N8VEM SBC RAM floppy turn-up

This time I’m turning up the RAM Floppy card for the Z80 system, which turned out to be a bit more difficult than I expected. The primary gotcha was that I was using the RAF113.COM test utility to test the card and it kept throwing errors. Working through the tests with the oscilloscope it soon became clear that the card wasn’t being selected when the CPU was performing IO reads & writes, despite the source code for the utility confirming the card was addressed correctly (port A0)....

October 11, 2023 · 2 min · 275 words · TassieBob

Trio DL703 multimeter repair

A while back I found this Trio DL703 multimeter in eWaste so I grabbed it. It wasn’t working properly, so I set about fixing it.

June 4, 2023 · 1 min · 25 words · TassieBob

VIC-20 HyperExpander

May 28, 2023 · 0 min · 0 words · TassieBob

Faulty BBC Master 128 - part 4

Started digging into the broken BBC Master 128 I have. Previously I’d replaced a failed Video ULA, which at least got the right clock signals in the right places. This time around I observed that the /IRQ input pin was stuck low on the CPU - ie, an interrupt was being generated. That signal appears on the 6850 (IC45 pin 7), the user 6522 VIA (IC6 pin21), the system 6522 VIA (IC8 pin 21), and the custom memory controller IC (IC20 pin 29)....

May 8, 2023 · 3 min · 565 words · TassieBob

Vic-20 part 3

The new NTSC VIC arrived - let’s see if it fixes the issue, or I’ve made an expensive mistake!

May 2, 2023 · 1 min · 19 words · TassieBob

VIC-20 part 2

A quick update on where the Vic-20 repair is up to.

April 16, 2023 · 1 min · 11 words · TassieBob

Does this Vic-20 work?

In this video I take a look at a Vic-20 I brought back from the USA on a recent trip.

March 13, 2023 · 1 min · 20 words · TassieBob

Davinci Resolve 18 + Linux

Edit: I’ve since bought Davinci Resolve Studio and it mostly just works. It doesn’t like the audio track on video recorded on my GoPro, but I’ve not looked into why. I may be able to fix it on the GoPro, but I record audio separately anyway. Well, that was disapointing! Growing tired of Windows and Microsoft’s shenannigans I figured I’d install Linux on another one of my machines. I do all sorts of things on this particular machine, and one of those things is that I sometimes edit videos with Davinci Resolve....

March 11, 2023 · 2 min · 385 words · TassieBob

Raspberry Pi 4, VNC, Chrome - VERY SLOW

Recently I built up a little Raspberry Pi 4B to use while I travel. I use it for: Travel router: Built in wifi for my laptop and phone to connect to; An external USB WiFi dongle for connection to Hotel WiFi; A USB ethernet to connect to Hotel internet if wired is available; The built in ethernet for connecting to network equipment I’m working with; A 4 port USB serial adapter to provide serial console access into equipment; This lets me use my laptop with Hotel internet without exposing my laptop directly to it :-) It also lets me talk to network equipment, either via ethernet or serial over WiFi....

January 29, 2023 · 2 min · 420 words · TassieBob

Building the PiDP 11

This time we’re constructing the PiDP 11.

January 9, 2023 · 1 min · 7 words · TassieBob