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I'm having trouble getting the Raspberry Pi version to work.   This is version 0.6.9 on Raspbian 10.    I get the same error no matter what I try, but the same steps work on the PC Linux version.

 

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On 2/3/2021 at 3:43 PM, Ikrananka said:

Sorry for the long delay - been busy.  So I finally dug out my Roller Controller and Ultimate PC Interface (v3), and have confirmed what you need to do to get it working.

 

1. Reset Controller Order (only if A=2 and B=1) 

 

One of the nasty quirks of Windows is that it can easily mess up the ordering of the Ultimate PC (UPC) controllers, swapping them around so that one day you may find that A maps to controller 1, while another time it will map to controller 2.  This changing of controller order can generally be avoided by plugging the UPC into the same USB port every time.  If however the controller order is wrong (A=2 : B=1) then you can reset them back to normal (A=1 : B=2) by doing the following:

  • Connect your UPC to you computer.
  • In Windows Device Manager expand the Human Interface Devices section.
  • Right-click on one of the two "HID-compliant game controller" entries and select "Uninstall device".  Repeat this for the other one.
  • Right-click on any other entry and select "Scan for hardware changes"

This should now have added back both "HID-compliant game controller" entries but this time they'll be in the correct order.

 

2.  Setup Roller Controller

  • Ensure that you Roller Controller is NOT plugged into its power source.
  • Connect BOTH standard controllers into the Roller Controller and set the "Joystick-Roller" switch to Roller.
  • Plug the Roller Controller 9-pin connectors into the UPC, making sure that connector 1 plugs into 'A' on the UPC and that connector 2 plugs into 'B' on the UPC.
  • Ensure that you ColecoVision power supply is connected to the Roller Controller and then turn it on.

3.  UPC Auto Sense

 

Now we'll use the UPC auto sense feature to detect each of the controllers, one at a time.

  • On the standard controller that is plugged into the Roller Controller 1 port, press and HOLD the 0 key on the keypad.
  • Briefly press the black autosense on the UPC while still holding down the 0 key on the controller's keypad.
  • When the UPC red LED starts to flash again (normally within a fraction of a second), release the 0 key.
  • Repeat the above three steps but this time holding down the 0 key on the standard controller plugged into the Roller Controller 2 port.

You should now see that moving the Roller Controller trackball around also moves the mouse pointer in Windows.  If not, or if it only moves along one axis, then repeat the UPC Auto Sense steps above.

 

4.  Set CoolCV to Roller Controller Mode

 

Now, start CoolCV, drag in a rom file of a game to play and then press the F5 key to enable Roller Controller mode.  The trackball, keypads and red fire buttons should all now work.

Those adapters are damn expensive on eBay. $230. Is there a cheaper source for them?

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Just now, Ikrananka said:

Yes, directly from the designer: http://www.intellivision.us/intvgames/interface/interface.php - US$69

Thanks. eBay is such a hoot. Is the version 2 from 2012 or version 3 from 2018 better. Just wondering if less is more in terms of all the slightly different equipment crammed into the 2018 version and the effectiveness of the Autosense. 

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I've got both.  I bought the version 3 because of the added support for Atari 2600 paddles.  They operate more or less in the same way including the autosense.  I can recommend both of them depending on your needs.

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22 hours ago, OriginalJohn said:

A few years back, F18A support was being discussed as a future feature of CoolCV.   I was curious if this ever happened?

I don't have had the time to look at it.

 

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I tried to use CoolCV for Adam emulation.  When I dragged and dropped a SmartBasic.ddp file (a cassette image) into CoolCV, it will start up in SmartWriter instead of booting SmartBasic.  I d/l'd SB from the Adamarchive.org site (version 1.0, not 1.x or 1.0 with additional disc operations, but what should be the original SB that I used and loved and loathed back in the day).  I have not tried other versions, but was wondering if I am doing something wrong?  I am running CoolCV on a Windows 10 laptop that says it is "up-to-date".

 

Thank you,

Paul 

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7 minutes ago, FmrAdamuser said:

I tried to use CoolCV for Adam emulation.  When I dragged and dropped a SmartBasic.ddp file (a cassette image) into CoolCV, it will start up in SmartWriter instead of booting SmartBasic.  I d/l'd SB from the Adamarchive.org site (version 1.0, not 1.x or 1.0 with additional disc operations, but what should be the original SB that I used and loved and loathed back in the day).  I have not tried other versions, but was wondering if I am doing something wrong?  I am running CoolCV on a Windows 10 laptop that says it is "up-to-date".

 

 

I just did the same with a SmartBasic v1.dsk and a SmartBasic V2.dsk and CoolCV loaded them with me dragging the files on top of CoolCV. If it is going to SmartWriter, it sounds like you have a bad file. The emulator is recognizing it to be an Adam file since it is taking you to SmartBasic. In SmartWriter, try to see if you can see the files on the "tape".

