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by mikro
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Professionals
Topic: The Falcon's confusing history
Replies: 67
Views: 13467

Re: The Falcon's confusing history

The revision history of the "high-end" Falcon document goes back to January 1991. If that was the Microbox it would still mean that it was planned/developed in parallel with the Sparrow/Falcon. That would confirm the article from my post above: http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?p=3...
by mikro
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: CosmosEx
Topic: CosmosEX 3.0
Replies: 49
Views: 8644

Re: CosmosEX 3.0

While it does work, it is used in some C-Lab falcons to provide internal SCSI, I don't really like it. You are removing the internal terminating resistors, which likely will cause problems down the line with external SCSI units, especially if the internal SCSI unit lacks termination and/or is remov...
by mikro
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Professionals
Topic: MSA/ST image mounting file system for Mint?
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: MSA/ST image mounting file system for Mint?

Actually, it's more work than just a device driver. The main problem is that you don't have, uhm, a device. So you need to create a virtual one, which would somehow accept the MSA / ST / DIM files (perhaps during opening such device) which would in turn create something like /dev/device/<index or fi...
by mikro
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Professionals
Topic: The Falcon's confusing history
Replies: 67
Views: 13467

Re: The Falcon's confusing history

I asked Mike Fulton on FB about the two competing teams but he couldn't confirm any of that: There were never two "competing teams" working on Falcon030 and some higher-end machine. Atari didn't have the staff manpower for something like that. What we did have was multiple projects with th...
by mikro
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dead Falcon resuscitation
Replies: 40
Views: 1437

Re: Dead Falcon resuscitation

Looking forward for the full list of discovered issues! It's always interesting to know what can go wrong and how to fix it.
by mikro
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Professionals
Topic: rsync in SpareMINT
Replies: 8
Views: 726

Re: rsync in SpareMINT

This is a known issue with rsync on mint. I get the feeling it has completed the job, it just never exits. That's correct. Alan Hourihane sent me a fixed binary years ago where this problem was solved, but it doesn't look like the patch has been distributed. The SpareMiNT rsync is still non-functio...
by mikro
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Modern multisync monitors?
Replies: 7
Views: 1072

Re: Modern multisync monitors?

So I kept looking for a different monitor and got my hands on a Dell UltraSharp U2410 monitor, a Dell high-end monitor, now out-of-production but can be found on e-bay. It's a 16:10 screen at 1920x1200 native. This monitor has no problems syncing down to 15kHz, and it syncs to new frequencies insta...
by mikro
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Professionals
Topic: Atari Falcon screws
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Atari Falcon screws

Let’s start from scratch. The Atari Falcon030 Service Guide gives us this piece of information: 4 screws (220) from the square holes 3 screws (240) from the round holes 9 screws (80) holding the shield (160) and speaker assembly (170, 180, 190) 3 screws (150) in the round holes (floppy - 120) + stan...
by mikro
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Professionals
Topic: TT030 VGA picture quality
Replies: 28
Views: 2321

Re: TT030 VGA picture quality

Really nice idea. I read about the OSSC here: http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=20971#p346128 and it got me interested (but like evil, equally disappointed with the pause between interlace/non-interlace switching). But since the TT doesn't suffer from such issues (no interlaced mod...
by mikro
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Falcon crashing when moved
Replies: 13
Views: 440

Re: Falcon crashing when moved

will fairly consistently crash if I let it warm up (it does not crash cold) and then tap lightly with my finger on various ICs Sadly, I think this may point to microfractures in the board. Don't be too pessimistic here. From your description it doesn't look like a PCB damage to me (how else would i...
by mikro
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Professionals
Topic: S-Video on Falcon
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Re: S-Video on Falcon

I'm going to give it a try next week I hope. I'm not sure whether it's good news or bad news but I have realised that I don't need it. :-) For some reason I had believed that the ScreenEye outputs an S-Video signal (which is rather stupid as it's just one RCA cable) and therefore to be able to reco...
by mikro
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Professionals
Topic: Falcon's 16bit bus myth - 32bit vs 16bit war
Replies: 61
Views: 9625

Re: Falcon's 16bit bus myth - 32bit vs 16bit war

Simple rule of thumb: if it doesn't have a CPU and memory on the same expansion card, it can't have 32-bit memory access. The only exception here is the CT2A which does have its own 32-bit expansion connector but hey, it already has its own CPU and memory onboard. :)
by mikro
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Applications
Topic: Calamus 1.09(N) wanted
Replies: 40
Views: 10393

