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USB Stick STM32 (Gotek) Firmware v3.3.1.2a (OSD Support!!)

June 23rd, 2019 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 v3.1.60.5a -> v3.3.1.2a cumulative changelog:

  • Fix multi-screens support (OSD + 7 segments screens)
  • New Major feature !!! : On screen display support (OSD overlay)
  • The HxC firmware for Gotek now support the On Screen Display !
  • You can now select images and see the drive status on the machine’s screen without any additional software or LCD/OLED !
  • No need to make holes in the machine case anymore ;).
  • Picture: https://hxc2001.com/download/floppy_drive_emulator/HxCGotek_OSDAmiga1.jpg
  • You only need 2 wires and a resistor to connect the Gotek to the machine’s video signals :
  • One wire is used for the CSYNC video signal (Composite Sync), the other wire for the red, green (prefered) or blue signal.
  • One resistor must be put in serie on the color signal between the Gotek and the machine.
  • You can use a value between 220 and 470 ohms for this resistor. A potentiometer can be also used to tune the OSD brightness/contrast.
  • This was currently tested on Amiga 500, Atari STE and Amstrad CPC 6128 machines, but should work with any machines having a composite sync signal.
  • HxC Firmware for Gotek OSD wiring:
  • Gotek wiring:
  • Amiga 500:
  • Amstrad CPC6128:
  • Atari STE:
  • Power supply voltage measurement:
    • You can now see/read the power supply voltage incoming to the floppy emulator.
    • This feature is quite useful to check the machine power supply state/working condition.
    • If you want to use this feature you must add this voltage divider to measure
    • the power supply on the JC jumper input :
    • VSS/GND|—| 1Ko Resistor |–(JC pin)–| 4.7Ko Resistor |—< 5V Power Supply input.
    • ( See https://hxc2001.com/download/floppy_drive_emulator/HxCGotek_voltage_system_monitor.jpg )
    • Notes:
    • Use +/-1% Resistors if possible.
    • This voltage divider support up to 18V.
    • Use the embedded menu to access the system monitor :
    • Press both buttons to enter the menu. Choose “System Monitor” or “E  ” if you have the original 7 segments display.
    • “Temperature” menu renamed “System Monitor”.
  • On-die STM32 temperature sensor support : You can get the current CPU core temperature from the embedded menu :
  • press both buttons to enter the menu. Choose “temperature” or “E  ” if you have the original 7 segments display.
  • Blackberry trackball : Sensitivity reduced/better usability.
  • External/Additional select button support :  Behavioral fix -> remove glitch-like effect when selecting images.
  • Fix the short and long read emulation pipeline buffer size options (custom fw web page).
  • HFEv3 : Weakbits support added.
  • Fix the files extensions display option : you can now also hide the file name extensions in selector/indexed mode.
  • New major feature ! : Auto mount USB stick folder to a FAT/DOS compatible virtual floppy !
  • This feature allows you to directly put your files in a stick’s folder and mount this folder as a FAT/DOS floppy disk !
  • You can use it with any machine compatible with the FAT file system (PC, Atari ST, lots of keyboards/samplers and CNC machines…).
  • To use this feature, copy an empty/preformatted DOS IMG image to the stick path “/mount/emptyfat.img”
  • This image can be a 720KB or 1.44MB blank DOS image or any other FAT compatible blank image.
  • You can use the HxC Floppy Emulator software Disk Browser to create it or take the ones present in the firmware archive.
  • Once you select a “mount source” folder on the emulator, the emptyfat.img file is duplicated to a “MOUNTED.IMG” file.
  • Then all files/subfolders present into the selected folder are added into this duplicated image.
  • (Note : the emptyfat.img remains untouched).
  • Your “mount sources” / root folders should have the extension “.mnt” to be mounted by the emulator :
  • example : “myvirtualdisk.mnt”
  • This new feature can be used with the “normal”/direct browsing (oled/lcd screen usage) and indexed modes.
  • For the indexed mode just put the DSKAXXXX prefix in the mount point folder name.
  • example : “DSKA0000_MyMidiFiles.mnt”
  • Please note that the image duplication and files copy operations can take some seconds.
  • I will try to optimize/speedup the mount operations in the next releases.
  • Let me know if you have any problems or any suggestions/questions/comments on the HxC forum or by email.
  • FAT 12/16/32 layer write support enhanced to create entries (files & folders) and allocate clusters.

