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Re: ex- USSR and Soviet Bloc hardware [Re: shattered] #106586 07/24/16 08:40 AM
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Then I won't post a video of ec1841's synth card because it's not emulated :-) There's a full tech manual, and maybe sometime it will get scanned (owner has severe case of Real Life syndrome).

Its software is dumped (and in softlist), this help text gives an idea how it works:




ec1841.0104 speech synthesis swre

Re: ex- USSR and Soviet Bloc hardware [Re: shattered] #106690 07/29/16 09:56 PM
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zx.pk.ru collective found interesting, previously unknown, software for the poisk1: http://www.deep-shadows.com/hax/wordpress/?page_id=301

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HyperBIOS -- makes screen output 2-3 times faster; – solves lot of compatibility issues; – remaps keyboard layout and makes it more comfortable; – supports low-cost joystick interface, developed by me. Many people said that this was the most usefull program for that PC smile

SlowPlay -- Highly optimized *.STM [Scream Tracker 2 modules] player. Can play STM files on VERY slow PCs like POISK-1.


Haven't tested them much yet (but found a bug in the driver)...

Re: ex- USSR and Soviet Bloc hardware [Re: shattered] #106762 08/06/16 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted By shattered
and this is why this terminal got emulated smile


now with video: https://youtu.be/mWFyffsBPgA

Re: ex- USSR and Soviet Bloc hardware [Re: shattered] #106892 08/15/16 08:04 PM
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same terminal, newer firmware "182" (+ extra ROM with menus, ReGIS-like features etc.)


Re: ex- USSR and Soviet Bloc hardware [Re: shattered] #106924 08/19/16 08:25 AM
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Hooked up mono graphics board (400x286 px) to the ms1201 driver. In real life, it overlays its video signal over that from ie15 or dvk_ksm (both text-only terminals), hence the graphics resolution.

checked a few games and they are playable:


"Invasion"


Choplifter workalike


"Kot-Rybolov"

Re: ex- USSR and Soviet Bloc hardware [Re: shattered] #106930 08/20/16 08:42 PM
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An interview with authors of these three (plus a few more) games -- http://pk-info.ru/infopk/dvk/aspcorp1.html

Re: ex- USSR and Soviet Bloc hardware [Re: shattered] #106931 08/20/16 10:07 PM
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Interesting to read about software development in a time were the wall was up and the technical blockade was in effect, cloning instead of importing games must have have pretty much the only option.

Re: ex- USSR and Soviet Bloc hardware [Re: shattered] #106932 08/21/16 12:34 AM
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Reverse engineering flourished, yeah. So much so, that DEC CVAX die apparently has a shout-out to the reverse engineers (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/creatures/pages/russians.html) smile

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'Snake' game for the ms1201, in attract mode: https://youtu.be/xqwaVrG07LU

Re: ex- USSR and Soviet Bloc hardware [Re: shattered] #106938 08/21/16 01:03 PM
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My cousin worked as a sales guy for DEC back in 1990 and was responsible for Russia and other former Soviet states. He told me that they got good business from state and universities that wanted software support agreements for all the VAX and DEC clones. :-)

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