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1 hour ago, fabrice montupet said:

A last picture, dedicated to... Tursi 🙂

 

tursilion.jpg

Haha, someone's been following me around the Internet. ;) She came out pretty well!

 

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Here is a disk with all your pictures converted to MyArt format (using Picture Transfer).

 

Know what? Back in those days, I was impressed by the Amiga graphics. I did not know that I already had a machine on my desk that could deliver equally nice pictures ... my Geneve.

 

That's the stuff that I want to see.

 

Merci beaucoup! :)

myartgif.dsk

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I know it's on a MAME hard disk BOOTDISK1.hd image, but I do not see the file on whtech.

 

I just copied the file to a DSK image and it is attached here.  Perhaps someone will put it up on whtech.

 

Type HELP at the menu and it will give you a list of commands.

 

 

PictureTransfer.dsk

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Does anybody know how to define a V9938 palette in GIMP? I could use this to convert further pictures. Alternatively, I saw I could also import a palette from a given image. Fabrice, maybe you could send me one of your pictures as a GIF file? (I tried to save one of the GIF pictures as a binary file to load in the PC, but this was not very successful; it did not recognize the file.)

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Happy to see that the pictures are appreciated 🙂

I don't use Gimp but I will see how to generate a V9938 palette using it.

 

Other thing. Reading English version the Mechatronic 80col manual, I was surprised to read that the power supply required is 5 volts DC. It's wrong. The interface needs 7 or 8 volts because the power regulator LM7805 that feeds the IC components of the expansion needs at least 7V to function. It is impossible for a LM regulator that the input voltage be equal to the output voltage because of the LM circuit consummation.  If some people have problem with their Mechatronic 80col, they should verify their power supply. Maybe it's the non-working or erratic working explanation.

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wow, great info @fabrice montupet , thanks ! So what would you prefer, 7 or 8 Volts ?

And how many mA ?  The original one ("Type 9597") has 220V AC / 6 Volt DC and is 600 mA

 

(As you know, I have nothing to loose here ;) :)  )

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I don't understand why Mechatronic has chosen a such poor power supply... And the same bad choice was made for their 128K-RAM expansion.

Another strange choice: Their expansions are all slim, it gives the illusion to save space, but when the Mechatronic 80 col and the 128K-RAM are installed, the computer takes a lot of place on the deskop... Why they haven't decide to put them vertically, plugged on a little 2 or 3-slot backplane? This would have been great.

 

The range of the input voltage of the LM7805 is typically between 7 and 20 volts, so 7 or 8 are both good. As the expansion has a little size heatsink,  I recommend not to exceed 9 volts.

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me, 2 weeks later:

 

 

 

7v  giphy.gif  8v

 

 

                                                  :grin:

 

 

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Hi,

I stumbled again about Globeron´s scans and finally made some PDF from them :)

(see the "All-in-One" ZIP at the end of this post here, to save you from all the clicks :)  )

 

EXB80 Ton Brouwer:

EXB80-80Kol in Extended Basic-Ton Brouwer-1992--NL-OCR.pdf

 

Assembler Programmpaket Fiedler Hilsberg Winkler:

Assembler-Programmpaket-Fiedler-Hilsberg-Winkler-1992--GER-OCR.pdf

 

TEXT80 Modus XB:

TEXT80 Modus im Extended Basic-v2.2--GER-OCR.pdf

 

XB HiRes Graphis Support Hulpke:

Exended Basic HighRes Graphics Support A-Hulpke-1988--GER-OCR-quer.pdf

Exended Basic HighRes Graphics Support A-Hulpke-1988--GER-NONOCR-sharper.pdf

 

 

And finally, the second version of the (german) manual files I linked together some time ago.

I found some better scans and some more infos:

Mechatronic-80ZK-Install-GER--Cables--Pinouts--RMS-v2.pdf

 

 

One more scan I did some years ago, another german manual from Kleinschmidt:

Mechatronic-80-Manual-GER-Kleinschmidt-RMS-OCR.pdf

 

 

and some more :)

Mechatronic-80-Basic-Settings-GER-J.Boening-RMS-grey3_OCR.pdf

 

X80 Befehle-GER.pdf

 

 

and one that I extracted from an ARK-file:

Mechatronic-80z.ark-NEW-OS-3.1-GER+ENGL.pdf

 

 

And just to have it all here, here some more PDFs in englisch:

mechatronic-80 column peripheral manual.pdf

 

Mechatronic-TI-Mouse-BAK.pdf

 

 

ALL-in-ONE:

__Mechatronic-80ZK-ALL-in-ONE--RMS-v2.zip

 

 

 

 

 

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