Nightfall Retro Collection Virtual Tour

September 16th, 2012 19 comments

Nightfall Retro Collection Virtual Tour

Nightfall Retro Gallery

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 v3.2.2 released

March 23rd, 2015 No comments

CBM prg Studio Version 3.2.2 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.

Improvements:

  • Import binary file as disassembly.
  • Set sprite scratch pad background colour.
  • Keyboard short cuts for collapsing/expanding regions.

Bug Fixed:

  • Assembler:
    • Generate to disk image.
  • Basic:
    • Improved syntax highlighting.
    • Wrong case used when commenting certain lines.
    • Commenting blank lines.
  • General:
    • Menu and/or tool bar was hidden occasionally.
    • Saving to network drives.
    • Source overview settings not retained.
    • Display problems with medium and large fonts.
    • Better file handling with network drives.

Download: CBM prg Studio v3.2.2 (35)

source: ajordison.co.uk

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Repair Apple II Europlus

March 23rd, 2015 No comments
Repair Apple II EuroPlus

Repair Apple II EuroPlus.

This computer has taken a lot of moisture and temperature changes, it can be seen because the connectors (Apple BUS) have dried up and the plastic tends to break. In addition, some pins of the ICs are rusty, fortunately few.

The main problem of this computer, as well the removal of the usual filter capacitor inside the power supply, was that don’t accepts some basic commands (see photo)

The problem was caused by the malfunction of the PROM 341-0014. (E8)

The owner will have to decide whether to purchase the original PROM (current price €13,90 + Shipping) or use a horrible adapter to insert an EPROM 27C16 (2716) in place of a PROM.

This adapter in addition to changing the aesthetics of the original motherboard brings with it some problems.

  • 16k language card don’t work.
  • Long cards which extend to the part of the circuit board cannot be used.

Gallery of the repair:

source: willegal.net classic-computers.org.nz

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Fix NEC FD1054 (360k) 5.25 Floppy Drive

March 18th, 2015 No comments

This Floppy Drive, but probably also other models, suffer of a quite annoying problem.

The little box in aluminum placed over the head of the Floppy Drive comes off, this happens because the bioadhesive foam rubber that was used to fix the “box” on the head will dry.

This piece of aluminum that at first thing can seem absolutely useless, however it is not, because it is a balancer, without this little piece of aluminum the floppy drive head vibrates and consequently don’t read / write properly.

The replacement of the bioadhesive foam rubber is very simple.

  • Remove the top of the Floppy Drive (3 screws)
  • Look for the little box that are detached and wanders inside the Floppy Drive.
  • Thoroughly clean the remains of the bioadhesive foam rubber inside the box and on the upper side of the head (see photo). Don’t make much pressure on the head.
  • Use another piece of foam rubber with the same thickness (see photo). For this purpose you can use a thousand of way to fix this box, the important thing is that must remain raised and  don’t touch the Floppy Disk (see photo)
  • Fix the foam on both sides with a glue, i suggest a small amount of Bostik or Loctite – Super Attak.
  • Wait for it to dry.
  • Close everything.
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Forever 2015 – Back to the Cyberspace – C64 Party results

March 17th, 2015 No comments

This is the official demo party results from Forever 2015 (Top 3 Entries only). See also the CSDB FOREVER 2015 section for more informations.

C64 Demo:

  • 1  -  Rainy Days by Singular.
  • 2  -  Shadows of the Cyberspace [party version] by Nah-Kolor.
  • 3  -  GXAdvert by Atlantis, Fantastic 4 Cracking Group.

C64 Music:

  • 1  -  Hexadragon by Factor6.
  • 2  -  Preludium by Sad.
  • 3  -  2xperiment by Gaetano Chiummo.

C64 Graphics:

  • 1  -  Fish & Wish by Leon.
  • 2  -  Walking on the Moon by Mermaid.
  • 3  -  Voima Laulaa by Reekol.

C64 1K Intro:

  • 1  -  Rotzom01 by Busy, Noro.
  • 2  -  Last Place by Coine.
  • 3  -  1k Forever by Atlantis, Fantastic 4 Cracking Group.

