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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 (182)

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 (220)

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

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Pioneer LaserActive CLD-A100 – Repair & Modules full Recap

April 23rd, 2018 1 comment
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 1 comment
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.

Alternative closing pins for the Commodore 64 case.

April 23rd, 2018 No comments
Alternative closing pins for the Commodore 64 case.

Alternative closing pins for the Commodore 64 case made with a 3D printer.

I have fixed them with a strong double-sided adhesive tape with a little film of foam.

Gallery:

 

Commodore Amiga 601 Expansion Memory Module (Boxed)

April 23rd, 2018 No comments
Commodore Amiga 601 (Boxed)

The Commodore A601 provide 512k/1Mb of additional memory for the Commodore Amiga 600.

The RAM Expansion Module also provides you a real-time clock with rechargeable battery.

Gallery:

 

Commodore Amiga A501+ (Boxed)

April 23rd, 2018 No comments
Commodore Amiga A501+ (Boxed)

The Commodore A501+ provide 1Mb of additional Chip Memory for the Commodore Amiga 500+.

Gallery:

 

Telephone Coupler (Modem) TI PHP1600 (Boxed)

April 23rd, 2018 No comments
Telephone Coupler (Modem) PHP1600 (Boxed)

The PHP-1600 Telephone Coupler (Modem) enables your TI Home Computer to communicate via a standard telephone.

With a TI Telephone Coupler (Modem) and the TI RS232 Interface (sold separately), your Home Computer can communicate with similarly equipped computers.

You can send and receive messages and data, transfer programs between Home Computers, and access information from consumer data services you subscribe to.

Description/Specs:

  • Data Rate: 300 baud.
  • Compatibility: Bell 103.
  • Interface: EIA-RS232C.
  • Modes: Answer, Originate, Test.
  • Duplex: Full, Half.

Gallery:

VU-0001 Joystick for VG-5000 (Boxed)

April 23rd, 2018 No comments
VU-0001 Joystick for VG-5000 (Boxed)

The VU-0001 joystick can be used with the VG-5000 Computer series equipped with a VG-5200 interface.

Hoxs64 Commodore 64 Emulator Updated v1.0.9.9

April 16th, 2018 2 comments

Hoxs64 written by David Horrocks is a Commodore 64 emulator for Microsoft Windows 2K/XP/Vista/Seven (DirectX 9+)

The emulator substantially reproduces this legacy machine in minute detail.

Changelog (v1.0.9.8 > v1.0.9.9):

  • New joystick configuration and fixes. Multiple host game device buttons can be assigned to a C64 joystick funct
  • ion.Fixed audio clock sync sound bug that can happen when running a monitor FPS that is less than the emulated FPS.

Download:

source: hoxs64.net

TheC64 Mini Firmware Update v1.0.7

April 13th, 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 1.0.7 – Changes:

  • Fixes an issue encountered on some two-player games when using two USB joysticks

Download: TheC64 Mini Firmware v1.0.7 (212)

source: thec64.com

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TheC64 Mini Firmware Update v1.0.6

April 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 1.0.6 – Changes:

  • Maps additional functions to joystick buttons for some games.
  • Makes minor changes to descriptions for some games.
  • Fixes an occasional scenario where an additional USB joystick is not detected until a restart.
  • Fixes an intermittent audio click when opening the THEC64 Mini’s MENU in-game.

Download: TheC64 Mini Firmware v1.0.6 (208)

source: thec64.com

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Ultimate-64 Firmware Update – Core v1.02

April 12th, 2018 No comments

A new version of the firmware for the Ultimate-64 by Gideon is released.

Changelog:

  • Sprite Collisions.
  • Illegal graphics fetches.
  • Sprite DMA timing.
  • Nuvie Player.
  • NMI handling improved in 6502.
  • Illegal reads when BA=0 masked out (“PLA” issue)
  • Added debounce on Restore Key.
  • KCS power cart fixed (sprite graphics error)
  • HDMI/DVI Compatibility.

.. and there are many improvements not present in the changelog.

Download: Ultimate-64 Firmware Core v1.02 (207)

source: ultimate64.com

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Vampire GOLD2.9 Core Released for V600 v2 & V500 v2(+)

April 8th, 2018 No comments

Vampire GOLD2.9 Core Released for V600 v2 & V500 v2(+) and new Saga Driver v1.3

Vampire GOLD2.9 Changelog:

  • Improved Power-OFF/ON on Amiga
  • Allow software to access on-board ROM chip
  • MapROM mapping support for Atari roms
  • Memory management support for Atari memory map
  • FPU Speed-up (51Mflops at x11 according to SysInfo)
  • FPU fully working under TOS
  • Modified Expansion post pin-out
  • Boot to EmuTOS with FIRE button on Power-ON

SAGA Driver v1.2/1.3 Changelog:

  • Updated VControl to 1.4
  • Added V2ExpEth.device 1.2
  • Updated SDNet.device to 1.2
  • Some more work on TX stability
  • Should recover from ENC Module hangs more often
  • Aligned with future EXPnet

Download: Vampire Core & Saga Driver (167)

source: apollo-accelerators.com

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