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root42

@root42@chaos.social

https://www.youtube.com/root42
Coding, tinkering, ancient hardware and software.
he/him
#retrogaming #letscode #demoscene
If you want to support me, you can do so at the links below. I also have Ko-Fi, but there aren’t enough entries…

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root42, to retrocomputing
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Do you have an Amiga 500 and do you want a plug and play solution for Hard Disk, Kick 3.1, Acceleration (2-3x speedup) and much more? Maybe the ACA500+ is for you. Or do you want maximum speed with a bit of manual tinkering? Check out my video about both the ACA500+ and the Lazarustorm:
https://youtu.be/FH9UKcrfov0

root42, to retrogaming
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The Picross puzzles are getting harder.
#retrogaming #gameboy

root42, to retrocomputing
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root42, (edited ) to retrocomputing
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root42, to c64
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Question to my #commodore #c64 bubble: How do I change the file type of an existing file (e.g. from PRG to SEQ)?

root42, to random
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Happiest girl I ever knew
Wanted to be your joy
Flow between your lips

phranck, to random
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Ach guck, beim Aufräumen in der Werkstatt gefunden. 😃

root42,
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@phranck ich hab irgendwo noch Alu Pfennige, die mir mein Cousin aus der Zone geschickt hat…

root42, to retrocomputing
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The CBM 8050 utilizes MN2114 SRAM chips, which are 1Kx4 SRAMs. The advantage is that they don't require refresh, as DRAMs do. But they were of course more expensive. However as there are only 8 for a total of 4KB of memory the cost factor was probably not that great. Plus otherwise you would have had to have extra ICs for the refresh signals...

root42, to jazz
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root42, (edited ) to random
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The CBM 8050 saga continues. I have reassembled the drive and wanted to test it. It seems the following issues are at hand:
At least drive 0 has a speed issue, needs calibration. All format commands return a speed error. I might need to apply the resistor fix I did on my other drive, lowering the resistance and increasing RPM.
Drive 1 seems to have an issue with the optical sensor for write protection. Either the sensor or the infrared LED doesn't work. I might have plugged in the cables wrong.

root42,
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Onwards with the
I managed to calibrate the drive 0 to 300RPM. This is good! No need to do the resistor bodge as in my other drive!

Strobodisk on the bottom of the drive, showing a steady 60Hz ring when the drive is spinning.

root42,
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But now drive 0 also show write protect! Damnit!
Reading still works...

root42,
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It turns out that this 7404 on the drive 1 deals with the write protect signal, also for drive 0! I didn’t have this connected for this calibration!

root42,
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Furthermore the solder joints on the pin header were all cracked. I added fresh solder and reflowed them. This should help with the write protect of drive 1 as well!

root42,
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But sadly drive 0 still doesn’t format disks. It doesn’t give a speed error anymore, but a read error! Maybe something wrong with the write circuit…? Sometimes it gets to 40-50%…

root42,
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The exact error that I am getting is 23. interesting enough reading from a floppy written in my other 8050 works fine. So my guess is that this is indeed an issue with writing on this particular drive.

root42,
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Writing works absolutely fine on drive 0. Well, the status LED blinks red once in a while, so maybe there are intermittent errors, but at least it works! I could copy many hundreds of blocks onto an already formatted disk. But formatting still doesn't work. Now we have to debug. What can we test to see what's happening on the analog board?

ryanhoulihan, to random
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What do you do to pass the time on the worst day of your life? Don’t say anything addicting, I’m also broke

root42,
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@ryanhoulihan honestly: talk to friends. Go to your happy place. Meditate. Look at your feelings. And if all else fails, go for a walk.

root42, to random
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Of all the ICs on the 8050 mainboard the 6502 looks the worst. Still works fine, of course. But if it ever fails it’s rather easy to replace.

root42, to retrocomputing
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AmigaPCI - an open source Amiga ECS mainboard with PCI & USB interfaces:
https://github.com/jasonsbeer/AmigaPCI

Thanks to @metin for the link.

metin, to amiga
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Nice…

https://hackaday.com/2024/06/04/the-amiga-we-all-wanted-in-1993/

I've always mourned Commodore's demise. 😢 In an alternate universe, Commodore could have been what Apple is today.

root42,
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@metin After Jack Tramiel left there was no visionary left who ruled Commodore. Apple struggled after Jobs left, because there, too, no visionary was left. Successful companies exist because they are ruled by dictators with a vision. Failing companies, too. But the reverse doesn't exist I think: Successful companies without visionaries. If ideas get too diluted by too many in power, a company might exist and survive, but won't be making breakthroughs like Commodore did in the early days.

leadedsolder, to retrogaming
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Swapped the reset cap on my Mark III, so now I can use the (knockoff) EverDrive on it. 10µF to 0.1µF is all it takes. Thanks to Neto from SMSPower for figuring this out.

The Master EverDrive is loaded into an adapter into the board of the Mark III
The main menu of the EverDrive has successfully loaded, showing a list of folders of ROMs.

root42,
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@leadedsolder @ChartreuseK what about original Krikzz carts? I try to buy those if I can afford it, to support him and UA.
Right now I have only the three games for the SMS.

root42, to random
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Question to my bubble: how to I compile a GAL .PLD file to a .JED file? I know that one can use WinCUPL, but is there a (command line) open source replacement for that? I am not feeling like trying to get a Windows program running now...

root42,
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Here is the updated PLD file:
https://gist.github.com/root42/314afe67d2f6e455989a0e5964c6f783/revisions

It works! I have BASIC 4.0 and I have the SoftROM writable at $9000!

root42,
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We have a resounding success: 8K of cache is detected by the interpreter!

And Zork 1 loads quite fast! Further benchmarking will follow, also from a real drive -- I just loaded this from SD2PET. I will put this in a future video, so keep your eyes peeled!

Beginning of Zork 1 playing out on the screen: West of House You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.

Abandoned, to microsoft
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Running Microsoft's pre-release OS/2 2.0 in 86box and playing a bit of Space Quest II. And it works great so far.

/2 2.0

root42,
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@Abandoned why does it say sarien j2me…? Is this some kind of OS/2 port of Sarien…? AGI interpreter, I guess?

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