Sunday, February 20, 2011

Using d64it to make Wasteland Disks #c64

In my continuing quest to play Wasteland on my 64, I am expanding d64 images to floppies. I'm using d64it from Kludgesoft and expanding them right from the 64 using my IDE64 to store the d64 images. It took a bit of trial and error but it seems to be working now. I'm on disk 3 of 4. d64it is so far working brilliantly with my IDE64 on device # 12.

The trick to finally making it work was not appending .d64 at the end of the image name when selecting what file to use as shown in the picture.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Getting ready for Wasteland #c64

Thanks to my friend Greg at, I have some Wasteland disk images to test out. I'm eager to get a new epic Wasteland quest started. I contemplated running this from emulation, but where's the fun in that? Here I have prepared two double sided floppies for the 4 disk images.

I also found a scanned manual online. I'm really looking forward to this.

Friday, February 18, 2011

International Karate #c64

Played a little International Karate today on my break. One of the best fighting games on the 64.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

CF to MicroSD Adapter for my IDE64. #c64

I bought an adapter so I can mount MicroSD cards on my 64 using the IDE64. Waiting for the partition to format. I hope I can now move files more easily between my 64 and Mac.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Comet64-CFG for the #c64

As a follow up to my last post, I wrote a quick and dirty program for the Commodore 64 to allow you to flash the Comet64 Internet Modem to change the destination IP address and port to allow you to Telnet to you favorite BBS, etc.

It is located here:

You can also use this to reprogram the Comet64 back to again to use the excellent V-1541 virtual 1541 service.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Connecting the Comet64 To Telnet BBS's #c64

I spent some time yesterday hacking away on my new Comet64. It works great as a virtual 1541. The ability to save files "in the cloud" works as advertised. However, the website for the Comet64 ( states that the device can be used to connect to any IP address, any port. That intrigued me. The ability to connect to old style BBS's would be fantastic. My RR-NET is fun, but I can't use the old term programs I enjoyed back in the day. Transferring files via Punter or XModem would be a kick, too. I Googled how to get telnet working with the Comet64 and came up with nothing.

So I  rolled up the sleeves and gave it a shot and got it to work! Here's how to do it.

First of all, the Comet64 gets a local IP address from your DHCP server. However, you have to manually program it to connect to a fixed destination. By default, it connects to, port 1541 to use the virtual 1541 software. To get it to work with a BBS, you must program the Comet64 with the destination IP address and port number.

Here's the overview of getting it all to work:

1. Flash the Comet64 with the new destination IP address and port number.
2. Load a terminal program, set the BPS rate to 2400 and hit return a few times.

There are two ways to accomplish step one -- using a small PC program to make the changes for you (the easiest and most reliable way) or using the CHAT program from This works well, but sometimes it can insert rogue characters that will have to be inserted again to make work. I will go more into that in a second.

If you have a PC, download the WIZ1xxSR Configuration Tool V3.0.2. Plug your Comet64 into your 64 and make sure it is on the network.

Launch the configuration tool and press search. If it can't find it, use the DIRECT IP SEARCH and put in the IP address of your device. You can find this in the DHCP section of your router under DHCP clients.

Once it finds it, change the server IP and port to the BBS you want to contact. Press SETTING and it will push the config to your device. Hit exit.

Now on your 64, just load whatever terminal server you want to use. I have been using CCGMS and Handyterm to great success. Set the BAUD rate to 2400 and hit enter a few times. This can be a little tricky to get the timing right. I also found on certain systems, you have to go to Ascii to get it to answer and then you can switch back to Commodore Graphics.

The second way to change the config on the Comet64 is on the 64 directly. Download the CHAT program from at Run it and enter this:

Wait a few seconds and then hit RUN/STOP and NEW. Then load your terminal program and set the BAUD rate to 2400. = IP address of BBS

yyy = port number

Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to get a BBS to respond. A few were very easy and some were downright difficult and didn't work. 

After you're done you will need to set the Comet64 back to point to to use the V-1541 software. This can be done easily by running the V-1541CFG program that came on the floppy with the Comet64. The other way is to program it manually. Use the settings in the screenshot below.

Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

Any time you manually reprogram something you take the risk of making the device unusable. Please do this at your own risk. I assume no responsibility if you damage your Comet64.