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#1 Stephen OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 1, 2012 9:12 PM

I thought I would start the year on a good note, and start by finishing up many of my "perpetually in progress" Atari projects.

Project #1 - assemble Ken's 1200XL cart to PBI adapters I got nearly 3 years ago:
1200XL_01.jpg
1200XL_02.jpg

Project #2 - finish assembling two more of Lotharek's Covox audio boards. I currently use one in my 130XE, the sound is excellent! I am pissed about the few resistors that are slightly off alignment. At least I took the time to make all the text face the same direction. The little bastards do not come out of the packaging that way!
Covox_01.jpg
Covox_02.jpg

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Posted Sun Jan 1, 2012 10:00 PM

Hardware stuff -plenty. I think I had the soldering iron out maybe once or twice last year. Last time I didn't even remember to fix my monitor cable.

SIO2SD, IDE Plus 2 and RGB -> S-video converter all need to be housed. I'm thinking of some sort of all-in solution but it's not really progressed.

Software - plenty to do. Current project, get Moon Cresta sorted and start on legacy HW version. ATRLoad V2 - make a start on that.
Then there's 2 other games on the backburner and any number of prospectives.

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012 5:25 AM

Way too much hardware stuff to do , most of which has been hanging around for 2 or more years.
Atari 800, repair keyboard (space key not working)
Atari 400 two to do video mods on, plus another that is dead and requires fixing
Atari 1200xl, video mod, OS mod, RAM upgrade and maybe a pbi mod
Atari xegs, find out why the bloody thing does not work.
Atari 65xe, RAM upgrade and retrobright
Atari 1050 retrobright
Atari 815 retrobright
Rana 1000 retrobright
Atari 7800 3 to video mod
Atari 2600 video mo
Sears video arcade ii video mod
Crummydore Amiga 500+ repair/replace fdd
Hack the av to rgb board that I bought to enable pal and s-video input
Find out why my 512k sram upgrade from megaHZ does not work
Make a bunch of 7800 homebrew carts

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012 5:37 AM

I forgot about "needed repairs" -

A 130XE not working, probably bad RAM.
Keyboard not working on 1200XL and 800XE.
3 or 4 of my machines have pretty sad looking case colour and could do with some work there.
One 1084S monitor currently dead.

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012 5:55 AM

Hardware (imminent): two Ultimate 1MB installations, a VBXE install, and various other mods (not on my machines). More Ultimates to do later on. CM8833-II to fix, and a 1084S tube swap.

Restoration: Retr0Brite anything in the collection which has yellowed, then seal the lot with Print-Guard spray (proven to keep XE keyboards and cases from yellowing for six months, so looks good).

Software: Finish VBXE driver for LW (imminent), and possibly produce text editor for SDX at some point (using the S_VBXE driver). Produce VBXE coding examples for the next core pack. Other than that, it's GUI all the way and I do not aim to all fall prey this year to huge distractions from other other projects (re: IDE drivers) the way I did last summer.

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012 6:32 AM

in my NTSC 130XE, and PAL 800XE- Install U1MB, VBXE, Gumby+

My XEGS-install my sio2sd internally, Gumby+, S-Vid upgrade, hias 512k SRAM. (need to get the buttons back from the painter first tho :'/ )

none of this will even be looked at before mid Feb, as i have a pile of work for other people to get done first...

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012 7:45 AM

Well, I'd certainly like to get my 800XL set back up at it owns desk, even if I have to randomly
pick a family member and move them out. :)

After that, I'd like to get the U1meg upgrade installed, get my SNUXX drive set up, install
the stereo upgrade, etc, etc, etc,...

Of course this is just on the 8bit side. On the ST side, the list is much longer.


Always something to look forward to - and that's just the way I like it. :)

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012 8:58 AM

Phew, so many :-)
- Kick-Ass/flexible MultiPlatform support, FAIL formats support and better include file support in WUDSN IDE
- Menu-Intro and "Wooah" Demo for a hardware which is planned for the ABBUC HW contest (HW not by me).
- Support for a game which is planned for the ABBUC SW contest (game not by me)
- Port of a certain game which has fascinated my for many many years. I have tried many times before, but because I suck a game playing & game coding, I took a different approach this time. It started as a nightmare and now slowly turns into fun. Maybe it'll not by really playable (reasons see sentence before), but I gives me good vibriations to have fully understood the game's code (which is really great) and it'll be a nice demo in any case.

