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Brostenen
Posted 2021-07-29 12:45 PM (#2255 - in reply to #2254)
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Finally had my ATX-64 powered on for the first time, with the chips installed. Actually only missing the ROM chip, however I can still run DeadTest. All tests run perfect, no errors so now I will have to find a programmer/burner for the eeprom chip. All looking good. I uploaded a video on YouTube about this and now I am having a cold brew cause of good work.
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Brostenen
Posted 2021-08-02 8:16 AM (#2256 - in reply to #2255)
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I have been playing around with the VIC-II part of my ATX-64. I had these artifacts that one normally do on a C64. However I was not able to get rid of them. I tried to adjust the onboard luma/stripe-fix, however it did not change much. I took notice, that with a S-Video cable plugged into the dedicated S-Video port and a Dell 2001FP that was turned off, removed all stripes and artifact's like it should. However that is not durable in the long run, and not really handy to have it hooked up to a monitor that I am not using. (Using DIN-to-Svideo and Retrotink for display)

I tried to attach a dedicated Lumafix64 between the motherboard and the VIC-II and that removed nearly all stripes when dialed in. But it still left that red/green tint effect on the picture quality, so I headed over to the LOOP64 website and asked what else I could do. I was recommended to remove the Composite jumper to disable Composite output, and that actually fixed my issue. Of course there are still a few artifacts here and there, however it is now less than what is found on a classic Breadbin+CRT setup. Crisp and clear video with perfect contrast and no colouring artifacts. There are only a faint level of vertical stripes now. Kind of what you see on a CRT if you look close. However the contrast is extremely strong, and one of the absolute best that I have ever seen on a C64. It rivals that of an emulator.

Fully happy with the result so far. Awesomme to have build yet another C64 from the ground and up.
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DXZeff
Posted 2021-08-06 12:35 AM (#2257 - in reply to #2256)
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TM Crusoe

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Unfortunately I didn't take any photos when it was completed, but Prophet-5 PSU rebuild and alterations are done. As none of the aftermarket suppliers ever got back to me, I built a circuit to replace the dodgy original +5V one;


This wasn't completed when the photo was taken as all rails now run through this board and have TVS diodes in place to protect the synthesizer if the PSU goes wacky. The end result is that the synth works well, runs colder and is far more stable as a result.
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Brostenen
Posted 2021-08-11 12:28 AM (#2258 - in reply to #2257)
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Found an old Packard Bell laptop on my shelf today, and decided to get it up and running again. It is from 2003/04 and build for WinXP. Drivers were not to be found on Packard Bell website, so I had to use a hardware tool from Ultimate Boot CD, in order to get vendor and device ID. Then looked the numbers up on a website with a database.

It is an Sempron-M 3000+ with K8T800 or something chipset. S3 gfx, 20gb HDD and 1gb Ram. Not the most exciting. But I managed to hunt down Win2K drivers and now it is up and running again with Win2K SP4. I was not able to find the modem drivers, but that is something nobody really uses here anymore.

Installed MS Office 2K, Alcohol120 and Winrar as well. The issue now, is that I have no use for it. Was fun to set up though.
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tedster
Posted 2021-08-12 11:03 AM (#2259 - in reply to #2258)
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It's nice to just mess about setting up an old laptop.

I just fixed one of my Ipod Classics. HDD had died due to me dropping it. I used one of those iFlash boards with a 128GB SD card. That was the hardest thing in the world, just to open the bloody thing! Fortunately, I didn't lose any digits or wreck it too much.

The iPod is the only Apple product I've ever wanted.



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Brostenen
Posted 2021-08-12 4:26 PM (#2260 - in reply to #2259)
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Mmmmm..... iPod. The definitive best product from Apple to date. Just not the touch version.
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tedster
Posted 2021-08-13 1:16 AM (#2261 - in reply to #2260)
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Aye, I've only had the "classic" version. The one above is a 7th gen. I dropped it whilst sitting at my desk, loading tunes on it. Three feet to the ground? Anyway, it was enough to shock kill the HDD.
I then got a 160GB 6th gen to replace it and I still use it almost daily, it plugs into my car stereo utilising the steering wheel controls perfectly. It always bugged me about the broken one though! So, I took the challenge to resurrect it using one of those cool iFlash boards.

Did I mention how difficult they are to open? Holy cow!
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DXZeff
Posted 2021-08-19 6:23 PM (#2264 - in reply to #2261)
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Haven't done much lately due to stomach problems, but after two years with no medication for it, I've now gotten started on Cimetidine.

In other news, the proof copy of my book arrived:


The very back page (#363) has a special note about how it was written:

Even conversion from a Word 8.0 document was done with this, using an ancient version of Adobe Distiller.

Edited by DXZeff 2021-08-19 6:36 PM
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tedster
Posted 2021-08-19 10:32 PM (#2265 - in reply to #71)
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Congrats on both counts! Being a published author is pretty cool.
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CyrixInstead
Posted 2021-08-21 4:42 PM (#2266 - in reply to #2240)
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Intel P5

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That's awesome, where can I buy the book? I'm still stuck here in the UK so hopefully not too hard(there must be one up side to this purgatory!).
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DXZeff
Posted 2021-08-23 5:19 PM (#2267 - in reply to #2266)
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Don't know about that yet. Never was too concerned with the idea of selling copies, I just wanted to see it in print. Shouldn't be long now, just waiting to hear back about those minor alterations that need doing.

