Nightfall Retro Collection Virtual Tour

September 16th, 2012 19 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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CBM prg Studio v3.9.0 released

November 20th, 2016 No comments

CBM prg Studio Version 3.9.0 is released. There are a lot of new features in this version. I’d really appreciate it if you report any bugs you find or have any suggestions/comments.

CBM prg Studio allows you to type a BASIC or Machine Code program in using a nice Windows environment and convert it to a ‘.prg’ file which you can run on an emulator, or even a real C64 / VIC20 or PET if you’re feeling brave and have the right kit.

CBM prg Studio is the result of merging C64PrgGen and VIC20PrgGen. Adding new features and fixing bugs in two apps which were 95% similar was a bit of a nightmare so merging them made sense.

It was also a good opportunity for a face lift and to add some new features, such as:

  • Programs are project based, meaning all related source files, sprite files etc. are kept in one place and multiple source files can be linked more easily.
  • Tabbed MDI.
  • Syntax highlighting.

What CBM prg Studio isn’t is a front-end for tok64, cbmcnvrt, bastext or any other tokeniser / detokeniser / assembler. It’s all been written completely from scratch.

New features in v3.9.0:

  • Assembler:
    • TARGET directive.
    • Logical operators with ‘ifdef’.
    • Complex expressions for constants.
  • Debugger:
    • Pass label names to debugger.
  • Screen Editor:
    • Show ECM register in status bar.
  • Sprite Editor:
    • Easier navigation.
  • Character Editor:
    • Change scratchpad background colour.
    • Easier navigation.
  • General:
    • Command window.
    • Autolaunch prg name is per project.
    • Import SEQ files.
    • Force rebuild of source.
  • BASIC:
    • Abbreviated commands for BASIC 3.5.
    • Removed spaces on code generation.
    • Force rebuild of source.

Bugs Fixed:

  • Screen Editor:
    • ECM tools (re-colour, box, text).
  • Assembler:
    • Some character translation issues (‘[', ']‘, ‘_’) etc.
  • BASIC:
    • Fixed quoted and DATA strings for basic 3.5.
    • Renumbering certain ‘ON…’ lines.
    • Reformatting code.
    • Syntax highlighting for BASIC 3.5
    • Much faster code generation
    • Some incorrect tokens for BASIC 7+

See the help for a complete list of new features and fixed bugs.

Note In this version, each target machine can have its own default project directory. If you are upgrading from a previous version (before version 2.5.1) of CBM prg Studio you may be asked to set up your project directories again. Your current projects will not be affected.

Download: CBM prg Studio v3.9.0 (61)

source: ajordison.co.uk

C64 DiskMagazine: Vandalism News #66

November 14th, 2016 No comments

Onslaught / Offence / Vandalism News Staff, bring to you the 66th issue of the Vandalism News.

Download:

source: csdb.dk

X-2016: Official demo party results & Downloads

November 1st, 2016 No comments

This is the official demo party results from X-2016 (Top 3 Entries only). See also the CSDB X2016 section for more informations and downloads.

C64 Demo Competition:

  • The Phoenix Code / Bonzai
  • Lunatico / lft
  • Wonderland The 13th / Censor Design

Demo Competition (Onefilers Only):

  • Bobs By Censor / Bob/Censor Design
  • Shezzboard / Scan/House Designs
  • Bonfire! / Viscid/Neoplasia

C64 Graphics Competition:

  • Song For The Dead / Duce/Extend
  • Them Apples / ptoing
  • No Shit! / redcrab & Mermaid/G*P

PETSCII Competition:

  • We are all ejected / Archmage/SHAPE
  • Pipe of Picard / Electric/Extend
  • Bosse / redcrab/G*P

C64 Music Competition:

  • Rastaline Dub / LMan/MultiStyle Labs
  • High Roller / Flex/Artline Designs
  • The Ugly Arpling / Stinsen/G*P

Download:

source: csdb.dk

EverDrive N8 NES OS Update v14 released

October 29th, 2016 No comments

It was released a new OS Update for the EverDrive N8 NES Flash Cartridge (Nintendo NES) by Krikzz. The upgrade instructions can be found here.

Changelog:

  • Fixed MMC4 (glitches in Fire Emblem)
  • New mappers support. 31, 137, 138, 139, 141, 147, 168
  • Removed “audio mix vol” option. Now it always in “Hi” state.
  • Removed “Mapper info” menu due the lack of memory space.
  • Minor bugfix.

