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SwinSID Ultimate (6581/8580 Replacement) by CodeKiller & Hermit

May 25th, 2018 No comments
SwinSID Ultimate (SID 6581/8580 Replacement) by CodeKiller & Hermit

I tried the SwinSID Ultimate (SID 6581/8580 Replacement) by CodeKiller & Hermit and the base work by Swinkels with a Commodore 64 and the Ultimate-64 by Gideon and i must say that it works well without any problem.

The sound and the feel is good and knowing many SID tunes i did some comparisons, i can only say that these two Hungarian guys have done a Great job.

Forget immediatly how sounded the old Swinsid.

Some information taken from the SwinSID Ultimate site:

A duo from Hungary, Máté “CodeKiller” Sebők and Mihály “Hermit” Horváth have been working on improving SwinSID, originally developed by Swinkels.

List of improvements:

It has full feature compatibility with the original SID (over the old SwinSID):

  • paddle/mouse support.
  • readable registers (OSC3/ENV3)
  • external audio in.
  • bitfade.
  • proper ADSR-bug support.
  • fast ADSR attack rate (thanks to the self-correcting rate-counter)
  • ‘Lazy Jones’ and ‘180’ -like gate and test-bit workaround (no missing note)
  • proper 23bit noise-waveform calculation –> better “random” numbers.
  • full 3V p-p output range w/o 1KOhm load (same as 8580)
  • improved filter quality (16bit) and resonance-table for both SID model.
  • improved waveform calculation (full 16 bit)
  • high resolution combined waveform-tables.

It has enhancements over the original SID:

  • clean anti-aliased bandlimited sound at high pitches.
  • undistorted mixed digi tunes and eliminated volume-change click thanks to AC/DC separation of master volume register.
  • Softconfig — software configurable options for a number of aspects of the operation.
  • LEDs which intensity represents the active channels volume.
  • LED displaying the active (classic) digi playback.
  • or in case of the new Mahoney-digi, the entire array acts like a VU-meter.

Software configuration options:

  • change between 8580/6581 behaviour (filter, ADSR, combined waveforms)
  • change between PAL/NTSC pitch.
  • enable/disable external audio input (less external noise)
  • if enabled, then CAN be enabled to sample trough OSC3 register.
  • enable/disable startup “ding”(beep)
  • upload 3 banks of 256 bytes custom waveforms.
  • “transparent” mute for channels — does not affect the sync, OSC3/ENV3,..

Gallery:

Download:

SwinSID Ultimate Video:

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Some retro-Trash things received from a friend

May 22nd, 2018 No comments
Some retro-Trash things received from a friend.

Some retro-Trash things received from a friend. Thanks Gerben.

Below the list.

  • Philips Computer Monitor 80 (Amber phosphors).
  • Commodore Music Maker.
  • Philips MSX Data Recorder
  • Easy Bob Model 745 – RS232 Serial Analyzer/Tester.
  • Data Switch.
  • Taxas Instruments T-83.
  • 4-to-1 Parallel Auto Switch.
  • Zanussi Ping-O-Tronic (MOD. PP 7)
  • Lego USB 4 Ports HUB.
  • General Electric IFM Interface Module for C64/Atari.
  • Some Serial/Parallel/MSX cables and adapters.
  • Joystick.
  • External CD-ROM.
  • Mouse Pad.
  • Some Serial/Parallel/MSX cables and adapters.

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 (33)

source: thec64.com

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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

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

 

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 (72)

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 (147)

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 (56)

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 (80)

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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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.

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:

 

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 (70)

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 (85)

source: thec64.com

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