U64/Ultimate-64 v1.10 – U2+/U2 v3.4 Firmware Update

March 3rd, 2019 No comments

A new version of the firmware for the Ultimate-64 / U2+ / U2 by Gideon is released.

U64 – Differences with previous official release V1.0B:

  • Based on Ultimate-II+ firmware Version 3.4
  • NTSC mode has been added. The switch can be found in the U64 Specific Settings menu
  • Added rudimentary support for USB Floppy disks (not completely done yet; as removal of floppy is not yet detected)
  • USB problems with low/full speed devices fixed; no more bus hang-ups in these cases. (No full HID support just yet..)
  • VIC collision problem fixed.
  • Improved 1541 compatibility; weak bit areas and floppy speed zones are now properly supported.
  • LED Strip support.
  • Various improvements ‘under the hood’

U2+ – Differences with previous official release V3.3a:

  • Added rudimentary support for USB Floppy disks (not completely done yet; as removal of floppy is not yet detected)
  • USB problems with low/full speed devices fixed; no more bus hang-ups in these cases. (No full HID support just yet..)
  • Improved 1541 compatibility; weak bit areas and floppy speed zones are now properly supported.
  • Various improvements ‘under the hood’

U2 – Differences with previous official release V3.2:

  • The USB2LAN problem is now fixed. This bug took me over 50 hours to find and fix.
  • Improved 1541 compatibility; weak bit areas and floppy speed zones are now properly supported.
  • All other under the hood fixes that were done for U2+ and U64 that apply for U2 are backported to the U2 as well.

Download:

source: ultimate64.com

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SD2Snes Firmware v1.10.0/v1.10.1 released (S-DD1 support)

March 3rd, 2019 No comments

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

Cumulative Changelog:

  • S-DD1 support by Magno! Big thanks to Magno who implemented it and RedGuy who helped integrate the core with the main firmware :)
  • Support for sd2snes Mk.III (a.k.a. SD2SNES Pro). This works by adding a new set of support files for the new hardware so the firmware package actually contains two firmwares. This also makes it possible to swap the same card between old and new sd2sneses freely.
  • Fixes:
    • Fix memory corruption on BS-X loading. (Hopefully – I could not identify a cause and suspect bitstream file corruption. Please let me know if it works again – it does for me)
    • S-RTC register state is REALLY reset when the console is reset, and also when loading a game.
    • Actually boot on SD2SNES Pro.
  • Known issues:
    • Firmware seems to ignore Cx4 speed setting (at least since v1.9.0)
    • sd2snes Pro menu still has the old design
    • Mk.III specific source code changes currently aren’t contained in the GitHub repository. Please bear with me while I figure out a way to integrate them. ;)

Download:

source: sd2snes.de

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SNK Neo Geo MV1a Z80 Error Repair

February 27th, 2019 No comments
SNK Neo Geo MV1a Z80 Error Repair

SNK Neo Geo MV1a Z-80 Error Repair.

Defect:

  • No Sound (Z-80 Error)

Repair:

  • Replacement of the Z-80 CPU in PSOP40 format.

Note:

  • The error message “Z-80 Error” means everything and nothing, may be faulty the Z-80, SNK MASK-ROM SM1*, SNK NEO-D0 or also the YAMAHA YM2610.

With the Neo Diagnostics bios and with the M1 ROM burned and installed on the CHA Board of any NEO GEO cartridge, the problem can be better identified.

It is said that the error C3/00 that you see in the photos of NEO DIAGNOSTICS (write: C3 but reads: 00) is an almost assured a CPU problem, in fact, in this case it was.

The Z-80 CPU in PSOP40 format has been recovered from a failed SEGA GameGear.

Gallery:

source: neogeo diag

fpgaSID by andi6510 New Firmware ver. 0A

February 26th, 2019 No comments

A new firmware update for the fpgaSID has been released by andi6510.

Below the changelog taken directly from the website.

