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 (137)

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) (107)

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 (172)

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 (1692)

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 (440)

source: thec64.com

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2 x Texas Instruments TI-99-4A Repair

December 25th, 2018 No comments
Texas Instruments TI-99-4A Repair

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A Repair (1 of 2)

Defect:

  • Black Screen and deafening sound in background.

Replaced parts:

  • 1 x TMS 4732/2532 ROM (U611)

Gallery of the repair:

Texas Instruments TI-99-4A Repair Texas Instruments TI-99-4A Repair

 

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Texas Instruments TI-99-4A Repair

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A Repair (2 of 2)

Defect:

  • Garbage Screen.

Replaced parts:

  • 1 x TMS4116-20 RAM (U103).

Gallery of the repair:

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