This is only a little part of the changelog. The original one is very long and you can read it here. (instruction manual here)

The HxC Floppy Emulator Firmware Customization page: https://hxc2001.com/custom_fw/

Download: USB Stick STM32 (Gotek) HxC Firmware v3.3.1.2a (26)

source: hxc2001.com

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U64/Ultimate-64 v1.21 Firmware Update

June 23rd, 2019 No comments

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

Differences with previous release V1.20:

  • Based on the Ultimate-II+ firmware Version 3.5a.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed UltiSid reset; should zero all registers to silence it.
  • Fixed debug register for regression testing.
  • Fixed directories that match file type extensions.

Download:

source: ultimate64.com

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U64/Ultimate-64 v1.20 Firmware Update

June 19th, 2019 1 comment

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

Differences with previous official release V1.18:

  • Based on the Ultimate-II+ firmware Version 3.5

Added features:

  • Real time streaming VIC video data over Ethernet
  • Real time streaming audio data over Ethernet
  • Read more about the streams here: Data Streams documentation
  • Added commands on TCP port to enable/disable these streams
  • Added commands to enable/disable emulated drives, over UCI
  • Added possibility to write to D64 images from the menu (e.g. copy PRG files into it).
  • Added DE00 and DF00 ranges as possible options for SID socket decodes
  • Printer emulation now supports color!

Improvements to VIC:

  • Sprite collision timing solved
  • Sprite to background collision problem solved
  • Sprite expansion timing corrected, also in combination with multicolor
  • Sprite retriggering fixed
  • Border color change timing one adjusted by one pixel
  • Various improvements to pass emufuxx0r tests. (incl. 50-pixel wide sprites)
  • Fixed loading sprite data when VIC is read AEC=1
  • Sprite timing fixed for NTSC

Improvements to CPU:

  • ANE (B) made to work.
  • Implemented SHA, SHS, SHX, SHY and LAX #imm
  • CPU PIO register floating inputs fixed.

SID improvements:

  • Improvements to ADSR envelope generator (fixes missing notes in e.g. Hawkeye 2018)
  • More realistic values for SID filter resonance
  • Added volume control for the SID digis
  • LowPass boost in sid mixer.
  • Improved anti-aliasing on resample filter in PAL mode
  • Improvements on SID player
  • Built-in SID player now supports MUS files as well (including stereo tunes)
  • Music files can be found here: http://www.c64music.co.uk/
  • Added support for toggling screen on/off in Sidplayer with S key.
  • Added support for song length in SID header.
  • Fixed correct SID model selection for SIDFX boards
  • Various other bug fixes

Other machine fixes:

  • U64 speaker volume fix.

Other bug fixes:

  • Another bug in the network stack that caused stack corruption and random crash
  • Copying a file from a container now restores extension
  • Fixed issue of copying file from .t64 files
  • Added ‘Enter’ option for .t64 files
  • User Interface improvements / fixes
  • Fixed telnet connection – removing header upon connect (fixes random copy actions)
  • Changed default hostname to match target

Thanks to:

  • David Horrocks for very useful input about VIC sprite handling and custom test programs
  • Rene Garcia for this addition of color to the printer emulation
  • Wilfred Bos for his improvements to the SID (and now MUS) player
  • Scott Hutter for added UCI commands
  • Martijn Wieland for his U64_Streamer PC application
  • Chris Verheijen for his critical ear on UltiSID.

Download:

source: ultimate64.com

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ARM2SiD by Nobomi New Firmware v3.6

June 10th, 2019 No comments

A new firmware update for the ARM2SiD has been released by Nobomi.

News features and fixes in FW 3.6:

  • Compared to version 3.5, a quick response in stereo mode was added (when using a second socket), the dual-mono mode is activated without timeout when both socket is addressed in the same time.
  • Also upper addresses mapping is fixed in the update (sometimes misaligned address detection in the update application).
  • The “blind” FW 3.6 update updated without reading the registers during the update (especially useful if you have a problem with ARMSID detection)

Download:

If you have wired A5/A8 address lines, you can try 3SID files modified for D400h, D420h, and D500h addresses.

source: dzi.n.cz/8bit/arm2sid

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USB Stick STM32 (Gotek) HxC Firmware v3.1.60.5a

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 v3.1.38.2a -> v3.1.60.5a cumulative changelog:

  • GeneralMusic S2/S3 : Undocummented floppy format support added + *.gem file extension support.
  • Non-gated interface : Ignore the floppy selection line for the head step + Some fixes.
  • Motor-ON signal support to emulate properly the “READY” and “INDEX” signals.
  • OLED : SSD1305 2.23″ 128×32 OLED screen support added.
  • Internal enhancements. (WIP)
  • New direct raw format support : Yamaha QX3 format (*.IMG,*.DSK)
  • 7 segments screen menu : Add missing system family entries :  
    • 15 = Robox RC9400
    • 16 = Kawai
    • 17 = Yamaha QX3
    • 18 = User defined format
    • Gotek I/O Lines Diagnostic/Test mode Since this hardware is quite sensitive to ESD and other electrical issues, the floppy lines can be easily damaged.
    • This new mode allows you to test/check all Gotek’s Input/Output lines with a simple wire.
    • The test must be run with floppy ribbon disconnected from the machine.
    • Once enabled/flashed with the diagnostic firmware, all outputs will toggle every 2 seconds.
    • All inputs states are displayed on the screen.
  • Input lines test method :
    • The default input states should be High (1), so to test an input line you have just to connect it to the ground/vss. On the floppy port you just need a jumper to make a contact between the line and the ground.
    • Once the jumper is placed between the line pin and the ground/vss pin the corresping input state should turn to Low (0).
  • Output lines test method :
    • All outputs are toggling every 2 seconds during the test.
    • (Note : A 1 ms pulse is sent to the JB output at each toggle to test the buzzer ouput)
    • Connect the output line to test to one input line (use a tested input by the above method) with a simple wire.
    • If the corresponding input status is toggling with the outputs line, then this means that the output line/driver is working properly.
  • LCD / OLED / 7 segments screens output/input status definition :
    • LCD/OLED input lines status format : “IN:123456 789AB”
    • 1 or Digit-1-segment-a : Floppy Drive Select line (Pin 10 or 12 or 16 -> Depend on the S0/S1/MO jumper !).
    • 2 or Digit-1-segment-b : Floppy -Direction In (Pin 18)
    • 3 or Digit-1-segment-c : Floppy -Step (Pin 20)
    • 4 or Digit-1-segment-d : Floppy -Write Data (Pin 22)
    • 5 or Digit-1-segment-e : Floppy -Write Enable (Pin 24)
    • 6 or Digit-1-segment-f : Floppy -Head 1 Select (Pin 32)
    • 7 or Digit-1-segment-g : Down push button (left)
    • 8 or Digit-2-segment-a : Up push button (right)
    • 9 or Digit-2-segment-b : Select push button (JA)
    • A or Digit-2-segment-c : Rotary CK (J7-2)
    • B or Digit-2-segment-d : Rotary DIR (J7-1)
    • 7 Segments Digit-3 : ‘h’ when the outputs are high and ‘L’ the outputs are low.
    • 7 Segments Digit-2-segments e,f & g : ON when the outputs are high and OFF the outputs are low.
  • Floppy connector pinout :
    • Pin Signal     Pin  Signal
    • 01  Ground – (O)02  -High Density Select
    • 03  Ground – 04   Reserved
    • 05  Ground – 06   Reserved
    • 07  Ground – (O)08  -Index
    • 09  Ground – (I)10  -Drive Select 0 (*)
    • 11  Ground -  (I)12  -Drive Select 1 (*)
    • 13  Ground -  14   Reserved
    • 15  Ground -  (I)16  -Motor Enable (*)
    • 17  Ground -  (I)18  -Direction In
    • 19  Ground -  (I)20  -Step
    • 21  Ground -  (I)22  -Write Data
    • 23  Ground – (I)24  -Write Enable
    • 25  Ground – (O)26  -Track 0
    • 27  Ground – (O)28  -Write Protect
    • 29  Ground – (O)30  -Read Data
    • 31  Ground -  (I)32  -Head 1 Select
    • 33  Ground – (O)34  -Diskette Change/Ready
    • (*)Depend on the S0/S1/MO jumper!
  • 7 segments screen segments definition :
    • //   a
    • // f   b
    • //   g
    • // e   c
    • //   d
  • Custom firmware option : Blackberry trackball -> Single and double step support.
  • Custom firmware option : Extra up/down buttons or navigation switchs on the rotary connectors.
  • Some fixes in the user defined image feature.
  • Custom firmware option : Display the current track number on the 7 segment screen.
  • Custom firmware option : Debug output on the serial port (115200 8N1).
  • Custom firmware option : Read pipeline buffer size.
  • New system family support : Kawai.
  • Blackberry trackball support.
  • Track position display changed to when the screen line size is less than 16 characters.
  • Fix some OLED fonts glitches.
  • New parameter : OLED line alignment.
  • New fonts : 8514oem 10×20, xwindow 8×32, unscii 8×32.
  • More customization options :
    • 2.42 Inch OLED screen support.
    • 100 khz / 400 khz I2C bus selection.
  • Indexed mode files naming convention enhanced :
    • DSKAXXXX become a prefix : You can now add something after the prefix. e.g : DSKA0000_MyDiskName.IMG, DSKA0001_SaveDisk.HFE…
    • The prefix can be changed on the customization page if you don’t like it : https://hxc2001.com/custom_fw/
  • AUTOBOOT and config files names are now not case sensitive.
  • And some more fixes (rotary settings…).

