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  1. Its the only example and I am pretty sure it was done using the SMAC assembler and not by hand. My guess is it has something to do with SMAC not handling something properly. My guess is it has to do with the broken JR instruction hadling.
  2. In the sense that there are no 'original' stories in movies or books, since every possible subject was covered in plays and stories hundreds or even thousands of years ago? From my favorite book ever.... Ecclesiastes 1 1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? 4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. 5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. 6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. 7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. 8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. 11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. Never have more true words been spoken.
  3. I said "normally". I never said other sizes didn't exist, but for whatever reason, the standard commonly-found sizes (in bytes) are odd powers of two. 6116 = 2k x 8, 6164 = 8k x 8, 62256 = 32k x 8. I know what you said, but I am telling you, 64k as well as 2k, 4k and 16k are not uncommon either. Maybe in your neck of the woods but I've seen these all over the place around here. Have tons of most of them too. Gotta know where to look for them. Even still, a 32k would be fine too. Not like there will be much use for much above 32k anyway.
  4. FYI, static RAM normally only comes in odd powers of two: 2K, 8K, 32K, 128K. FYI, actually no...... 64k is 2^6. You also skipped 1k, 4k, and 16k all of which are standard legitimate chip sizes since the stone age. sizes 1k, 2k, 4k, 8k, 16k, 32k, 64k, 128k, ...on and on. 2^bits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Here is one to check out. http://www.winbond-usa.com/products/winbond_products/pdfs/Memory/w24512a.pdf They are not uncommon....also I have some older 28 pin 64k x 8 CMOS statics in my pile. Forget who makes them but they are there.
  5. There is one case where the tight loop senario indeed chokes the GPU. But we are talking very few instructions in between the loop points. Once unrolled it actually ran as fast as it did in local.
  6. Well you all make some good points pro and con but the beauty of my add on is it essentially is a bare board that you can add to when you can afford it. The only thing on board would be the 8 switchable blocks of 8k static RAM ( a 64k static chip with logic) and math hardware which is extremely low cost....a simple, effective method that would essentially allow for a few register writes to get the result you need. The pokey would be a socket for a pokey and the ROM would be the cart you plug into determining how much, up to a meg. So as a matter of fact, the initial cost would be low and then the user can decide when to add the other componenets to the system. The beauty of the pokey socket is that the game would still work just without the other sound channels present. The sprite engine is software so that wont be a problem. It would also include an extra software based timer, scoring and score display along with a 32 sprite static field update DLL with a full character complimented screen. The RAM would allow a RAM buffer based backdrop for animated stuff like the warp field in Spacewarp of Gorf or the flagship explosion. I'll probably include circle, line and point subroutines along with sin/cos and other useful stuff. Like I've stated, the goal is to allow a developer to concentrate on the game play logic and AI and not need to worry about hardware set up other than a call to a routine or two. I want to keep the cost near that of a CC2 and cheaper if possible. But please keep in mind, this is an idea and not one that is a definite or even likely at this time as I have other projects in the works. Im also looking to design a Wizard of Wor like game and a Berzerk like game too.
  7. Well I understand this but as someone who actually considered this, I realized it would be a lot of work for a limited crowd. I much rather write games for the stock machine and add any extra hardware on the cart. Everyone can own/play that way. The one regret of releasing Gorf for the Jag was putting it on Cd but that did not matter as it turned out Midway was still owner of the rights. Yeah, that's the bummer of any add-ons for consoles or old computers. It was almost always a dead-end, because any publishing house is going to look at it and say, do I want to make a game for the whole set of people who bought the console, or just for the subset who bought the add-on? I'm sure we all own a lot of orphaned add-ons that were only ever used by a few games. Im actually considering making an add on to the 7800. It would be via the cart port and include a cart thru connection. It would have a pokey socket and a RAM bank as well as some other useful goodies.This way you would not have to mode your console. I would also make sure the unit add on is disabled by default until a cart that makes use of it enables the add on. This way you can leave it plugged in, play all the origianl games and have the developer enable it for new games that make use of it. It would have a 64k bank of static RAM switchable to 8 seperate 8k blocks. POkey socket and allow up to 1 meg of ROM. IT would also have some built in libraries for DLLs and sound so mostly AI and game logic would be all the developer needed to write to make a new game. It would also include a power fast hardware based math system that would allow for very fast multiplies, divides, sin/cos and other trig functions. It would be quite useful and hoepfully greatly expand the power of the 7800 be simply plugging the unit into the cart port. But this would not be any time soon or even definitive at this point.
