Posted on November 6th, 2013
I needed a util to convert PC-drawn graphics to Commodore 64 sprites. This meant either trawling the net to find something that exactly fitted my requirements or b) Firing up Purebasic and making my own. Guess which option I went for :)
Posted on August 30th, 2013
At long last I’ve got a case sorted for the V6Z80P. I’d previously designed one for 3D printing but it was just too expensive to produce something that was reasonably sturdy. This time I’ve gone down the laser-cutting route and designed (or more accurately adapted) a snap-together case that is cut from flat 3mm acrylic (with www.razorlab.co.uk doing the honours). It’s taken quite a bit of prototyping to get the spring clips working acceptably well without breaking but here we are, finally V6Z80Ps PCBs worldwide have somewhere to live :)
Posted on August 20th, 2013
I’ve finally got around to getting myself a Commodore 64 off ebay and have made an article about various things like SCART leads, disk drive replacements, restoration, coding set-ups and what not. Have a read if you like.
Posted on July 6th, 2013
A quick plug for a fellow 8-bit enthusiast’s board: Enzo Calogiuri – a long time V6Z80P owner – has caught the bug and been making his own computer – The CX80. It is similar to an earlier version of my own Z80 Project but uses an ATmega32A microcontroller as a Z80 CPU emulator with an ATmega8A generating video. The board is simple, cheap to build and all the files are available to download from Enzo’s website.
Posted on June 18th, 2013
Miguel Guerreiro’s official release of esxDOS 0.8.5 has bought TR-DOS compatiblity to the cycle-perfect Spectrum emulators on the V6Z80P! This new esxDOS release supports a virtual divMMC interface (which is now also a physical expansion board for real Spectrums too – nice!)
Alessandro Dorigatti has also released a new version of his emulator cores which feature a second AY sound chip and mono COVOX sound DAC. Many thanks to Miguel and Alessandro for their continuing work on the Spectrum front.
More V6Z80Ps will be under construction soon, so please contact me if you’re interested.