I bought a "broken" 1571 on ebay for 20 bucks. The floppy door wasn't working. I remembered fixing a similar problem on my old 1541 from back in the day. I just got it and opened it up. A simple spring had come loose and a pin was pushed out of the way. A two minute repair job and now it works perfectly. Yay!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Silo 64 today. I read about it on Twitter awhile back. It's a Commodore 64 game released relatively recently. It's in the tradition of other great Commodore top-down scrolling shooters like Rambo: First Blood Part 2 and Commando. The game is smooth and the music is outstanding. Give it a shot on your 64 or through an emulator!
Friday, October 1, 2010
I never could figure out how to directly add videos here. Next time I'll just post them to YouTube and be done with it.
Music with the 64 has been a slow process as I've been getting busier at work. Hopefully very soon I will have a few projects sketched out.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
BTW - This is my very first attempt in MSSIAH. I'm very familiar with sequencers like Cubase and Reason, but this was a whole different ball of wax. With one SID chip you only have three independent voices, so trying to think of a way to cram all the ideas in your head into the sequencer is challenging.
It has been fun so far and I'm really getting the hang of MSSIAH. It seems to push the limits of the Commodore 64 to the brink.
EDIT: Doesn't look like the video worked. I will try again later.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I'm looking forward to making music again.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I will compose all my 8-bit music on the Commodore 64 using MSSIAH and then save it to tape via the good old Commodore Datasette. I chose to go the tape route because the 1541 disk drive is huge and requires another power plug. The datasette is smaller (my desk space is limited) and gets it's power from the serial connector. Plus, I get the VERY old school feel of saving data to tape.
I need a 1351 Commodore mouse. I've had very little luck getting one on eBay, so the search will continue. The MSSIAH software utilizes the mouse heavily. It can use an Amiga mouse, but the right button function won't work.
Anyhow, I'm looking forward to posting some results when I'm done!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Played some Wizard of Wor this morning and scored 47600. What a great little game.
I tried playing Autoduel through emulation but the joystick won't control the car. It moves the player around town okay, but the car will not move in the arena. I will have to figure that little glitch out.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I've been playing M.U.L.E. a lot. It's a fun game, but I've yet to come in first place. I can consistently reach 2nd place.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I heard of the game, of course, but I don't recall ever playing it when I was younger. I booted it up and found out quickly I have no idea how to play. I looked up instructions and found this page. I think tomorrow I will dive in and learn how to play. It seems interesting.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I got Contiki to run and connect to the Internet. The trick was you HAVE to run it from floppy to allow the configuration file to save with all the IP and driver information. Even setting my IDE64 to device 8 didn't do the trick. Luckily, some old school 5.25 floppies came in the mail today. My next goal is to try to get Breadbox (Twitter client) to work.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
I managed to get an 80 column telnet session working with my Commodore 64. Basically, you launch a small program that launches the 64 into 80 column mode and then launch a special version of Guru Term that is 80 column capable. The trick is to make all that work with the IDE64. I finally figured it out today. Guru Term isn't the best terminal program, but it works. Kipper Term seems the best for 40 column, full ANSI support, but won't work with the 80 column hack.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Here's a pic of the IDE64 with the 4gb Compact Flash as drive 12. It is connected to my Mac via usb via Vmware to an XP virtual system running PcLink IDESERV. It acts as drive 14. Attached to the side is the RR-NET ethernet adaptor.
After I figured out the power issue, it has run well and is stable.
Using Kipperterm, I've merged my Commodore 64 on to the Information Superhighway. I connected an RR-NET network adaptor to my IDE64 and it works well. Seeing things in 40 columns is not ideal, but it works. I'm going to try and get Contiki to work. I think that is in 80 column.
I found River Raid this morning and it brought back memories of playing this on our families Atari 5200. I remember beating this game, taking a Polaroid of the screen, and sending it in to Activision for a free patch. I remember my mom sewing it on to my baseball cap.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I played a little bit of Raid On Bungeling Bay. This was one of my all time favorites. Here's a walk-through I found on eBay.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
I spent today trying to figure out the plugin system on the IDE64. It should allow you to launch D64 images from within the IDE64 file manager. I was unable to figure it out before I had to quit. I did find and use this tip to extract D64 images on the PC and then move them using the IDE64. This worked out well.
Once I get my file management issues solved, I plan on tackling Contiki and my RR-NET card to get the old system on to the Internet.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I've been in communication with Josef Soucek, the guy I purchased it from and he has been helping. I have another power supply coming back within the next couple of days (it was a "heavy duty" one that arrived DOA a week ago). Hopefully that will put this to rest. I'm eager to get the RR-NET and Contiki on the Internet.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Installed a 4gb compact flash drive into the IDE64 and formatted it with the native 64 file system, CFS. I'm using the built in IDE64 file manager (invoked using the MAN command) to copy all the 64 disk images I have from the pc to the compact flash. So far, everything had been smooth and the glitches I've encountered have been solved by looking at the IDE64 manual.
Monday, May 3, 2010
I got the IDE64 up and running. I installed the USB driver on my XP partition on my Mac first. Then I plugged in the IDE64 and booted the 64. It recognized the device and began installing the USB drivers. I then launched the IDESERV process in XP. Running MAN on the 64 launched the IDE64 file manager. Nothing happened at first -- I had to read through the manual yo figure out that the PCLINK portion is registered to device 14. Once I hot the Commodore key and 4 for device 14 it showed all the directories in XP. I then chose the game "Way Of The Tiger" and it loaded. The IDE64 has a fast loaded which seems to run well. I will detail more when I'm not typing this from my phone!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
My friend Chad was able to procure a Commodore 1802 monitor from a local Amiga club for $20.
I also purchased an IDE64 to access files via USB to my computer. It also expands the C64 allowing more expansion units, like the RR-NET. This allows network access to the C64 via Ethernet. I purchased the RR-NET last week and it arrived a couple days ago.
I have been unable to get anything to work. I believe I have a faulty power supply from my "mint" condition Commodore from EBay. I had a very bad condition, but working C64 I got a couple years ago and tried it with this power supply and it failed as well. I have another power supply on the way from EBay that should arrive today.