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012 9:54 AM

- I am planing to release the final version of MJO in January. I will release it in any state it is in to that point in time. Reason below.
- planning a game for ABBUC-Contest (many ideas in my head, let's see if it get's anywhere :)
- small intro for ABBUC-Magazin
- an application which will be a surprise for most here (let's see how far I get)

However, in February I start a new job, so I can't really judge right now how much free time I will have. The last year I worked 130km away from home so I had 4 evenings during the week with nothing else to do. That will change as the next job is in my home town and more involving.

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012 12:23 PM

I thought I would start the year on a good note, and start by finishing up many of my "perpetually in progress" Atari projects.

Project #1 - assemble Ken's 1200XL cart to PBI adapters I got nearly 3 years ago:
1200XL_01.jpg
1200XL_02.jpg



O_o You got a spare of one of these :D

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012 12:38 PM

I vow to get my C=1084 monitor working with VBXE (and all that entails).

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012 1:01 PM

- I am planing to release the final version of MJO in January. I will release it in any state it is in to that point in time. Reason below.
- planning a game for ABBUC-Contest (many ideas in my head, let's see if it get's anywhere :)
- small intro for ABBUC-Magazin
- an application which will be a surprise for most here (let's see how far I get)

However, in February I start a new job, so I can't really judge right now how much free time I will have. The last year I worked 130km away from home so I had 4 evenings during the week with nothing else to do. That will change as the next job is in my home town and more involving.


And what about that one?
I am starting to think that your name is another name ;) ...

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012 5:33 PM

Todo* list:

+Finish up ending sequence for one ZX Spectrum game
+Do something with the Amiga sidescrolling engine that's taking shape
+Tidy up the disassembly of 2 6502-based games I've been toying with. Currently they have been shifted to the C64 and are running(-ish) but I'm trying to tidy the code up a little more, make them completely relocatable (hopefully) and then I can jump in and patch them up to run on the A8. I did the C64 first because one of them is a Commodore plus/4 game and it's a little closer in some respects and a machine I'm more familiar with, so I can use that to rule out flaws in the disassembly (as opposed to ones that are down to me making a cockup of coding the A8)....
+Do a small PC/mobile game


*Not the English word 'Todo' (to do), the Spanish one ('everything')....

#14 Stephen OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012 7:38 PM


I thought I would start the year on a good note, and start by finishing up many of my "perpetually in progress" Atari projects.

Project #1 - assemble Ken's 1200XL cart to PBI adapters I got nearly 3 years ago:
1200XL_01.jpg
1200XL_02.jpg



O_o You got a spare of one of these :D

One for each of my 1200XLs :)

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Posted Tue Jan 3, 2012 4:11 PM

- I am planing to release the final version of MJO in January. I will release it in any state it is in to that point in time. Reason below.
- planning a game for ABBUC-Contest (many ideas in my head, let's see if it get's anywhere :)
- small intro for ABBUC-Magazin
- an application which will be a surprise for most here (let's see how far I get)

However, in February I start a new job, so I can't really judge right now how much free time I will have. The last year I worked 130km away from home so I had 4 evenings during the week with nothing else to do. That will change as the next job is in my home town and more involving.


Well,

new job generally means: less time for the A8 than before !
new job in home town specifically where your wife/girlfriend is: no more time for the A8 at all !

;-) ;-) ;-)


-Andreas Koch.

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Posted Tue Jan 3, 2012 5:04 PM

Not sure if this counts as a hardware project, but cleaning my basement I found my SIO2PC/USB ;)

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Posted Wed Jan 4, 2012 9:37 AM

i want to

-be more active on a8 again
-build an SDrive
-finish some a8 jobs (XE repair, SIO2SD implants, VBXE install)
-get hands on a 65816 upgrade

if RL lets me. At least i sold those time-eating skateboards.
Nice to be here again :)

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Posted Sat Jan 7, 2012 4:51 PM

I'll chime in here too and list a few 'big ideas' that I have plans for....
I rarely post, but I regularly read up in AtariAge, mainly the 8bits... I think this place is the best!