Download: Forever 2015 Party stuff (42)

source: forever-party.net party photo #1 party photo #2

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C64 Game: Burnin’ Pen ’64 +3J / Nibbler +3HFD / Star Slayer +34D …

March 4th, 2015 No comments

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

Titles:

  • Ninja Scooter Simulator +26D [crazy hack]
  • C64hess – Chess Puzzles +D
  • Clef Climber &D
  • Finders Keepers &D
  • Follow the Leader &D
  • Spy Defense +2D
  • Beach Buggy Simulator +28D [crazy hack]
  • Pac Man Arcade Preview
  • Nonterraqueous +6MD &Map
  • Burnin’ Pen ’64 +3J [pal/ntsc]
  • Twister +1D
  • Bug Blaster HS
  • Demon Stalkers +5MD [one-sided]
  • Panic Planet HS
  • Street Warriors +28D [crazy hack]
  • Nibbler +3HFD [pal/ntsc]
  • Donkey Kong Junior [pal/ntsc] [easyflash]
  • Supercart 60-in-1 [Easyflash]
  • The Sword of Fargoal 101% +10DG
  • Inglish Glatss V1
  • Twist It
  • Longer II
  • Color Confusion
  • Star Slayer +34D [crazy hack]
  • Bodeseh Spiel
  • Tontaubenschiessen +
  • Snatch McBlagger +2D [seuck]

Download: All Games in One Archive (224)

source: csdb.dk

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Atari 400 PAL / Communicator I & II / Bookkeeper / Programmer …

March 4th, 2015 No comments
Atari 400 PAL

The Atari 8-bit family is a series of 8-bit home computers introduced by Atari, Inc. in 1979 and manufactured until 1992. All are based on the MOS Technology 6502 CPU running at 1.79 MHz, roughly twice that of similar designs, and were the first home computers designed with custom co-processor chips. This architecture allowed the Atari designs to offer graphics and sound capabilities that were more advanced than contemporary machines like the Apple II or Commodore PET, and gaming on the platform was a major draw – Star Raiders is widely considered the platform’s killer app. Machines with similar performance would not appear until the BBC Micro in late 1981 and the Commodore 64 in 1982.

The original Atari 400 and 800 models were released with a series of plug-n-play peripherals that used Atari’s unique “SIO” serial bus system. Over the following decade several versions of the same basic design were released, including the XL and XE series of computers and matching peripherals. All of these used the same basic logical design, with various changes to the physical layout to lower production costs as chipmaking and manufacturing processes improved over time. The early machines were expensive to build, but dependable. Later models like the XEs were greatly cost-reduced and generally not as robust. Sub-models of these later designs were sold into the eastern European market after sales of the main lineup had ended.

Overall, the Atari 8-bit computer line was a commercial success, selling two million units during its major production run between late 1979 and mid-1985, putting its sales on par with machines like the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and TI-99/4A. Its primary competition in the worldwide market was the Commodore 64, by far the best selling computer of the 8-bit era. Atari also found a strong market in Eastern Europe and had something of a renaissance in the early 1990s as these countries joined a uniting Europe. Some estimates place sales during this period at another two million units.

Atari 400 inside the package:

Atari 400 PAL

Package Contents:

  • Atari 400 Home Computer.
  • Manuals.
  • External Power Supply.
  • 48k Ram Expansion Kit (this one was added by me and not included in the original packaging)

Atari 825 – 80 Column printer:

Atari 825 - 80 Column Printer

Atari introduced with its Atari 400 and 800 series computers its first 80 Column printer.   The Atari 825 which actually a repackaged Centronics 737 printer.   Earlier models had limited capabilities, the later 825 models with the extended basic character set had the capability of producing the Atari ATASCII graphics character set.  The Atari 825 required the use of the Atari 850 interface module to allow it to communicate with the Atari 400 and 800 computer because it had a Centronic parallel interface on it instead of the Atari SIO interface which the Atari 820 and Atari 822 printers had built in.

The B Key 400:

The B Key 400

The B Key 400 is a replacement keyboard for the keyboard membrane of the Atari 400.

Read more…

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BCC Party #9: C64 – Official demo party results

March 2nd, 2015 No comments

This is the official demo party results from BCC Party #9 (Top 3 Entries only). See also the CSDB BCC Party #9 section for more informations.

