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High Voltage SID Collection Update #69

June 24th, 2018 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):

  • 473 new SIDs
  • 811 fixed/better rips
  • 8 repeats/bad rips eliminated
  • 1176 SID credit fixes
  • 36 SID model/clock infos
  • 7 tunes from /DEMOS/UNKNOWN/ identified
  • 5 tunes from /GAMES/ identified
  • 17 tunes moved out of /DEMOS/ to their composers’ directories
  • 5 tunes moved out of /GAMES/ to their composers’ directories



Silesia Party 9: C64 official demo party results

June 24th, 2018 No comments

This is the official demo party results from Silesia Party 9. See also the Silesia Party homepage for more informations.

C64 Music:

  • 1 – Red Herring Caught Red Handed by Jammer
  • 2 – Muffin by MotionRide
  • 3 – Pañuelos Verdes by Los Pat Moritas
  • 4 – This is it by Vaz

C64 Graphics:

  • 1 – Vulture by Pardon
  • 2 – Pirates Gold by Fabs
  • 3 – Herbatka u doktora Paj-Chi-Wo by Bimber
  • 4 – Till Death do us Part by Data

Mixed Demo:

  • 1 – Central Park (2xSID) by Samar Productions
  • 2 – Arok 20 Invitation by Singular

Productions released outside compos:

Download: Silesia Party 9 full Party stuff (227)


USB Stick STM32 (Gotek) HxC Firmware v3.1.25.1a

June 18th, 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 Floppy Emulator Firmware v3.1.22.1a -> v3.1.25.1a cumulative changelog:

  • TI99/4A : V9T9/DSK Loader -> Better disk layout detection.
  • OLED screen setting sanity check: Do not allow more than 21 characters per line.
  • 2 Digits screen Gotek: Fix embedded config menu.
  • HFE files: Fix MPC60 MkII formatted images write support regression. May also fix possible write issues on HFE files with some others machines/disk formats. Update recommended.
  • 7 segments Gotek: New menu entry : 5 -> Auto select delay setting.
  • Floppy Interface initialized before the screen. (Fix Emu Emulator second drive detection issue).
  • Amiga ID support enabled by default (HD ADF support).
  • Internal improvements.
  • “Double steps per increment” rotary support added.
  • New menu entries: Head settling time. (7 digits gotek meny entry number 6). Rotary type. (7 digits gotek menu entry number 7 – 0=Single Step, 1=Double Step, 3=Disable.).

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 v3.1.25.1a (217)


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C64 Big Game Pack: Last Ninja Quadrilogy [EF] / Kung Fu Pixel …