  8. Thanks. Send me a PM with your information, and I'll set aside 16 board for you. I'll add the international rates to my original post. Jay I'd like some of these....do you have 20?
  9. Well I understand this but as someone who actually considered this, I realized it would be a lot of work for a limited crowd. I much rather write games for the stock machine and add any extra hardware on the cart. Everyone can own/play that way. The one regret of releasing Gorf for the Jag was putting it on Cd but that did not matter as it turned out Midway was still owner of the rights.
  10. It's actually been fun coding my first processor again. I hope folks will like these. All assembly. Except for the register counts the 6502 is similar in some ways to the J-RISC's in the Jaguar. I hope once I release the skeleton app, that someone makes good use of it.
  11. Working the lat 3 days on my original title Warbirds. Got some bugs ironed out in the second mission which is almost complete. Also got the scoring and level code working and displaying. I hope to eventually release a skeleton lib to allow 32 sprites with Astrocade like vector animation routines so other can make games without too much trouble. I hope to make it work in such a way that you need not worry about DLL's or anything other than game logic and AI. Once I get Warbirds done, I'll have those for release on cart and then I'll finish up UFO! which is a twist on the O^2 classic of the same name, also hopefully on cart. Then after this I'll help PacManPlus with Gorf if he needs it. Then I'll release the skeleton lib with an example and tutorial on how to use the lib. Hopefully, after all this I'll get to work on Zaxxon to fullfill a promise to Curt Vendel. I'll send him the bin and let him decide what to do with it. hopefully I can find someone to help me with the scrolling back drop since I never tried anything like this on the 7800.
  12. Gorf

    Jag Mods

    I think modding the Jag at all at this point in it's after life is over doing so if your going to bother go for the gusto, since no matter what you do will no doubt break compatibility with all the current software out there. NOt to mention those accellerators are all 020,030 ,040 and 060's anyway. There is no 32 MHZ versions of a 100% compatible 68k that I know of. And all the ST soup ups also break compatibility. The Jag is such a strange beast as it is that what ever you do will probably break any software running on it anyway.all new software will need to be re-written for it. The worst of moding the Jag with a 68k based anything wont help it run any faster since it will still choke the main bus so if you are looking to speed the machine up a 68k based processor with no internal cache is not going to help much at all.
  13. Gorf

    Jag Mods

    Yah, I haven't poked around in any of my jags yet, but you'd definitely need to remove the existing CPU, I'll guess that it is surface mounted, so a socket would be problematic. Have to be pretty fast SRAM also. You'd need to do a lot more than just piggy back a chip. It would be better to redisign the Mother board to add an 020...if you are going to bother, then use an 060 and be done with it.
  14. (rest of page full of useless banter deleted) Taking lessons from the media types I see? OR are you Bill's brother? Changing the subject. accuse the person of interest of actions never commited. Avoid providing proof of your complaints against me. Here, since you obviously refuse to read what I actually replied, I 'll just post it so you can't miss it this time. Gorf answered Marvio..... "Also I am quite capable of doing 3D models on my own so the likely hood of me personnaly needing outside help is unlikely. " Then after his over-reaction to my reply, I simply wrote the following to assure him I was not slighting him. Yet you have a knack for missing the obvious so here it is in plain view for you. Gorf answered Marvio..... "Don't be sorry. I simply saying that I don't need a 3D model designer. I need a 3D model renderer. That's not a slight on you at all. " Now please tell me how I was arrogant, not tactful, disrespectful, or swaggering. Now either provide this, or be the 3rd to be welcome to my ignore list. Now is your biased in your attitude becasue I dare told you your precious wittle neo geo cant hold a candle to the Jagur in terms of power? Please get a grip on reality and also, do your self a favor...dont ever try living in New Jersey. You'd be crying bloody murder daily if you think this is arrogant, not tactful, disrespectful, or swaggering. Let me know when you are ready to admit you are wrong.
