Re: [Ql-Users] Just a small

2019-09-22 Thread Alexandre Souza via Ql-Users
Test failed. Please call Sinclair Ressearch

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Em dom, 22 de set de 2019 às 18:50, paul via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> escreveu:

> test to see if this still comes my way.
>
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> vitamins"
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Re: [Ql-Users] Sad news, sad news and more sad news

2018-04-30 Thread Alexandre Souza via Ql-Users
A big THANKS in name of all brazilian users too :) Hope everything goes
well in your life! :)


2018-04-30 7:01 GMT-03:00 François Van Emelen via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>:

> Op 27/04/2018 om 10:23 schreef Jochen Merz via Ql-Users:
>
> Hello to Everybody on the list,
>>
>> I don't know why, but it seems I dropped out of the list end of January.
>>
>> Which means, I missed some of the sad news (like Sjef's death) :-(
>>
>> My wife and I suffered from one of worst flu's we remember for about 2
>> months in total, so I did not notice that there were no news ...
>>
>> I had the chance to speak to Stuart Honeyball on the phone a few days
>> before he died, thanks to his wife Karin, which has been a very sad call.
>> What a great person he was! I hope I will find the time to go through my
>> memories and write something ...
>>
>> EU-GDRP compliance ... made me stop all my QL activies and shutting down
>> all the websites.
>> I will display a "thank you for the great times we had" until 24th of
>> May, then delete everything completely.
>> The rules and information requiries forced by the EU are just too silly
>> and the fines are too high.
>> Even websites which show information only require detailed data
>> protection rules.
>>
>> I have already spoken to Marcel ... I will forward him sources and
>> manuals when I find the time.
>>
>> We have had bad news here either, the most recent being that last week my
>> wife's father died suddenly and her mother cannot stay at home alone,
>> actually cannot be left alone. I do not want to go into detail, but we're
>> looking forward to many many problems.
>>
>> Anyway, I just wanted to report that my software will not be lost ... but
>> I definitely need time to sort things.
>>
>> Best regardsJochen
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> Hi Jochen,
>
> Sad news indeed. Condolences for your wife's father.
>
> Now that you seem to leave the QL, it is time for me to thank you not only
> for the software but also for the excellent service and help you have
> provided all those years!
>
> Kind regards,
>
> François Van Emelen
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Re: [Ql-Users] PCB Design 7.54

2017-09-02 Thread Alexandre Souza via Ql-Users
Wait...pcb design ON QL O_O

Enviado do meu Tele-Movel

On Sep 2, 2017 10:50 AM, "Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users" <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> A new update of Malcolm Lear's PCB Design program is available to download
> free of charge from my website, at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/graphi
> cs/index.html or http://www.greybeardz.com/graphics/index.html.
>
> The previous version available from my site was v7.52, so here's a list of
> changes since then:
>
>
> 7.53:
>
> Fixed bug in editing mode logic, present since version 7.51.
> Rem'd out development code.
> Unassigned variables now initialized.
>
> 7.54:
>
> Jedec  SMD  library  components  accuracy  is  improved and are generated
> from raw official data.
> Standard  drill  assignments  assumed for old project files and .ncd files
> ignored (used only between version 6.00 and 6.02).
> File format revision reported on load.
> Auto Gerber/NC Drill now has its own export menu.
> Selecting a printer port in a non printing export mode now prompts a
> warning.
> Improved code that determines whether the export path should mirror the
> project path.
> New  track  snaking  feature  creates  sinusoidal  track offset
> transitions which can be particularly useful for data busses.
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] German Minerva ROM

2017-03-06 Thread Alexandre Souza
Derek, Id be very interested in your old all 03a if you would part with
it...

