Sunday, February 20, 2011
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
Thanks to my friend Greg at CommodoreServer.com, 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
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
It is located here:
You can also use this to reprogram the Comet64 back to CommodoreServer.com again to use the excellent V-1541 virtual 1541 service.
Friday, February 4, 2011
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 commodoreserver.com, 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 Commodoreserver.com. 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 Commodoreserver.com at http://www.commodoreserver.com/PublicDisks.asp. 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.
xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx = 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 Commodoreserver.com 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.