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#4504 - 10/13/04 11:29 PM apricot PC / Xi / F series  
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Greetings I am noob, have searched but couldnt find anything obvious about suggestions for support for other hardware, so please dont shout at me ;o)

any thoughts if its worth adding support for Apricot machines? they are 8088/8086 based but NOT IBM clones.

I have a working Apricot Xi motherboard with cpu and roms.

I would be happy to donate it to the mame team providing shipping could be covered.

#4505 - 10/16/04 04:19 AM Re: apricot PC / Xi / F series  
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That would be awesome, actually. I also have before me a few miscellaneous ROMs that I've pulled from a couple old motherboards and a video card. They're all 28-pin DIP packages, but apart from that, that's all I know. If Guru wouldn't mind dumping them, I'll send them as soon as I've got the shipping money.

#4506 - 10/17/04 07:50 PM Re: apricot PC / Xi / F series  
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Hello

About 2 years ago I dumped Apricot F1 roms and some disks with software. All that was sened to PeT as he wanted to add it to MESS. Unfortunally he leaved MESS team before he finished driver. I aslo gathered some detailed technical information about this machine. So if anybody wants to emulate it I can send him all binaries and docs I have.

Krzysztof

#4507 - 03/20/05 04:25 AM Re: apricot PC / Xi / F series  
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I've written a quick and dirty GPLed Apricot F1 emulator for Linux

http://www.seasip.info/Unix/QDAE/

The source may be helpful to anyone who wants to implement a similar driver in MESS.

#112597 - 02/13/18 12:17 AM Re: apricot PC / Xi / F series [Re: asteroid]  
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It's somehow befitting for this to be posted in a thread resurrected from 2004/2005 ... ***

I have an Apricot Xi that is unfortunately missing its keyboard, so I can't dump the keyboard controller as requested in the source file. The BIOS ROMs are identical to the ones already in MAME, so nothing special there.

The Xi emulation is also missing the harddisk controller, but maybe the photos and MFM emulator dumps of the Rodime RO351 5MB drive will help.

[Linked Image]

The harddisk seems to contain company data from a driving school, so the image will have to be cleaned up before publishing it once the harddisk is emulated,
but the dumps are included in the archive on the FTP for devs to experiment.

I've added a floppy disk dump as well - dumped using three utilities. Both the canonical APRIDISK and IMD generated images work, but the Teledisk
image is rejected by MAME due to an alledged error on track 14:

Fatal error: Incorrect layout on track 14 head 0, expected_size=100000, current_size=176832
Average speed: 99.99% (6 seconds)

Well, the floppy disk archive contains some games that redefine the Xi's char set. One of them, birds.exe, hints at something not 100% with graphics emulation

[Linked Image]

while the other one is ... ***ZOMBIES

[Linked Image]


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#112600 - 02/13/18 09:08 AM Re: apricot PC / Xi / F series [Re: asteroid]  
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Awesome, thanks for the dumps and pictures. I started working on the hard disk emulation a while back, but there is nothing to show yet. Is birds.exe working in QDAE?

#112602 - 02/13/18 09:48 AM Re: apricot PC / Xi / F series [Re: asteroid]  
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Hi Duke, I have trouble getting QDAE to run - give the disk image a go if you have a working installation.


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