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HxC Floppy Emulator: Firmware Slim Version v2.1.2.24

August 15th, 2013 No comments

The HxC Floppy Drive Emulator is a software and hardware system created by jfdn aka Jeff.

The aim of this project is to replace the floppy disk drive by an electronic device emulating the floppy disk drive (list of supported Computer/Hardware).

There are two differents emulators:

  • A USB version which allows to connect the floppy disk drive interface of the computer to a PC via a USB cable.
  • A SDCARD version which allows to emulate floppy disks which images are stored in a SDCARD.

Firmware Slim SD HxCFloppyEmulator v2.1.2.24:

  • SD Access enhanced : Better handling, track buffer size increased.
  • Floppy interface mode enhanced : New Pin02/Pin34 Custom settings.
  • SDCard file system support enhanced : Now support FAT 12, FAT 16 & FAT 32 formatted SDCard ! Any SDCard size are now supported !
  • Direct access mode : New function to get and set easily the current index number in “file selector” & indexed mode.
  • Lots of internal code optimizations/improvements and corrections…
  • Write Support completely redesigned / reworked :
  • Low level track format support added !:
    • The host computer/machine can now do low level format of the disk images ! By this way the floppy disk image can be formatted with the right disk layout from the machine. All the tracks parameters used by the machine (sector size, interleave/skew, gap, format value, index mark…) will be written to the virtual disk tracks ! By this way the user have just to copy some blank HFE images to the SDCard, and format them with the host machine as with a real floppy disk to make them usable. Some blank disk images with various density will be available for download on the HxC2001 website.
    • SD/DD/HD sector write support : all sector sizes are now supported ! : 128B, 256B, 512B, 1024B, 2048B, 4096B, 8192B…
    • Unaligned track/sector write is now possible : Sectors of host formatted images and images imported from stream files (Kryoflux…) can now be written !

Download:

source: hxc2001.free.fr

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HxC Floppy Emulator: Firmware v1.8.2.24

August 14th, 2013 No comments

The HxC Floppy Drive Emulator is a software and hardware system created by jfdn aka Jeff.

The aim of this project is to replace the floppy disk drive by an electronic device emulating the floppy disk drive (list of supported Computer/Hardware).

There are two differents emulators:

  • A USB version which allows to connect the floppy disk drive interface of the computer to a PC via a USB cable.
  • A SDCARD version which allows to emulate floppy disks which images are stored in a SDCARD.

Download:

Firmware SD HxCFloppyEmulator v1.8.2.24:

  • Write Support completely redesigned / reworked :
    • Low level track format support added!
    • The host computer/machine can now do low level format of the disk images !
    • By this way the floppy disk image can be formatted with the right disk layout from the machine.
    • All the tracks parameters used by the machine (sector size, interleave/skew, gap, format value, index mark…)
    • will be written to the virtual disk tracks !
    • By this way the user have just to copy some blank HFE images to the SDCard, and format them with the host machine
    • as with a real floppy disk to make them usable.
    • Some blank disk images with various density will available for download on the HxC2001 website.
    • SD/DD/HD sector write support : all sector sizes are now supported ! : 128B, 256B, 512B, 1024B, 2048B, 4096B, 8192B…

    Read more…

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C64SD V2 Infinity + ITS firmware update v0.10.3.8

August 14th, 2013 No comments
ITS TAP Module

A new version of the firmware for the interface C64SD Infinity + ITS Module by Manosoft is released.

Changelog:

  • Added support for the long filenames and the ones containing special characters.

Download: C64SD Firmware v0.10.3.8 (639)

source: manosoft.it

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1541 Ultimate II: New firmware v2.6h

August 10th, 2013 No comments

A new version of the firmware for the interface 1541 Ultimate II is released. This version runs only on the 1541 Ultimate II cartridge (new fpga).

Version 2.6h includes some new features and fixes:

  • Timing fixed for C64C
  • Newer version of built-in MOD player.
  • Bug fixes regarding USB stick removal.
  • Enhancements under the hood for networking support. Network support will be enabled later, is not part of this version!

Release notes:

  • Version 2.6h contains some small fixes on top of 2.6d.  This build is a DUAL DRIVE version with NO SID emulation.

Download: 1541 Ultimate II Firmware v2.6h (732)

source: 1541ultimate.net

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C64SD V2 Infinity + ITS firmware update v0.10.3.7

August 5th, 2013 No comments
ITS TAP Module

It was released a new firmware for the C64SD Infinity + ITS Module by Manosoft which fixes some minor compatibility issues present in the previous release with some C64 Filebrowser.