June 3rd, 2018 No comments


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


  • Autoturbo 40 Tracks
  • Rainbow Island [easyflash]
  • Indiana Jones 4 [easyflash]
  • Electric Warrior [seuck]
  • Flappy Typing +2D
  • R-Type +9DMHI
  • Indiana Jones 4
  • Gauntlet 3 [easyflash]
  • Strike Fleet [1581,fd2000,cmd-hd]
  • Saint Dragon [easyflash]
  • Galaxy Force 2 [easyflash]
  • Hibernated 1: This Place is Death +D
  • Find Exit Preview +2
  • Find Exit Preview
  • Hyperzap 2018
  • Ninja Spirit +3 [easyflash]
  • Hyperzap 2018 +
  • Hyperzap 2018 +2
  • No Mercy +3 [easyflash]
  • Sly Spy Agent [easyflash]
  • Hyperzap 2018 +2
  • The Last Ninja Quadrilogy [easyflash]
  • Moon Madness – Episode II +1H
  • Rubicon +4DGHF [easyflash]
  • North & South [easyflash]
  • Iron Lord [easyflash]
  • Centurio +3H
  • Iron Lord [easyflash]
  • The Great American Cross-Country Road Race +6D
  • Labyrinth 100% [1581]
  • Turrican +6 & Turrican II +6 [easyflash]
  • UN Squadron +2 [easyflash]
  • Missile Blasta (Remastered Edition) +
  • Con-Quest +1PD
  • Master of the Lamps USA +2D
  • Laura64 Preview
  • Patton vs Rommel [1581]
  • PHM Pegasus [1581]
  • Zack [easyflash]
  • Bintris
  • Usagi Yojimbo USA +1PD
  • Red Storm Rising [easyflash]
  • Usagi Yojimbo USA +1PD
  • BinTris +FD
  • BinTris +3
  • Aquaplane +4DH
  • Tinka’s Maze +1D
  • Tacky
  • Tacky Basic
  • Dodge
  • Vector Runner
  • Spikes
  • Vector Runner +1D
  • Dodge +1D
  • Tacky +2D
  • Spikes +1D
  • Vector Runner +
  • Thunderblade + [easyflash]
  • Mazinger Z Preview +2D
  • Fred’s Back 2 [1581]
  • Red Storm Rising [1581]
  • Sky Diving +1H
  • Sky Diving
  • Fred’s Back 4 [1581]
  • Fred’s Back 3 [1581]
  • Holiday Games
  • Cyborg C*Base +8
  • Crossfire Canyon +D
  • Fred’s Pentalogy [easyflash]
  • The Mask of the Sun [german] [easyflash]
  • Rogue Ninja +2
  • Beechings Golf & Country Club
  • SAFTS – Spin All Four Table Soccer (Compo)
  • SAFTS – Spin All Four Table Soccer +D
  • Downhill Challenge
  • Kung Fu Pixel
  • Dangerous Sports Deadly Sports
  • BasicBall
  • Beechings Golf & Country Club
  • Downhill Challenge +2D
  • Moon Over Afghanistan [seuck]
  • Rogue Ninja V1.1
  • Beechings Golf & Country Club +D
  • Hellbound Preview
  • Schlimeisch Mania II
  • Kung Fu Pixel +3D

Download: All Games in One Archive (1873)


HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.1.11.1

May 27th, 2018 No comments

This software act as the floppy server with the USB HxC Floppy Emulator.

This program also allows you to convert floppy image files for the SDCard based HxC Floppy Emulator.

Supports many input floppy image file formats: List of the supported floppy image formats.

Operating systems supported:

  • Windows 98 / 2000 / XP / Vista / Seven / 10
  • Mac OS X.
  • Linux.

HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.1.9.0 -> v2.1.11.1 cumulative changelog:

  • Hard-sectored H8D Heathkit raw file Loader & Writer added !
  • Kryoflux Stream Loader (*XX.X.raw) & Stream analyzer : Hard-sectored images support and various fixes !
  • Kryoflux Stream Loader (*XX.X.raw) : bmpexport.txt config file to generate the full stream track graph.
  • NSI Northstar raw file Loader & Writer added !
  • Kryoflux Stream Loader (*XX.X.raw) : Another fix for the index position !
  • Kryoflux Stream Loader (*XX.X.raw) : filter.txt config file to adjust the internal bitrate filter.
  • Flux Stream Analyzer : Internal filter can now be set.
  • ADF Writer : Amiga ADF HD file (22 Sectors/track) support added.
  • Kryoflux Stream Loader (*XX.X.raw) : Loader & writer index position fixed.
  • Acorn BBC file format loader (*.ADL/ADM/ADF) fixed.
  • New XML format definitions :  Acorn ADFS (160K). Acorn ADFM (320K). Acorn ADFL (640K). Dynacord Add-one.
  • Stream importer : More debug/error messages, unconventional index period support.

Download: HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.1.11.1 (225)


SwinSID Ultimate (6581/8580 Replacement) by CodeKiller & Hermit

May 25th, 2018 No comments
SwinSID Ultimate (SID 6581/8580 Replacement) by CodeKiller & Hermit

I tried the SwinSID Ultimate (SID 6581/8580 Replacement) by CodeKiller & Hermit and the base work by Swinkels with a Commodore 64 and the Ultimate-64 by Gideon and i must say that it works well without any problem.

The sound and the feel is good and knowing many SID tunes i did some comparisons, i can only say that these two Hungarian guys have done a Great job.

Forget immediatly how sounded the old Swinsid.

Some information taken from the SwinSID Ultimate site:

A duo from Hungary, Máté “CodeKiller” Sebők and Mihály “Hermit” Horváth have been working on improving SwinSID, originally developed by Swinkels.

