DirMaster v3.1.2 / Style

April 27th, 2019 No comments

DirMaster is a Windows-based GUI application designed to help Commodore enthusiasts explore and manage their disk image collections.

DirMaster supports common (and uncommon) emulator disk image formats (such as .d64, .d81, .d2m, etc), almost every native Commodore archival format (such as .arc, .sda, .lnx, etc), and many native graphic formats (such as koala, doodle, amica, etc).

DirMaster was designed to give users a perfect blend of familiar appearance (e.g. natural looking disk image contents using the PETSCII character set) and modern GUI functionality (e.g. drag and drop, opening multiple disk images at once). The first version of DirMaster was released in 2006.

v3.1.2 addresses a few bugs reported by users:

  • Workaround for high dpi issues reported by users on Windows 10 (Windows 7/8 still affected, known issue)
  • Drag/drop from a disk image to the file system handles “broken” files more gracefully.
  • Corrects issue moving .cvt files between disk images.
  • Page up/down works in the petscii column on the sector editor.
  • Tweaks: hexedit font toggling, BAM view, Explorer preview font size.

Download: DirMaster v3.1.2 (101)

source: style64.org/dirmaster

Revision 2019 – C64 Party results

April 22nd, 2019 No comments

This is the official demo party results from Revision 2019. See also the CSDB Revision 2019 section for more informations.

C64 4K Intro:

  • 6 – 4k PETSCII Intro by Lethargy

C64 Graphics:

  • 6 – Petscii, Dude! by Titus    
  • 12 – smoking by Titus    

Mixed Music:

  • 1 – Hard(Re)Start [2sid] by Unreal
  • 2 – Deep Kiss (Revision Edit) by LMan
  • 4 – Thus Spoke the PC Speaker by Lft    
  • 7 – Kinky Stinky Pinky by Response
  • 11 – Kippers as Slippers by Panda Design    
  • 12 – Battlestar Watchtowerica by SIDRIP Alliance, Singular    
  • 13 – Coprolalia by AttentionWhore
  • 13 – THCM: Please Release Your Music Tool by PVM

Mixed Demo:

  • 1 – Rivalry by Bonzai, Censor Design, Fairlight, Genesis Project, Offence
  • 13 – Edison 2019 Invitation by Chemtrailer Boys
  • 14 – The 21st by Resource, Singular
  • 15 – We Are the Chimpions by Artline Designs, Extend

Mixed Game:

  • 5 – 1337 Karate by Abyss Connection

Download: Revision 2019 Party stuff (152)

source: 2019.revision-party.net

U64/Ultimate-64 v1.18 Firmware Update

April 22nd, 2019 No comments

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

Differences with previous official release V1.10:

  • Based on the Ultimate-II+ firmware Version 3.4c
  • NTSC mode has been fixed, from 262 lines to 263 lines per frame.
  • SID autoconfig: If there is just one SID, give it the full address range.
  • Speaker volume setting added for U64.
  • Various fixes in the VIC sprite generator. This fixes many demos.
  • Preparations added for Elite version of the U64 board.
  • Adjusted analog colors, thanks to Matt Barszcz.
  • Fixed sprite collision register timing.
  • Fixed line 137 to 000 rollover. This fixes Lunatico three layer scroller
  • Added LED controls for the two Case LEDs
  • Fixed tape record to tap file.
  • Fixed various CIA issues. This fixed the Expert Cart unfreeze problem. Thanks to David Horrocks
  • Refined IRQ timing of the 6502 CPU core.
  • Added AC generator to support UserPort cable
  • Fixed the order of Flash images, to make SS5 NTSC and TAR NTSC work.
  • Fixed RES bit in $D016, should be writable. Thanks to David Horrocks.

Changes to the application, 3.4c, compared to previous 3.4:

  • Fixing homedirectory function. Added possibility to use wildcards.
  • Fixed file extensions. Makes songlengths load again.
  • Significant improvements to the Software IEC module.
  • Updates to SID player:
    • Implemented pause feature (using space bar)
    • Pause will now also mute 2nd and 3rd SID chip.
    • Fixed SID version check and SID header relocation.
    • Fixed display issue when SID model or clock is unknown.
    • Updated version of player and copyright year.


source: ultimate64.com

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C64 Big Game Pack: Super Mario Bros 64 +2 / Bruce Lee Trilogy …

