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Re: Mindset driver? [Re: TSCHAK] #115566 07/29/19 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by TSCHAK
and with a bit of phenagling, right now am sending poly-dot commands for text output (I can't get the BLT String commands to emit something usable), I get:

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https://github.com/tschak909/platotermmindset

(also, FWIW, who do I talk to about including versions of PLATOTERM in the software lists for all of MAME's supported machines? I have about a dozen and a half versions that will work as MAME adds serial support for various systems) wink

-Thom

Please forgive me for going off-topic, but I have to ask you a question. How are you displaying power and drive activity indicators? I've been searching for a way to get MAME to display such useful information to no avail.

Re: Mindset driver? [Re: TSCHAK] #115567 07/29/19 01:56 AM
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Those indicators have to be built into the driver for the machine you're emulating.

Re: Mindset driver? [Re: TSCHAK] #115575 07/29/19 09:44 PM
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@OG - I am modernizing the ISV Toolkit C bindings for the Mindset, and along the way, making a set of example programs.

https://github.com/tschak909/mindset-examples

Is there anything I could put together that could help the emulation bring-up along?

-Thom

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Re: Mindset driver? [Re: TSCHAK] #115577 07/30/19 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by TSCHAK
Is there anything I could put together that could help the emulation bring-up along?


Depends, are you running stuff on the real thing or in mame?

OG.

Re: Mindset driver? [Re: TSCHAK] #115579 07/30/19 02:24 PM
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I have MAME and the real thing here on my shelf. smile

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ran latest build last night, TV mode:
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Monitor mode still a bit shifted:
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This thing is quite possibly the neatest MS-DOS machine I've ever hacked on, blitter actually is pretty fast. limit mostly kicks in when you want to be able to do collision detection reliably...

-Thom

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Re: Mindset driver? [Re: TSCHAK] #115580 07/30/19 02:47 PM
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That's somewhat dodging the question. If you're developing all this in MAME and haven't tested it on the real hardware (even if you have the real hardware) then it's not especially useful.

Re: Mindset driver? [Re: TSCHAK] #115581 07/30/19 06:22 PM
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Monitor mode is not getting better any time soon because I haven't found any external signal telling in which mode the system is. I may have found B&W, but not monitor/tv.

Re: Mindset driver? [Re: Haze] #115582 07/30/19 08:41 PM
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@haze - sorry, didn't intend to dodge! I'm getting my supercard pro and TEAC FD55GFR drive setup tomorrow, so I can write disks. am waiting for it to arrive, so I can test against it. smile

-Thom

Re: Mindset driver? [Re: TSCHAK] #115583 07/31/19 12:04 AM
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Originally Posted by TSCHAK
@haze - sorry, didn't intend to dodge! I'm getting my supercard pro and TEAC FD55GFR drive setup tomorrow, so I can write disks. am waiting for it to arrive, so I can test against it. smile

-Thom


You need a 40 track drive for Mindset floppies (FD55B).
You can't reliably write 40 trk disks on an 80 trk drive.
You also need 40 trk media (not 80 trk HD media)

Re: Mindset driver? [Re: TSCHAK] #115584 07/31/19 01:54 AM
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yeah, I realized that, and have grabbed one, and yes I have 48TPI media. It's getting harder to get 5 1/4" drives... sigh.

-Thom

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