 

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14 minutes ago, intvdave said:

 

I just did the same with a SmartBasic v1.dsk and a SmartBasic V2.dsk and CoolCV loaded them with me dragging the files on top of CoolCV. If it is going to SmartWriter, it sounds like you have a bad file. The emulator is recognizing it to be an Adam file since it is taking you to SmartBasic. In SmartWriter, try to see if you can see the files on the "tape".

 

I will have to try the SmartBasic disk images I have.  I am able to use that .ddp file with Virtual Adam.  I have other issues with that emulator that I will put in another thread.  Thanks for testing. 

 

A related question (for anyone who can answer), is there a way to use two disks, like VA can do?  I mean, I have a "blank" disk image that I would like to use to write txt files with BASIC code to and load the files from it into SB, so I can keep the SB disk or ddp free of files outside of SB. 

 

Thank you,

Paul

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12 minutes ago, FmrAdamuser said:

A related question (for anyone who can answer), is there a way to use two disks, like VA can do?  I mean, I have a "blank" disk image that I would like to use to write txt files with BASIC code to and load the files from it into SB, so I can keep the SB disk or ddp free of files outside of SB. 

 

 

I use AdamEM to handle multiple disk/ddps. I believe I have accessed 4 drives with it. I do not believe CoolCV handles more than one drive.

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1 hour ago, intvdave said:

 

I use AdamEM to handle multiple disk/ddps. I believe I have accessed 4 drives with it. I do not believe CoolCV handles more than one drive.

OK, thanks.  I have been using Virtual Adam which I believe is a frontend for AdamEm.  I posted about the issue I was having over in that thread.  I am able to run SB 1.0 with disk enhancements disk image in one disk drive with a blank floppy in the other drive, but not with the SB ddp image and a blank disk in one of the drives (tried all 4).  It will only boot to SW like that,  take out the disk and try it again and it boots right to the SB.  Perhaps its the mixing of cassette image to disk.  I want to say, and it has been a couple of decades since I used my actual Adam, that I believe I was able to use my SB cassette with my Adam floppy disk drive.

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34 minutes ago, FmrAdamuser said:

OK, thanks.  I have been using Virtual Adam which I believe is a frontend for AdamEm.  I posted about the issue I was having over in that thread.  I am able to run SB 1.0 with disk enhancements disk image in one disk drive with a blank floppy in the other drive, but not with the SB ddp image and a blank disk in one of the drives (tried all 4).  It will only boot to SW like that,  take out the disk and try it again and it boots right to the SB.  Perhaps its the mixing of cassette image to disk.  I want to say, and it has been a couple of decades since I used my actual Adam, that I believe I was able to use my SB cassette with my Adam floppy disk drive.

I think I just answered this in another post...but...

 

If you are trying to boot SmartBasic from a ddp and have any kind of disk inserted elsewhere, ADAM is going to try to boot the disk. so if it's a blank, non-bootable disk, it's going to go to SmartWriter. The disk always boots first over a ddp.

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53 minutes ago, jblenkle said:

I think I just answered this in another post...but...

 

If you are trying to boot SmartBasic from a ddp and have any kind of disk inserted elsewhere, ADAM is going to try to boot the disk. so if it's a blank, non-bootable disk, it's going to go to SmartWriter. The disk always boots first over a ddp.

OK, if you answered that in the thread I created, I will respond there.  Thanks.

 

BTW, I dragged and dropped SB 1.0 with disk enhancements.dsk to CoolCV and it booted into SB.  Do other cassette images work with CoolCV?  Like Buck Rogers, Dragon's Lair, etc.? 

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On 3/23/2021 at 5:40 PM, FmrAdamuser said:

OK, if you answered that in the thread I created, I will respond there.  Thanks.

 

BTW, I dragged and dropped SB 1.0 with disk enhancements.dsk to CoolCV and it booted into SB.  Do other cassette images work with CoolCV?  Like Buck Rogers, Dragon's Lair, etc.? 

All of them work.

 

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On 3/27/2021 at 10:41 AM, nanochess said:

All of them work.

 

I don't suppose there is a way to use a camera/IR lightgun in place of the mouse for the roller controller games. I just got a Sinden Light Gun. Two, actually. I think it might work in MAME's CV, but I would like to try CV versions of Armageddon, Operation Wolf, etc. with the SLG.

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9 hours ago, Swami said:

I don't suppose there is a way to use a camera/IR lightgun in place of the mouse for the roller controller games. I just got a Sinden Light Gun. Two, actually. I think it might work in MAME's CV, but I would like to try CV versions of Armageddon, Operation Wolf, etc. with the SLG.

Hmm - I've just received my two Sinden light guns and had never even thought about using them with CV games.  Now that would be cool.

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