  15. Must be terrible living in such miresy that you feel the need to come her, start shit and then cry about it when you get called on it. I could not really care less what you do quite frankly. I dont see how it helps the fan base other than to rehash the same information you can find in any of the Jaguar sites. Im not suprised though as most media driven people think they are better and smarter and kinder than the folks who do the real work. If im such a thorn in your side, there is always the ignore button...please do yourself a favor and use it. I plan to do so with you....congratualtions being only the second person ever to deserve that honor from me.
  16. Now to replay the truthful events of what REALLY happened here..... http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/155054-what-chance-of-a-tomb-raidertype-game-on-the-jaggie/page__view__findpost__p__1903168 Please tell me how I was being harsh? http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/155054-what-chance-of-a-tomb-raidertype-game-on-the-jaggie/page__view__findpost__p__1903506 Looks to me someone else was taking my rather polite response a bit to seriously considering all I did was tell him we(as in 3DSSS) did not need his services). Now we have Bill, who decided to inaccurately accuse me of some... http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/155054-what-chance-of-a-tomb-raidertype-game-on-the-jaggie/page__view__findpost__p__1904529 Who fanned the fire now? Sure was'nt me. Nice try Bill but the facts are right here for anyone with eyes to see them. You seem to follow me around even to the Astrocade site to try the same garbage.
  17. Im not at all being arrogant, just factual. Im quite a multi faceted person. I never said you CAN'T do what I do.....you don't.... I DON'T do what you do because of one simple reason....Im not at all interested in doing it...period. How's that grab ya? Nor does your sneaky behavior. You come hear and poke people in the eye and then cry foul. There may be some foolish enough to fall for your antics, but Im not one of them. Unfortunately those who see you as I do are to cowardly to say something. Happy has nothing to do with it. Being factual, upfront and to the point with honesty makes me happy. Hey, but if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. If you choose to poke people in the eye and cry foul when they point it out, some of us not so blind will call you on it. Now go do some REAL soul seaching and see what a trouble maker you have been...on Christmas eve no less. Great job there Bill. Merry Christmas to you.
  18. You know, if you actually took the time to read my post you will see I did NOTHING to push anyone away. I simple said and politely I do not need any model makers. Why would I depend on anyone for something I am quite capable of doing myself? If you think this is harsh, you are either retarded or not paying attention. Potent? Show me where I was potent with Marvio? Or anywhere when someone did not act potent to start with. Just once I'd like to see you point this out. No that is exactly what it is. Go back and read my reply to Marvio. No respect is being honest and straight with someone which is all I did. If respect to you is saying 'Oh yeah, go ahead and make models " when I have no need for them or will ever use them, then I think you need to look up the meaning of respect. I never asked anyone to make models for me...in fact I was a clear as a bell that I needed a renderer. Therefore this analogy is irrelevant. No I was honest and straight forward and I think quite cordial about it...especially when what I stated was that I need a renderer. I did say I got that covered and quite honestly I was not really interested in seeing anyone's work or I would have said so. Well since he is an admitted NOOB to the JAg scene and Im not, I'd have quite a rough time believing he would eb better at modeling low poly counts than I could. Even so, I do not need his help. If I did I would have asked for it. I ask for a rendering engine, yet you feel he was being helpful offering something I have no need for? I must live on another planet than some of you then. I never did any such thing..I can't help it if he can't take polite and understandable rejection. Well, he is obviously a noob at reading responses too then. I did nothing to make him feel that way other than tell him I do not need a model maker. After 13+ years in the Jag scene, you nor he can't seriously believe he was the first to ever ask me to make models can you? I've replied the same way in the past and never once was told I was harsh or "oooh you hurt my feelings." I ask you once again to show me where I 'went evil' on Marvio? I think someones ego might be a bit too big for his own good? I hope he starts his own business because they will do this a lot when he tries to get jobs. (irrelevant babbling deleted for brevety.) You missed the real instigation here..Bill and his usual unhelpful, unproductive attack on me because I don't offer everyone a spot ont he team just because they ask, and then have the balls to insiuate that I am not helpful. Ask JagChris if I 'm not helpful or any number of people who ask me for advice on the Jag as far as coding goes. As far as I see, this is a bunch of whinny cry baby shit and it does not help me want to stick around to put my hard work into bothering with the Jaguar. I say once more. Read what I ACTUALLY posted, back up your accusations with facts or please butt the 'F' out. Yeah ...now Im being potent.
