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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 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:

 

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 (338)

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 (284)

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 (279)

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 (244)

source: apollo-accelerators.com

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Revision 2018 – C64 Party results

April 4th, 2018 No comments

This is the official demo party results from Revision 2018. See also the CSDB Revision 2018 section for more informations.

C64 4K Intro:

  • 7 – Prutske by Royal Belgian Beer Squadron

Mixed:

  • 5 – Midnight Tryst by Lft (Graphics)
  • 9 – Huhu from Space by Titus (Graphics)
  • 10 – The Kids are Allright by Titus (Graphics)
  • 12 – Sailing the Revision Seas by Oemfoe (Graphics)

Mixed Graphics:

  • 6 – Android Runner by Rabenauge
  • 9 – Eha@eWerk by Abyss Connection
  • 11 – The Tree by Nodepond

Mixed Music:

  • 1 – LiSUterine Taste [2sid] by Factor6
  • 2 – Could Be Cool by Censor Design, MultiStyle Labs
  • 10 – Get Up and JUMP! [2sid] by Unreal
  • 13 – Schmissiger Schiss by AttentionWhore

Mixed Demo:

  • 1 – We Come in Peace by Censor Design, Fairlight, Offence
  • 5 – TV-One by One
  • 9 – Hello C64 by Methos

Mixed Game:

  • 1 – Crank Crank Revolution by Lft, redcrab

Productions released outside compos:

  • Petscii Choir (Graphics)
  • Snek +1 by Bad Taste (Crack)

Download: Revision 2018 Party stuff (285)

source: 2018.revision-party.net

USB Stick STM32 (Gotek) HxC Firmware v3.1.22.1a

April 1st, 2018 No comments

Jean-François DEL NERO (who’s behind the HxC SD Floppy Emulator) recently has released a version of the HxC emulator firmware that is compatible with the STM32 chip used in the Gotek floppy emulators.

This means that the great functionality of the HxC SD emulator is now available on cheaper and more widely available hardware.

The bootloader to convert the Gotek floppy drive in HxC compatible must be purchased on the website HXC 2001 by sending an email to Jean-François DEL NERO. The price of the bootloader is one-off 10 Euro per Gotek that you want to update. Future updates of the software are free and can be made from a USB stick

The HXC Usb (Gotek) firmware supports: + many more….

USB Stick STM32 (Gotek) HxC Firmware v3.1.16.1a -> v3.1.22.1a cumulative changelog:

  • TI99/4A : Direct support of *.DSK/*.PC99/*.V9T9 sectors dump images SD/DD/HD density support (Read & Write).
  • New embedded menu entry : You can now force the user interface mode (Normal/Indexed or selector mode selection).
  • USB Direct Access mode code : Index gap increased (Amiga File selector & HxC copy utility under WB fix)
  • Indexed mode : Ignore file extension. You can now use any file extension as long as the file is supported by the floppy emulation engine. (Can be DSKA0000.HFE/IMG/DSK/ADF/ADL…)
  • Acorn machines (*.ADL, *.ADM, *.ADF): Sectors gap, interleave and tracks skew aligned to the real machine.
  • USB Direct Access mode code refactored : Read/write performance increased (hxcmount). / Command/Write indications printed on the LCD.
  • USB access cache : Write timeout value set to 2 seconds.
  • Normal mode : Remove unwanted key delay when entering in direct mode.
  • End part of the read output pipeline reworked (pulses generator).
  • Akai S20 IMG images : sectors gap and tracks skew aligned to the real machine.
  • Casio FZ1 IMG images : sectors gap and tracks skew aligned to the real machine.
  • Fix last the v3.1.16.2a compilation option ! Please update if you have the v3.1.16.2a released yesterday !
  • Autoboot mode + 3 Digits Gotek screen : Fix slot number.