Enviado do meu Tele-Movel

On Mar 6, 2017 10:20 AM, "Derek Stewart"  wrote:

> On 06/03/17 12:49, Marcel Kilgus wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I create a German version of the Minerva ROM, in case anybody is
>> interested:
>>
>> https://www.kilgus.net/2017/03/05/german-minerva-rom/
>>
>> I also briefly discuss a cheap EEPROM programmer that I ordered from
>> China. Suffice to say, I'm very satisfied.
>>
>> Cheers, Marcel
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>> Hi Marcel,
>
> I have had a Minipro TL866CS for a long time and works very well.
>
> It does have problems with very old eproms, not being in the Eprom
> Programmer Database.
>
> But something like a Winbond W26C512 EEPROM, works very nicely.
>
> I might be retiring my Hilo Systems ALL03A MSDOS based programmer in the
> future.
>
> --
> Regards,
>
>
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[Ql-Users] QL screw set needed :)

2017-01-20 Thread Alexandre Souza


   Howdy people! :D

   Finally I finished the mods on my QL. I'll put it on a proper page soon, 
but a list of the mods is:

   - Changed 7805 for a swtiching regulator, so no more intense heat
   - Changed ROMs' sockets (they were green...)
   - Changed ROMs for a Minerva home-made board (MK1 of course)
   - Changed 8749 for a Hermes coprocessor
   - Cleaned the green goo of the board with some MEK
   - Repaired power input (and I still don't have an original power supply, 
but I can live with mine)
   - Made a "connector" for the microdrives' cables, so no more messing up 
with bare wires for connecting to te board

   - Home made RGB cable
   - Home Made mouse interface + PS/2 mouse adapter
   - Changed that dammed push-lock connectors for the speaker and leds to 
more common (and easier to handle) dupont connectors

   - Disabled the RF modulator
   - 512K memory extension

   But something bad happened: Since I left it on a shelf (and another, and 
another, and another...) for some time, I lost the screws of the case. Is 
there a good soul who could sell me a set of the 8 screws and send it in a 
letter to Brazil, please? :o)


   Thanks!
   Alexandre

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Re: [Ql-Users] Why so slow?

2016-10-12 Thread Alexandre Souza
And how far people are listening...Greetings from Brazil! :)

2016-10-12 8:38 GMT-03:00 Andreas Berger :

> Am 12.10.2016 um 11:45 schrieb François Van Emelen:
>
> Thanks for your reply. that makes 2 listeners on this list :).
>>
>
> you don't know who all is watching/listening - and only not writing at all
> :-)
>
> regards, Andreas
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Re: [Ql-Users] Paruse Partyp

2014-11-29 Thread Alexandre Souza

(Is there still someone listening here?)


   \o/
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Forum online chat tonight

2014-10-09 Thread Alexandre Souza


   Dilwyn, there are users outside of the usual locations of QL Forum 
users. Like me, as an example?


   When it will be? GST time, please? :)

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- Original Message - 
From: Dilwyn Jones dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk

To: QL-Users list ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2014 1:43 PM
Subject: [Ql-Users] QL Forum online chat tonight


I hope Peter (vanpeebles on QL Forum) doesn’t mind me copying this here – I 
thought it might be worth a try as I don’t know how many people get Forum 
messages regarding the Online Chat in time, without logging in and 
searching for them.


Peter says that the online chat for QL Forum members will be manned from 
8pm tonight. He points out it’s the last one before the QL Is 30 show.


To join in, all Forum members have to do is login to the forum, and click 
on the ‘Online Chat’ link. Usually there’s anythign from 3 to 6 of us at 
any one time, would be great if we had a load of people on tonight just 
before QL Is 30!


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Re: [Ql-Users] QL WIki - HELP NEEDED !!!

2014-06-04 Thread Alexandre Souza


   Being a N00B, how can I helP?

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- Original Message - 
From: Rich Mellor r...@rwapservices.co.uk

To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 3:29 AM
Subject: [Ql-Users] QL WIki - HELP NEEDED !!!



I just do not have the time to keep working on the QL Wiki.

When I have asked people for help / comments, all I seem to get is 
'there is no information about X'


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Sinclair QL - we should be 
making the most of any publicity surrounding the anniversary, and 
promote the QL, its hardware and software as much as possible, so as to 
get some impetus behind the various projects going and maybe tease out 
some of the copyright holders, so that more software can be re-released.


