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Apollo 1260 64Mb Mod Hack by Marmes

February 3rd, 2019 No comments
Apollo 1260 64Mb Mod Hack by Marmes

Easy Mod to add a single 64Mb simm to the Apollo 1260.

What is needed to be made this hack:

  • Cover any area affected by heat of the Apollo 1260.
  • Use a Hot Air Rework Station and carefully lift the mach socket away.
  • Clean and tin the mach chip pads and the mach chip.
  • Brush the pads with a good flux in cream.
  • Position the mach chip back on the pads and reheat with a Hot Air Rework Station or Soldering iron.
  • Remove foil / protection and inspect well the solder.
  • Clean and test.
  • Fit 64Mb Mod socket. (pins towards ram socket)
  • Remove a resistor and solder wires to Marmes Mod PCB. (see photos)
  • Clean & inspect.
  • Fit the 64Mb RAM simm and test.

Gallery:

Download: Apollo 1260 64Mb Hack (first version not updated) (66)

source: amibay.com

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PI2Scart for Raspberry 3B+

February 3rd, 2019 No comments
RetroPie - PI2Scart - Monitor CRT

This is a collection of old photos of an article that i wanted to publish and i never wrote and i will never do.

So i will briefly sum up, the PI2Scart for Raspberry 3B+ works very well but you have to configure the video settings for each emulators.

I tried the SCART RGB output with different monitors and it always worked very well also with a TAXAN Vision EX Monitor, which is not the top for RGB compatibility.

Gallery:

source: arcadeforge.net pi2jamma.info/pi2scart

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Ultimate-64 p0rn things

February 2nd, 2019 No comments
Ultimate-64 p0rn things

Ultimate-64 p0rn things.

  • RGB Stereo Cable (DIN to SCART)
  • Bicolor LED (C64 / C64C)
  • SIDTap to Female 3.5 Jack Adapter.

Gallery:

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Updated U64 CPLD using a GX-4X / ADP-056 JTAG Adapter

February 2nd, 2019 No comments
Updated U64 CPLD using a GX-4X / ADP-056 JTAG Adapter

This update is only valid for Ultimate 64 boards up to serial number #540, which were shipped with an older version (v1.0) of the CPLD code.

This Update fixes an issue with the handling of key presses. To test if your U64 board is affected, run “Bounty Bob Strikes Back” and try to play/start the game.

Update on your own risk, your warranty is now void. I am not responsible for bricked devices. If you have any concerns, please do some research before updating your CPLD!

Gallery:

Download:

source: facebook.com/groups/1541ultimate/

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MOS 6502 CPU Fake from China

February 2nd, 2019 No comments

These CPU MOS 6502 received from China are very interesting.

The production date is really very curious; 43th week of the year 1935. They certainly recycled non-MOS CPUs and sanding the top layer of the chip and have printed a new label.

7 CPU of 10 are working.

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High Voltage SID Collection Update #70

January 30th, 2019 No comments

The High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC) is a freeware hobby project which organises Commodore 64 music (also known as SID music) into an archive for both musicians and fans alike.

The work on the collection is done completely in the Team and contributors’ spare time and is proudly one of the largest and most accurate computer music collections known.

This update features (all approximates):

  • 658 new SIDs
  • 66 fixed/better rips
  • 3 repeats/bad rips eliminated
  • 174 SID credit fixes
  • 27 SID model/clock infos
  • 7 tunes from /DEMOS/UNKNOWN/ identified
  • 1 tunes from /GAMES/ identified
  • 22 tunes moved out of /DEMOS/ to their composers’ directories
  • 4 tunes moved out of /GAMES/ to their composers’ directories

Download:

source: www.hvsc.c64.org

Ready to assembly the last batch of iNTY ZOE RGB v2.0

January 17th, 2019 2 comments
Ready to assembly the last batch of iNTY ZOE RGB v2.0

This is the last batch of iNTY ZOE RGB v2.0. I just want to inform for those interested that i’m starting the assembling.

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fpgaSID (Stereo 6581/8580 Replacement) by andi6510

January 14th, 2019 No comments
fpgaSID (Stereo 6581/8580 Replacement) by andi6510

I could not resist the temptation to try also this “we hope it will be the last one!” FPGA implementation of the SID (Sound Interface Device) MOS 6581 / 8580, i’m talking about the fpgaSID by andi6510.

Probably this is the best implementation using an FPGA of the sound chip of the Commodore 64. If we make a quick comparison with the implementation made by Gideon for the Ultimate-64, both are the best ever.