Main changes:

  • New 6581 bias setting range and curve. Per default the bias is now tuned to a brighter sound which is the most audible difference to revision 09.
  • Some further improvements on the 6581 filters.

New Features:

  • LEDs can be switched off now.
  • The outputs can be switched to a mix of both SIDs allowing mono setups with a single speaker.
  • The firmware flashing procedure has been improved to increase the success rate.
  • FPGASID is now compatible to the EasyFlash 3 module.

Note:

  • Important! Before updating the firmware, please read the documentation on flashing in the ConfiGuru manual.

Download: fpgaSID Firmware ver. 0A (63)

source: fpgasid.de

BCC #13: C64 – Official demo party results

February 25th, 2019 No comments

This is the official demo party results from BCC #13. See also the CSDB BCC #13 section for more informations and download.

C64 Demo:

  • 1 – Snakepit by Delysid
  • 2 – Beezarro by Atlantis
  • 3 – Week in Progress by Mayday!

C64 Music:

  • 1 – Nappy Go Lucky by Toggle
  • 2 – Cellar Door by Snabel
  • 3 – Mein Verlies by Spider Jerusalem
  • 4 – Trainride by Røly
  • 5 – Space Invaders Medley by Mibri
  • 5 – La chevre by Glafouk
  • 6 – Curlin’s Theme by Bordeaux
  • 7 – BCC 2019 by Sonki            

C64 Graphics:

  • 1 – White Rabbit by Awsm
  • 2 – Fairy King by Fabs
  • 3 – Championship Wrestling +3D DirArt    
  • 4 – Elostelija by XynnM    
  • 5 – Service Stop Guests by Viza
  • 6 – The Optimistic Skipper by Luisa/Oni    
  • 7 – A Small Riddle by Lobo    
  • 8 – Zilicious by XynnM
  • 9 – BCC #13
  • 10 – Chagizzz by XynnM

C64 Fast Intro:

  • 1 – Punk a chiens by Dentifrice
  • 2 – Antz by Delysid
  • 3 – Space Invaders by Hokuto Force
  • 4 – Ode to RRR by Excess
  • 5 – Zwartennerd by Excess

Productions released outside compos:

  • Championship Wrestling +3D by Excess (Crack)
  • Greetings to Delysid by Fake (Graphics)
  • Yie Ar Kung Fu + 4HD by Excess (Crack)

Download: BCC #13 Full Party Stuff (108)

source: csdb.dk

ARMSiD by Nobomi New Firmware v2.8 & New PCB rev.

February 21st, 2019 No comments
ARMSid New PCB rev

Nobomi has made a new revision of the ARMSiD PCB which however has the same hardware features as the previous one.

A new firmware update for the ARMSiD has also been released by Nobomi.

Below is the changelog taken directly from the website.

Differences between FW 2.8 and previous version:

  • The start and the end of the bus data cycle (reading or writing) is now controlled by signal CS only (it was the same on the beginning of the cycle, but the end was controlled by 02 clock before), it can help with a bus stability in other systems than C64 a C128.
  • Internal frequency generators are updated with precision of one 02 clock – about 1us (no audio signal phase changes after frequency retuning) !
  • Correct polarity of the bandpass filter.
  • Added emulation of internal filter voltage offset.
  • Added the “Digi Boost” feature by software – an effect similar to adding 330kOhm resistor between EXTin and GND on the MOS8580.
  • Other speed optimization.

Gallery:

Download: ARMSiD v2.8 (17/2/2019) (68)

source: dzi.n.cz/8bit/armsid

Atari Mega 1 – Atari Megafile 30 – Atari Monitor SM124

February 16th, 2019 No comments
Atari Mega 1 - Atari Megafile 30 - Atari Monitor SM124

Everything seems to work perfectly including Hard Disk and Floppy Drive.

I must thank my friend Ralf Schmitz for this gift.

Gallery:

Fidelity CM14 Colour Monitor (RGB/Composite)

February 16th, 2019 No comments
Fidelity CM14 Colour Monitor (RGB/Composite)

This Monitor was usually sold in combination with the ZX Spectrum 128 (models with RGB output) or Sinclair QL but it works with any RGB source.

