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Here are the HFE files for all three programs. I included a README.

 

Hey OLDCS1 or whomever's doing modding nowadays... starting around page 4, we started talking separately about the MG utility programs (Diags, DiskAssembler, Explorer)... can we split this up on its own thread? Thanks!

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So this zip file contains images that are proved to load, as I assume? I am still working on some tools (for the sake of quick and easy development, written in Java) to get a meaningful output from track 11. There is no sense in trying to fix the format in MAME as long as I fail to decode that track manually.

 

By the way, the HFE, as I know it from the specs, only allows for one encoding of the image, with the exception of track 0 that may have another encoding for each side.

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So this zip file contains images that are proved to load, as I assume? I am still working on some tools (for the sake of quick and easy development, written in Java) to get a meaningful output from track 11. There is no sense in trying to fix the format in MAME as long as I fail to decode that track manually.

 

By the way, the HFE, as I know it from the specs, only allows for one encoding of the image, with the exception of track 0 that may have another encoding for each side.

All the images in that archive load on my system: a Corcomp mini PES disk controller, HxC GoTek drive.

 

If someone else is using a HxC or GoTek, I’d like to see if they can validate these images working on real TI, Myarc and BwG controllers too.

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I know at one point, Bill Sullivan was working on a project called TI-BASIC+.

 

It did just that...

Actually, Rich Gilbertson did some improvements to TI Basic, and added the TI Basic support CALLs from the Editor Assembler module. Which worked fine from Basic programs running in VDP memory, but not from Basic programs running in GRAM space, that was easily accomplished using MSAVE & MSAVE6 included with the GramKracker. The 80K version is required to load the RG improved BASIC (also needs the fixes done by Tursi for Basic programs running n GRAM space) in GRAM/GROM 1 & 2. I covered this more thoroughly in the TI Basic Plus (TIB+) topic.

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I've done a very basic tutorial video on the GRAM Kracker which I'll be posting to YouTube. If anyone hasn't seen one of these work, stay tuned for a quick and dirty, poorly edited video. :)

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Hello Everyone and thanks for all the hard work!

 

I am the proud owner of a not so bouncing baby Gram Kracker :)

 

I found the GK 1.0 files on WHTECH.  

 

Where can I get the GK Utilities I disk?  Are there any other utilities, disks that came out the GK that anyone can share?

 

I am just learning the GK so I will be asking lots of questions.

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 

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On 6/24/2019 at 11:12 AM, videofx said:

Hello Everyone and thanks for all the hard work!

 

I am the proud owner of a not so bouncing baby Gram Kracker :)

 

I found the GK 1.0 files on WHTECH.  

 

Where can I get the GK Utilities I disk?  Are there any other utilities, disks that came out the GK that anyone can share?

 

I am just learning the GK so I will be asking lots of questions.

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 

We have the test utilities and such now to verify the GK operation on Whtech.  I thought that the disk image of the utilities was there as well.  

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On 2/14/2018 at 11:54 AM, Opry99er said:

I know at one point, Bill Sullivan was working on a project called TI-BASIC+.

 

It did just that...

Yes, but no code in the two TI Basic 6K GROMs were changed, as basically only the TI Basic support code from the Editor/Assembler module (INIT, LOAD, LINK, PEEK, PEEKV, POKEV & CHARPAT) was added in the additional 2K of the 8K GRAM space that the 80K version GK for all GK GRAMs.  MSAVEd TI Basic programs required some timing changes for those CALLs to work from GRAM locations rather than VDP.  This timing adjustment was discovered and fixed by Tursi, as my MSAVEd TIB+ programs were "crashing", but they had tested good in VDP.  The original TI Basic files that included the EA support code was done by Rich (by the way did you complete the re-write of TI BASIC?  I miss a lot of everything that goes on here--AtariAge).  I did come across the original email exchange a few years ago--maybe I can find them again, if they're needed.

 

RetroBill (fdos)

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No rewrite of much other then the code to load address was changed from EA to TI Basic.

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16 hours ago, RXB said:

No rewrite of much other then the code to load address was changed from EA to TI Basic.

Hi Rich, I also noticed that I replied to this topic back in May of 2018.  Which was much simpler and more correct than my current reply that you responded to.   Anyway, thanks for the update; I'm just sorry that we won't get a cleaned up (all that garbage of loop around code removed), and a tiny bit faster TI BASIC.

 

RetroBill (fdos)

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