Philips VG-8235 (MSX2) Upgrading & Restoration

July 29th, 2018 No comments
Philips VG-8235 (MSX2) Upgrading & Fixing

This poor computer was given to me in year 2015 but unfortunately it arrived at destination destroyed.

In these days i have decided to fix it and make some upgrades to make it more usable.

Upgrading & Restoration:

  • General cleaning of external case and motherboards.
  • Fixed the ventilation grid as the best i could do.
  • Glued the pins where the screws lock the keyboard.
  • Cleaning and Belt replacement of the 360k Floppy Drive.
  • Replaced MASKROM MSX VG-8235 (U7) with an EPROM 27C512 with the firmware of the MSX VG-8245 to use 720k floppy disk on the internal drive.
  • Replaced the original Floppy Drive with the GOTEK (HXC).
  • Removed the battery for the system clock.
  • Bypassed the impedance L1 on the power supply stage (solves video noise if the original Floppy Drive is not used)
  • Rerouted Floppy Drive cable to make it compatible with a standard Floppy Drives.
  • Fix for the missing signals of the Internal Floppy Drive but present on the external Floppy Drive (you need to solder 2 wires)

Gallery of the work done:

Download: MSX 8245 50hz Rom [27512] (106)

Updating ROM of the MSX FDD Interface to support DD (720KB)

July 25th, 2018 No comments
Updating ROM of the MSX FDD Interface to support DD (720KB)

Playing with the MSX and HXC with DSK support, meanwhile updating the ROM of the FDD Interface to support double sided disk (720KB).

Gallery:

Download: MSX FDD Interface ROM (360k/720k) (94)

Vampire GOLD2.10 Core Released for V600 v2(.1) & V500 v2(+)

July 23rd, 2018 No comments

Vampire GOLD2.10 Core Released for V600 v2 (.1) & V500 v2(+) and new Saga Driver v1.4.

Vampire GOLD2.10 Changelog:

  • Added 4 different IDE speeds (V500)
  • Fixed SBCD instruction
  • Fixed ChipRAM detection
  • Improved CIA timings (V600)

SAGA Driver v1.4 Changelog:

  • Updated VControl to 1.6
  • Updated VampireSN for Vampire V4
  • Updated SDNet to 1.92
  • Updated V2ExpEth to 1.92

Download: Vampire Core & Saga Driver (117)

source: apollo-accelerators.com

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Sony HITBit HB-75P (Keyboard repair)

July 15th, 2018 No comments
Sony HITBit HB-75P (Keyboard repair)

Sony HITBit HB-75P (Keyboard repair).

Defect:

  • Some keyboard key doesn’t work (3, MINUS, Q, SPACE, CODE [DX]).

Fix:

  • Cleaning the PAD inside the Key Switch.
  • Redone the soldering of the pcb pad (space switch) that was broken at the base.

Gallery:

Sony HB-F1XD (MSX2) Audio Repair

July 15th, 2018 No comments
Sony HB-F1XD (MSX2) Repair

Sony HB-F1XD (MSX2) Repair.

Defect:

  • Missing Sounds.

Replaced parts:

  • 3 x SMD Capacitors. (2 x 10uF – 1 x 100uF) on the Audio/Video Encoder PCB.

Gallery of the repair:

Download: Sony HB-F1XD (MSX2) Technical manual (86)

2 x Atari 800 XL Repair

July 15th, 2018 No comments
Atari 800 XL Repair #1

Atari 800 XL Repair (1 of 2)

Defect:

  • Cartridges don’t work.
  • Some games or demos via SIO don’t work.

Replaced parts:

  • Replaced ROM CO61598B (U5) with a EPROM 27C128.

Gallery of the repair:

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Atari 800 XL Repair #2

Atari 800 XL Repair (2 of 2)

Defect:

  • The computer starts only in SELF TEST mode.

Replaced parts:

  • Replaced ROM BASIC C060302A (U4) with a EPROM 27C64 through adapter from 2364 to 2764.

Gallery of the repair:

Download:

Commodore Amiga 1200 Full Recap

July 15th, 2018 No comments
Commodore Amiga 1200 Full Recap

Commodore Amiga 1200 Sostiuzione Condensatori.

Gallery:

Hantarex PCB Coin-OP Monitor Full Recap

July 15th, 2018 No comments
Hantarex PCB Coin-OP Monitor Full Recap

Hantarex PCB Coin-OP Monitor Full Recap.

Not very funny but someone has to do it. 8-)

C64 Big Game Pack: Spy vs Spy Trilogy [EF] / Yogi Bear +4DGH …

July 13th, 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:

  • Rogue Ninja V1.1 +3H
  • The Walking Death [party version]
  • Alone and Dangerous Preview +1J
  • MLsnake Preview
  • Rogue Ninja V1.1 +5HD
  • Thomas the Tank Engine’s Fun With Words +D
  • Rick Dangerous Duology +5DH [easyflash]
  • Mini Putt +D
  • Push It Preview +3
  • Push It Preview + Demo
  • Craptastic Game Preview
  • Missile Blasta – Remastered V2
  • Missile Blasta – Remastered V2 +3
  • Algol [seuck]
  • Sydney Hunter and the Sacred Tribe +8D [easyflash]
  • Tacky +2HD
  • Dodge +1HD
  • Spikes +1HD
  • Vector Runner +1HD
  • Lode Runner’s Rescue +3DG
  • Dreamworld [seuck]
  • Yogi Bear +4DGH
  • Dangerous Sports Deadly Sports +FD
  • Radeloos +10DT
  • Computersville +7FD
  • Grand Prix Circuit +D [easyflash]
  • CETI 21 [seuck]
  • Shinobi +5DGI
  • Panzer Patty’s Pink Tank Adventure [seuck]
  • Trolley Follies +
  • Crank Crank Revolution – Gubbdata Edition
  • Foodball [1988]
  • Battle in the Woods [seuck]
  • Wave Hero
  • 4kventure
  • Orbs
  • Conga 4096 +1D
  • Conga 4096
  • Dustin’
  • Rabid Robots 4K
  • Chef Quest
  • Dustin’ +
  • Freaky Fish
  • WTF +
  • Parking Assist Chicken
  • Snake-a-Space +2HD
  • Snake-a-Space +1D
  • Number 2 V ABC
  • Snake-a-Space
  • Trump Tower
  • Memory-Safe
  • Toxic
  • G7000 Racer!
  • Toxic +1HD
  • Kalle Kloakk 4k
  • Mach Tank
  • Orbs +
  • Wave Hero +
  • Elevator Eric +2
  • Kalle Kloakk 4k +
  • Rabid Robots 4K +1HD
  • Conga 4096 +
  • G7000 Racer! +1H
  • Chef Quest +2D
  • Dustin’ +
  • Mach Tank +
  • Trump Tower +
  • Mind the Mines +
  • Kalle Kloakk 4k +
  • Freaky Fish +2D
  • Memory-Safe +2
  • Shinobiden Zero Preview 2 +1D
  • Foodball +3
  • Endless World +
  • Mind the Mines +3
  • Elevator Eric +4
  • Space Poker +2H
  • Sheeps! +3D
  • Parking Assist Chicken +D
  • Ronin
  • Holiday Games
  • Holiday Games [easyflash]
  • Boom + [easyflash]
  • Thinker 2018
  • 2018 ‘Craptastic’ 4kb Compilation
  • McDonald Land [easyflash]
  • Retrograde [easyflash]
  • Number 2 V ABC +3D
  • Labyrinth +4D
  • Hot Rod [easyflash]
  • Ghostbusters 2 [easyflash]
  • Speedball Duology +4DF [easyflash]
  • Spy vs Spy Trilogy [easyflash]
  • 4kventure &DSM
  • Ultima II: Black
  • Snake-a-Space +2MHD
  • Mach Tank +4HD
  • WTF +4D
  • Dustin’ +1H
  • Spy vs Spy Trilogy [easyflash] v2
  • Wave Hero +1HD
  • 4kventure &DSM
  • Trump Tower +1HD
  • Kalle Kloakk 4k +2D

Download: All Games in One Archive (1109)

source: csdb.dk

Retro Things to be repaired for some friends

July 6th, 2018 No comments
Retro Things to be repaired

Retro Things to be repaired for some friends.

  • 1 x Amiga 1200 (Full Recap)
  • 1 x Atari 800 XL (don’t runs anything)
  • 1 x Atari 1010 (check)
  • 1 x Commodore 1571 (freezed/error)
  • 1 x Hantarex PCB Coin-op Monitor (Full Recap)
  • 1 x Sony HITBit HB-F1XD MSX2 (missing sound)
  • 1 x Sony HITBit HB-75P (keyboard problem)

A lot of retro things received as gift from my friends

July 4th, 2018 No comments
A lot of retro things received as gift from my friends

A lot of retro things received as gift from my friends. Many thanks to Andrea & Ciro.

Description of the retro things received:

  • General Electric TXP-8100 Printer for Atari XL/XE (SIO BUS) & Commodore VIC-20/64. (IEC BUS)
  • Mega-Sound from Cheetah for Sinclair ZX Spectrum. (Boxed)
  • Tenkolek ZX Spectrum Cassette Interface. (Boxed)
  • 20 x New 3-inch floppy disk drive for Amstrad Home Computer.
  • RocGen Plus from Roctec Electronics Amiga Genlock. (Boxed)
  • Videon 4.1 Gold from Newtronic Video Digitizer for Amiga. (Boxed)
  • Commodore 64 with an uncommon internal configuration.
  • Commodore Floppy Disk Drive 1541 with an uncommon front label with the white case.
  • Analog Joystick for VIC-20 with instruction how to write the software for use it.
  • Unknown Power Supply 24v 1.8A.
  • Sinclair Spectrum +2 Power Supply.
  • BrunWord word-processor MK2 Cartridge for Amstrad CPC.
  • Hardtek Serial to Parallel Converter for Sinclair ZX Spectrum with Interface 1. (Boxed)
  • Memotech Memopak 32k for Sinclair ZX-81. (Boxed)
  • Memotech Memopak 16k for Sinclair ZX-81. (Boxed)
  • MSX Micro FDD Interface
  • Unknown 64 Modem
  • Dk’Tronics Mouse Interface for Amstrad CPC.
  • Rubber Keyboard replacement for Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
  • Rubber Keyboard replacement for Sinclair ZX-81.
  • Portugal Tape Software for Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
  • Radio Shack TRS-80 Software.
  • Amstrad CPC Italian Instruction Manual.
  • TRS-80 Color Instruction Manual.
  • Atari brochure.
  • Atari ST Manual.
  • Commodore VC-1541 Instruction Manual.
  • 2 x Texas Instruments TI-99/4a USA motherboards for spare parts.
  • HitBIT HB-11 MSX Home Computer Japan with the external case completely broken. (spare parts)
  • Yellow bag from Buffetti to be used for the Commodore 64.

Gallery:

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Gubbdata 2018 – C64 Party results

July 1st, 2018 No comments

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

C64 Demo:

  • 01 – Soft Machine by Triad
  • 02 – Delirious 11 by Genesis Project
  • 03 – Call The Hidden by Atlantis, Genesis Project
  • 04 – Old Skool Appreciation by Magnar Harestad, Pad
  • 05 – Protoplasm by Resource
  • 06 – Gubbabars by Software of Sweden
  • 07 – Party Enemals by Dinasours
  • 08 – Lektion1 by Zeta
  • 09 – Squid-oh by The Increasing Popularity Crew    
  • 10 – The Matrix by Hokuto Force
  • 11 – Paddle Mania by The Increasing Popularity Crew
  • 12 – Multiplied Fist by Speedfisters
  • 13 – CMD60Phoar by Hardcore Mofokkahz
  • 14 – Freddy by Esl0w
  • 15 – Hey Ya by Esl0w

C64 Music:

  • 01 – Days of Creation by Flex
  • 02 – Mini by Fegolhuzz
  • 03 – No Datafax Given by Mr.Death
  • 04 – SloMoFo by X-jammer
  • 05 – Hachi Bitto Whirlwind by Lft
  • 06 – Melody Clara Färdiga Gå by Magnar Harestad    
  • 07 – Mintaka by Mibri
  • 08 – Pair of Lies by Uctumi
  • 09 – Cat fell on Keyboard by Spider Jerusalem
  • 10 – English Rose by DAM
  • 11 – Ripleys Story by ZZAP69
  • 12 – Run Like Hell by Vaz
  • 13 – Karatebäver by Båtsman

C64 Graphics:

  • 01 – Nailed it by Razorback
  • 02 – Nogard by The Sarge
  • 03 – Unconditional Lover by ptoing/iLKke
  • 04 – Remote by Dr. TerrorZ
  • 05 – Blue Slide
  • 06 – Herr Nalle och Havet by grip
  • 07 – Postcard from hoth by Oxidy
  • 08 – Fairy Tale by Kobi    
  • 09 – We have to go by Raphis
  • 10 – nk____41 by Deev
  • 11 – Framtid by Esl0w
  • 12 – Kommunisten by Esl0w
  • 13 – Nudisten leif by Skyffel

Mixed Graphics:

  • 01 – Datagubbe by Genesis Project
  • 02 – Rawr! by Lft
  • 03 – Mech War 3D by The Solution    
  • 04 – Walk of Shame by Triad

Productions released outside compos:

  • Conga 4096 + by Triad (Crack)
  • Crank Crank Revolution – Gubbdata Edition (Game)
  • Dancing Keith by Triad (Crack intro)
  • Foodball [1988] by Hack n’ Trade/Warrant (Game)
  • G7000 Racer! +H by Triad (Crack)
  • Goodlife by Triad (Misc.)
  • Gubbc0re by Hardcore Mofokkahz (One-File Demo)
  • Mors(e)ning (Morse coder/decoder) by Hack n’ Trade (Tool)
  • Orbs + by Triad (Crack)
  • Propaganda List #2 2018 by Propaganda Magazine Staff/Atlantis/Genesis Project (Diskmag)
  • Technolo-G by Triad (Music)
  • Wave Hero + by Triad (Crack)

Download: Gubbdata 2018 Full Party stuff (206)

source: gubbdata.se

PenUltimate+ Cartridge VIC-20 3k-35k Ram Pack + Roms

July 1st, 2018 No comments
PenUltimate+ Cartridge VIC-20 3k-35k Ram Pack + RomsPenUltimate+ Cartridge VIC-20 3k-35k Ram Pack + Roms

The Penultimate+ Cartridge is a menu driven RAM/ROM cartridge for your Commodore VIC20 PAL or NTSC.

The Memory Expansion is selectable from 3-35k and include 70+ ROMS including tfw8b exclusive games titles.

Many thanks for this gift to Dave Curran of Tynemouth Software and tfw8b (The Future Was 8Bit)

Gallery:

Click here to buy the PenUltimate+ Cartridge.

CBM prg Studio v3.13.0 released

June 29th, 2018 No comments

CBM prg Studio Version 3.12.0 is released. There are a lot of new features in this version. I’d really appreciate it if you report any bugs you find or have any suggestions/comments.

CBM prg Studio allows you to type a BASIC or Machine Code program in using a nice Windows environment and convert it to a ‘.prg’ file which you can run on an emulator, or even a real C64 / VIC20 or PET if you’re feeling brave and have the right kit.

CBM prg Studio is the result of merging C64PrgGen and VIC20PrgGen. Adding new features and fixing bugs in two apps which were 95% similar was a bit of a nightmare so merging them made sense.

It was also a good opportunity for a face lift and to add some new features, such as:

  • Programs are project based, meaning all related source files, sprite files etc. are kept in one place and multiple source files can be linked more easily.
  • Tabbed MDI.
  • Syntax highlighting.

What CBM prg Studio isn’t is a front-end for tok64, cbmcnvrt, bastext or any other tokeniser / detokeniser / assembler. It’s all been written completely from scratch.

This is mostly a bug-fix version, though there are some small new features.

Bugs Fixed:

  • Assembler:
    • Problems with spaces in expressions.
    • Problems with spaces in ‘repeat’ parameters.
    • Screen codes in byte/text directives not generated properly.
    • Breakpoints were not sent to a debugger properly when building projects.
    • Some zero page optimisation issues.
  • BASIC:
    • Renumber problems for programs with multiple ‘ON’ statements
    • Problems with importing/generating PI and other characters.
    • Some characters missing from import.
  • Screen Code tool:
    • CBM key would lock sometimes.
  • General:
    • Code snippets had to be re-generated.
    • ‘Go to’ dialog crash with large files.
    • ‘Go to’ dialog caused weird zooming issues.
    • Issues with selected columns of text.
    • Problems with compress/uncompress with some control codes.

See the help for a complete list of new features and fixed bugs.

Note In this version, each target machine can have its own default project directory. If you are upgrading from a previous version (before version 2.5.1) of CBM prg Studio you may be asked to set up your project directories again. Your current projects will not be affected.

Download: CBM prg Studio v3.13.0 (149)

source: ajordison.co.uk

SD2Snes Firmware v1.8.0 released (SuperFX support)

June 29th, 2018 No comments

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

Changelog:

  • SuperFX support by RedGuy! This is the duck’s guts. What an accomplishment. Big thanks to RedGuy!
  • EXPERIMENTAL brightness patching for S-CPUN based consoles (1CHIP/Jr). The patching is comprised of two parts:
    • 1CHIP transient fix – tries to alleviate some graphical issues with 1CHIP consoles where it reacts unfavorably to sudden changes to the brightness register. This fixes the shadow in Air Strike Patrol, warped scanlines in Rudra’s Treasure, and faded scanlines at the top of the screen on certain Capcom games when the console is equipped with a de-ghosting fix involving the replacement of the C11 capacitor.
    • Brightness limit – can be used to limit brightness on consoles where the stock RGB levels are too high.
  • NOTE: There are known problems with games that use DMA to set the brightness register. Notably Star Fox and some MSU1 video players. You should disable it if you intend to play those. For now I’m releasing it as is because I still think it can be useful (and I’ll be gone for two weeks and didn’t want to delay this release any further :-D)
  • Added ExLoROM support (LoROM > 32Mbits)
  • The In-game hook is now disabled by default.
  • Touched up the menu a bit – dependent settings are printed in grey if the higher-level setting is disabled
  • Changed the version numbering by eliminating the eternal leading zero. The last digit can now be used for small revisions or fixes.

Some minor fixes are still outstanding which I will address in a couple of weeks after I have returned from vacation.

Download:

source: sd2snes.de

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