The Wiki is crucial to this effort - there is masses of information 
which could be added to it - by anyone with half an hour to spend 
looking at a QL World / QL User magazine and entering some of the 
information from an advert (say the Digital Precision adverts which had 
a mass of information / hype about their programs).


If people want to sit back, bemoan the lack of software and information, 
then expect me / Dilwyn and Urs to enter all of the information - well, 
give us another 30 years and we might find time.


 8-)

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Re: [Ql-Users] QXL Card for Temporary Loan

2014-05-15 Thread Alexandre Souza
I would like to ask the temporary loan of a QXL Card, so that I can take 
a copy of the QXL Glue (Altera) Chip.
   
   Isn't the protection fusebit set on these chips?

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL meMbRanes

2014-05-01 Thread Alexandre Souza
Two for me, please! I'll send shipping data as soon as i get home
Em 01/05/2014 15:53, paul paulh...@ameritech.net escreveu:

 I have a small stack of 'new' never used new style (Lasts A LONG time)
 QL keyboard Membranes.

 Mailed, securely packaged to minimize the chance of dramage,

 $22US in the USA till I run out!

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 Spring is Here, I'm so excited,
 I Wet My Plants!
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Re: [Ql-Users] Ethernet chit chat...

2014-04-15 Thread Alexandre Souza

Remember, email me off-list if you're interested in the beta program. :)


   I'm interested, but I have some W5100 chips here (in development boards) 
and resources to build one just for the QL. So I think I can help. 


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Re: [Ql-Users] Ethernet chit chat...

2014-04-14 Thread Alexandre Souza


   I keep my point - wizchip offloads the work of the (already underrated) 
QL processor. Having the (entire) TCP stack into a coprocessor only makes 
things fast. And working as a memory device, it can be mapped into QL memory 
space and very little hardware be incluided on the board.


   I'd like to help in development.

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- Original Message - 
From: Dave Park d...@sinclairql.com

To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 6:39 PM
Subject: [Ql-Users] Ethernet chit chat...



I have been presented with two good contenders for an ethernet solution for
the QL. There might be others; I am open to suggestions and may add more 
to

the list.

I would like there to be a *polite, friendly, respectful,
constructive*debate about the relative merits of the two devices. Once
you have
expressed a view, that's enough. No need to restate it, unless you add
something further. It is very important that discourse be *focused
entirely*on solving the problem of getting ethernet onto the QL.

Please read the data sheets and form an opinion about which would perform
better on a QL at 7.5MHz or a SGC system at 25 MHz. There is already a TCP
stack in existence; whether you wish to use it or not is a matter for 
you -

one of the chips is a microcontroller that has its own stack.

Here are the contenders:

Wiznet WS5300
http://www.wiznet.co.kr/UpLoad_Files/Re ... _V128E.pdf

versus
Cirrus Logic CS8900
http://www.cirrus.com/en/pubs/proDatash ... 00A_F5.pdf

If there is a clear consensus, I will assemble some functional prototype
boards using the favored device, then send boards and documentation out to
a limited number of people who express an interest in doing development
work with them.

There would be some gentle conditions:

1. You'd join a developer mailing list and report occasionally on progress
you'd made to the other three people and me. Others could join the list to
provide feedback, etc. The list would allow you to self-co-ordinate your
efforts within the group. I would not be the boss of you. I would not own
your work. There is no schedule or deadline.
2. Anything you do, once reaching a state of development greater than
alpha, would be open source and freely distributable. A GIT repository 
or

similar would be nice.
3. I would, upon release, host information and downloads at SinclairQL.com
so people can explore the code or develop it further.

If anyone develops anything to a point that it becomes possible to add
ethernet to a future board, or standalone, I would work out a way to
produce them for the community. If not, you can keep the card as a
curio/plaything/collectible, or send it to someone else who has shown an
interest.

So, let's begin, shall we?


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Sandy Electronics, LLC
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Re: [Ql-Users] Swap meet and update....