C64 Demo:

  • Pagan’s Mind by Dream
  • We Fly High by Rabenauge
  • Upshift! by TRIAD

C64 Music:

  • Quest for Peace by celticdesign
  • RykSkiDanceWithChrisAndRob by TheRyk    
  • Destiny by G-Fellow

C64 Graphics:

  • The Seeker – Tormented Echoes by Slayer Grafix
  • Flappie the Ghost by JSL
  • Automatic Gentleman by ilesj

Mixed:

  • Twist It by Virtual Dimension (Game)
  • Claculate It II by Brainstorm (Basic Demo)        
  • Longer II by Brainstorm (Game)

Download: BCC Party #9 Party stuff (78)

source: csdb.dk

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My Amiga 1200 Recapped + E127R Fix + ATX Power Supply

March 1st, 2015 No comments

I finally found a time to do the replacement of all the electrolytic capacitors of my Amiga 1200 that was beginning to have serious problems of stability.

Since I had disassembled the amiga i took the opportunity to do the E127R fix that solves some problems of graphics glitches with the interface Indivision AGA 1200.

The fix is very simple to do, you need to short the E127R resistor with a jumper.

I have also replaced the original power supply of the Amiga with a ATX power supply can supply more ampere and is a little stable than the original.

Commodore Amiga 1200 Recapped:

Commodore Amiga ATX Power Supply:

E127R Amiga 1200 Indivision Fix:

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Everdrive N64 – OS Update v2.09 released (v2.00+ rev only)

February 18th, 2015 No comments

It was released a new OS Update for the Everdrive N64 Flash Cartridge (Nintendo 64) by Krikzz. The upgrade instructions can be found here.

Changelog:

  • 2.09 (21.01.2015)
    • “CRC Check” option to enable/disable CRC check
    • FPGA code update
  • 2.08 (14.11.2014)
    • Minor fix of bootcode
  • 2.07 (12.11.2014)
    • Fixed “Self test” menu
  • 2.06 (12.11.2014)
    • Fully functional GameShark. Special thanks to Parasyte and Modman for new GS core!
    • Automatic save and loading GS codes when user change the game. “Auto cheat” option should be enabled
    • Fixed graphics bug in “RTC setup” menu (ED64 V3)

Download: Everdrive N64 - OS Update v2.09 (80)

source: krikzz.com

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Yeah! another Commodore 64 has been repaired

February 18th, 2015 No comments

This Commodore 64 was found in the trash from a friend, although aesthetically in a good state, the computer doesn’t work.

Defect:

  • Black Screen.
  • Power supply dead.

Components replaced:

  • 2 x RAM MCM6665 BP20 (4164)
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(Italian) Jurassic News numero #52

February 18th, 2015 No comments

Sorry, this entry is only available in Italian.

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Commodore 64 DiskMagazine – Scene World #24

February 17th, 2015 No comments

Scene World is a C64 magazine on disk dedicated to various activities of both C64 scenes.

“Both” means, that we are supplying information and texts of both scenes; NTSC and PAL.

Download: Scene World #24 (103)

source: sceneworld.org

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Relaunch64 V3.3.2 – C64/65xx cross-development IDE

February 17th, 2015 No comments

Relaunch64 is an IDE (text-editor) for C64 assembler-coding on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Relaunch64 has a clean and intuitive user interface, yet it offers many features that make coding faster and easier.

Java 7 or higher is required to run Relaunch64. The program is licensed under the GNU GPL 3 (or higher) and free for private and professional use.

This editor works together with common cross assemblers like Kick Assembler, ACME, or 64tass. Other assemblers might work as well, but syntax highlighting may not be 100% correct.

Download: Relaunch64 v3.3.2 (Windows/OSx/Linux) (75)

source: popelganda.de

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Commodore Amiga 2000 Power Supply repair

February 16th, 2015 No comments

I lost too much time to repair only one of two psu, not convenient. Better to replace only the PCB with a ATX power supply (only the PCB!)

Defect:

  • Dead.

Replaced components:

  • 2 x Diode IN4001
  • 1 x Diode Zener 5v1
  • 1 x Triac BTB 16 200B (recovered from another power supply)
  • 6 x Electrolytic Capacitors.
  • 1 x Power supply plug with a filter RIFA inside.
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Bidding ended to €20.050,00 for the Commodore 65 on Ebay.fr

February 15th, 2015 No comments
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