List of improvements:

It has full feature compatibility with the original SID (over the old SwinSID):

  • paddle/mouse support.
  • readable registers (OSC3/ENV3)
  • external audio in.
  • bitfade.
  • proper ADSR-bug support.
  • fast ADSR attack rate (thanks to the self-correcting rate-counter)
  • ‘Lazy Jones’ and ‘180’ -like gate and test-bit workaround (no missing note)
  • proper 23bit noise-waveform calculation –> better “random” numbers.
  • full 3V p-p output range w/o 1KOhm load (same as 8580)
  • improved filter quality (16bit) and resonance-table for both SID model.
  • improved waveform calculation (full 16 bit)
  • high resolution combined waveform-tables.

It has enhancements over the original SID:

  • clean anti-aliased bandlimited sound at high pitches.
  • undistorted mixed digi tunes and eliminated volume-change click thanks to AC/DC separation of master volume register.
  • Softconfig — software configurable options for a number of aspects of the operation.
  • LEDs which intensity represents the active channels volume.
  • LED displaying the active (classic) digi playback.
  • or in case of the new Mahoney-digi, the entire array acts like a VU-meter.

Software configuration options:

  • change between 8580/6581 behaviour (filter, ADSR, combined waveforms)
  • change between PAL/NTSC pitch.
  • enable/disable external audio input (less external noise)
  • if enabled, then CAN be enabled to sample trough OSC3 register.
  • enable/disable startup “ding”(beep)
  • upload 3 banks of 256 bytes custom waveforms.
  • “transparent” mute for channels — does not affect the sync, OSC3/ENV3,..



SwinSID Ultimate Video:

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Some retro-Trash things received from a friend

May 22nd, 2018 No comments
Some retro-Trash things received from a friend.

Some retro-Trash things received from a friend. Thanks Gerben.

Below the list.

  • Philips Computer Monitor 80 (Amber phosphors).
  • Commodore Music Maker.
  • Philips MSX Data Recorder
  • Easy Bob Model 745 – RS232 Serial Analyzer/Tester.
  • Data Switch.
  • Taxas Instruments T-83.
  • 4-to-1 Parallel Auto Switch.
  • Zanussi Ping-O-Tronic (MOD. PP 7)
  • Lego USB 4 Ports HUB.
  • General Electric IFM Interface Module for C64/Atari.
  • Some Serial/Parallel/MSX cables and adapters.
  • Joystick.
  • External CD-ROM.
  • Mouse Pad.
  • Some Serial/Parallel/MSX cables and adapters.

TheC64 Mini Firmware Update v1.0.8

May 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 1.0.8 – Changes:

  • Includes firmware optimisations and improvements to THEC64 input response times.

DownloadTheC64 Mini Firmware v1.0.8 (300)


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Pi1541 (Raspberry Pi 3B Commodore 1541 Disk Drive Emulator)

Pi1541 is a real-time, cycle exact, Commodore 1541 disk drive emulator that can run on a Raspberry Pi 3B (or 3B+). The software is free and I have endeavored to make the hardware as simple and inexpensive as possible.

Pi1541 provides you with an SD card solution for using D64, G64, NIB and NBZ Commodore disk images on real Commodore 8 bit computers such as:

  • Commodore 64
  • Commodore 128
  • Commodore Vic20
  • Commodore 16
  • Commodore Plus4


It was a Commodore Single Drive Floppy Disk VC-1541

May 5th, 2018 1 comment
It was a Commodore Single Drive Floppy Disk VC-1541

The images speak for themselves, there is no need to write anything.

The images could irritate your sensitivity. :-P


durexForth v1.6.4 (Forth language for Commodore 64)

Forth, the Language.

Forth is a different language. It’s aged and a little weird.
What’s cool about it? It’s a very low-level and minimal language without any automatic memory management. At the same time, it easily scales to become a very high-level and domain-specific language, much like Lisp. Compared to C64 Basic, Forth is more attractive in almost every way.

It is a lot more fast, memory effective and powerful. Compared to C, specifically cc65, the story is a little different. It’s hard to make a fair comparison. Theoretically Forth code can be very memory efficient, and it’s possible to make Forth code that is leaner than C code. But it is also true that cc65 code is generally much faster than Forth code.