Re: Calamus 1.09(N) wanted

You can also try the free version released in 2006: https://www.calamus.net/news/2006/060701_1.php ;-) (also German, unfortunately...)
by mikro
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Hatari
Topic: IDE disk image
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: IDE disk image

Sure it is, I do it all the time, even directly with /dev/sdx. Are you sure it isn't just stopped on SCSI detection? That takes ages with old builds.
by mikro
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Professionals
Topic: Atari Falcon screws
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Atari Falcon screws

Guys, I'm trying to 'backtrack' the right screws for the Falcon. The Service Guide is incomplete in this area (missing screw items numbers). So far I've identified these item numbers: (n/a): Philips Flat Head M3, 12mm (2x fan) 50: Pan Head M3, 8mm (6x upper shield) 80: Pan Head M3, 5mm (3x front shi...
by mikro
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Phantom accelerator (by Phanatic).
Replies: 9
Views: 531

Re: Phantom accelerator (by Phanatic).

Are the schematics available? The circuit sounds very simple, from your description it sounds like the stability is taken care of by the clock patch and not the Phantom itself. Not exactly standard one but mzry has succeeded to build one by this: https://mikrosk.github.io/clockpatch/Clockpatch-2.2....
by mikro
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: CT60 / CT63 Area
Topic: CT60e bus accelerator
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: CT60e bus accelerator

I've been wondering about the same not so long ago.

I'm afraid somebody has to be the first one to try it as there are no explicit instructions.
by mikro
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: LCD capable of 100 Hz?
Replies: 12
Views: 383

Re: LCD capable of 100 Hz?

The overscan can be either masked or, again, the 576p mode can be utilised. For hires TC (+overscan), well, how many such a demos are there (not counting slideshows with ripped off boris valejo images)? Even 384x256 (with double lines, mind you) is a problem because then again, if you switch to VGA...
by mikro
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: LCD capable of 100 Hz?
Replies: 12
Views: 383

Re: LCD capable of 100 Hz?

...or an old CRT 14" RGB monitor. Nothing can beat that! Except the space they take. :) For me it was mostly the issue of having a Nemesis/Phantom/CT2/BlowUP with an LCD for having great resolutions like 1024x768x8-bit@45 Hz and still having the possibility to run mentioned 100 Hz demos. I can...
by mikro
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Professionals
Topic: Falcon Nova Adapter ...
Replies: 26
Views: 1225

Re: Falcon Nova Adapter ...

That said, a Nova adapter with integrated alt-RAM would be a good solution for stock Falcons. Exactly. That is what I meant -- we had the Magnum ST/E which was a brilliant alt-RAM solution for its time and we had NOVA which was a brilliant graphics solution. On the Falcon, Magnum actually still was...
by mikro
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Beginning of very long journey
Replies: 135
Views: 8975

Re: Beginning of very long journey

When it comes to ethernet, what about something like this: http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=28840 but built in? I have that card, it's the same IC so I had adapted the original EtherNEC drivers for that + optimised the hell out of it (plus enabled 16-bit transfers), it's quite fas...
by mikro
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: LCD capable of 100 Hz?
Replies: 12
Views: 383

Re: LCD capable of 100 Hz?

What about to patch the VGA100Hz (and PAL) demos to output regular VGA timings? As a side effect it will make them BUS accelerator compatible. You wouldn't be the first to suggest that. :) I even have something like ~8 years old code which does that universally for "every' demo. However there ...
by mikro
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Phantom accelerator (by Phanatic).
Replies: 9
Views: 531

Re: Phantom accelerator (by Phanatic).

Phantom looks like a simple and functional patch. Hoho, carefully. :) While Phantom is certainly way cheaper and simpler to build, it's far more difficult to install. You have to cut/scratch/solder a couple of very tiny pins (take a look at the DSP and you will get the idea). Something like CENTurb...
by mikro
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Professionals
Topic: Falcon Nova Adapter ...
Replies: 26
Views: 1225

Re: Falcon Nova Adapter ...

So an interesting but pointless development. Indeed. Back then I didn't have much information about stuff like Magnum or NOVA for the Falcon but I kind of assumed they are equally great as on the MegaSTE/TT (i.e. greatly enhancing its capabilities). Only recently I have realised how poorly designed...

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