Download: C64SD Firmware v0.10.3.7 (560)

source: manosoft.it

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1541 Ultimate Plus (MK1): Unofficial firmware v2.6d by Brandon

July 4th, 2013 No comments

This is a firmware hack of the version 2.6d build for the 1541 Ultimate Plus (MK1) by Bradon (forum link).

The latest official version for the 1541 Ultimate Plus (MK1) is the version v2.4a.

Note from the author:

After much frustration, I finally managed to get a working build environment for the 1541U firmware.

My 1541U is a MK1 Plus unit (no network). The last revision of the firmware I could compile is 2.6d, SVN revision 131. Starting with 132 it seems that the content is too much for the older FPGA. I started to look into removing cart ROMs I don’t use and gave up realizing this would be too much to do in my spare time, since their offset locations are hardcoded.

I removed the “too old” warning check so it will boot up without having to dismiss a warning.

So far it seems to work correctly. I don’t know if the FPGA revision check really matters for this revision or not. It would appear Gideon has no desire to continue supporting MK1 units since building for them is not possible with the latest revisions. This is of course fine with me (I don’t expect he will forever and ever try to make it work on older units), I just wanted the most recent build possible.

Changes:

  • Added F3 help screen to show 1541U commands.
  • Modified the file viewer so that scrolling will not advance past the last line.
  • Added F1 and F7 page up/down to the file viewer.
  • Modified behavior of the file browser so that when you cursor-right on an item with no children, the context menu is brought up as if you pressed return.

Download: 1541 Ultimate (MK1) v2.6d.o918r4 (677)

source: 1541ultimate.net

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HxC Floppy Emulator: Software v2.0.12.2 & HxC Slim Firmware v2.0.2.2

March 24th, 2013 2 comments

The HxC Floppy Drive Emulator is a software and hardware system created by jfdn aka Jeff.

The aim of this project is to replace the floppy disk drive by an electronic device emulating the floppy disk drive (list of supported Computer/Hardware).

There are two differents emulators:

  • A USB version which allows to connect the floppy disk drive interface of the computer to a PC via a USB cable.
  • A SDCARD version which allows to emulate floppy disks which images are stored in a SDCARD.

Firmware Slim SD HxCFloppyEmulator v2.0.2.2:

  • First public SD Slim version firmware.

Release notes for the HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.0.12.2:

  • GUI now Based on FLTK : http://www.fltk.org/
  • Windows / Mac / Linux support ( http://torlus.com/floppy/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1120  ;) )
  • New library : libhxcfe -> Contains the floppy management functions (track generator/images loaders/analyser/file system layer…).
  • New library : libusbhxcfe -> Contains the HxC USB Floppy Emulator support layer.
  • New Integrated DOS Disk browser : Can generate / add / get / remove files from any DOS HFE files.
  • New Track Viewer/Analyser : Low level floppy track is now analysed and displayed.
  • “Load Raw image” : Predefined floppy disk format description in XML (based on Expat XML Parser)
  • New low level Track format : TYCOM (custom FM) & MEMBRAIN (custom MFM)
  • Floppy disk dump : “missing sector” issue with some FDC corrected.
  • FM Track format : desync added to the end of the track to solve the SCAN command issue with some FDC.
  • Disk Browser : Support of special/custom 2.5MB DD & 4.5MB HD FAT floppy disk format.
  • Batch converter : It is now possible to batch convert RAW images files.
  • Track pregap support/setting added.
  • Some issues corrected & enhancement in the following loader : D88,JV3,DMK,IMD,AFI,EDE,OricDSK,Emax…
  • New file export support : TI99/4A V9T9 file image
  • New Loader : Kryoflux Stream Loader (*XX.X.raw) / analyser.
  • New Loader : Sega System24 Loader (*.S24)
  • New Loader : Apple 2 NIB image support added. (*.NIB)
  • New Loader : Casio FZF floppy image support added.
  • W30 Loader : Roland S50/S330/S550 image support added.
  • HFE Files : New alternate format flags for the track 0 side 0 & side 1.
  • Sanity check function added to some loader.
  • And a lot of minor corrections/enhancement too.

Download:

source: hxc2001.free.fr lotharek.pl

1541 Ultimate II: New firmware v2.6d

February 13th, 2013 No comments

A new version of the firmware for the interface 1541 Ultimate II is released. This version runs only on the 1541 Ultimate II cartridge (new fpga).

