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#110381 - 07/21/17 08:01 AM Re: T/A Alphatronic PC? [Re: Spirantho]  
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A game and a word processor in one package... interesting combination smile

#110382 - 07/21/17 08:14 AM Re: T/A Alphatronic PC? [Re: Spirantho]  
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Yeah, and the gaudy colours do nothing to endear it to the public smile


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#110388 - 07/21/17 11:59 AM Re: T/A Alphatronic PC? [Re: Spirantho]  
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The colors are worse than shown - it cycles through every possible combination of foreground and background colors on that screen. I just picked one where it was reasonably legible smile

#110521 - 08/04/17 11:09 PM Re: T/A Alphatronic PC? [Re: Spirantho]  
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RB, there's now the ROM for a second Alphatronic ROM PACK, the Microtext editor.

Grab it here,http://forum.classic-computing.de/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=11801&pageNo=2


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#110549 - 08/09/17 02:36 AM Re: T/A Alphatronic PC? [Re: Spirantho]  
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In case the SB scrolls off, this Microtext dump is 1/2 of the cart, only 8K. It immediately tries to jump past 8K in the cartridge area so it's definitely just missing, not mirrored.

#110551 - 08/09/17 10:58 AM Re: T/A Alphatronic PC? [Re: R. Belmont]  
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Shame ... I just reported this back to the guy who dumped it - we'll see.


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#110552 - 08/09/17 01:06 PM Re: T/A Alphatronic PC? [Re: Spirantho]  
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I checked in a version of the driver with a cart slot. I'll put together a software list tonight that uses the ROMs properly (and one for the floppies too), but you can concatenate the 2 from the original game+editor dump to try it out:

Windows: copy /b escape_be_d2_rom_pack_1.bin+escape_be_d2_rom_pack_2.bin card.bin
Linux/Mac: cat escape_be_d2_rom_pack_1.bin escape_be_d2_rom_pack_2.bin >card.bin

Then mame64 alphatro -cart card.bin

#110553 - 08/09/17 01:16 PM Re: T/A Alphatronic PC? [Re: Spirantho]  
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Ok, never mind, I was wrong. It does work if you mirror the 8K. Teach me to do MAME stuff late at night smile

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8K carts are supposed to load at C000 instead of A000, looking at the bootrom disassembly. I'll make that work tonight too.

#110555 - 08/09/17 03:11 PM Re: T/A Alphatronic PC? [Re: Spirantho]  
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Wow nice! Thanks a lot, RB, it's great to watch you putting the puzzle together.

I have the Escape and Briefeditor running now, looking forward to Microtext.

A google groups post has a more complete set of the language settings for the three dip switches involved, so us Germans can get our fix of Umlauts smile

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there are 6 DIP switches, the first three ones are for the keyboard
settings, the fourth is for the printer setting and the fifth is for
the monitor, The last one has no meaning. In general:

1 2 3

ON ON ON International
OFF ON ON German
ON OFF ON USA
OFF OFF ON French
ON ON OFF English
OFF ON OFF Italian
ON OFF OFF Spain
OFF OFF OFF reserved

4

OFF Serial printer
ON Parallel Printer

5

OFF NTSC
ON PAL


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#110574 - 08/10/17 10:18 PM Re: T/A Alphatronic PC? [Re: Spirantho]  
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There's a lot of new software available now for the TA Alphatronic PC, and also a third party manual that has extensive information about the Bicom graphics card - as well as a source listing for a VT52 compatible terminal program grin

http://forum.classic-computing.de/index.php?page=Thread&postID=122043#post122043


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