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  1. Just read about a Z interpreter named Ozmoo that can play up to Z8 on the C64.
  2. I‘d second an NTSC compatible monitor as the easiest choice. Tf_hh sells the SCCC that will turn your 800 into PAL with a single quartz changed on the mainboard. PAL CPU cards are also cheap on EBay.com. You‘ll need a PAL ANTIC/GTIA in any case.
  3. Yes, a single button will work as-is, to get the second button you need a converter like the Edladdin Seagull.
  4. 29500, almost finished Tubes. And with a little practice made it through the tubes and into level 4 with 36.060. No one up for challenge #1 so far? Got 8750 points on level 1 (minus those for the tile I'm standing on) using one life.
  5. Is there any OS that preserves normal 800XL functions but just replaces the self-test with the Rainbow splash screen? I'd like to put that in my Ultimate 1200XL to make the boot up look more "original".
  6. I dug out a Rana 1000 and got the following results: I could create a new floppy with the [New] button and was able to format it in both single density and enhanced density (999+ free) using DOS 2.5. I could copy a physical SD floppy to the formatted blank disk using J. Duplicate Disc. When trying to copy from the physical disc to the blank disc using XDOS I got Error 138. Trying to copy a physical SD floppy to an ED formatted floppy (999+ free) I got Error 139. Copying a file from the physical SD floppy to a newly formatted virtual ED floppy in the SDrive worked as well. It's too late here to delve deeper into the XDOS problem but I assume it has something to do with density mix (although XDOS is supposed to sort this out automatically IIRC). Need to try other DOSes but don't have any useful on the microSD card that's in the SDrive. Error 139 is "Command not known" in the XDOS documentation and NAK in "ordinary" DOS which probably means the same, so this sounds like XDOS sending a format command in a way that SDrive Max doesn't understand. Is there documentation for the SDrive.atr user interface somewhere? SDrive.atr says V04 when pressing HELP and there is a version 5 in the SDrive NG section on the kbrnet webpage. Will try that one as well unless someone says it doesn't work. Overall I can't say I'd find the user interface of sdrive.atr or SDrive Max particularly intuitive.
  7. Sorry, no physical floppy available at the time. Have you tried checking the "new" floppy image on an emulator. I never had luck with "new" floppy images made on the SIO2SD either.
  8. Looks great! Even if I won't need it there was at least one other poster here who was waiting for the definitive word. Hope that goes up on the project webpage once finished. Love the Baduino, interesting there's no Mehduino....;) Now if anyone has an idea how to troubleshoot my Gooduino (lowest model) which simply refuses to recognize SIO.
  9. Finally got mine to work with RX on bent out pin 2 and TX with a diode. Works without extra PSU on an 800XL (no other machines tested yet). I put in a switch to allow re-connection of pin 2 with the board for programming (I know it's a bit big but it was the smallest one around). Still have another with the OSHPark V3 sub-board that will not work, makes strange SIO sounds. RX LED on the Arduino never lights up, so I suspect an intermittent fault in the SIO cable (which shows continuity between all the required pins on the plug and the connections on the sub-board) or cold solder joint . SIO cable color code: 3 green 5 yellow 7 orange 4 orange-white 10 grey
  10. I do share your feelings and would add the thought that it might make sense to add a clause to the distribution that at least invites if not requires such a contribution. People who built WP34S calculators and sell them were expected to give a small contribution to the authors of the alternative firmware. Something like "we don't do this for profit but if you build and sell units please share your designs, etc.". It would even feel OK for me to share self-designed print files for non-commercial use only, but then I have not contributed anything.
  11. It's probably easier to have all the 5200 ports written on a flash cart. Or get yourself an SD based cart and play tons of games from one cart. All these "play one machine's games on another one" are not that simple. Either you have "dual" machines like the 7800 or the "adapter" is more or less the whole system (like the VCS adapter for the 5200). Don't know about the Coleco-Atari-adapter but that's probably similar.
  12. Thought about that, too. Either 820 sized with the screen on the front and lots of air behind (although one could use it as PSU storage for the other machines) or maybe better like a mini-810 with the screen on top. Front and back plates could be printed separately in dark brown and top and bottom would just need to differ in the studs and cutouts but could be symmetrical otherwise. Unfortunately my 3D design skills are very basic so far. Any design should have some kind of stylus stowage.
  13. +1 (just bought a monochrome monitor in case a Bit3 turns up here - will use it for my XEP80 in the meantime)
  14. I was very tempted to get some of these cleaners during my last visit to Canada but then thought that having lots of flammable liquids in my baggage would not really be in line with airline dangerous goods regulations....
  15. The 5200 has (at least some) hardware addresses different than the 8-bits, i.e. chips like ANTIC and GTIA map to different memory locations. Carts contain program code (machine language). It would be very hard to impossible for a converter to deduct what part of the code refers to such addresses.
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