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Princess C64SD v3.0 by Manosoft

August 19th, 2014 No comments

Hi all, like one year ago Manosoft amazes us again, this time he did a great job of merging the ITS TAP Player module with the C64SD and from this merger comes the Princess, an interface with both previously released interfaces.
The Princess interface is elegant as only Manosoft can do, the box color has changed and is a white sand that matches perfectly with the whole 8-bit Commodore Home Computer series.

In addition to the color were also added new controls and visual led. Below the instructions of each command on the front/back side of the Princess interface.

Front side:

  • [1] Play/Stop switch for TAP file.
  • [2] Reset button.
  • [3] Disc Change button. (down/autoswap.lst)
  • [4] LED:
    • Yellow – Virtual Motor of the Tape.
    • White – Reading.
    • Red – General Error.
    • Green – Power.
  • [5] Floppy Drive Connector (IEC) Computer side.
  • [6] Connector Cassette side Computer
  • [7] Auxiliary Power 9v.

 

Back side:

  • [1] SD Card slot.
  • [2] Red Button – Setpoint tap file / (up/autoswap.lst)
  • [3] Dip Switch for selecting the Floppy drive Device (SD2IEC).
  • [4] Audio volume (monitor function) TAP Player.
  • [5] Mini DIN 8-pin connector to be connected to the tape port of the Commodore 264 series.
  • [6] Auxiliary Power 9v.
  • [7] Pass-through Floppy Drive Connector (IEC)
  • [8] Pass-through Tape connector to use with a Datasette 1530 or 1531 with a another adapter.

 

 

Like the previous C64SD v2.0 interface, the Princess has a pass-through connector for the cassette recorder and one for the Floppy Disk Drive.

I don’t forget to speak about the nice addition, a small Piezo Speaker to hear the sound of the bytes that are loaded with the TAP Player and also a nice “beep” that warn if the interface on power up working correctly.

Damiano alias “Manosoft” is a good manufacturer of 8 Bit peripherals and also a great friend. I take the opportunity of this article to greet Damiano and congratulate for this new interface for the 8-bit Commodore Home Computer series.

Soon will be available on the Manosoft website two new software packages (C64 and AIO)

“AIO” is an innovative system that will allow the creation of the SD Card of 4GB or higher in a few minutes from an image file created ad hoc.

On the Commodore 64 side was also written a new program called “MENU” with some utilities like the initialization of the SD Card for the Princess C64SD v3.0 interface.

The development of the TAP Player firmware with the SD2IEC protocol has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of Hawui1 promoter and developer of the ITS Module and some other things.

The Princess C64SD v3.0 interface will be available for sale in the next months on the Manosoft site.

Princess C64SD v3.0 Video Preview:

HxC Floppy Emulator: Software v2.0.22.0

May 26th, 2014 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.

Release notes for the HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.0.22.0:

  • GUI – Track viewer window : New viewer mode -> Disk surface view mode.
  • Raw loader :  UKNC Russian computer support added.
  • New Writer : BMP file (Disk/circular layout) -> Disk layout can now be exported into a BMP file (for disk analysis) !
  • libhxcfe : Correction of the UTF8 path support in some loaders/writers.
  • New Loader : SPS CT Raw file format support added. (NOTE : No flakey bits support for the moment !)
  • libhxcfe : Generic flux stream analyzer enhanced.
  • Disk Browser : ADFLib fseek corrected.

Download:

source: hxc2001.free.fr lotharek.pl

HxC Floppy Emulator: Software v2.0.20.1

January 4th, 2014 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.

Release notes for the HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.0.20.1:

  • Disk Browser : AmigaDOS disk support added ! Amiga Files can be read/write/deleted with the Disk Browser !
  • New Writer : XML files -> Disk layout can now be exported into XML !
  • New Loader : XML files -> A disk can be generated from an XML file !
  • Raw Loader : An XML file can now be used as disk layout !
  • General : Low level sector reader and track display speed-optimized.
  • MacOS X : Executable now compiled with the “-mmacosx-version-min=10.5″ option -> Leopard,Snow Leopard,Lion,Mountain Lion & Mavericks supported.