I have already an identical model in my collection but is rebranded PRISM QL14 and without protection glass.

My friend Gerben wanted to give me this model in good condition with the protection glass intact. Thanks Gerben for the excellent packaging, as you can see the glass has not broken :D

The operation test was performed with a Ultimate-64 with a RGB cable. I have also performed a video image calibration and i share the trimmer positions on the motherboard.

Fidelity CM14 Colour Monitor (RGB/Composite)

Gallery:

source: worldofspectrum.org

Hoxs64 Commodore 64 Emulator Updated v1.0.18.0

February 13th, 2019 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 (v1.0.18.0):

Download:

source: hoxs64.net

sidSwitcher Enhanced v2.02

February 11th, 2019 No comments
SidSwitcher Enhanced v2.02

Project born in 2017 for my SX-64++

I wanted to improve the schematics and make a PCB (thank to CodingKoala Labs), the previous version was made on prototyping board pcb.

I have also added some features that i need when i will install the FPGASID in the SX-64++ and like the previous version the sidSwitcher integrates perfectly with the Overlay-64 & Keyman-64.

This circuit is not for sale. Schematics, Gerber and Atmel hex will be available soon for Download.

P.S: This project can also be used as a simple SPDT of analog audio signals. 2 INPUTS and 1 OUTPUT.

Features:

  • Output for Overlay-64 (http://henning-liebenau.de/overlay64/)
  • Input Push Button or Keyman-64 (http://henning-liebenau.de/keyman64/)
  • Bicolor LED (SID1 GREEN / SID2 RED / SID1 + SID2 ORANGE)
  • Output Mono or Stereo SID1 (LEFT+RIGHT / LEFT) / SID2 (LEFT+RIGHT / RIGHT) / SID1 + SID2 (LEFT+RIGHT / LEFT-RIGHT)
  • Possibility to use the mute function.
  • Jumper for configuration.

Schematics: (Prototype and Final):

The following photos are of the first version, second enhanced version, prototype breadboard and pcb.

Ultimate-64 (U64) – RGB LED – Keyboard Mount Set – S/N Stickers

February 11th, 2019 1 comment
U64 - RGB LED - Keyboard Mount Set - S/N Stickers

The RGB LED strip (APA102C) is a feature that has been added since the firmware version V1.0D, this version will be released very soon.

In the photos you can see two different Keyboard Mount Set and Accessories, in the first 7 photos (Transparent case) i have used the KIT sold by PixelWizard.eu and in the following 10 photos (SX-64 style case) i have used the kit sold by corei64.com

Both KITs do their job and integrate perfectly with the case.

Just a note, but it was my error, i didn’t read the description written on the site, the kit sold by corei64.com is not compatibile with the U64 motherboards v1.0 because there is a keyboard adapter, i solved quite easily by cutting a piece of plastic of the right side keyboard support.

The two ULTIMATE 64 custom stickers with their S/N and the SX-64 Style C64C Case are on sale on PixelWizard.eu.

The transparent C64C case is no longer available and comes from an old campaign on Kickstarter.

Gallery:

Video:

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C64 Big Game Pack: Buck Rogers PoZ +6DGH / Gauntlet +3FD …

February 11th, 2019 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:

