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Yeah, it would be. I always forget MESS doesn't have that, I often confuse the PDP-1 and PDP-11 (having never used either). Heh.

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Is it a new lead? I've been to that network of livejournals, but I hadn't seen that particular thread yet. smile Well, we could see if he has the BIOS dumped.

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MAME/MESS effectively does have a pdp-11 cpu core: the T11 processor which paperboy uses. It isn't a COMPLETE pdp-11 core though, as its missing a few opcodes which weren't economical for DEC to support in the T11.

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I thought someone at MAMEDEV was going to look into that after getting ahold of the dump of Galaxy Game?

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You're absolutely right, both of you. I haven't heard anything new about Galaxy Game since 2006 though.

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I got a printout of the Galaxy Game source code (would link, but mameworld.info's down). As for an actual dump, there's one at the Computer History Museum, but I don't know if anyone's actually tried to get access to it.

I haven't heard of anyone working on emulation, but if we get PDP-11 emulation going, it would be a great start.

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The T-11 core in MAME (used on atari system 2 arcade games like paperboy and super sprint) is a cut down pdp-11 cpu core.
(at some point we should get the microcode from the T-11 dumped)

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Hi, sorry to re-open an old thread,

At our computer museum (*) we have a PDP-11/34, a PDP-11/23PLUS and a uPDP11/23, and we are in search of the russian early version of TETRIS to have it running on one of our machine smile

Can someone help us? I see it running into the emulator so... here I am asking for help smile

Thank you all - Gabriele

(*) http://museum.freaknet.org - we're located in Palazzolo Acreide, Italy. smile

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Here's a whole lot of rt-11 games, including several versions of Tetris. https://www.sendspace.com/file/4pw39v

Many of these won't run on a PDP-11 -- they were written for clones with framebuffers.

For extra authenticity you'll probably want a terminal which was used with these systems, or its emulation ('15ie' driver in MESS SVN).

There's much more to be said on the subject, ask away :-)

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There's now a driver for KSM (text-only video board from DVK desktops, emulates a VT52 with a few extensions), it should work with any pdp-11 emulator over network. Driver name is "dvk_ksm".

Here's a version of Tetris (not original one) running in SIMH, with display in MESS:


Emulating actual DVK series would require changes to T11 core -- their microprocessors (1801VM1, 1801VM2 and 1801VM3) are ISA-compatible but have subtle differences.

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