This is only a little part of the changelog. The original one is very long and you can read it here. (instruction manual here)

Download: USB Stick STM32 (Gotek) HxC Firmware v3.1.22.1a (264)

source: hxc2001.com

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Ultimate-II & II+: New firmware update v3.2a

March 25th, 2018 No comments

A new version of the firmware for the interface 1541 Ultimate II+and 1541 Ultimate II is released.

Release notes Ultimate-II & II+ v3.2a:

  • Improved DHCP.
  • SIDFX support in SID player.
  • FC3 and FC3+ Support improved.
  • Saving to TAP files repaired.
  • Many Ultimate 64 related changes.

Note: On the 1541 Ultimate II (non plus), there is an issue with using DHCP for the Ethernet Adapter. May may want to avoid using DHCP on the 1541 Ultimate II (non plus).

How to update?

  • For the 1541 Ultimate-II:
    • Navigate to the unzipped file ‘3.2a_180322.audio.u2u‘ or ‘3.2a_180322.dualdrive.u2u‘ and select “Run Update”
  • For the 1541 Ultimate-II+:
    • Navigate to the 3.2a_180322.u2p file, and select “Run Update”.

Download: 1541 Ultimate-II / Ultimate-II+ v3.2a (283)

source: facebook.com 1541ultimate.net github.com

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C64 Big Game Pack: Hermetic +5DT / Peter Pack Rat +5DGHF …

March 19th, 2018 No comments

NEW TAG: C64 BIG GAME PACK

Some new games or tools (Cracked / Trained or Unrealeased) for Commodore 64 have been released from your favorites groups.

Titles:

  • IK Ultimate Competition Edition +D
  • Jake the Snake V4.0
  • Tass Times in Tone Town [1581]
  • Combat Crazy
  • Target Renegade [easyflash]
  • Another World [easyflash]
  • Zork III (Proportional Font)
  • Arcade Game Construction Kit
  • Tetris MP V1.2
  • Lords of Doom [easyflash]
  • Enchanter (Bold Font)
  • Alienstorm [easyflash]
  • Tetris MP V1.2 +F
  • Star Toast
  • Star Toast +2H
  • Puzznic +3P
  • The Chicken Choker +2
  • Digger Preview
  • Athanor [easyflash]
  • Indeflataball +7HF
  • Hessian V1.2
  • Snow Preview +
  • Quad Core C64
  • Fart Escape
  • F-14 Tomcat [easyflash]
  • Fart Escape +4
  • Neuromancer [georam]
  • Snow Preview
  • Quad Core +5D
  • L.O.V.E. Preview +4D
  • Labyrinth [easyflash]
  • Moonspire: The Draxx War – Preview +6M
  • Japanese Pinball
  • Flipper Giapponese
  • Lemonade Stand
  • Tass Times in Tone Town [easyflash]
  • Digger Preview 2 +3
  • SWIV [easyflash]
  • Skate or Die [easyflash]
  • Digger Preview 2 +2
  • The Games Summer Edition [easyflash]
  • Aliens [easyflash]
  • Mini Putt +D [easyflash]
  • Skate or Die
  • The Last Hugger [seuck]
  • Peter Pack Rat +5DGHF
  • Snow Preview 3 +2
  • Katakis
  • Hermetic +5DT
  • Aussie Games
  • Enforcer [easyflash]
  • Arcade Game Construction Kit
  • The Games Winter Edition [easyflash]
  • The Tracer Sanction [1581]
  • Diced-64
  • Atom Heart [seuck]
  • The Last Hugger – RX Version [seuck]
  • The Last Hugger RX +3DH [seuck]
  • Iron Lord [easyflash]
  • Defender of the Crown [easyflash]
  • Explorer +4T [english]
  • Diced-64 +2MD
  • Jetpac Wars +2F
  • The Tracer Sanction [1581]

Download: All Games in One Archive (1569)

source: csdb.dk

Vampire GOLD2.8 Core Released for V600 v2 & V500 v2(+)

March 18th, 2018 No comments

Vampire GOLD2.8 Core Released for V600 v2 & V500 v2(+)

Vampire GOLD2.8 Changelog:

  • Improved HDMI DMA support for misaligned screen pointers.
  • Minor FPU fix.
  • A500 RTC fix (V500).
  • Improved SDCard/SDNet support.
  • V500 V2+ Expansion port enabled.