  • Stickybear Math [supercpu]
  • Digiloi +2DS
  • Dice8
  • Ninja Invasion Simulator Preview +
  • Dice8 &DT
  • Dice8 (Role)
  • Dice8 +FDT
  • Chips Challenge +
  • The Sky Is Falling Basic
  • Transporter +2TD
  • Howard the Coder +4CTD
  • Ictinius +3TD
  • Smack
  • Online +
  • Super Mole +3D
  • Test Drive [supercpu]
  • Test Drive [georam]
  • Cruising on Broadway +2H
  • 4M Arena Demo1
  • Oil Imperium [georam]
  • 4M Arena Preview
  • Tank Combat
  • Happy Deer Hunter
  • Wolfling V1.3
  • Wolfling V1.3 +D
  • Wolfling V1.4
  • Wolfling V1.4 +1D
  • Wolfling V1.4 +D
  • Champions of Krynn [georam]
  • Buck Rogers – Planet of Zoom +6DGH
  • Count Duckula +5D
  • Borrowed Time [georam]
  • Gigablast – Gold Edition +2H [seuck]
  • Stacker +1D
  • Alien Syndrome [reu]
  • Champions of Krynn [georam]
  • Street Defender V1.6 [vr64]
  • Street Defender V1.6 +4D
  • X-Men [REU]
  • Galactic Gallery +
  • Enigma +2
  • Planetoids +2H
  • Zone Runner +3H
  • Jars’ Revenge +3D
  • Blazon GameTro Preview +2
  • Nobby the Aardvark [1581] [cmd]
  • Nobby the Aardvark [1581]
  • Cold Dead Hands Preview
  • Gauntlet – The Deeper Dungeons +3FD
  • Gauntlet +3FD
  • Reaction Race +
  • Hammerfist [1581]
  • Monopoly Retro Preview &D
  • Kami +1F
  • Kami
  • Runman Construction Set +3TD
  • Boulder Dash Construction Kit +2PD
  • PSI 5 Trading Company +FMD
  • Boulder Dash Junior +2
  • Minimike Preview
  • Oil Imperium [1351]
  • Warball Preview

Download: All Games in One Archive (555)

source: csdb.dk

Hoxs64 Commodore 64 Emulator Updated v1.0.17.0

February 10th, 2019 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 (v1.0.17.0):

  • VIC emulation improvement to accurately emulate the early C-Data usage whenever X-Scroll is decreased by 4 or more.

Download:

source: hoxs64.net

HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.1.22.3

February 3rd, 2019 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 v2.1.11.1 -> 2.1.22.3 cumulative changelog:

  • Raw loader: Fix global disk bitrate value. (HD disks bitrate issue)
  • CPCDSK loader: v2.1.20.1 Regression fixed. (null sector data length field support).
  • Track editor : New Side1 add/delete button.
  • HFE v3 loader: Regression fixed.
  • Dos disk browser : Amiga HD (1760KB) disk creation support.
  • Dos disk browser : Amiga HD (1760KB) disk support fixed.
  • TeleDisk loader fixed : Bad CRC checking fixed.
  • General : Faster/better file images identification and loader.
  • General : Many loaders now use the new generic raw file loader.
  • General : Lots of code improvements.
  • Internal tracks generator : Now support “weak” sectors.
  • HFEv3 writer : Remove any possible parasitic opcodes coming from the stream.
  • New Loader : NEC PC98/PC88 FDI.
  • CPCDSK loader/writer : Now support the SAMDisk method for DSK with weak bits.
  • Roland DD XML : Fix tracks skew.
  • New XML format : ABB disks formats.
  • New XML format : Automatix RAIL DD disk format.
  • New XML format : COMX disks formats.
  • New XML format : DEC RX55 format.
  • New XML format : Didaktik Spectrum disk format.
  • New XML format : Dynacord HD disks formats.
  • New XML format : Gravograph ISIS 640KB disk format.
  • New XML format : Memotech disks formats.
  • New XML format : Oerlikon Balzers disks formats.
  • New XML format : OpusDiscovery disk format.
  • New XML format : Oric Jasmin disk format.
  • New XML format : OS9 DD disks formats.
  • New XML format : PUMA arm robot disks formats.
  • New XML format : Tatung Einstein disks formats.
  • New XML format : Timex FDD3000 formats.
  • New XML format : TRS80 disk format.
  • New XML format : Unitel Videotex format.
  • New file image support : SAB Diskette Utility / *.SDU floppy image.
  • SCP Loader/Writer : Fix single sided SCP file export.
  • New writer : Dragon VDK format.

Download: HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.1.22.3 (99)

source: hxc2001.com

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) (78)

source: amibay.com

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