April 19th, 2019 No comments


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


  • Knight Lore V1.10 +D
  • Bruce Lee Trilogy
  • Doc Cosmos +2D
  • Lions of the Universe
  • Stoppt den Calippo Fresser +
  • Metal Gear (testversion x1)
  • Doc Cosmos +D
  • RoboZZle64_b190313
  • Zagor and the Fortress of Smirnoff +1GMTW
  • TKO +3DG
  • Doc Cosmos V1.1 +4D
  • Smurfs +3HDF
  • Trump Tower Extended Version +1H
  • Crusade in Europe +D
  • Nono Pixie Preview 4 &D
  • Crusade in Europe +D
  • Decision in the Desert +D
  • Outlaw +FD
  • Sheep is a Key
  • Sheep is a Key V1.19
  • Emergency Breakthrough +2
  • Park Adventure
  • RoboZZle64 Preview +D
  • Bruce Lee Trilogy V2
  • Sheep is a Key +
  • Sheep is a Key + – Laxity
  • Yet Another One Button Game Preview +
  • Yet Another One Button Game V0.0
  • Astroclash
  • The Pit +6DGH
  • Yet Another One Button Game Preview 2 +
  • Yet Another One Button Game V0.1
  • Summer Games I & II +DI
  • DUBCRT +3D
  • Boulder Dash Senior +2
  • Race7 Preview
  • Lala Prologue [16kb cartridge]
  • Lala Prologue +4DG
  • ISS Emergency!
  • Polybius Preview
  • Behind closed Doors Seven +DP
  • Retarded Creatures and Caverns +D
  • Sheep is a Key V1.19 +3D
  • King’s Valley Preview 2 +
  • Sixgun Shootout Version 1.2 [IDE64]
  • Funghevolissimevolmente +2DGT
  • Retarded Creatures and Caverns +D
  • Behind Closed Doors Seven +DP
  • Bulbo and the Lizard-King +DS
  • Microfair Madness +Bonus Adventures +D
  • Balrog and the Cat +DS
  • The Secret of Little Hodcome +DS
  • Aliens +
  • From Out Of A Dark Night Sky +D
  • RoboZZle64 Preview 2 +D
  • RoboZZle64 Preview 2 +MD
  • Vegetables Preview +1D
  • Wormwood Preview +2
  • Memory +TD
  • Vegetables +1D
  • Vegetables
  • Wormwood Preview +2D
  • Super Mario Bros 64
  • Frogger +
  • Toccata +
  • Super Mario Bros 64 +2
  • Bandersnatch Preview

Download: All Games in One Archive (1209)

source: csdb.dk

ARMSiD by Nobomi New Firmware v2.9

April 18th, 2019 No comments

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

News features and fixes in FW 2.9:

  • A longer time is required to activate the reset signal (some issue with board 250407 reported where can be short spikes on the bus, now fixed).
  • Small fix in noise generator on the lowest bits. Also faster computing.
  • Other speed and code size optimization.

Download: ARMSiD v2.9 (66)

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

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PenUltimate+ VIC-20 Cartridge + Diagnostic DeadTest+ support

April 17th, 2019 No comments
PenUltimate+ VIC-20 Cartridge with diagnostic DeadTest+ support

The new version of the PenUltimate+ cartridge even if apparently it seems identical to the previous version, is not, because the new version has some modifications and a software update made to support the DeadTest+ Diagnostic software.

All cartridges produced since December 2018 supports the DeadTest+ diagnostic software.

The DeadTest+ Diagnostic software can be lauched via the menu or by holding Reset button down for 10seconds at power on.

Compared to the first version this new one brings even more ROMs (70+) and a brand new user interface.

Some tfw8b games have been included (The Future Was 8Bit) including Cheese & Onion, RodMan, Pentagorat (Easier edition) and many others.

And of course, it’s still the best ram pack you’ll ever stuff into your VIC20. 3-35k expansion ram can be selected direct from the menu.

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


Commodore Amiga 500 Plus Kissed by luck + Floppy Drive Repaired

April 17th, 2019 No comments
Commodore Amiga 500 Plus kissed by luck

My name is “jaundice” and my last name is “lucky”.  :-)

Why “lucky”? because the battery used in this Amiga was not VARTA but GP, these batteries resist slightly to aging and release less acid.

The only defect of this Amiga 500 Plus was the Floppy Drive which did not read any Floppy Disk, the motor running slower than normal, it was enough replace a 4.7uF electrolytic capacitor to make it work again.

I thank my friend Igor for the donation.


SD2Snes Firmware v1.10.3 released

April 8th, 2019 No comments

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


  • Revert S-DD1 bitfile to earlier build which happens to less expose a timing hazard. This will need further examination for a proper fix. Fixes severe glitches with S-DD1
  • Fix swapped logic terms in SA-1 and SuperFX RAM write cycles. Fixes severe glitches on SA-1 and SuperFX on Mk.II units; The bug was also present in the Pro firmware but didn’t seem to have much of an effect
  • Fix game video mode setting in SuperCIC pair mode.


source: sd2snes.de

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Some things for Atari 8bit from Lotharek

April 5th, 2019 No comments

Some things for Atari 8bit:

  • P-COVOX is a very simple device, 4channel, discrete component digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that fits under PIA chip. It isn’t as Hi-Fi as modern sound cards, but it`s perceptiom may be a lot better than a POKEY  – especially playing MODs or NEO files
  • Simple Stereo V2 – New version of the Simple Stereo now all in one. I replace my old version of Simple Stereo + U-Switch, the features are the same.
  • 64k RAM Module (Replaces base ram of 64KB in all 8bit ATARI, upgrades ram in 600XL to 64KB, PCB thickness is 0,8mm)

The 64k RAM module also replaces Multiplexers, DRAM, Delay Line C060472 and so on in XL series, the Delay Line is no longer available as spare parts.

source: lotharek.pl

Categories: Atari, News & Rumors, Today

HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.1.23.1

April 5th, 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 v2.1.23.1:

  • New XML format : Coat-A-Matic 9400 / Robox RC9400 format.
  • Amiga Image loader (ADF, DMS,…) : Fix the v2.1.20.1 left sector(s) field regression !
  • Update recommended for Amiga users !