Meanwhile I've been trying to save for something all year and should be close to affording it. Might be another month or two.
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tedster
Posted 2021-08-24 3:18 AM (#2268 - in reply to #71)
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It's going to be a Thinkpad isn't it?
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DXZeff
Posted 2021-08-25 10:17 PM (#2269 - in reply to #2268)
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It bloody won't be. I might be buying something equally useless, though - a Turbo XT. Only want a motherboard but they're overpriced and buying a full system may effectively be cheaper. This system would be solely for testing purposes.

That's not what I've been saving for, though.

Edited by DXZeff 2021-08-25 10:17 PM
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Brostenen
Posted 2021-08-26 3:56 PM (#2270 - in reply to #2269)
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My ATX-64 is finally done, and working. I did it correct and did no solder mistakes. Like. That is awesomme.
Anyway.... Did a video and uploaded to my Youtube channel.

IT'S ALIVE..... ALIVE!!!!!

I have even modded the Kernal ROM and personalised it, with the use of a HEX editor.
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Brostenen
Posted 2021-08-26 3:58 PM (#2271 - in reply to #71)
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#DXZeff

Wooo.... Congrats on the book. That is SO awesomme.
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tedster
Posted 2021-08-27 12:32 AM (#2272 - in reply to #2271)
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Awesome news on the C64, I'll check out your vid.

Just got an nvidia shield pro. I'll be checking out retro arch for some fun this weekend.
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Brostenen
Posted 2021-08-27 8:46 AM (#2273 - in reply to #2272)
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tedster - 2021-08-27 2:32 AM

Awesome news on the C64, I'll check out your vid.

Just got an nvidia shield pro. I'll be checking out retro arch for some fun this weekend.


Sounds like a fun little device you have gotten your hands on. :-)

And thanks. Just don't expect much from my English. I am really shitty at speaking it.
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DXZeff
Posted 2021-08-28 9:48 PM (#2275 - in reply to #2273)
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Indeed, I shall make a note to check out the video also. In the mean time, I decided to buy a Turbo XT, because motherboards start at £80 and don't even have full RAM. Full system was £116 with full RAM and a floppy drive. Seems like better value to me.
Of course it's a whitebox clone (Part Arabian, part Taiwanese), because I won't touch big brand OEM gear if I can help it. I love clones.







Comes with a monochrome card and I don't have anything that can sync those, so it'll be going over to this CGA card when I get it:


To be used with the new, brown and intense black capable Video Bastardizer I built a while ago. Will be swapped in and out with EGA at times depending on what I want to test.
If I like the system, I'll buy it a hard drive later, but will resort to bodges (nothing permanent or board altering) for now just to make it run. Will have to build myself a keyboard converter at some point, probably PIC based.

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CyrixInstead
Posted 2021-08-30 3:01 PM (#2276 - in reply to #2240)
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@ DXZeff
That's a lovely old beast! Seems like a bloody good price too in this current market! you might even find that XT-IDE will work for you on that one(hell, anything is possible). Hope the book will be available to read/buy, If your writing is like your music I'm sure I'll enjoy it

@tedster
good job on that, all the dead kit I have here is f@cking Apple, a leaking water cooled dual core G5, it pissed into the PSU, the board and all over the CPU's, it's got the American made General Motors water cooler, so that explains that.....utter garbage.....
The caps are shot on my Quadra 610 and when I last powered it up recently the SCSI HD decided it's time has come and destroyed itself in a VERY loud and impressive manner. Not a lot of point of fixing it now to be honest.
And the Powermac 6500/275 made it's usual very impressive "DONG" then gave no display....I stopped caring at all at that point, it's not a great machine anyway, so I doubt I'll bother with that either. It's all really e-waste now waiting to happen.I've owned all these 3 since new, the Quadra since back in my days at NEC in the mid/early 90's..., the 6500 was my son's computer in the early 2000's and the dual G5 was my main workstation back before x86 stopped sucking for actual computation type things LOL When I just think of what this now landfill cost me at the time...well let's not even go there.

@Brostenen

Great work on the C64 and a very good video., some brilliant work there

Due to the plague, several machines of mine are out on loan to friends, the i7 950/GTX 760(Godzilla), the Phenom II X4/Radeon 5870 and, the recently acquired HP Z200 Xeon.
So last week I built a little cheapy box to supplement the trusty Opteron at home, I got an Intel DQ57TM 1156 motherboard from ebay for £14 delivered, Clarkdale i3 550 CPU from CEX for 10p(yep, really 10 bloody pence)! Nvidia geforce GTX 560Ti for £16-ebay. 8GB of Corsair DDR3 1600(4x 2GB) £1 a stick from CEX again, and a Hynix 120 GB SSD for £10, CEX. A Socobeta cooler(6 pipe copper heatpipe, fan in middle between the fin stacks) from amazon for £6.74, a pal game me a midi tower case, a decent 120mm fan and i used a spare akasa 500 watt PSU.
You know what, it's turned out to be a really decent little machine! I just went with the cheapest bits I could find that fitted together and wouldn't be utter sh@t for daily usage(and picking a GPU *just* within the PSU abilities). I'm using Mint, my goto OS these days and even with that little dual core hyper threaded CPU it does just fine, costs bugger all in electricity to run too, I've left it on since I built it.
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Brostenen
Posted 2021-09-06 9:47 PM (#2282 - in reply to #2276)
Subject: Re: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



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Thanks all....
It is now in case. I have it hooked up to PSU and all that. I might get a 1581 replica drive for it as well or build a HDD controller. I have a bunch of 3.5 inch 128gb Seagate drives that I do not know what to use for at the moment.





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