Version 2.6d includes some new features and fixes:

  • FIXED: Ultimax mode forced now correctly implemented (solves issue with freeze and DMA load)
  • FIXED: Updater now works on C128… (not all C128 issues are fixed)
  • ADDED: Programmable cartrige emulation timing.
  • IMPROVED: Some drive emulation enhancements.

Release notes:

  • This version does *not* include SID, but it does include the Ultimate Audio module. Different builds may become available upon request.
  • The internal copier is still in beta. It has been tested with some of my drives, but there might be drives out there that won’t work. Make sure you have an IEC link from the Ultimate to a real drive to use this function. (No need to have a link to the computer.) There is still no retry mechanism; sectors that failed to read correctly will not be re-read.
  • The Kernal replacement function is critical when it comes to timing. Tested on two machines only. Might not work on all C128.

Download: 1541 Ultimate II Firmware v2.6d (665)

source: 1541ultimate.net

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1541 Ultimate II: New firmware v2.6c

February 4th, 2013 No comments

A new version of the firmware for the interface 1541 Ultimate II is released. This version runs only on the 1541 Ultimate II cartridge (new fpga).

Version 2.6c includes some new features and fixes:

  • NEW: Disk Copier from real drives to .D64 images.
  • NEW: Command Interface.
  • NEW: Ultimate-II DOS V1.0 (command target)
  • NEW: Kernal replacement function.
  • FIXED: TAP file recorder failed miserably on high latency write devices. Rewritten; should work better now.
  • FIXED: Drive data timing has improved. Timing is now dependent on the data track itself, not on the speed setting of the VIA. This fixes some protected titles in G64 format.
  • FIXED: USB stick present on boot time caused the Ultimate-II to crash when loading a file from SD at initialisation time (kernal rom / drive rom)
  • FIXED: Starting a program with RUN sometimes caused the ultimate to become unresponsive when freezing afterwards.
  • FIXED: Now reads USB sticks with FAT16 format, but without partition table.

Release notes:

  • This version does *not* include SID, but it does include the Ultimate Audio module. Different builds may become available upon request.
  • The internal copier is still in beta. It has been tested with some of my drives, but there might be drives out there that won’t work. Make sure you have an IEC link from the Ultimate to a real drive to use this function. (No need to have a link to the computer.) There is still no retry mechanism; sectors that failed to read correctly will not be re-read.
  • The Kernal replacement function is critical when it comes to timing. Tested on two machines only. Might not work on C128.

Download: 1541 Ultimate II Firmware v2.6c (615)

source: 1541ultimate.net

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SD2Snes Firmware v0.1.5 released

November 19th, 2012 No comments

It was released a new firmware for the SD2Snes Flash Cartridge (Super Nintendo/Famicom) by Ikari. The upgrade instructions can be found here.

Changelog:

  • Menu: Files are now sorted by their entire file name instead of the first 20 characters only.
  • Menu: Ignore input from non-standard controllers (Super Scope, Mouse etc.)
  • SPC player: fix soft fade-in (first note cut off) on S-APU consoles (1CHIP / some Jr.)
  • More accurate BS-X memory map.
  • Correctly map SRAM larger than 8192 bytes (HiROM) / 32768 bytes (LoROM), fixes Dezaemon, Ongaku Tsukuuru – Kanadeeru
  • Minor memory access timing tweaks (should help with occasional glitches on some systems)

Download: SD2Snes Firmware v0.1.5 (613)

source: sd2snes.de

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HxC Floppy Emulator: Software v2.0.6.0 Beta & Firmware v1.7.2.0

November 14th, 2012 No comments

The HxC Floppy Drive Emulator is a software and hardware system created by jfdn aka Jeff.

The aim of this project is to replace the floppy disk drive by an electronic device emulating the floppy disk drive (list of supported Computer/Hardware).

There are two differents emulators:

  • A USB version which allows to connect the floppy disk drive interface of the computer to a PC via a USB cable.
  • A SDCARD version which allows to emulate floppy disks which images are stored in a SDCARD.

Firmware SD HxCFloppyEmulator v1.7.2.0:

  • Microchip PIC18F4620 Rev. B5 Silicon MSSP Module Errata applied (correct possible SDCard Init issues).
  • SDCard layer reviewed / corrected / enhanced : Better SDCard compatibility / Error handling.