2014-04-11 Thread Alexandre Souza


   If people are thinking about giving away something, please give 
prefference to the friends abroad who would love to get some gear :)


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- Original Message - 
From: Dave Park d...@sinclairql.com

To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 11:31 PM
Subject: [Ql-Users] Swap meet and update



Hi all

There will be an online Swap Meet where you can trade, sell, swap or even
give away your unwanted gear, and maybe pick up a bargain! The event will
happen on Thursday 1st May, from 6pm to 9pm UK time. All are welcome!

Features include the presence of many people in the community who can do
deals or answer questions, including:

RWAP: a random selection of QL hardware, software and accessories!
Sandy: auctioning off a prototype Sandy SuperRAM 896K expansion card, plus
a quantity of tested, formatted microdrive cartridges with new felt pads!
People like you: search your closets and draws and trade something you
don't use for something you might!

The swap meet will be held in the Marketplace section of QL Forum, and the
auction and live action swapping will be happening in the chatroom.
Forum: http://www.qlforum.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=4
Chat: http://www.qlforum.co.uk/mibbit.php

If you want to publish lists of what you have to sell or trade, or what
you're looking for, you can post them in this thread, or on the For Sale
or Wanted sections of the marketplace in anticipation of the big event.
Please hold the actual deal-making until May 1st, 6pm though!

I know, it's an experiment. Let's see how it goes. There may well be a few
well known 'celebrity faces' dropping by during the evening, so I am sure
the conversation will be lively! :)

Mark it on your calendars: May 1st, 6pm-9pm UK time.

And now an update on developments at Sandy Electronics

Microdrive felt pads

These are our best seller. Over 100 packs shipped. Combining all
unsolicited customer reports, we're seeing about a 70% success rate in
making bad microdrives usable. Sales of these has now recovered the
development cost and covered almost half the cost of developing SuperRAM.

Battery adapters

These are now shipping. I don't think any have arrived yet (they have to 
go

by surface mail) but I can't wait to see peoples' reactions. They are
available in SAFT red and QL black.

QL on a Stick

Dilwyn has updated QLoS to latest versions, and has also heavily updated
the documentation. This is shipping now. Comes on a custom engraved black
USB drive that looks the part.

Minerva

We had a small setback with the Minerva MK IIs which we're working hard to
resolve. We will have a large batch of Minerva MK 1s available soon...

SuperRAM

SuperRAM is coming along nicely. It's a surprise extra project. Up to 896K
of static RAM, simply the fastest RAM expansion for the black box QL. It
shadows internal memory and video RAM too for an extra boost. Also, it has
a through connector, so it can make any floppy interface into a Trump Card
beater! Should be shipping in late June

UltimIDE

Not much to report here. There is progress.  I have laser etched the
CompactFlash cards that will be included. They look amazing. There will be
a lot more to report in 3-4 weeks... :)

If anyone has any questions about the swap meet or Sandy developments, I
will happily answer them here...

RWAP will have stock of felt pads, QL on a Stick, Minerva and SuperRAM as
they become available. They will also be available direct from the Sandy
store.

I have made the decision to not list prices or link to sale pages because
this is not an ad - it's an update. If the list-owner gives me permission
to list prices or give links, I will do so in future, but only if there is
something significant to announce. I will also not sell products until 
they

are available to ship off the shelf.

Thank you for reading!

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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly Language Issue 1 now available.

2014-03-05 Thread Alexandre Souza


   Great! \o/

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From: Norman Dunbar nor...@dunbar-it.co.uk

To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 6:08 PM
Subject: [Ql-Users] Assembly Language Issue 1 now available.



Dear Subscribers (and non-subscribers alike!)

Issue 1 of the QL Today Memorial Assembly Language Mailing List irregular 
eMagazine is now available in three separate flavours:


PDF - 
qdosmsq.dunbar-it.co.uk/downloads/AssemblyLanguage/Issue_001/Assembly_Language_001.pdf


EPUB - 
qdosmsq.dunbar-it.co.uk/downloads/AssemblyLanguage/Issue_001/Assembly_Language_001.epub


HTML - 
qdosmsq.dunbar-it.co.uk/downloads/AssemblyLanguage/Issue_001/Assembly_Language_001.zip


The HTML file is zipped up due to there being a number of files in it. 
When you unzip it, open the file names Assembly_language_001.html in your 
browser.