Download: durexForth v1.6.4 (D64) + Manual (330)


C64 Big Game Pack: Chilly Willy +4DGH / Ice Busters +6DGH …

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


  • Valkyrie 3 – The Night Witch [seuck]
  • Galencia Khaos Sphere Preview
  • Galencia Khaos Sphere Preview-GP
  • Ski Or Die and Skate Or Die [easyflash]
  • Ski Or Die and Skate Or Die [easyflash]-SK8
  • Hermetic +6DT
  • The Games Summer & Winter Edition [easyflash]
  • Western Games +D [easyflash]
  • Western Games +D
  • Jake The Snake V4.1
  • Ski Or Die and Skate Or Die [easyflash]-KR
  • The Simpsons Arcade Game [easyflash]
  • Project Space Station [easyflash]
  • Bewitched Preview 2 +2
  • Crank Crank Revolution
  • Jake The Snake V5.0
  • Snek +1
  • Crank Crank Revolution +1F
  • Shadow of the Beast [scpu]
  • Solar Fox +3DGMH
  • Digger
  • Lumberjack Deluxe Preview +
  • Rogue Burger One Preview +2
  • Beat Em Up Preview
  • Flyboy Preview +2
  • Flyboy Preview +
  • Lumberjack Deluxe Preview
  • Flyboy Preview
  • Indiana Jones in the Lost Kingdom +7DMW
  • Arhena the Amazon – Special Edition [seuck]
  • Turbo Outrun +5 [easyflash]
  • Missile Command +3DGH
  • Strikkespillet hd +4DT [easyflash]
  • Snow Preview 4 +2
  • Ice Busters +6DGH
  • RetroGameDev Space Shooter Preview +3H
  • RetroGameDev Platform Game Preview +3H
  • Pacman Preview +
  • TRSE Vertical Shooter Preview
  • Wolfling Preview
  • Petch +8DGMH
  • Gunsmoke
  • Gunsmoke [easyflash]
  • Neuromancer [easyflash]
  • Project Stealth Fighter [easyflash]
  • Oil-Imperium [german] [easyflash]
  • Vault Man 2 V1.1 +4H
  • Tetris +J
  • Fallout Hacker +1D
  • Trainsmission +1D
  • Doughboy +9DG
  • Night of the Valkyrie +3DH [seuck]
  • Arhena the Amazon – Special Edition +2H [seuck]
  • Chilly Willy +4DGH

Download: All Games in One Archive (1690)


Ultimate-II – II+ & U64: New unofficial firmware update v3.2a v1

A new version of the firmware for the interface 1541 Ultimate II+ – 1541 Ultimate II and the new C64 Motherboard Ultimate 64 is released.

Changes in this release (compared to 3.2a):

  • Fast Reset for C64.
  • Improved d64 filesystem.
  • Poweroff function for the U64.
  • FTP Bugfix.
  • Bugfix in Paste function of the file browser.

How to update?

  • For the 1541 Ultimate-II:
    • Navigate to the unzipped file ‘‘ or ‘3.2a_180411+_v1.dualdrive.u2u‘ and select “Run Update”
  • For the 1541 Ultimate-II+:
    • Navigate to the ‘3.2a_180411._v1.u2p‘ file, and select “Run Update”.
  • For the Ultimate 64:
    • Navigate to the ‘3.2a_180411._v1.u64‘ file, and select “Run Update”.

Please note that the Ultimate 64 Firmware is build using a blob containing version 1.02 of the FPGA.

Download: 1541 Ultimate-II / Ultimate-II+ / U64 v3.2a v1 (284)


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Ultimate 64 Serial Sticker by RetroBit Lab

April 29th, 2018 No comments

This sticker can be used for the Commodore 64 case but with the new Ultimate 64 card from Gideon installed.

The archive includes the image in .PSD format (PhotoShop Document) and the fonts.

Generate your own Ultimate64 Badge Online: Ultimate64 badge by Marco Van de Meulenhof

Download: Ultimate 64 PSD Serial Sticker & Fonts (335)

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:


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