones in the Lost Kingdom +7DMW
  • Arhena the Amazon – Special Edition [seuck]
  • Turbo Outrun +5 [easyflash]
  • Missile Command +3DGH
  • Strikkespillet hd +4DT [easyflash]
  • Snow Preview 4 +2
  • Ice Busters +6DGH
  • RetroGameDev Space Shooter Preview +3H
  • RetroGameDev Platform Game Preview +3H
  • Pacman Preview +
  • TRSE Vertical Shooter Preview
  • Wolfling Preview
  • Petch +8DGMH
  • Gunsmoke
  • Gunsmoke [easyflash]
  • Neuromancer [easyflash]
  • Project Stealth Fighter [easyflash]
  • Oil-Imperium [german] [easyflash]
  • Vault Man 2 V1.1 +4H
  • Tetris +J
  • Fallout Hacker +1D
  • Trainsmission +1D
  • Doughboy +9DG
  • Night of the Valkyrie +3DH [seuck]
  • Arhena the Amazon – Special Edition +2H [seuck]
  • Chilly Willy +4DGH

Download: All Games in One Archive (122)

source: csdb.dk

Ultimate-II – II+ & U64: New unofficial firmware update v3.2a v1

A new version of the firmware for the interface 1541 Ultimate II+ – 1541 Ultimate II and the new C64 Motherboard Ultimate 64 is released.

Changes in this release (compared to 3.2a):

  • Fast Reset for C64.
  • Improved d64 filesystem.
  • Poweroff function for the U64.
  • FTP Bugfix.
  • Bugfix in Paste function of the file browser.

How to update?

  • For the 1541 Ultimate-II:
    • Navigate to the unzipped file ‘3.2a_180411+_v1.audio.u2u‘ or ‘3.2a_180411+_v1.dualdrive.u2u‘ and select “Run Update”
  • For the 1541 Ultimate-II+:
    • Navigate to the ‘3.2a_180411._v1.u2p‘ file, and select “Run Update”.
  • For the Ultimate 64:
    • Navigate to the ‘3.2a_180411._v1.u64‘ file, and select “Run Update”.

Please note that the Ultimate 64 Firmware is build using a blob containing version 1.02 of the FPGA.

Download: 1541 Ultimate-II / Ultimate-II+ / U64 v3.2a v1 (49)

source: facebook.com github.com

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Ultimate 64 Serial Sticker by RetroBit Lab

April 29th, 2018 No comments

This sticker can be used for the Commodore 64 case but with the new Ultimate 64 card from Gideon installed.

The archive includes the image in .PSD format (PhotoShop Document) and the fonts.

Generate your own Ultimate64 Badge Online: Ultimate64 badge by Marco Van de Meulenhof

Download: Ultimate 64 PSD Serial Sticker & Fonts (69)

Ultimate 64 by Gideon

April 24th, 2018 No comments
Ultimate 64 by Gideon

The Ultimate 64 is a hardware implementation (FPGA) of the entire Commodore 64, and it includes the Ultimate-II+ / LAN / Wi-Fi / HDMi / RGB and many more cool things. An ALL IN ONE solution!

For more information and orders, visit the website.

Ultimate 64 Unboxing:

Ultimate 64 RGB Output Example:

Ultimate 64 RGB Pinout:

Ultimate 64 RGB Pinout Ultimate 64 Scart RGB Pinout

Ultimate 64 Manosoft Princess Ultra C64SD 4.0 Test:

Ultimate 64 SIDTap Alternative Audio Output:

Ultimate 64 DigiFIX resistors removed:

source: ultimate64.com

Categories: Hardware, News & Rumors, Today

Pioneer LaserActive CLD-A100 – Repair & Modules full Recap

April 23rd, 2018 No comments
Pioneer LaserActive CLD-A100 - Repair

Pioneer LaserActive CLD-A100 – Repair/Recap & Modules full Recap.

Defects:

  • The Game cartridges on the Sega Genesis Module do not work but the games on CD-ROM work correctly.
  • The INTF Ass’y Interface has some leakage capacitors and in short circuit.
  • The PSU has some leakage capacitors and in short circuit.
  • Solder joint jumped out on the three connectors that connect the two horizzonal/vertical motherboards.
  • Some cold solder on the power stage.

Works that have been done:

  • Cleaning and Full Recap PSU.
  • Cleaning and Full Recap Sega Genesis/Sega CD PAC-S10 Module.
  • Cleaning and Full Recap Nec PC Engine PAC-N1/N1 Module.
  • Cleaning and Recap INTF Ass’y Interface.
  • Rebuilding PADs of the two pcb connectors.
  • Rebuilding cold solder joint on the power stage.

Pioneer LaserActive CLD-A100 Gallery:

Sega Genesis/Sega CD PAC-S10 Module Gallery:

Nec PC Engine PAC-N1/N1 Module Gallery:

ZOE rev 2.0 Inty (Mattel Intellivision) RGB Interface

April 23rd, 2018 No comments
ZOE rev 2.0 Inty (Mattel Intellivision) RGB Interface

ZOE rev 2.0 Inty (Mattel Intellivision) RGB Interface.

Some information about this revision:

  • The flat cable that connects the IDC 10+10 male socket to the 10+10 IDC female connector is about 15cm long (in the photo are: 20cm)
  • The cable that connects the 7 dupont connectors to the 8-pin DIN female panel socket is 30cm long (in the photo are: 20cm)
  • The video cable with a male SCART connector on one end and a 8-pin DIN male on the other side is 2 meters long.
  • The audio cable with dupont connector from one end and to solder on the other side is 20cm long.
  • The ZOE pcb must be fixed with 3 bioadhesive supports.
  • Status LED.
  • Improved audio output, there are a little less background noise.
ZOE rev 2.0 Inty (Mattel Intellivision) RGB Interface

The 8-pole DIN female panel socket can be positioned, after drilling, at any place. I recommend using the RF output hole, removing the RF modulator which is no longer usable after the modification.

This mod like the previous one works ONLY with Mattel Intellivision consoles equipped with the LM1886 (D/A Video Matrix Converter) chips. Example: PAL/SECAM but not UK/NTSC (USA). Better to check, open the console and check.

For console disassembly, desoldering the LM1886 or other connections you can consult the documentation of the previous version.

Gallery:

Soon available for sale.