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#51 sparkdrummer ONLINE  

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Posted Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:32 AM

Here are some examples of my modified GRAM0...

 

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This takes the place of the Rainbow opening screen. Note the year - That's when I did it.

 

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Second screen "MENU".

 

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This shows the lower case character set - it is in Console Basic and Extended Basic - Don't know about anything else - I assume so because it's in GRAM0.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:27 AM

:D

Happy happy happy!!!!!!

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Posted Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:29 PM

For those needing the instructions for Heiner Martin's Cartridge board in English, here you go.

Thanks!

 

Adding to the master archive.



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Posted Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:52 AM

Based on the Description, what he had was probably one of the aluminum pizza-box GSIM devices. More questions--and a picture of one of the devices we already have within the community, would probably fully clarify the matter (or send us on a hunt for another new TI-Internal device).

 

 

Corrected tidbit from DC about the GSIM device:

 

Jon, I need to correct a factoid.  I remembered that Craig borrowed the TI development set from someone (?) and we only had it for a brief period on time.  It didn’t own it nor did he pass it on to one of us.  I’ll do my best to give you as accurate accounts as I can but, the thirty years passing makes it hazy sometimes.  As I go through things I do recall more and more.



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Posted Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:21 PM

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Coming soon. Working on restoring and stitching/making readable. If some of my crowd sourced requests don’t pan out and you want a 45MB file of images to stitch, straighten out, etc, to help me out, PM me.

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Posted Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:39 PM

You know I'll rebuild this one. . .



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Posted Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:33 AM

nice progress. thanks for all the effort!

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Posted Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:56 AM

Good things come to those who wait.  Enclosed are all the development notes (handwritten, mostly) on the Gram Kracker.  Note what I included and did not include, below.  There are still some other items to scan, and I apologize for it taking so long.  I have a very painful arthritic condition that's making it very hard to function on a daily basis.

 

Contents: 

·       Gram Kracker memory retention fix issue – note that most units have not had this done

·       GK Logos

·       General Development Notes

·       Battery Backup Disabling Circuit

·       Cartridge disconnect circuit

·       RAM Bank Selection circuit

·       GRAM Selection Circuit

·       GRAM operation Logic

·       Address Registers circuit

·       Additional battery backup circuitry

·       Mini memory schematic

·       Battery Backup circuit

·       Main circuit drawing draft (two pages – note one has a little info on the bottom left)

·       Bank Switching update circuit

·       Battery Drain information

·       Battery Drain information sheet (front/back)

·       NOT INCLUDED:  Receipts (most were stapled)

·       Parts list for the GK01

·       Battery holder data sheet

·       NOT INCLUDED:  Article “Application of Static RAMs – Battery Backup” from Electronic Design, March 31, 1983

·       NOT INCLUDED:  Data sheet, transistors type 2N3903, 2N3904, ETC.

·       Five tests for GRAM read/write (writing one byte to GRAM, and see which data was latched – both QI console and regular console)

·       Component placement dated 10/02/85 of top PCB

·       Component placement dated 10/2/85 for bottom PCB

·       NOT INCLUDED:  HM6264LP datasheet, HM27C64 datasheet, HM27256 datasheet, HM27C256 datasheet, Hitachi Representatives and Distributors datasheet

·       Block diagram

 

Still to come:

  • Scans of draft of user manual
  • Scan of DC's printouts of the source code (both internal GPL code for the GK loader as well as all the subprograms)
  • Scan of the production checkout code (used to test the units as they were assembled)
  • Schematic diagrams! (woot!)
  • First run historical drafts of the mylars 

As per above, all of these archives will be assembled into one archive when I am done and placed on WHTech.

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Posted Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:24 PM

One more for the day.  
 
Contents:

1) Gram Kracker binder copy of GPL loader program:

- Page 1-10 – GK Load
- Page 11-23 – Subroutine Data
- Page 24 – Aschex/Quit routine
- Page 25 – BASIC BIAS routine
- Page 26 – Color subroutine
- Page 27-30 – DBASE Routine
- Page 31-32 – DSRLNK Routine
- Page 33-37 – Field Editor (Stack Driven)
- Page 38-45 – Memory Editor
- Page 46-69 – Memory Dump
 
2)Gram Kracker module modifications – preliminary user manual

3)Gram Kracker Test program (GPL) – possibly a partial printout according to Doug Warren
 
This leaves:

  • Schematic diagrams! (woot!)
  • First run historical drafts of the mylars 
  • Another potential surprise coming up soon (hopefully)

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Posted Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:32 AM

Great scans ! thank you



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Posted Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:36 PM

Great scans ! thank you

Thanks! There was some OCR also applied as well. It may not be 100 percent correct.

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Posted Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:49 PM

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Coming soon. Working on restoring and stitching/making readable. If some of my crowd sourced requests don’t pan out and you want a 45MB file of images to stitch, straighten out, etc, to help me out, PM me.

b1504097d9c09abe18f7240b9f428de3.jpg

 

 

Great Job, can you post the full schematic picture (or a link)?

 

Thnx.

 

ti99user



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Posted Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:02 PM

 

 

Great Job, can you post the full schematic picture (or a link)?

 

Thnx.

 

ti99user

 

 

I have two people working on the schematic at present, and both are doing it in their spare time.

 

* Ksarul is going to be authoring a modern version 

* Sinphaltimus is trying to rebuild the above schematic by overlaying it with new text/graphics

 

Please be patient. :)



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Posted Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:13 PM

Next batch is up...this is a hard drive image (usable with TI Image Tool, TI99Dir, and MAME).