Download: HxCFloppyEmulator software v2.1.23.1 (95)

source: hxc2001.com

SD2Snes Firmware v1.10.2 released

March 31st, 2019 No comments

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


  • [Pro] fix wrong data ROM size on uPD96050 core -> F1 ROC II track is shown properly.
  • [Pro] fix S-DD1 address mirroring -> Star Ocean works.
  • [Pro] correct Cx4 core speed from 96MHz to 80MHz
  • [All] apply volume boost after FPGA reconfiguration (fixes MSU1 volume boost on Cx4, OBC1, SuperFX, SA-1, S-DD1)
  • [All] fix S-DD1 writes going to the wrong address on concurrent MCU accesses (saving not working in Star Ocean)
  • [All] avoid potential data corruption on MCU writes (e.g. SPC loading)
  • [All] Workaround for Super Nt not booting when CIC enters pair mode successfully.


source: sd2snes.de

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Hoxs64 Commodore 64 Emulator Updated v1.0.19.0

March 25th, 2019 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 (v1.0.19.0):

  • Fix track wrap around disk image corruption to the file produced with “Save as D64″.


source: hoxs64.net

Atari 800 XL (VBXE/U1MB/Stereo Pokey/Side2) my Favourite Games

March 24th, 2019 No comments
my Favourite Games

Atari 800 XL (VBXE-RGB/U1MB/Stereo Pokey/Side2) my Favourite Games

My Atari 800 XL Hardware Configuration:

  • VBXE (RGB output)
  • Ultimate 1Mb
  • Stereo Pokey
  • Side2 Cartridge

You can buy this additional hardware from this site: lotharek.pl

Favourite Games:

  • Bosconian
  • Time Pilot
  • Scramble
  • Popeye
  • Bomb Jack
  • Ms Pacman
  • Pacman
  • Pitfall II
  • Donkey Kong
  • Mario Bros
  • International Karate Enhanced Edition
  • H.E.R.O.


Download: my Favourite Atari Games (96)

Amiga 2000 already repaired in April 2016 now Black Screen

March 17th, 2019 No comments
Amiga 2000 already repaired in April 2016 now  Black Screen

This Amiga 2000 is arrived in my lab in very poor condition in April 2016, the computer has been repaired and stored in an antistatic envelope.

Tested after almost 3 years, the computer does not show signs of life.

Having no video output, i have used the Chucky DIAGROM which through a serial connection i was able to identify 2 different problems with the RAM’s.


  • Black Screen


  • Rebuilt track on the 68000 DX side near resistor pack RP900 (previously good)
  • Rebuilt track RAM U529 signal CAS (previously good)
  • Replaced RAM LM 33256 U501 with TMS 4256 (previously working)

Below some random photo of the repair.


AVG Cartridge for 8bit Atari + PDM Audio Player Video

March 12th, 2019 No comments
AVG Cartridge for 8bit Atari

First of all i have to thank Filippo Santellocco (Philsan) for this unexpected gift that i really appreciate.

AVGCART – SD multicart for 8bit Atari features:

  • Supports CAR files up to 1MB (most bankswitching types are implemented)
  • Supports XEX files.
  • Supports ATR files (read/write) – support is limited due to cartridge port constraints.
  • SIDE emulation (works with U1MB and SpartaDOS X)
  • Firmware is upgradeable via SD card.

Keyboard reference:

  • arrows to navigate the list, with CTRL jump to beginning/end of page/list
  • BACKSPACE for parent dir
  • ENTER and letters choose item
  • TAB to select multiple ATR files (right cart button to cycle them afterwards)
  • ESC disables cart and resets Atari
  • / for recursive search, use ESC to return to full navigation
  • SHIFT-S enables SIDE CCTL registers and resets

Use left cart button to return to file selector (after reset), right cart button resets current cart’s bank (also cycles ATR files)

Titles of the songs in the video:

  • AC/DC – Back in Black
  • Narada Michael Walden – Tonight I’m Alright
  • Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl
  • Sucker Punch (Dubstep Remix)

The songs are complete from beginning to end but for reasons of length of the video i have cut the songs.

The video can be only downloaded, because Youtube and Facebook have blocked the video streaming for copyrighted content, really ridiculous as the audio tracks are not complete and certainly not faithful to the original.

My personal note; the only two home computers that i follow with passion are Commodore & Atari.

…have a good listening

Download: AVG Cartridge PDM Player Atari Video (105)

source: atariage.com