Download: -EverDrive N8 NES OS Update v14 (63)

source: krikzz.com

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Mounting 5 x FlashROM 99 (TI-99/4A FlashROM Cartridge)

October 27th, 2016 No comments
Mounting 5 x FlashROM 99 (TI-99/4A FlashROM Cartridge)

The TI 99/4A Flash ROM Cartridge, or FlashROM 99 for short, is a cartridge for the TI 99/4A home computer that allows for running ROM cartridge images stored on an SD card.

The FlashROM 99 supports ROM-only images of up to 32K that use the write-to->60xx bank switching scheme. It will not work with programs using GROMs or CRU-based bank switching. The cartridge does not require the Peripheral Expansion Box and runs on both PAL and NTSC consoles.

FlashROM 99 is released as Open Source Hardware under the CERN OHL license and the GNU GPL license. Both hardware design files and firmware sources are available on GitHub.

The project homepage is hosted at GitHub.

Gallery:

Download: FlashROM 99 SD Card (47)

source: endlos99.github.io/flashrom99 ti99iuc.it

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A – Navarone’s Multi Cartridges Fixed

October 24th, 2016 No comments
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A - Navarone's Widget Multi Cartridges

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A – Navarone’s Widget Multi Cartridges Fixed.

Works that have been made:

  • Annoying short circuit under the cartridge connector on the slot 3 between the pins: 4,6,8,10

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A – Alpha-Lock Joystick Fix

October 23rd, 2016 No comments
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A - Alpha Lock Joystick Fix

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A – Alpha Lock Joystick Fix.

This mod fix the problem of the alpha-lock key that need to be up or down when you are using joysticks.

The instructions for the Alpha-Lock Joystick Fix can be found here

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A – CPU Overclocked at 3.58mhz

October 23rd, 2016 No comments
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A - CPU Overclocked at 3.58mhz

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A – CPU Overclocked at 3.58mhz

This project allows you to increase the speed of your console from 3mhz to 3.58mhz. It might not sound like a big increase but this is a 20% increase in speed and it is easily noticable.

The instructions for the CPU Overclock modding can be found here

Gallery:

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A – Internal TMS5220 Speech Synthesizer

October 23rd, 2016 No comments
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A - Internal TMS5220 Speech Synthesizer

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A – Internal TMS5220 Speech Synthesizer.

The instructions for the internal assembly of the TMS5220 Speech Synthesizer can be found here

Gallery of the works that have been made:

It could be better!

I had severals problems with the free space inside the TI-99/4a, maybe i have put too many things … but everything works perfectly :D

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A – 32k Internal Exp. + Status LED + Reset

October 23rd, 2016 No comments
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A - 32k Internal Expansion Memory + Status LED + Reset

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A – 32k Internal Expansion Memory + Status LED + Reset.

Works that have been made:

  • 32k Internal Expansion Memory.
  • Switch for disable the Expansion Memory.
  • Reset Pushbutton switch.
  • Bi-Color LEDs to display the status of the internal memory expansion 32k. (ON = Green / OFF = Red)
  • Replaced the resistor for the LED from 2.2k to 220 ohms.

Gallery of the works that have been made:

It could be better!

I had severals problems with the free space inside the TI-99/4a, i had to remove one side of the metal part, the biggest problem is the internal 32k expansion which is not very well done, there is no a way to secure it inside … but everything works perfectly :D

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A – F18a Installation

October 23rd, 2016 No comments
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A - F18a Installation

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A – F18a (FPGA Based TMS9918A) Installation.

Works that have been made:

  • Installation of the F18a and removal the tape connector to make a opening for the vga connector.
  • The metal cover is no longer used.
  • RCA 2 DIN Homebrew Adapter to use the audio output after installing the F18a on the TI-99/4a.

Gallery of the works that have been made:

Released the latest version of DiagROM v0.8

October 23rd, 2016 No comments

What is DiagROM?

DiagROM is a diagnostic tool for the amiga computers.

And it is to be used on defective machines, trying to help no-boot situations etc.

You simply replace the Kickstart roms in the Amiga with the DiagROM. and when poweron. your Amiga will start a diagnostic software. It will try to dump info on the serialport (and actual menus etc aswell) while also trying on the screen.

