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Re: SVN builds - new driver flood [Re: Anna Wu] #117507 07/06/20 12:29 PM
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Re: SVN builds - new driver flood [Re: Duke] #117508 07/06/20 01:34 PM
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Playing it backwards, we can hear all those hidden messages 8-)

Re: SVN builds - new driver flood [Re: Anna Wu] #117542 07/12/20 04:44 AM
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Just a small update, I've managed to fix the issues that were ailing the V.Smile controller. It now works in every game I've tested, including all of the games previously flagged in vsmile_cart.xml as "no inputs" which use a standard controller.

Re: SVN builds - new driver flood [Re: Anna Wu] #117556 07/15/20 08:18 PM
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I've committed the bulk of the Sam Coupe changes. Here's an example how to use the Atom HDD interface:

1. Create suitable CHD. For example, use the "Conner CFA170A" template:

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chdman createhd -tp 0 -o samhdd.chd


2. Load MAME with the Atom BIOS, attach Atom interface (and Dallas clock interface) and HDD, boot BDOS 1.5a floppy:

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mame64 samcoupe -bios atom -drive2 atom -drive2:atom:ata:0 hdd -flop1 bdos15a.dsk -hard samhdd.chd -exp dallas


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We can then load the "formatter" tool:

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The HDD is now usable and basically functions the same as 210 floppies (in this case). To make it bootable we can use the "makeboot" tool:

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To copy the whole bdos15a disk to HDD we can use "copy record 0 to record 1".

After shutting down MAME we can now run it with just the HDD and it will boot it:

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mame64 samcoupe -bios atom -drive2 atom -drive2:atom:ata:0 hdd -hard samhdd.chd -exp dallas


In theory this interface also supports CD-ROMs, and you would be able to copy disk images from CD to the HDD, but once you attach one the HDD/CD detection will hang in an infinite loop. The detection code seems really basic (too basic), so I'm not sure how it works on real hardware.

Re: SVN builds - new driver flood [Re: Anna Wu] #117557 07/15/20 08:28 PM
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re: Sam Coupe, I'm still curious about what one of the few cassette dumps we have actually needs (snare in the software list) or if it's simply just a bad dump.

Re: SVN builds - new driver flood [Re: Anna Wu] #117560 07/15/20 10:46 PM
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Well it writes to the MIDI register which we don't handle at all currently. It might wait for an interrupt from it.

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