It remains however understood that the audiophiles and purist of the sound generated of a original SID will never accept any implementation of the SID via FPGA.

andi6510 also wrote a software for the Commodore 64 (ConfiGuru) to configure the various fpgaSID options and for upgrade the firmware.

fpgaSID (Stereo 6581/8580 Replacement) by andi6510

Below some information taken from the fpgaSID site.

Accurate replication of the original SID MOS6581 and MOS8580:

  • Exact reproduction of the digital sound generation part
  • Spice simulation of the analog filters
  • Advanced models for all 6581 non-linearities

Many extra features on top of the original SID:

  • FPGASID includes two fully functional SIDs for 6-voice stereo sound
  • Perfect audio quality – much better than the original SID!
  • Pseudo stereo mode mixes traditional tunes or game sounds to stereo
  • Digitize the analog input to 8-bit samples (in your own software)
  • Sample playback of 8-bit samples (in your own software)
  • Nice light organ effect visible when mounted in transparent case
  • Paddles readout even more accurate than the original SID

High compatibility:

  • Works in any C64/SX64 or C128
  • Works with any software written for standard single SID computers
  • Works with large existing software base for dual SID stereo tunes
  • Paddle and 1351 Mouse support
  • Analog input EXTIN fully supported

Easy configuration with the software tool ConfiGuru:

  • Individual configuration of every SID
  • Easy- and Expert configuration modes
  • Save up to two configuration sets permanently in flash memory
  • Easy update to new firmware directly on your C64
  • Flexible address allocation of the second SID
  • Diagnostic function to troubleshoot hardware problems

Easy installation:

  • Installation done in 20 minutes
  • No soldering required for all main features (except external configuration switch, when needed)
  • Much smaller than traditional stereo boards thus avoiding installation trouble

Gallery:

Video:

source: fpgasid.de

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HxC Floppy Emulator file selector v1.89

January 4th, 2019 No comments

New update : HxC Floppy Emulator file selector version 1.89.

Amiga -> Better multitasking/Workbench compatibility/support:

  • Don’t “overtake”/hand-initialize the screen anymore : Let the system initialize the bitplane and just use it.
  • Don’t reboot anymore the system but just exit the file selector if we are not track-loaded.
  • Don’t lockup the system anymore in case of error if we are not track-loaded.

With these modifications the file selector is now more “Workbench-friendly”.

Amiga Workbench tips and tricks :

  • Press Left-Amiga+N keys to switch to the Workbench.
  • Press Left-Amiga+M keys to switch back to the HxC File selector.

Download: HxC Floppy Emulator file selector v1.89 (131)

source: github.com

C64 Big Game Pack: Mazinger Z Preview V2 / Slalom +3DMGH …

December 29th, 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:

  • Mashed Turtles V2 +F
  • Moonshadow 2 Preview
  • Guardian II +5HD
  • Portal +2
  • Overhead Racer Preview
  • Portal V1 +
  • Portal V1
  • Mashed Turtles 64 V2
  • Super Hyperzap +2F
  • CNC Simulationen
  • El Loco Challenge Preview
  • Rolling Ronny +H
  • Maze of Death
  • Hermetic +
  • Portal +5D
  • Lady Tut +7DGH
  • Argos DX +2T
  • CNC-Simulation “Fräsen”
  • Super Hyperzap
  • Super Hyperzap +2
  • Super Hyperzap +
  • Super Hyperzap +F
  • CNC Simulationen
  • Tank Blasta [seuck]
  • Super Hyperzap +2F
  • Mountain King +8DF
  • Di’s Baby +2DH
  • Draughts
  • Dama
  • Ornament Man +
  • The Sky Is Falling Basic Preview
  • Supernova 0.2 Preview
  • Demon Blues +
  • Batman – The Caped Crusader +1D
  • Ornament Man
  • Dragon’s Lair
  • Aviator Arcade +4
  • Cybex Escape [dutch]
  • Maze of Death +
  • Tank Blasta +2H [seuck]
  • Cybex Escape +1T
  • 8bit-Slicks
  • Fire Breath V1.1 +2
  • Ski or Die [supercpu]
  • Stercore 64
  • Stercore 64 +
  • Paradoxon Basic [cartridge]
  • Coil Cop +1D
  • O-Pat-Ko-No +DF
  • Spiderbot +1D
  • Slalom +2DMGH
  • Killer Bees
  • Killer Bees +2H V2
  • Killer Bees +2 V1
  • Slalom +3DMGH
  • Digiloi
  • Killer Bees +2H V3 OK
  • Digiloi +
  • Death in the Caribbean 101% +DS MAP
  • The Innuh’s Pyramid &DSM
  • Cauldron II +4 GOLD
  • Mazinger Z Preview V2 +2D

Download: All Games in One Archive (1154)

source: csdb.dk

Hoxs64 Commodore 64 Emulator Updated v1.0.16.0

December 28th, 2018 1 comment

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 (1.0.12.0 -> 1.0.16.0):

  • Prevent memory buffer overflow error when mounting G64 disk files that contain tracks that are longer than 7928 bytes. Allow arbitrary length G64 track data to be scaled to the emulated disk.
  • Fixed G64 file header track size sanity check.
  • Added VIA6522 shift register emulation to support raw captured VMAX4 loaders.
  • CIA Time Of Day emulation accuracy improvement.