Updatehistory:

  • 2016-10-22: Fixed bugs in new Chipmemdetection that made it not detect any chipmem if there was missing/Broken chipmem in the beginning. Added errorhandling in the startprocess, so it can show on serialport if there was a exceptionerror. also will show colorcodes on screen.  done some smaller bigfixes. Will bump versionnumber and this will be the stable version.  It will take a while until next stable version is bumped. Need to do floppy, serial, paralell tests etc before that will happen. but you always have the daily version.
  • 2016-10-12: New Chipmem detection now handles shadowram so it should stop detecting memory instead of giving false 2MB Chip. IF no Chipmem avaible and machine can detect fastmem (NON autoconfig. more or less only A3000/4000 motherboardmem) it will now start using fastmem only. (screen flickers in different colors instead of printing text, nullmodem only) Fixed addresserrorbugs at CIA and joystickport tests on machines with 68000CPU. also should have correct CIA timing on slow machines. IF fastmemshadowram is detected during memorytests, test will exit.  MANUAL test have a option to disable that test.
  • 2016-10-07: LONG time no updates.  Familystuff.  Anyway. decided to do a total redo of initcode especially chipmemdetection. Detection is slower, but progress is printed on serialport so you can see address checked and if failure (in the beginning of the detection)  you will see what it wrote and what is read to help debugging of chipmemproblems. Screen should flicker in green while detecting.        drawback is that some tests (cia and joyport tests) now generates an addresserror. Will have a look of that.

Download: DiagoROM v0.8 Stable (81)

source: diagrom.com

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Vampire 600 V2 HW Accelerator for Commodore Amiga

October 22nd, 2016 No comments
Vampire 600 V2 HW Accelerator for Amiga

The Vampire 600 V2 is the newest and the fastest accelerator available for your Commodore Amiga 600.  There is nothing on the market that can compete with its performance and price. It is intended to be used as an educational tool to allow users to be able to learn programming for the 68K series of CPU’s and see the capability of todays powerful FPGA’s.

This is not the final product as there will be constant impovements to the board and core and new programming instructions are being continually added.

Main Features:

  • 128MB Fastmem RAM.
  • Digital video output (HDMI).
  • SD card for HDD storage.
  • 64 bit core, full 32 bit compatibility.
  • Directly update core from the Amiga without need for external programmer.
  • FPU and 16 bit Audio is planned for future updates.

Gallery of the installation and testing:

Video Vampire A600 V2 Unboxing/Testing (sorry only in Italian language)

source: apollo-accelerators.com kipper2k.com

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6 x Commodore 64 + 2 x Commodore VIC-20 repair

October 22nd, 2016 No comments

Repair Commodore 64 (ASSY 250407) 1 of 6

Asserted defect:

  • Sometimes works, sometimes not, check solder.

Fix:

I state now that this Commodore 64 has been socketed.

The work done is not bad but was better clean up the remaining flux around the pcb pads, the eye wants its part.

The defect occurred twice on 55 switching on and off (i counted them)

In one of these two times i have noticed the problem that was missing the CPU Output Clock on the solder side pad. I redid the solder and fixed the socket pin and everything worked again.

I also noticed that one of the eight RAM it was warmer than the other, but working, i have decided to replace it. I don’t exclude that this operation has only fixed one of the problems, the other might to be the power supply that i don’t have.

I have twisted several times the PCB on itself, i dropped down at least 10 times on the table and leave power on for four hours, now i  can exclude solder problems.

In the photos you will see a PLA 906114 (U17) that for some bizarre reason have solder it on the socket, really curious.

Gallery of the repair:

Repair Commodore 64 (ASSY 250425) 2 of 6

Asserted defect:

  • Black Screen.

Defects found:

  • Missing the Composite Video Signal.
  • Black Screen.
  • Missing Audio.

Repair:

  • Replaced 1 x MOS 8701 Clock Generator (U31)
  • Replaced and Socketed 1 x MOS 906114 PLA (U17)
  • Replaced 1 x MOS 6581 SID (U18)

Gallery of the repair:

Repair Commodore 64 (ASSY 250407) 3 of 6

Asserted defect:

  • Black Screen.

Defects found:

  • Black/Garbage Screen.

Repair:

  • Replaced and Socketed 1 x MOS 906114 PLA (U17)

Gallery of the repair:

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PPI Super Sketch for Texas Instruments TI-99/4a

October 22nd, 2016 No comments
PPI Super Sketch for Texas Instruments TI-99 Repair

PPI Super Sketch for Texas Instruments TI-99 Repair.

Defect:

  • The cartridge is not recognized by the TI-99/4A.

Repair:

  • Replaced 1 x 74LS139 (U1)
  • Replaced 1 x 74LS30 (U2)

Note:

The repair of the Super Sketch cartridge was quite simple, in the first time i thought a problem of the ROM but instead the failure was the two IC U1 and U2, which should do the work of the Bank Switching.

To remove the two IC i have preferred to cut the pins and then remove each pin because i know very well this type of PCB and also lowering the temperature there is a risk that the pitches come off.

Gallery of the repair: