C64 Big Game Pack: Crazy Cars III +6D / Navy Moves +7DFHIRW …

February 16th, 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:

  • Cabal +8DFHIR
  • Tetris MP [2in1] +F
  • Retaliate Preview 2 +2
  • Retaliate Preview 2 +
  • Retaliate V0.2 Beta
  • Lemmings +15DF [easyflash]
  • UFF +2TPDF [english]
  • Number King
  • Ratekoenig
  • Axe of Rage +10DMHF
  • Retaliate V0.2.1 Beta (Hotfix)
  • Find The Pussy
  • Jake the Snake V2.2
  • Retaliate Preview 2 +3H
  • Snake 360 Preview +
  • Snake 360 Preview
  • Painter +4DH
  • Kevin in the Woods Preview +
  • Steel Ranger Preview +C
  • Balloon Flight +HF
  • Wizard
  • Trainsmission +1
  • Trainsmission +
  • Crazy Cars III +6D [easyflash]
  • Tink Tonk Castle Clobber +
  • Killed Until Dead +D [easyflash]
  • Steel Ranger +3C Trainer
  • Retaliate Preview 3 +3
  • Fallout Hacker
  • H.E.R.O. II Preview 2
  • Fallout Hacker +1D
  • Pirates! [german] [1581]
  • Iceblox Plus +5HF
  • Killed Until Dead +D [easyflash]
  • Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego [easyflash]
  • Battle Command [sd2iec]
  • Metro Blitz +3DH
  • Zork (53 Columns)
  • Alien 3 [easyflash]
  • Gindevmbly
  • Border Blast 3 Enhanced +2H [seuck]
  • Dark Destroyer 2117 RX +2 [seuck]
  • Delta Run RX +2DH [seuck]
  • Valentine’s Day Shopping Simulator +
  • Navy Moves +7DFHIRW
  • Indeflataball +7HF
  • Vitamin +4CTD
  • Bounder (Competition Edition)
  • Zork III (Proportional Font)

Download: All Games in One Archive (557)

source: csdb.dk

Commodore 8032 / CompuThink Disk Drive / Woltron ROM-BUS

February 14th, 2018 No comments
Commodore CBM 8032 (HP - Early version 1980) - CompuThink Disk Drive Controller - External Dual Disk Drive - Woltron ROM-BUS Adapter

Commodore CBM 8032 (HP – Early version 1980) – CompuThink Disk Drive Controller – External Dual Disk Drive – Woltron ROM-BUS Adapter.

  • COMPU/THINK (CompuThink) Dual Disk Drive Controller with 8k RAM per commodore PET 8032 (It could be a Prototype or a Clone Board with ASSY 001-35 – DD DSK CTL COMP).
  • COMPU/THINK External Dual Disk Drive 800k DD/DS.
  • WOLTRON ROM (CompuThink C-DOS & TOOLKit) + PET/CBM Expansion BUS Adapter + PIA (Peripheral Interface Adapter) Motorola MC6821.

Unfortunately there is no documentation on the net of this Computhink card that seems to be a prototype or a clone, also there is no documentation or photos of the BUS/ROM Adapter by Woltron.

I spent sleepless nights looking for the starting SYS for the disk management software on the eprom, i have disassembled 24k of code (C-DOS Roms / Basic Roms Patched / Edit Roms Patched) in machine language.

I did it and found it the starting sys ($E790 – SYS 59280), although everything seems to work perfectly after the sys command is printed on the screen (*DOS-40*) and by typing the directory command ($d,1) or the format command ($f,1) the floppy starts to run correctly but the head does not move, while the exit command ($h) work correctly,
i need to say that i replaced the FDC1791 and some floppy disk logic and also one floppy disk drive, but nothing changed.

My suspicion falls on the PROM 82S123 there is no dump on the net, reading this PROM of 32 bytes, only the first 8 Bytes are filled, this is right ? we’ll never know.

All EPROM and PROM have been dumped and you can find them in the archive below.

Gallery:

Download: C-DOS 4.0 - Basic/Edit Roms Patched - PROM 82S123 (174)

Gotek HxC Firmware v3.1.8.1a & HxCFloppyEmulator v2.1.8.0

February 12th, 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….

Firmware STM32 USB HxCFloppyEmulator v3.1.2.0a -> v3.1.8.1a Cumulative Changelog:

  • Raw files : Write sector performance increased. / Near Real time sectors write !
  • Low level Floppy IO optimizations.
  • Raw *.IMG PC Files : Use the DOS 6.22 disk layouts.
  • And as always some code optimizations.
  • Cache flush fix : Do you not reorder the cache when not needed ( e.g when the track fit the cache size )
  • CFG File V1 fix (Autoboot mode) : slots support now file images with 2 characters filename extension…
  • More code Speed optimizations. (again ! :) )
  • More Code Speed optimizations.
  • RAW MFM & FM Images (IMG/ST/…) : More Write speed improvement. / Sector Data cache prefetch.
  • RAW MFM & FM Images (IMG/ST/…) : Write speed improvement. / Track cache workflow improvement. / Code optimization (CRC16, MFM 2 BIN…).
  • *.ST 720KB Files : Switch to the TOS 1.62 Disk Layout.
  • RAW files loader : Internal enhancement.

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

Software HxCFloppyEmulator v2.1.8.0:

  • New Loader : Atari ATR file image loader.
  • New Write & Loader : HFE V3 : variable bitrate and other proctections support. / (Experimental ! The file format definition is not yet finished !)
  • Kryoflux raw files Writer : Fix dead lock with tracks without pulse.
  • Amiga DOS image browser : 85 tracks AmigaDos image support.
  • Disk Image browser (FAT & AmigaDOS) : Fix null-sized file import issue.
  • Disk Image browser (FAT & AmigaDOS) : Can now delete folders.
  • All image loaders : Fix possible track skew calculation error.
  • Emax image loader : GAP fixed to 30.
  • Thomson *.FD loader : Sector interleave set to 7
  • Command line tool : -uselayout option can be now used to specify external xml disk layout file.

Download:

source: hxc2001.com

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

February 11th, 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+ v3.2:

  • Completely rewritten SID player, by Wilfred Bos.
  • Enhanced version of FC3, by Daniël Mantione.
  • Added Tape Index function, as suggested by Tom Roger Skauen.
  • Added UCI interface to access the network (TCP/IP and UDP/IP) through Ultimate Command Interface (documentation pending)
  • Many additions and bug fixes by Henning and Markus, including Home Directory, REU load on startup, EasyFlash write support (manual save), and more.
  • Some enhancements in FTP server.
  • Additional bug-fixes.

How to update?

  • For the 1541 Ultimate-II:
    • Navigate to the unzipped file ‘update_audio_3.2.u2u‘ or ‘update_dual_drive_3.2.u2u‘ and select “Run Update”
  • For the 1541 Ultimate-II+:
    • Navigate to the update_3.2.u2p file, and select “Run Update”.

Download: 1541 Ultimate-II / Ultimate-II+ v3.2 Firmware (194)

source: facebook.com 1541ultimate.net

Categories: Firmware, News & Rumors, Today

Commodore CBM 8032 – Motherboard Repair (ASSY 8032030)

February 11th, 2018 No comments
Commodore CBM 8032 (HP Early version [1980]) Motherboard Repair (ASSY 8032030)

Commodore CBM 8032 (HP Early version [1980]) Motherboard Repair (ASSY 8032030)

Defect:

  • Garbage screen.

Repair:

  • Replaced 4 x 2114 Static RAM (UC4 / UC5 / UC6 / UC7)

Note:

As you can see from the photos this computer is already been repaired by a butcher. The butcher did not use the sockets after replacing the static ram ones and the pads had already suffered from the previous desoldering and soldering, probably using an unsuitable soldering station.

Gallery of the repair:

 

Commodore CBM 8032 – PCB Monitor Repair (ASSY 321448)

February 11th, 2018 No comments
Commodore CBM 8032 (HP Early version [1980]) PCB Monitor Repair (ASSY 321448)

Commodore CBM 8032 (HP Early version [1980]) PCB Monitor Repair (ASSY 321448)

Defect:

  • Dead. Missing High Voltage from Flyback Transformer (LOPT)

Repair:

  • Replaced 2 x burned resistors of 56Ohm 1/4w (R752 / R753)

… and now let’s move on to the second defect. :-)

Gallery of the repair:

 

Commodore MMF 9000 (SuperPET 9000) Repair & Testing

January 30th, 2018 1 comment
Commodore MMF 9000 (SuperPET 9000)

The SuperPET is a Commodore PET 8032 with one or two added boards that were designed at the University of Waterloo.

The computer has a built-in RS-232C interface and many programming languages on Floppy Disk. In Europe, this machine was called the MicroMainFrame 9000, or MMF 9000.

Let’s start to assembling the BMB Compuscience Ltd Board and Compu-Think 64K Memory Expansion board in the Commodore MMF 9000 (SuperPET)

I had to shorten the original standoffs installed in the computer because the length was wrong for the two boards BMB Compuscience/Compu-Think 64K. The long standoffs are used for the superPET Combo Board (the last one released).

It was not a simple job, obviously i have looked around for the identical standoffs with thickness, size, pitch and some with a long screw other with a short screw.

Between one phase and another i have also giving a nice clean inside and outside of the computer and of the motherboard.

Unfortunately there are a couple of problems after assembling the two boards of the MMF 9000 (SuperPET).

Defects:

  • The keyboard space bar dead.
  • Don’t runs any Waterloo program in the 6809 environment, runs only the Bootstrap menu which allows to load the programs from Floppy Disk, the Machine Language monitor and the Setup program both are in the Eprom.
  • The protection Dongle (6702) not correctly viewed from the system.

Repair/Fix:

  • The keyboard after a good cleaning has started to work well.
  • The Dongle after cleaning the contacts now works.

About the programs that don’t runs in the 6809 environment the repair was a bit longer. I have used the only program that worked under the 6809 environment, the Machine Language Monitor.

With this program i have filled the memory with the command Fill (f 9000-9fff aa) and i have changed from time to time the bytes that i was going to write in memory and  i have used the command (d 9000-) to see the results and not all memory locations are written correctly.

With the Bank Switching command (b 0, b 1 …) i have switch the memory bank, there are 16 banks of 4k each for a total of 64k.

I have found 7 x 4116 RAM failed (this card is new, never used), replaced these bad RAMs everything has started to work properly.

So my advice is to try to load the Waterloo software in the 6809 environment to make sure that the 64k memory expansion (only seen in the 6809 environment) is working properly.

Below the photos of all the tests that i have done:

  • Test with the CPU 6502 (Standard Commodore 8032/32k) with disk access, some software running in emulation 40 columns with the program: 80240.prg
  • Test with the CPU 6809 of the entire Waterloo software package with disk access.

Gallery:

This is a archive with documents, disk images and rom files usefully to test the computer.

Download: MMF9000/SuperPET Documents,Disk images,ROM Files (202)

Hoxs64 Commodore 64 Emulator Updated v1.0.9.7

January 29th, 2018 No 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:

  • CIA ICR interrupt regression fix that was broken in v1.0.9.6 that prevented the game International Karate from working.
  • Fixed audio clock sync that was causing slow downs in windowed mode VBL sync.

Download:

source: hoxs64.net

Gotek HxC Firmware v3.1.1.4a

January 27th, 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….

Release notes Firmware STM32 USB HxCFloppyEmulator v3.1.1.2a – v3.1.1.4a:

  • Config file “Load last loaded floppy” flag is now supported in indexed and file selector mode.
  • Normal mode Fix : ST files are visible again !
  • “Load Last selected image” : Save & Restore previous folder position.

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

Download: USB Stick STM32 (Gotek) HxC Firmware v3.1.1.4a (213)

source: hxc2001.com

Graph2Font v4.0.2.1 (Lite/Full) & Atari Graphics Studio v3.0.1

January 22nd, 2018 No comments

TomaszTebeBiela has released an update of the program Graph2Font v4.0.2.1 and the Atari Graphics Studio v3.0.1.

This project began many years ago as a simple graphics converter for Atari but over the years the features are significantly increased. The converter runs under Windows.