SAGA Driver v1.1 Changelog:

  • Updated VampireGFX.card to 1.12
    • Adds Scanlines settings.
    • Assumes SOFTSPRITE=YES by default if not set in tooltypes.
  • Updated SDNet.device to 1.1.
    • Fix for x12 cores.
  • Added VampireGFX tooltypes documentation.

Download: Vampire Core & Saga Driver (265)

source: apollo-accelerators.com

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BCC #12: C64 – Official demo party results

March 4th, 2018 No comments

This is the official demo party results from BCC #12. See also the CSDB BCC #12 section for more informations and download.

C64 Demo:

  • 1 – Psychedelic Delicacy by Delysid
  • 2 – The New Ninja Skateboarders of Death by The New Ninja Skateboarders of Death
  • 4 – Honey by Atlantis

C64 Music:

  • 1 – $50 Shades of Gradius by c0zmo
  • 2 – Ibiza Sun [2sid] by GI-Joe
  • 3 – We Hover Do You Feel That by G-Fellow
  • 4 – Rain of Castamere by Kompositkrut
  • 5 – Redshift by Toggle
  • 6 – For BCC#12 Invitation by Sonki
  • 7 – BCC12 by Sonki
  • 8 – Eine Kleine Popmusik by Røly
  • 9 – Migraines Revenge by Gaetano Chiummo
  • 10 – The Courier Remix by Uctumi

C64 Graphics:

  • 1 – Neonscape by Luisa/Oni
  • 2 – Ein Tag im Meer by Baracuda
  • 3 – Ghost by Fabs/Salvo Bee
  • 4 – Fire and Fury by Nero
  • 5 – Abstract Rotation by Informer
  • 6 – Monsta by Salvo Bee
  • 7 – Fun and Run by Informer
  • 8 – Haruko and Ayako by Luisa/Oni

Mixed:

  • 1 – Game Art Beyond by Bliss (Graphics Collection)

C64 Fast Intro:

  • 1 – Monitori Te Salutant II by Brainstorm    
  • 2 – Courier Intro by Hokuto Force
  • 3 – Party-Part by Atlantis
  • 4 – Kraut54147 by Mayday!

Productions released outside compos:

  • Eliminator Remix (Music)
  • Pains ‘n’ Aches +8D Trainer by Excess (Tool)
  • Puzznic +3P (Crack)
  • The Chicken Choker +2 by Aldi Industries (Crack)

Download: BCC #12 Full Party Stuff (431)

source: csdb.dk

Vampire GOLD2.7 Core Released for V600 v2 & V500 v2(+)

March 3rd, 2018 No comments

Vampire GOLD2.7 Core Released for V600 v2 & V500 v2(+)

Vampire Changelog:

  • Added fully pipelined hard FPU with peak 78 MFlops
  • Added native support for all 68882 FPU operations without need of extra libraries
  • Added new high performance memory controller, reaching 600MB/sec memory speed
  • Added MapRom support
  • Added Workbench Hardware Sprite support
  • Added Scanlines optional mode for retro look of games on HDMI output
  • Added RangerMem (A500 slow memory) for better compatibility with some old games/demos
  • Added new boot picture
  • Improved MPU (memory protection) with catching memory access error Enabled
  • Improved AMMX2 instruction set with acceleration features for Video decoding, Image Decoding, 2D-games, 3D-games
  • Improved WHDLOAD compatibility
  • Improved Faster Boot time

SAGA Driver Changelog:

  • Added VControl 1.1 (replace VampireTool)
  • Updated SAGA driver installer
  • Updated SDNet to 1.0 (Bax)
  • Improved VampireGFX performance with AMMX (Bax)
  • Complete VampireGFX driver rewrite in ASM (flype)

Download: Vampire Core & Saga Driver (271)

source: apollo-accelerators.com

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