Happy reading.

Cheers,
Norm.

To send a contribution, or a query to the list, email this address 
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Re: [Ql-Users] A quick plug: New blog post on 30 years of theQLandthe Mac.

2014-01-27 Thread Alexandre Souza
But maybe we should solve that one - The poor guy 8749 _really_ was an 
8-bit processor. And not the worst that Intel ever built.The successors are 
still around in the embedded industry.


   Some mildly off-topic info:
   - 8748/49 was THE processor of choice for PC keyboards. Before USB, 
**all** of them used 8748 or 8749 microcontrollers, even in die form.

   - Up to the 386, all PCs had one of them in Keyboard input
   - And after the 386, much of them had it too, but integrated in bigger 
ASICs 


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Re: [Ql-Users] A quick plug: New blog post on 30 years of the QL andthe Mac.

2014-01-26 Thread Alexandre Souza

Just a shameless plug for a blog post I've just written... ;-)
http://www.lingula.org.uk/wordpress/2014/01/25/its-been-30-years-since-the-announcement-of-an-important-computing-product/


   4 bit intel processor?! 


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Re: [Ql-Users] Microdrive pinch rollers: Any sources out there?

2014-01-26 Thread Alexandre Souza
If you need some cartridges to use as part of the display - let me know 
and I
can let you have some of my better ones - I have a few which seem to be in 
good
condition - although not sure how long they will last.  One suggestion is 
to

apply glue to the felt pad before it splits - has anyone tried this?


   I did. Got some old cassete tapes (brand new, pre-recorded tapes from an 
english course), took off the pads, cut into a suitable size and glued using 
cyanoacrilate glue on the place of the old pads. Works like a charm. 


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Re: [Ql-Users] A quick plug: New blog post on 30 years of the QL andthe Mac.

2014-01-26 Thread Alexandre Souza

I would argue it is a 2-bit processor that can't stand 1 bit of competition


   But I paid most of my studies with that half-bit processor :) 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Developer assistance request.

2014-01-22 Thread Alexandre Souza


   May I add 2 cents to the subject?


With the W5300 on-chip implementation, you depend on one specific
manufacturer. If the TCP/IP stack runs on the QL side, one is more
flexible to use different hardware. In my case, the NE2000 or Realtek on
the Q40 and Q60, but the CP2200 on the Q68. Even TCP/IP over SER instead
of ethernet is possible.


   Wizchip devices are around for about 10 years. I've used that with lots 
of products, with no troubles and cheap cost (facing a stronger processor to 
put an entire tcp stack into). Of course, anything is possible. But with 
wizchip, you need only a SPI connection and no stack whatsoever.



In my case, it means a socket library, since existing internet
applications were written in C, not S*BASIC. An extension which interfaces
to S*BASIC is doable, just had low priority for me.


   I vote for basic, since wizchip takes most of the work.

   I'd even expand the capabilities of the old (and outdated) MCS-48 
processor on QL, and put an AVR on its place, creating expansions like a 
dedicated I2C/SPI/TWI interface to the outside world. Maybe I need to get 
more into QL workings... :o)



As always, I can not promise when I can finish something. So if you have
already implemented a lot of things around the W5300 and plan to finish
soon, don't let my info regarding the CP2200 hinder you.


   Sure!


By the way, does the W5300 include a unique ethernet address? IEEE
registration can become an expensive issue if you need to do it yourself.


   Not that expensive. But the MAC number can always be reused from an old 
(and broken) ethernet card, or like. 


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[Ql-Users] Building a QubIDE on perfoboard

2013-12-04 Thread Alexandre Souza

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.546135392129378.1073741848.11987678659type=1l=c6f43f57f9

   :oD

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[Ql-Users] Reverse Engineering a QDisk floppy disk interface

2013-11-27 Thread Alexandre Souza


   Greetings from Brazil!