Download:

source: g2f.atari8.info

C64 Big Game Pack: Iceblox Plus +4HD / Blok Copy RX +3D …

January 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:

  • Captain Cloudberry – Episode IV: “Helium”
  • Athena +7DG
  • Megatanoi Preview V2 +D
  • Starfysh
  • Starfysh +6HD
  • Boray Gammon V2.21
  • Sam’s Journey +2 Trainer
  • Pullout +3H
  • Pullout
  • Space Crumpets [seuck]
  • Delta Run RX [seuck]
  • Dark Destroyer 2117 RX [seuck]
  • Silkworm 64K CRT
  • Swords and Sorcery
  • Monster Combat
  • Dungeon of Htam
  • Subterranea +4DH
  • Spooky Preview +2
  • Hektik! Preview
  • Frantic +2
  • Sentence +3
  • Comic Bakery +1FD
  • Black Thunder USA +2P
  • Delta Patrol +
  • Tom and Jerry USA
  • Thing on a Spring USA +D
  • Express Raider USA +
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II USA +1D
  • Sanxion USA +
  • Jetboys USA +1P
  • Skate Crazy USA +1D
  • Retaliate Preview +2
  • Microwave64 Preview +D
  • Viljo +3FT
  • Astex 64 +3TD
  • Blok Copy RX +3D
  • Blok Copy RX +
  • Blok Copy RX
  • Future Knight USA +1D
  • Shackled USA +1D
  • The Games Winter Edition
  • Space Conquest +3TD
  • Squad 1 +6HF
  • McDonald Land
  • Instant Music
  • Lunar Lander
  • Iceblox Plus
  • Iceblox Plus +
  • Interlox
  • Pullout +4H
  • Iceblox Plus +3H
  • The Castles of Doctor Creep +2 (IDE64 Release)
  • Impossible Mission (IDE64 Release)
  • Sydney Hunter Preview
  • Sydney Hunter Preview +
  • Lunari +3F
  • 8192 V0.3 alpha
  • Iceblox Plus +3HF
  • Pengo(+) +2D
  • Minecave
  • Iceblox Plus +4HD
  • Zulp Preview
  • Mindshadow [1581]
  • Ski or Die [REU]
  • 8192 Preview 2
  • Cauldron USA +1D
  • Death Sword +1PD
  • Budokan +3D
  • Minecave +4M
  • Space Crumpets +2DH [seuck]
  • Iceblox Plus [update 2018-01-16]
  • Jake the Snake V2.1
  • Budokan +3D
  • Tor Cars Preview +1DF
  • Tetris MP
  • Tetris MP 1.1

Download: All Games in One Archive (1068)

source: csdb.dk

C64 Tools: SIDPlay 64 v1.21

January 18th, 2018 No comments

This is a program that can playback .SID files found in the HVSC collection on a real Commodore 64/128.

Make sure you have the most recent HVSC version for your sid files. It was designed for both PAL and NTSC computers, and will play all sid songs at correct system speed.

Versions of the program:

  • sidplay64-normal.prg – Standard version for 1541, 1571, 1581 and clones.
  • sidplay64-sd2iec.prg – SD2IEC version.
  • sidplay64-reu-1541u2cmd.prg – 1541 Ultimate II version with REU.
  • sidplay64-reu-sd2iec.prg – SD2IEC version with REU.
  • sidplay64-reu-1541u-netdrive.prg – 1541 Ultimate & Netdrive with REU.
  • sidplay64-reu-iec-cmd-ide64.prg  – CMD drives, IDE64 devices & other IEC devices, with REU.
  • sidplay64-sidfx-reu-normal.prg – Sidfx and REU version for 1541, 1571, 1581 and clones of these.

(Again : The 1541U2 software iec mode has been disabled for this build.)

SIDPLAY 64 v1.21 (15/01/2018):

  • Updated SIDFX card detection.

SIDPLAY 64 v1.20 (29/09/2017):

  • Added SIDFX card support. Software control for switching beween 6581 or 8580.
  • Sidplay64 detects the sidfx card. The sid chips. And will then ask you to center Switch 1 to allow for software control of the sid chips.
  • Added Chameleon support for two emulated sid chips.
  • Software control for switching between 6581 or 8580.
  • Sidplay64 will switch to correct sid type when you load sids.