Release notes for the HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.0.6.0:

  • PRE-RELEASE – IN DEVELOPMENT: HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.0.6.0 (Windows & Mac OS X support !)

Download:

source: hxc2001.free.fr

1541 Ultimate II: New firmware v2.5 and v2.5+

November 7th, 2012 No comments

A new version of the firmware for the interface 1541 Ultimate II is released. This version runs only on the 1541 Ultimate II cartridge (new fpga).

Version 2.5 includes some new features:

  • File viewer.
  • Selectable colors in user interface.

This version also includes some fixes for nasty memory allocation bugs that existed when using USB sticks. Removal of a USB device is now at least a lot safer. Also, some file system bugs were fixed.

Version 2.5+ includes some new features:

The ‘plus’ version of 2.5 including a special 7-voice audio engine. This version is based on the same 2.5 with the bugfixes and a special FPGA build can it only supports ONE floppy drive, in favor of extra audio functionality.

Download:

source: 1541ultimate.net

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1541 Ultimate II: New firmware v2.5x (Ultimate Audio Module)

October 27th, 2012 No comments

A new version of the firmware for the interface 1541 Ultimate II is released. This version runs only on the 1541 Ultimate II cartridge (new fpga).

New features:

The ‘Ultimate Audio’ feature is a new feature for the 1541 Ultimate-II module. It implements multi- channel audio sample playback support from REU memory, and is an exciting addition to the possibilities this cartridge offers.

Download:

source: 1541ultimate.net

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Turbo Chameleon 64 beta firmware 8b released

October 11th, 2012 No comments

Turbo Chameleon 64 is an extremely user-friendly cartridge that can be used without opening the computer. It is just plugged to the expansion port of the C64.

The Turbo Chameleon 64 cartridge can also be operated as a stand-alone unit (since it’s basically an FPGA computer like the C-One or the Minimig in a C64 cartridge case), replacing the computer, the floppy drive and the heavy power supply.

When used as a stand-alone unit, a USB power adapter or active USB hub can be used as a power source.

Changelog:

  • New VGA controller with new modes and VIC-II sync.
  • Tripple buffering mode added for properly displaying IFLI pictures.
  • Scale-2x video scaling algorithm added.
  • Scanline emulation added.
  • In cartridge mode real CIAs registers and interrupts are used (allows use of a modem).
  • In cartridge mode real VIC-II registers and interrupts are used (allows use of a lightpen).
  • Fixed I/O assignments for FPGA (lower power use).
  • Lowlevel SD-card functions now use multiple block reads if possible, which increases linear reading speed by about 40 to 50% (most noticeable on large files, such as REU images)
  • BUGFIX: fixed error handling and timeouts of the IEC routines, which makes all related operations more robust.
  • BUGFIX: added missing timeouts to SD-card functions.
  • Joystick port 1 now also works for navigating the menus.
  • BUGFIX: on some C64s pressing shift would result in phantom keypresses (F1/F2) under some conditions.
  • NEW: various new VGA modes and other options for the new VGA controller (see manual)
  • Improved loading speed of file inside T64 images.
  • Improved keyboard handling to make the browser a bit snappier.
  • BUGFIX: the size of the character ROM saved by the ROM saver was incorrect.
  • BUGFIX: .wav player stops at the end of the file and does not continue playing garbage.
  • BUGFIX: files bigger than 2k are displayed correctly by the .txt viewer.
  • BUGFIX: when copying files out of a t64 image the resulting file was missing the last two bytes and/or the last block was missing completely.
  • BUGFIX: filecopy from/to a IEC device did incorrectly abort after 1 block.
  • BUGFIX: filecopy filename character set conversion was broken.
  • BUGFIX: AR/RR ROM was not correctly disabled when autostarting programs from the filebrowser with AR/RR enabled as default cartridge.
  • NEW: added DOS wedge command (see manual)
  • NEW: added load and save commands (see manual)

Download: Chameleon 64 beta firmware 8b (716)

source: beta.icomp.de

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Nano/Micro SwinSID – Firmware update (20120524) by Swinkels

September 26th, 2012 No comments

Micro SwinSID (SwinSID88) is a hardware replacement for legendary SID sound chip which was placed in every Commodore C64 computer and other devices.

Firmware update (20120524):

  • This version has only one improvement: fixed audio muting emulation.

Download: Nano/Micro SwinSID - Firmware update (20120524) (926)

source: forum64.de

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