 

Note, this is not a complete dump of the hard drive, but has a lot of great nuggets in it.  Corcomp DSR source, MG Explorer source, DiskAssembler source, Triton Turbo XT source, etc.  Please note I'm looking for someone to really dig into this to help enhance the README before I put it on WHTech.  As soon as Fred and Michael get the Myarc backup format for DC's drive fixed so we can extract, we will have a lot of the remainder of the files that are not in this archive.
 
Please read the README in the archive for more information and enjoy.
  • BXP Directory – Backup of the MG Explorer Source and object code
  • CCP – Corcomp Disk Controller DSR Source Code
  • DSK1 – Misc utilities Doug utilized
  • DSKASM – This is the final version of DiskAssembler source and object code
  • EXP – MG Explorer – another source code directory
  • FMT – Copyright protection source code for formatting disks?
  • GAME – Task Force by Douglas Warren – 12/25/82
  • GKED – Gram Kracker Editor source code
  • GKLS – Gram Kracker source code
  • GKTST – Gram Kracker production testing/burnin source/object code
  • LDRS – Possibly MG Explorer copyright protection loader code?
  • MDM5 – Ignore.  Myarc Disk Manager 5 if using disk image with MAME.
  • PCTI – Triton Turbo XT sidecar source code
  • PCTST – Triton Turbo XT sidecar test code?
  • PEXP – Subroutines to protect MG Explorer?
  • PROD – Appears to be the executables to create production copy protected MG Explorer disks
  • RT – Appears to be many different type of GK Module dumps
  • TI232CC – TI RS232 DSR source code
  • TISYSTST – TI diagnostic tests for different peripherals
  • XBK – Assembly routines/libraries, possibly from MG Smart Programmer?

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Posted Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:00 PM

wow, what a treasure ! thanks to Warren for sharing this with the community.

 

(and Acadiel and all the other specialists for all the work that is going up now ;) )

 

This is a mega and a meta thread :)



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Posted Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:47 PM

Sooooooo freakin cool. :)

What a gold mine of history!!!

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Posted Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:48 AM

The last bit for right now:  The GK Draft mylars.  These are not production; do not use them.  Several of them are partial pages that you will have to reassemble if you choose to print them.

 

Uploads:

  1. Heiner Cartridge Board information/schematics
  2. Original set of GK disks sent to me/readme
  3. Production Mylars 
  4. GK Development Notes
  5. Development/Binder notes
  6. Source Code - what we have recovered so far/Hard Drive Image usable with TIMT
  7. First run Mylars (drafts)
  8. Release

Remaining:

  1. Schematic (master) - large is in bad shape, cannot bring through a blueprint scanner.  Ksarul is going to recreate and Sinphaltimus is trying an overlay on the original 
  2. Schematics (drafts) - might try to get these scanned, as most are in good shape.  Local computer club member has access to one in Norcross, not too far from me.  
  3. Remaining hard drive contents - Most are trapped in a Myarc Disk Manager for the Personality card backup format.  

I will work with Don and Greg to try to get these all posted on WHTech.

 

 

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Posted Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:19 AM

I've uploaded all files to http://ftp.whtech.co...s/GRAM_Kracker/

 

- acadiel



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Posted Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:47 PM

Jon,

 

   I have not had the pleasure of going through all these files you've posted yet (though I plan to do so soon).  Is there, by any chance, a copy of the MSAVE and MSAVE6 source code included in any of these documents?



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Posted Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:04 PM

Jon,
 
   I have not had the pleasure of going through all these files you've posted yet (though I plan to do so soon).  Is there, by any chance, a copy of the MSAVE and MSAVE6 source code included in any of these documents?


No, none of the utility program source code has been added. I don’t think DC had it, looking at his hard drive image. Only possible place he might have it on is floppy. I will ask.

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Posted Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:28 PM

Thanks Jon.

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Posted Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:42 AM

For all you Krack Heads - I mean Gram Kracker Heads. :)

OK, I feel I've made enough progress to show what I've been doing. Not so much a preservation effort as it is a recreation effort. I'm no engineer but I'm glad to help. I hope to have this completed within a week or two tops. It will at the very least end up ultra Hi-Res (not super low res for this preview) but my intent is to keep it vector for file size and zooming - as long as I can combine the two different programs I'm using to complete this. Sure it needs some clean up (slightly crooked lines and some components not lined up 100% accurately) but I think it's coming along nicely. Hope ya'll think so as well. Still have all those text labels to add. Whew. :)

I've done my best to preserve the integrity of the layout and work done on the original.

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Edited by Sinphaltimus, Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:46 AM.


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Posted Tue Apr 3, 2018 8:02 PM

Thank you Sinphaltimus for taking on the restoration! The original was crusty old and water damaged.



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Posted Wed Apr 4, 2018 5:40 AM

Thank you Sinphaltimus for taking on the restoration! The original was crusty old and water damaged.

I don't have many ways to "give back" to such an awesome community. When I find a way, I make it happen because, "thank you" to everyone here for making this hobby one of the best. I don't own a GramKracker, I wouldn't know what to do with one if I did, but this, this I can do. :)

You're welcome. I'm feeling confident I'll be completed by this coming Sunday sometime. At that time I will submit it privately to several with access to the original and full blown knowledge to check over my work and ensure accuracy. I find some mistakes along the way and correct as i go so another set of eyes or two or three can't hurt. Once approved, I'll release everything including the dia files. I started with photoshop but will be transferring the photoshop work over to dia before completion as dia will be the final output retaining the super hi res and printability since it is vector based.



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Posted Sun Apr 8, 2018 4:50 PM

Super Hi Res Vector based DIA file sent for review - Super low res preview here for you. (in the meantime)

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