Download:

source: hxc2001.free.fr lotharek.pl

ZOE Inty Interface – Installation Manual Updated

December 21st, 2013 No comments

We have updated the installation manual of the ZOE Interface for Intellivision. We have added the installation procedure of a old PCB version used in some Intellivision.

Download: Zoe Interface Installation Manual (English/Italian) revision 21-12-2013 (606)

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HxC Floppy Emulator: Software v2.0.18.4

December 10th, 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.

Release notes for the HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.0.18.4:

  • TRS80 DMK Loaded : Image Sanity check -> Minimum track number changed from 30 to 1 track.
  • Predefined raw formats added : Ensoniq Mirage 440KB, E-mu Emax DD 800KB, GeneralMusic GEM S3 1600KB, GeneralMusic GEM WX 1440KB.
  • libhxcfe : Track Generator -> hxcfe_setTrackType function added.
  • libhxcfe : Track alteration functions -> hxcfe_getSide & hxcfe_shiftTrackData function added.
  • libhxcfe : XML floppy file definition -> <track_list></track_list> Track definition fields working.
  • New track support : Data disk Arburg format.
  • New track support : System disk Arburg format.
  • New Writer : SSD Speccy DOS file.
  • New Writer : Amiga ADF files.
  • New Loader : SCP files (SuperCard Pro) (WIP).
  • New Writer : SCP files (SuperCard Pro) (WIP).
  • New Writer : Kryoflux raw files.
  • New Writer : BMP file (Disk layout picture).
  • libhxcfe : Transitions level flux analyzer functions.
  • libhxcfe : Generic flux stream analyzer enhanced.
  • ADF, DMS, MSA, ST Loaders : 4 empty tracks added at the end of the disk.
  • D88 Loader : Odd track number issue corrected.
  • CPC EDSK writer : Some missing flag support added. (Deleted address mark & CRC flags).
  • Sega System24 Loader : New format added ( 8192B + 3*1024B + 512B + 256B sectors).
  • Floppy Dump : Default step rate set at 16ms.
  • zlib updated : zlib 1.2.8
  • Amiga/UAE Extended ADF file loader : Amiga DOS track offset loading corrected.

Download:

source: hxc2001.free.fr lotharek.pl

ZOE Interface – The Best Video Output for your Intellivision *updated*

November 30th, 2013 9 comments

The ZOE Interface was developed by xAD^Nightfall and Damiano “Manosoft” Colombari.

The Zoe interface lets you connect the PAL Mattel Intellivision console to a TV/ monitor through the RGB signal of a SCART connector, dramatically increasing the quality of the video signal and bringing it to the highest possible quality: the original output is a modest RF/Antenna signal.

The interface is connected in place of the National LM1886 IC (TV Video Matrix DAC) to take the RGB and Sync signals and convert them for the SCART output.

This interface is not compatible with the NTSC (USA) Mattel Intellivision console because the NTSC version doesn’t use the LM1886 IC: the original video signal is never converted from RGB to Composite and then to RF (Antenna).

The assembled kit is available and you can buy it now from ebay (An installation service on the console will be available for less experienced users)

Download: Zoe Interface Installation Manual (English/Italian) (1072)

A new version of the manual is available here.

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Everdrive N64 – OS Update v2.04 released (v2.00 Hardware rev only)

November 26th, 2013 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:

  • 2.04 (31.10.2013)
    • Fixed problem with corrupted file names
  • 2.03 (30.10.2013)
    • Fixed IPS patching bug
  • 2.02 (28.10.2013)
    • Bugfix
    • More space for overscan area
  • 2.01 (27.10.2013)
    • Bugfix
  • 2.00 (26.10.2013)
    • OS Is not supported with EverDrive V1!!!
    • Colpletely new OS was made from zero
    • New FPGA core
    • Faster SD interface. Now trasfer speed up to 23Mbyte/s
    • GameShark cheats.
    • IPS/APS patches support
    • Auto cheats loading.
    • Auto IPS/APS loading
    • Forcing of TV mode in the game. It may help to run some PAL games in color with NTSC system
    • New menu interface
    • Auto CRC fix. May help to run some hacked roms with bad checksum
    • Menu supports two resolutions 320×240 and 640×480. Probably will be useful for some RGB moded systems which blinks in 640×480 mode
    • New controller PAK manager
    • Controller PAK auto backup function
    • Winks works with NTSC systems in color
    • Some other minor improwments (:
    • Copying data from file to file, ringht in menu. To make some extra copy of saves, for example
    • File byte swapping. Useful for emulator save files converting
    • Menu supports analog stick

Download: Everdrive N64 - OS Update v2.04 (683)

source: krikzz.com

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Manosoft C64SD v2.0 Infinity available in stock

October 31st, 2013 No comments

Again available for sale the interface C64SD v2.0 Infinity by Manosoft.