Download:

source: hoxs64.net

TheC64 Mini Firmware Update v1.2.0

December 27th, 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 1.2.0 – Changes:

  • Adds a complete new game for free to the GAMES CAROUSEL! Galencia for the Mini is licensed from Jay Aldred and is the winner of the Reset64 Magazine 2017 Commodore 64 Game of the Year Award
  • Introduces the Virtual Joystick. You can now select all options on THEC64 Mini and even play games just using a USB keyboard. See Virtual Joystick for further information
  • Improves the File Loader to allow multiple programs to be configured at once. See Setting a Default Configuration for Multiple Programs for further information
  • Remembers the mute state of the CAROUSEL music between reboots
  • Improves the general performance of THEC64 Mini screens and menus

Note:

Galencia is the winner of the Reset64 Magazine 2017 Commodore 64 Game of the Year Award. It is a colourful, highly polished, Galaga inspired single-screen shoot-em-up.

Jay has worked really hard to produce a special version of Galencia just for THEC64 Mini and its 720p display, and it makes maximum use of the upper and lower borders for graphics, right up to the edge of the screen! Be aware however, that some HD TVs might crop some of these border graphics when displaying the 720p image. This is not a fault with Galencia or the Mini and we recommend that you refer to your TV settings.

Please be aware there is currently a 256 item limit (files and/or folders) to assist improved USB memory stick performance.

Download: TheC64 Mini Firmware v1.2.0 (241)

source: thec64.com

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

December 24th, 2018 No comments

SD2Snes Firmware v1.9.0 released (SA-1 support)

December 18th, 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:

  • SA-1 support by RedGuy! Big thanks to RedGuy again :) This was a really tight fit for the FPGA so there’s a little catch – MSU1 is not available for SA-1 games.
  • Also from RedGuy comes partial SRAM detection for some known games (SuperFX & SA-1). This calculates a ROM CRC and chooses to monitor only specific regions in cartridge RAM for changes. This enables automatic saving without having to resort to periodic saving, reducing wear on the SD card.
  • SNES CPU <-> PPU clock phase alignment. This is a long standing issue on a sub-CPU-cycle base inside the SNES. HDMA to certain registers can cause flickering sprite slabs to appear when CPU and PPU are out of phase after a cart-side reset (which does not reset the PPUs). This fixes the notorious flickering of characters with the giant frog attack in Chrono Trigger, sprites in Kirby Super Star, characters behind the text box in Star Ocean, and probably more. See https://github.com/RedGuyyyy/sd2snes/issues/6 for technical details.
  • Added an option to always go back to menu on reset, regardless of whether it’s a short or long reset.
  • LED brightness setting (16 levels)
  • Added an option to choose whether you want to start a game with or without cheats enabled (of those that are marked as enabled in the YAML file). You can enable / disable them later using the L+R+Start+A / L+R+Start+B button combinations if you have in-game buttons enabled.
  • Disable Satellaview emulation when a real Satellaview base unit is detected to avoid bus fighting and facilitate Satellaview development.
  • System Information now shows the currently effective video mode (50 or 60 Hz).
  • Fixes:
    • Control signal edges are detected a bit earlier, improving stability on some consoles (Github Issues)
    • Fix timing of auto region patching. This should solve cross-issues with Super Scope games because they rely on the same register that is also used to read the console region.
    • Fix brightness patching / limiting for games that use HDMA to alter the brightness register. (e.g. Star Fox)
    • Fix an occasional imaginary access cycle carried out by the FPGA after reconfiguration. This fixes lockups when loading games with dedicated FPGA files, i.e. SuperFX, SA-1, OBC-1.
    • Fix SuperCIC pair mode entry for consoles with ≤ 3.072MHz CIC clock (notably GPM revisions). (Github Issue)
    • S-RTC register state is reset when the console is reset.

Download:

source: sd2snes.de

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Atari SAP Music Archive online repository

December 17th, 2018 No comments

Atari SAP Music Archive (ASMA) is a Atari XL-XE music collection. It is one of the largest and most accurate computer music collections known.

ASMA archive now uses an online repository, where it is constantly updated.

source: ASMA Repository

Categories: Atari, News & Rumors, Today