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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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 (67)

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.

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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 (24)

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 (33)

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 (49)

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) (38)

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

source: ebay.fr wikipedia

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15 x Commodore 64 Repair

February 13th, 2015 No comments

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I have repaired last year these computers for a dear friend.

Commodore 64 #1

Defect:

  • Black Screen.

Replaced parts:

  • Replaced 4 x 4264 RAM (U9,U10,U11,U12)

Commodore 64 #2

Defect:

  • Out of Memory.
  • Expansion Port (Cartridge) don’t works.

Replaced parts:

  • Replaced 3 x 4264 RAM (U12,U24,U22)
  • PCB track interrupted of the expansion port (A5 Address Line). Fixed with a bridge.

Commodore 64 #3

Defect:

  • Garbled screen and then Out of Memory.

Replaced parts:

  • Replaced 4 x 4264 RAM (U24,U12)
  • Replaced 1 x 74LS257 Data Selectors/Multiplexers (U13)

Commodore 64 #4

Defect:

  • Black Screen and then Out of Memory.
  • No Sound.

Replaced parts:

  • Replaced 2 x 4264 RAM (U9,U10)
  • Replaced 1 x 74LS257 Data Selectors/Multiplexers (U25)
  • Replaced 1 x 6581 SID (U18)

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2 x Commodore 128 Repair

February 13th, 2015 No comments

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I have repaired last year these computers for a dear friend.

Commodore 128 #1

Defect:

  • Black Screen.
  • Missing CAS on PIN 1-4 of the 74LS32 (U9)
  • Missing CHROMA video.

Fix:

  • To fix the problem of lack CAS on 74LS32 i had to make a bridge from the PIN 41 of the PLA 8721 because a pcb track under the socket was interrupted.
  • Broken solder joints on the RF Modulator.

Commodore 128 #2

Defect:

  • Black Screen but sometimes it works.

Replaced parts:

  • Replaced the socket of the 8721 PLA.
  • Replaced 8721 PLA (U11).

Note:

The main problem was the PLA. In the C128 mode sometimes works and sometimes not. Works always C64 mode.

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Atari Dos: SpartaDOS X v4.47

February 12th, 2015 1 comment

SpartaDOS X (or SpartaDOS 4.0) is a disk operating system for the Atari 8-bit family of computers, that closely resembles MS-DOS. It was developed and sold by ICD, Inc. in 1987-93.

Ten years later SpartaDOS X considered abandonware has been picked up by its enthusiasts, and developed further. These unofficial revisions, incorporating many of the utilities written since 1992, cleaning many identified problems and including numerous improvements, are:

  • v4.31 (2005)
  • v4.39RC (2006)
  • v4.40 (a leaked-out beta, 2006)
  • v4.41 (Feb. 2008)
  • v4.42 (Dec. 2008)
  • v4.43 (Apr.2011)
  • v4.44 (Jun.2011)
  • v4.45 (Nov.2011)
  • v4.46 (Jan.2013)
  • v4.47 (Feb 2015)

The new SpartaDOS X 4.47 runs on the following hardware platforms:

  • intSDX128 and intSDX128 “flash”
  • IDE Plus 2.0 interface (*)
  • Maxflash 1Mb
  • Maxflash 8Mb (*)
  • Maxflash MyIDE+Flash
  • MyIDE II
  • SIC! Cartridge 256k (*)
  • SIC! Cartridge 128k
  • SIDE HDD cartridge (*)
  • SIDE2 HDD cartridge (*)
  • Turbo Freezer 2005 (*) (**)
  • Ultimate1MB (*)
  • Incognito board (*) (***)
  • Altirra and Atari800 emulators

(*) – includes MAN on-line help
(**) – use with Freezer ROM only
(***) – compatible with Ultimate1MB images

Dowload:

source: sdx.atari8.info wikipedia

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Lear Siegler (LSI) ADM-5

February 11th, 2015 No comments
Lear Siegler (LSI) ADM-5

I have recovered this Terminal from the United States because it was in good condition and partially working.

The cleaning took more time of the repair. The repair was very simply. I have replaced for precaution all tantalum capacitors and i have also replaced the two micro switches that are completely rusted.

The main defect was caused by one of these two micro switches which was in short circuit always in one position. I have also made a calibration of the geometry of the screen that appeared incorrect and a focus adjustment.

Below i post all pictures of the cleaning, components replaced, various console test that i have made via terminal and two videos.

A brief introduction of the ADM-5 terminal:

The Lear Siegler ADM-5 was introduced in January, 1981 at a price of $995 and is based on the proven Lear Siegler ADM-3 design.

This new version includes:

  • Numeric keypad.
  • Reverse video.
  • Reduced intensity video.
  • Limited editing capabilities.
  • Estension port.
  • Lowercase display.

Lear Siegler (LSI) ADM-5 the final reult:

Replacing tantalum capacitors and mini switches:

Cleaning main pcb:

Radio Shack DT-1 (pcb) vs Lear Siegler ADM-5 (pcb):

Testing:

Video:

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