  19. Then dont. That is exactly what you did. And you are any better how? And you help this out how? Yeah I can see that by your last post..... Yeah like your inaccurate portrayal of the Jag community because the developers dont kiss your ass? Yeah tell me one way you've contributed anything other than to bad mouth the community and its developers? But it does when what you contribute is the exact attitude you just did with your negative post,completely ignore the factual content of why I told MArvio I cant use his help. If this is mean spirited then the both of you need to gorw the hell up. If Marvio can supply a renderer, I'd be the first to jump on his offer. Unfortunately what he offers in not what we need. maybe there are those out ther working on Jag games that might. But because I tell him honestly and politely I cant use his help you jump ugly and so does he? I ant help it you and he are to thin skinned to understand this....again grow up. Ok and any fan can do this..fine we appreciate this but really like model makers this side is a dime a dozen too. No offense but really.... Please tell me how this helps the devwlopers or gets more games on the self? These are what keep a dead system to grow a larger fan base. Then you come here and inaccurately insult us as if we are some sort of useless and uncaring bunch? How does this help anyone? You dont realize anything if you believe this. What makes you think I can't do what you are doing? I hope to see more of what you can contribute to the Jaguar community in your own area of expertise. I'm certainly a fan of your Jaguar Gorf CD, which sits proudly on a shelf with the rest of my Jaguar stuff. Im glad you like Gorf but how about dropping the bullshit saying that we dont care or help out? How about actually reading my post and realizing all I did was say I have no need for model makers? If you REALLY appreciate this then next time take the time to realize you opened your mouth unfairly here for no good reason.
  20. I think you dont know the foggiest of what you are talking about. I suppose releasing the main code rules was a detriment huh? I supposed making lessons for those novices was a mean thing to do now was'nt it? I think the problem is people like yourself want everything and contribute nothing while bashing those that actually do. When is the last time you gave anything to the jag community bsides attacking those that do?....that's what I thought. funny how you show up only for the purpose of bitching and moaning(out of place at that) Perhaps more walk and less talk? BTW...this is off topic too.
  21. I dont think you understand what I said at all actually. I have no problem with folk helping out. I have a problem with folk trying to help out in areas where we dont need any such help. Now if you were to tell me you'd write me a kick balls renderer, I'd be more than glad to take it.
  22. I nay have mentioned another guy who actually reclokced a Jaguar at 40MHZ. Said he put in HoverStrike Cart that ran at a ridiculous 60 FPS for about a minute and then the unit blew up.
  23. Mainly and usually in small tight loops. Other wise an unrolled loop runs as fast. So careful coding out in main is still always faster then the 68k by plenty.
  24. Tom and Jerry on the bus all the time vs 020, TOm and JErry of the bus most of the time? Sorry...in this case, 3 heads are definitely better than two. The Cd ROm offers little. It would have been looked upon as a glorified over priced Genny CD at $400 dollars with unimpressive software. The 020 senario is by far superior in every possible way.
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