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Peak Atlas ESR+ 70 In-Circuit Capacitor Tester

October 5th, 2013 No comments
Peak Atlas ESR+ 70 (close-up)

Autopsy:

Finally i have replaced my old and inaccurate Capacitor tester with a better one. My lab is beginning to have a semblance semi professional ;-D

Download: Peak Atlas ESR+ 70 User Guide (663)

Video Review:

Eprom Motorola MCM68766C replaces the C64/VIC-20 Rom

August 16th, 2013 No comments
Promenade C1 Eprom Burner

If you are the lucky owners of these eprom: Motorola MCM 68766C you can do something really cute, hardware permitting. Example: use this EPROM like a ROM for some Devices and Computers Commodore without using an adapter ;-D

I had to use the EPROM programmer Promenade C1 for Commodore 64 to burn these eprom because all my programmers don’t support these type of eprom.

Download: Eprom Motorola MCM68766C Datasheet (1077)

Personal Computer IBM 5160 with Octek VGA and ADLib

August 8th, 2013 No comments
VGA ISA 8/16 BIT and ADLib ISA 8 BIT

I have upgraded my Personal Computer IBM 5160 by adding an 8-bit ISA Sound Card (adlib) and Video Card Vga 8/16 bit ISA from Octek.

Below some videos of the tests done:

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HxC Floppy Emulator: Software v2.0.16.0

August 7th, 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.

Release notes for the HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.0.16.0:

  • FAT12 Loader/generator : Files size, disk size & disk free size displayed, lots of sanity checks added.
  • TRS80 Writer : Bad free() removed.
  • General : Software passed with valgrind : Some memory leaks and possible issues corrected.

Download:

source: hxc2001.free.fr lotharek.pl

HxC Floppy Emulator: Software v2.0.15.1

July 17th, 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.

Release notes for the HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.0.15.1:

  • FAT12 Loader/generator : Default file creation date set to 1985 to avoid issue with non year 2000 compatibles machines (Kawasaki JS30 robots…).
  • Apple 2 Sectors generator : End of sector sync corrected, 6&2 GCR encoder corrected.
  • Track viewer : Sectors on track boundary display issue corrected.

Download:

source: hxc2001.free.fr lotharek.pl

HxC Floppy Emulator: Software v2.0.15.0 & DOS Disk Image Browser

July 15th, 2013 3 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.

HxC Floppy Emulator DOS Disk Image Browser:

The HxC Floppy Emulator DOS Disk Image Browser is a simplified version of the HxC Floppy Emulator software. This version is designed to replace the VFD solution.

Avantages over the VFD solution:

  • No driver installation needed.
  • Support of 3 mode DOS floppy disk image (1KB sector size) (For PC98 based CNC machines).
  • Support of special/custom DOS floppy disk image (2.5MB,4.5MB,6.78MB…)
  • Ready to be used on non-windows systems (Mac, Linux,…) ! ;)
  • Simple use !

Release notes for the HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.0.15.0:

  • New Loader: SpeccyDos *.SDD support added
  • New Loader: Apple 2 DOS 3.3 (*.DO) & ProDOS (*.PO) raw file image added.
  • New Writer: HFE file with the HDDD A2 support for Apple II (http://www.bootzero.com/HDDD_A2_v1.2/HDDD_A2v1.2.html)
  • New Writer: Atari ST MSA file.
  • New Writer: TRS 80 *.JV3 file. (Done by David Barr ! Thanks to him :) )
  • New Writer: TRS 80 *.DMK file.
  • New Writer: PC88 *.D88 file.
  • FAT12 Loader/generator: Atari ST 902KB  format corrected.
  • FAT12 Loader/generator: Atari ST 4.23MB format corrected.
  • HFE File Writer: Track padding function corrected.
  • EDE File Loader: edt & edv file support added, ASR 10 gap3 adjusted to 36.
  • JV3 File Loader: Sector interleaving correctly implemented.
  • IMD File Writer: No allocated sector issue corrected.
  • XDMS Lib: UTF8 path support added.
  • LIBSAP Lib: UTF8 path support added.
  • New Track/Sector support: GCR “6 and 2″ Apple II DOS 3.3/ProDos.
  • FAT12 Disk Browser:  Handle freeing corrected
  • GUI – Drag & Drop Support: URI type path support added (Linux).
  • GUI – Track viewer window: New buttons to enable/disable track format analysis.
  • GUI – Log window: New buttons to enable/disable logs messages.
  • Raw Loader – Predefined raw formats added:
    • Roland W30/S330/W50/S50/S550 DD Floppy Disk.
    • OS9 1280KB Floppy Disk.
    • Linn/Forat 9000 Floppy Disk.
    • KORG T3 3″5 HD Floppy Disk.
    • Atari ST 3″5 DD Floppy Disk
    • Standard 3″5 DOS ED Floppy Disk
    • Special 2.5MB DOS EXHD Floppy Disk
    • Special 4.5MB DOS EXHD Floppy Disk.
    • Special 6.78MB DOS EXHD Floppy Disk.
  • Updated:
    • Ensoniq EPS 3″5 HD Floppy Disk : Gap3 adjusted.
    • Standard 3″5 DOS HD Floppy Disk : Gap3 adjusted.
    • Standard 3″5 DOS DD Floppy Disk : Gap3 adjusted.

Download:

source: hxc2001.free.fr lotharek.pl

ITS Module: TAP player for the C64SD v2.0 (based on sd2iec)

July 11th, 2013 No comments
ITS TAP Module with C64SD v2.0

Autopsy:

I have to thank my friend Damiano for sending me the ITS Module with a low serial number, which like the previous one (C64SD v2.0) i really appreciate it.

The ITS module is a interface that enables SD2IEC to play .TAP files version 1 and version 2 to a commodore machine. The ITS module was designed to fit into the pass-through tape connector of C64SD Infinity and to be connected to the C64SD by a four wires cable that allows C64SD to manage it.

SD2IEC firmware has been modified in order to add the commands and the routines needed to control the external ITS module without removing any of the original SD2IEC functionalities

Features:

  • Play back any V1 or V2 standard .TAP files in order to load them into a commodore machine belonging to the “classic” or “264” series including: VIC-20, VC20, C64, C16, C116, C128 (all
  • versions) and Plus/4. Note: some models of C128D doesn’t have the tape edge-card connector, of  course ITS is not compatible with these machines.
  • Rebuild the original tape grabbed into all the .TAP version 1 and for most of the version 2
  • Work permanently connected between the tape port of the commodore computers and the corresponding datassette (either 1530 white model flat plug or 1531 black model mini-din plug) acting
  • As a pass-through transparent gateway or activated in order to play back .TAP files: no need to connect and disconnect the module to use your datassette.
  • Play back .TAP content with optimal accuracy and completely in digital format without the hassle of file conversions or level adjustment
  • Simulate tape motor activation logic fully so that the play back of the tape is managed as it would be in a real C2N tape. An override button has been provided able to stop the play back of the “virtual tape” at any time when necessary.
  • Work with either 1530 (White model, flat plug) datassette recorder as well as with 1531 (Black, mini-din plug) datassette
  • Load .TAP with multiple programs recorded one after the other (like the classic tape compilations sold in the 80′s)  

What Can’t You Do:

  • Create a .TAP file representing the content of a Tape (i.e. ITS is not a “tape content grabber”)
  • Fix the content of a TAP file in case it’s broken. Broken .TAP won’t load on your Commodore box. Since there are literally thousands of utilities to create and manipulate .TAP files there is the possibility to come across non-standard or incorrect .TAP files.
  • Play back the content of .TAP of version V0. Use an utility to convert V0 .TAP files to V1 such as TapClean then you will be able to use the converted .TAP file with ITS module.
  • Manage programs saved on tape that are based on the tape-counter management or on the time of wind-rewind of the tape.

The ITS Module can be purchased on the Manosoft site.

ITS Tape Loading video:

source: manosoft.it