This is only a little part of the changelog. The original one is very long and you can read it here. (instruction manual here)

The HxC Floppy Emulator Firmware Customization page: https://hxc2001.com/custom_fw/

Download: USB Stick STM32 (Gotek) HxC Firmware v3.1.60.5a (84)

source: hxc2001.com

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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.

Download:

source: ultimate64.com

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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 (84)

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

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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.

Changelog:

  • 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.

Download:

source: sd2snes.de

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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.

Changelog:

  • [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.

Download:

source: sd2snes.de

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USB Stick STM32 (Gotek) HxC Firmware v3.1.38.2a

March 9th, 2019 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 v3.1.32.1a -> v3.1.38.2a cumulative changelog:

  • More customization options:
    • Raw file image/disk format selection.
    • You can now define your raw file image/disk format !
    • Floppy Interface modes.
    • https://hxc2001.com/custom_fw/
  • More customization options:
    • 16 different oled graphic fonts available.
    • New oled screen models supported (128×32,128×64, SSD1306, SH1106…).
    • Default raw system selection.
    • And many more new options: sound volume, auto select delay, …
  • New raw formats support: Coat-A-Matic 9400 / Robox RC9400 (*.IMG/*.DSK) (289KB)
  • Fix Track 00 issue (v3.1.34.1a regression).
  • AutoSwap support enhanced/completed (sub-folders in normal mode supported).
  • Internal optimizations.
  • Direct access mode : Some fixes for the auto disk swap (“AutoSwap”) support.
  • Direct access mode : New functions
  • Select mode (0×5):
    • Mode 0 – Flash sector access mode (Default)
    • Mode 1 – Plain text browser, Entries format : “IIII;T;SSSSSSSS;File name\r\n”
    • IIII = Object ID (ASCII HEX Number).
    • T = Type -> ‘F’=FILE, ‘D’=DIRECTORY
    • SSSSSSSS = File Size  (ASCII HEX Number).
    • Mode 2 – Slot list mode.
  • Change Objects list ID base (0×6) (Plain text browser).
  • Select/Enter Object (0×7) (Plain text browser – Image/Directory selection or File tranfert mode).
  • Set file base offset (0×8) (File transfer mode).
  • Get current selected image (0×9).
  • Select file with path (0xA) (Select image with a plain text file path).
  • MFM & FM support. (see the customization page : https://hxc2001.com/custom_fw/)
  • With these new direct access API functions small file selector/browser/swapper/loader can be developed without the need of any FAT32 library on resource-limited machines. The protocol specification document will be updated soon at this address : https://hxc2001.com/download/floppy_drive_emulator/SDCard_HxC_Floppy_Emulator_Direct_Access_mode.pdf
  • First online-customizable firmware available !
    • Fill up the form on the page to https://hxc2001.com/custom_fw/ customize the firmware.
    • The firmware will be recompiled/rebuilt following your requests and sent to the provided email some minutes later.
    • This is a fully automated and free service so don’t hesitate to play with it ! :).
    • More and more options will be added on the customization page.
  • Fix v3.1.34.1a regression : Disk density selection issues with some raw formats. Please update.
  • Files & Folders names starting with ‘.’ are now hidden.
  • Firmware memory size reduced once again : More tables size optimizations.

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 v3.1.38.2a (127)

source: hxc2001.com

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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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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 (109)

source: fpgasid.de

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) (108)

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

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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