   Is it polite to ask on this list for help on RE the QDisk Floppy 
interface?

   http://tabalabs.com.br/ql/qdisk/

   Thanks
   Alexandre

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Re: [Ql-Users] Reverse Engineering a QDisk floppy disk interface

2013-11-27 Thread Alexandre Souza


   Well, it pays nothing to ask :o) If someone want to come in the 
endeavour, please page us!


   In Brazil not only is hard to find QL users, but also QL hardware :o( So 
the only option we have, is to find someone who has the hardware...and copy 
it :oP


   Thanks, and greetz you all :oD

   (more hardware:
   
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- Original Message - 
From: Wolfgang Lenerz w...@wlenerz.com

To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:41 AM
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Reverse Engineering a QDisk floppy disk interface



Hi,


   Is it polite to ask on this list for help on RE the QDisk Floppy
interface?


Yes!

However, whether anyone will be able to help you is another story.


Wolfgang

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[Ql-Users] Reverse-Engineering the Q-Disk floppy interface

2013-11-23 Thread Alexandre Souza


   I disassembled the interface and scanned the board. Photos in
   http://tabalabs.com.br/ql/qdisk/

   Maybe someone would help to reverse engineer its PAL? Or help with the 
schematic?


   Thanks :)
   Alexandre 


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Re: [Ql-Users] Of Jaguars, November, pre-Thanksgiving, Decades with year 3.

2013-11-22 Thread Alexandre Souza


   Ow...a Jaguar! 3

   I think this is the ONLY atari game I've never seen in person. Rare as 
han's teeth in Brazil! :(


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- Original Message - 
From: Urs Koenig (QL) q...@bluewin.ch

To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2013 11:43 AM
Subject: [Ql-Users] Of Jaguars, November, pre-Thanksgiving,Decades with year 
3.




Jag is 20 - The Movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4hXwTF43qY



My biggest and most sophisticated video production so far. I hope you like
it. Enjoy!



The JAGUAR and this video production is the reason why I was absent of the
QL scene in the last couple of weeks. From next week on the Jag may rest 
and

in accordance with my web alias QLvsJAGUAR the QL becomes again my
retro-topic no. 1.



Cheers,

Urs



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Re: [Ql-Users] Newbie question follows: How to join Minerva ROMand ToolKit II?

2013-11-21 Thread Alexandre Souza


   Morning Peter, All!


Basically, you can have Minerva in the first 48 KB and TK2 in the
following 16 KB. Resulting in a 64 KB binary stored in EPROM. However, the
Minerva binary has to be padded up to exact 48 KB length, so TK2 is
properly aligned. Please note that you need a ROM version for TK2, not a
disk version.


   I discovered it tonight. Already built the adapter board and it is 
working...Thanks anyway!



By the way, it is not always clever to have TK2 in ROM. For example, if
you have a fast mass storage device. In this case, it is more important to
have the drivers for the storage device in ROM, so the QL can boot from
that device. TK2 can always be loaded later on. Provided you have enough
RAM - but you won't get far without memory extension anyway.


   This is something I didn't know :( Anyway, there is a switch to use the 
external rom card (MICE) or internal rom (TKII), so I can play with that 
while I don't have anything to save/load from (yes, I don't have any 
microdrive cartridges beyond the original QL pack which I don't want to 
erase, and they need some fixing anyway). This week I'll try to build a 512K 
internal SRAM extension, so I think I'll have enough free memory :o)



It might be of relevance for you that the first QL-SD devices are being
built here in Germany while we write. QL-SD provides an SDHC card
interface for the QL, combined with the Minerva OS in EPROM. The QL-SD
design was given to the QL community for free, so it's not a product with
commercial support. After testing is completed, the source code will be
freely available.


   So I'll be able to build mine here, at home? Sorry for being so cheap, 
but I don't know if you know how expensive is to import things from abroad 
here in Brazil :o(


   Thanks for advice!
   Alexandre :o) 


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Re: [Ql-Users] Newbie question follows: How to join Minerva ROM andToolKit II?

2013-11-21 Thread Alexandre Souza

In the German forums, I meant. How many others like you will turn up, I
have no idea.