Download: SIDPlay 64 v1.21 (224)

source: sourceforge.net

Categories: C128/128D/128DCR, C64/SX64, DTV

Commodore SuperPET (MMF9000) Accessories & Motherboard KIT

January 16th, 2018 1 comment
Commodore SuperPET (SP9000-MMF9000) Accessories & Motherboard KIT

Commodore SuperPET (SP9000/MMF9000) Accessories & Motherboard KIT for Replacement (NOS)

This is a New Old Stock (NOS) Kit from Commodore sold as spare parts for the Commodore SuperPET (SP9000/MMF 9000). We are talk about the early model of the SuperPET the one with two internal motherboards (sandwich) and four external switches.

Motherboards and Accessories have never been used, both they are in a perfect state.

The kit includes:

  • Accessories KIT (4 switches with Metal Bracket / Power Supply Cables / 20+20 Pin Male IDC Socket + Flat Cable / Eprom Sockets / 6702 Dongle software copy protection Card)
  • Commodore BMB Compuscience Ltd Board (ASSY 324035 – REV C)
  • Commodore Compu-Think 64K Expansion Ram Board (ASSY 324042)

In the photos you can also see another Commodore BMB Compuscience Ltd Board with the same ASSY but without some eproms. This motherboard is new and never used like the previous one.

With this KIT i can finally complete my Commodore SuperPET without the two motherboards and accessories to get a SuperPET and not a simple Commodore 8032 with a SuperPET label ;-)

Gallery:

GIG Leonardo Composite Mod

January 16th, 2018 No comments
GIG Leonardo Composite Mod

Video Composite modding:

  • Removed the RF modulator.
  • Removed one pin of the 3 resistors (see photo) for the video composite output, you can get a better image (contrast and color) (see photo)
  • I have used the same hole of the RF cable for the composite video and audio cable.

Gallery of the Video Composite mod:

 

GIG Leonardo (Hanimex 2650 – Arcadia 2001) 50% Boxed

January 16th, 2018 No comments
GIG Leonardo (Hanimex 2650 - Arcadia 2001) 50% Boxed

The Leonardo console is nothing more than a italian clone distributed by “Gig” of the console Emerson Arcadia 2001. 35 games have been published under the GIG Leonardo label.

Arcadia 2001 is a second-generation 8-bit console released by Emerson Radio in 1982 following the release of ColecoVision. It was discontinued only 18 months later, with a total of 35 games having been released. Emerson licensed the Arcadia 2001 to Bandai, which released it in Japan. Over 30 Arcadia 2001 clones exist.

The unrelated Arcadia Corporation, manufacturer of the Atari 2600 Supercharger add-on, was sued by Emerson for trademark infringement. Arcadia Corporation then changed its name to Starpath.

The Arcadia is much smaller than its contemporary competitors and is powered by a standard 12-volt or 9-volt power supply so it can be used in a boat or a vehicle. It also has two outputs (or inputs) headphone jacks on the back of the unit, on the far left and far right sides.

The system came with two Intellivision-style controllers with a 12 button keypad and ‘fire’ buttons on the sides. The direction pads have a removable joystick attachment. Most games came with BoPET overlays that could be applied to the controller’s keypads. The console itself had five buttons: power, start, reset, option, and select.

There are at least three different types of cartridge case styles and artwork, with variations on each. Emerson-family cartridges come in two different lengths (short and long) of black plastic cases.

Technical specifications:

  • Main Processor: Signetics 2650 CPU (Some variants run a Signetics 2650A)
  • RAM: 1 KB
  • ROM: —
  • Video display: 128 × 208 / 128 × 104, 8 Colours.
  • Video display controller: Signetics 2637 UVI @ 3.58 MHz (NTSC), 3.55 MHz (PAL)
  • Sound: Single Channel “Beeper” + Single Channel “Noise”
  • Hardware Sprites: 4 independent, single color.
  • Controllers: 2 × 2 way.
  • Keypads: 2 × 12 button (more buttons on some variants)

Gallery:

source: wikipedia