HW:
* A special mega-project that could prove to be the neatest thing since joysticks! A CPU-coprocessor
board with extra memory, storage, I/O, and _lots_ of computing cycles. I would wish to make it
available for around 100 dollars. (With some differences, this could be made either Internal, or External)

* Pokey upgrade board that installs underneath Pokey itself and provides higher bandwidth for
sound and some storage and surprises. Trying to have it 'very affordable'.


SW:
* A 'Turbo-Basic-like' language that is extensible and fully uses _all_ available expanded memories.
(Could operate with both stock Atari and copro Atari.)

* Sound library for stock Pokey, for msx/sfx. Would have some form of primitive 'instruments' and
two or three other tricks. I'm not a Pokey expert as much as some here, but I think this could make
some nice sounds.

* Various game and utility pgms, especially with the co-pro computing.


I've talked about some of these before, but I haven't been able to focus on them productively. I have
recently moved and changed my lifestyle some, and I do hope to have serious attention on some
of this kewlness this year! I've spent a _lot_ of time thinking through these projects, and have
some detailed concepts figured out. I would welcome some help on these projects from advanced
coder/pcb artists to help get this stuff happening. First I will have to start it up myself, which is
obvious and reasonable. So I won't really expect people lining up until I have something in-hand.
When I do, I will post in AtariAge, either in 8bits, or in Hardware and explain what I'm making and
what I wish help with more specifically.

Peace!

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Posted Sat Jan 7, 2012 5:12 PM

SW:
* A 'Turbo-Basic-like' language that is extensible and fully uses _all_ available expanded memories.
(Could operate with both stock Atari and copro Atari.)


Something like the fast and powerful VCS (Visual) batariBasic would be perfect!
http://bataribasic.com/
http://www.atariage....r-batari-basic/

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Posted Sat Jan 7, 2012 6:38 PM

If I can remember how after all these years (some is familiar...) then I aim to write something this year. I did have the seed of an idea but I am not sure where I am going with it next. The demo is very basic and completely pointless, use the joystick to enclose an area and it will fill with red. Scrolls at half speed by default, press the trigger to toggle between full speed scrolling.
- Paul

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Posted Sun Jan 8, 2012 4:24 AM


SW:
* A 'Turbo-Basic-like' language that is extensible and fully uses _all_ available expanded memories.
(Could operate with both stock Atari and copro Atari.)


Something like the fast and powerful VCS (Visual) batariBasic would be perfect!
http://bataribasic.com/
http://www.atariage....r-batari-basic/


I wonder how big a jump it would be from the 2600 version?

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Posted Sun Jan 8, 2012 5:07 AM

i want install stereo, 1mb, vbxe and SDX into atari.. :)

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Posted Sun Jan 8, 2012 6:05 AM

To complete my PC/Linux based home computer automation system (with drag and drop visual workflows), complete with an Atari module to spit out MADS code....

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Posted Sun Jan 8, 2012 6:57 AM

Hmm, it's lot of things:
-fix 800XE(bad rams)
-build covox
-find some nice box for SDrive
-finish MyIDE
-get 1200XL and 800 (impossible! ;))
-try to learn 6502 assembly

Also, i've wanted to make portable 800XL using PS1 lcd screen, but I can't find one.

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Posted Sun Jan 8, 2012 12:34 PM



SW:
* A 'Turbo-Basic-like' language that is extensible and fully uses _all_ available expanded memories.
(Could operate with both stock Atari and copro Atari.)


Something like the fast and powerful VCS (Visual) batariBasic would be perfect!
http://bataribasic.com/
http://www.atariage....r-batari-basic/


I wonder how big a jump it would be from the 2600 version?


That idea is certainly interesting! I think I've seen bAtari comment negatively about porting
bB to the 'big system'. I would enjoy having some similarities with bB! I definitely was going
to eliminate the need for line#'s and have 'real source code'. Since the code in bB must be
so small, I wonder if there's a 'nucleus' part/structure that can be used, with permission?
I wonder how the DPC+ is going? I would really value a good clear description of just
what DPC+ does - I have some idea but, eg; I rarely even see what DPC stands for in the vcs
threads nor how the '+' differs. (Do the authors know???:P )

I was surprised when the polls on this site show that most ppl (other than asm) use TurboBasic;
not Action! or even C! So that's partly why I am interested in an expandible turbobasic.
Many can contribute to it! Imagine; having a 320K XE and loading up a 180K game! (or more)

Peace!




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