   Soldering fine pitch SMD devices isn't that hard, if you have the right 
equipment, or tons of patience. I've done lots of these jobs without the 
right tools, and it worked. Took longer than reasonable, but it worked.


   If you want I can do a video showing an easy way of soldering SMD ICs, 
but I believe there are lots of videos like that on the web. Of course, as 
soon as I put my dirty hands on the project and have the boards and ICs on 
hand, I'm planning in doing a video showing how to build it :)


   And of course, I hope I can be of any help to the QL comunity with my 
simple resources.


   Thanks,
   Alexandre 


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Re: [Ql-Users] Newbie question follows: How to join Minerva ROMand ToolKit II?

2013-11-21 Thread Alexandre Souza

It took a quite an amount of email and phone support, even providing
complete working samples, until someone (very skilled at building
hardware) successfully reproduced the QL-SD. QL-SD has a much higher
difficulty level than the other projects you find at the forums. Nobody
else wanted to do it himself yet - for good reasons.


   Peter, I don't want to be disrespectful, but I can't see problems in 
soldering fine-pitch SMD devices. Of course the board will have to be made 
in a professional setup (ever tried OSS and other chinese low-volume 
suppliers? They make quite good boards for a very cheap price!) but I have a 
smd oven with proper reflow curve, and I'm used to building panels of 
devices with fine pitch SMD. This is what I do for a living :o)


   I'm crazy to try it :oD

   Thanks :)
   Alexandre 


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Re: [Ql-Users] Newbie question follows: How to joinMinerva ROMand ToolKit II?

2013-11-21 Thread Alexandre Souza

Building QL-SD at home would be very hard, because of 0.5 mm pitch SMD
components and a thin two layer PCB with 0.15 mm tracks. It took more than
a year until someone came up, who has the skills and equipment to do it.


   I don't think so. I have resources to build a board like that here at 
home



QL-SD is fast as a harddisk. But if speed is not an issue for you, there
might be a simpler solution. From my Q68 project, I have spinned off a
compatible SDHC driver which just needs three simple registered output
bits and an input bit mapped to some specific adresses. A tinkerer here in
Germany has successfully intergrated this concept into his own hardware.
However, I don't have the time to support this repeatedly. Someone else
would need to write instructions.


   Well, I'm not an expert in QL but I can try :o)

   Thanks!
   Alexandre 


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Re: [Ql-Users] Newbie question follows: How to joinMinerva ROMand ToolKit II?

2013-11-21 Thread Alexandre Souza

Cool - I really had no chance to expect that you're a professional
electronics manufacturer :)


   Well, I'm not that kind of professional you're thinking of. I work at 
home and make small runs of electronic devices for small companies which 
doesn't fulfill the numbers needed for a run on professional 
manufacturers. I work in my garage :o)



Pity that our continents are separated by currency, shipment and customs
overhead. Someone like you would be great to produce QL hardware stuff.


   It would be great, but I believe shipping in both directions (in to 
Brazil with very high customs taxes and out to germany) would take most of 
the profit.


   Anyway, I'm here to help if I'm needed.

   Greetings,
   Alexandre :o) 


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[Ql-Users] Newbie question follows: How to join Minerva ROM and ToolKit II?

2013-11-20 Thread Alexandre Souza


   Sorry for the newbieness :o)

   I've seen around the net photos of internal ROMs of Minerva AND 
ToolKitII. How do I join both codes? Is that a matter of just concatenating 
files or there is something I should learn?


   I need to get better educated about the QL system, but I still think it 
is missing a newbie FAQ :o(


   Thanks,
   Alexandre

   (Minerva Board Ready! I'll install it today :D)

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[Ql-Users] Introducing myself :)

2013-11-19 Thread Alexandre Souza


   Now it is working, I'll try to introduce myself

   My name is Alexandre, I live in Brazil (sao paulo), have a QL (loose) 
and I built my power supply and a mICE clone
   Photos in 
https://picasaweb.google.com/100214485610859499303/SinclairQLMICEClone?authuser=0feat=directlink


   Thanks :o)

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