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TZXDuino 1.14

Update for TZXDuino.

Lots of little things changed for this update but the biggest is ID15/Direct Recording has been added. The code has been adapted and fixed from the MAXDuino firmware. On the Amstrad CPC this means that Music Loaders do work as do many other games that use the ID15/Direct Recording Block type however the following Musical Loaders are temperemental but this is due to hardware rather than firmware.

Harvey Headbanger
Spiky Harold

I've also removed DigitalWrite in favour of a quicker process as suggested by Ken Forster and this means that some MSX games work better at higher TSX baudrates. Elite and Aliens will now load at 2400 baudrate.

There were two Gremlin Graphics games for the Amstrad CPC that had copy protection that required a reversal of high and low signals. Samurai Trilogy and Footballer Of The Year II. I have added an option to the menu to fix this issue.

You can download the new firmware from here.

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New software and firmware.

It's been a while since ~I've added anything new to the blog I have been still working on the project.

TZXDuino 1.13
I've updated the TZXDuino firmware to include HQ.UEF support which was programmed by Rafael Molina Chesserot of the MAXDuino Team. Most unzipped UEFs will now work with the TZXDuino on both Electron and BBC. The only exceptions I've found so far are Uridium and Starquake on the BBC.
Because the TZXDuino is now working on so many other models of computer and not just the Sinclairs I've added a Pause at Start option to the Menu. With this on, when you select a file and press play the file will be automatically paused unless you have typed in your load command on your computer and pressed enter and the motor control is plugged in. It's exactly the same way a cassette player with motor control would work.

You can download the firmware from here.

New Software
Speaking of UEFs Ricky El-Qasem has made a UEF extraction tool that makes it so much more easier to…

UEF Playback added to TZXDuino

Thanks to the work of Kernel Crash we have added uncompressed UEF playback to TZXDuino. This means that Acorn machines can be added to the list of computers that can use TZXDuino. There is standard mode and a Turbo mode that can be switched on in the menu. The turbo mode loads at 1500 baud and does improve the loading time on an Acorn Electron. There is also a 1550 and 1600 option in the TZXDuino.h file but not all Electrons can handle the faster speed.

You can read Kernel Crash's blog here.

You can download the TZXDuino 1.11 from here.

Trying to make firmware editing more user friendly.

The more I build and try to improve on the various firmwares I've realised that it's not entirely friendly for new users to edit their firmware for their version of device. In an aim to correct that I have added userconfig.h to the various firmwares.
This is just a little settings file that users can change without fear of harming the main programme.
It allows you to set which screen you are using and in future which startup logo for some screens and maybe other settings.

How to use.
At the moment the userconfig.h looks like this

/*                                                             */
/*                                                             */
/*          Configure your screen settings here                */
/*    Delete the // of the lines appropriate to your device    */
/*                                                             */
/*                                                             */

Finally the PCD8544. Almost.

For the last few months I've been talking about how to add the PCD8544 (also known as the Nokia) screen to the devices.
Unfortunately this has not been as easy as I'd first hoped largely due to differences in the screens. Some work well with the standard 5v of the Arduino Nano, others need the voltage in to be 3.3v. Some need resistors others don't. Finally however I can start to write things up properly though.
The software has been written and is fully functioning for a while and whilst there are no improvements in what the ArduiTape/CASDuino/TZXDuino can do, it does use less memory than the other screens and looks a little nicer, in my opinion.

CASDuino Turns Two.
I have been reminded by my Facebook posts that today I completed my first CASDuino specific PP9 build two years ago today.
I used the PP9N Evatron case as I was inspired by one of the TAPuino builds and it's a nice case to work with.
Certain small things have changed since then, button caps, reset switch, diffe…

New Firmwares With New Features

Thanks to the help of Rafael Molina Chasserot some new features have been added to the TZXDuino and CASDuino firmwares which has freed up some memory as well, which may lead to more features being added in the future.
A percentage counter and a timer counter have been added to all screens so that you know how much is left of a file to play and how long it has taken to load.
The OLED1306 and PCD8544 use completely new routines for the firmwares saving a lot of memory.
Folder navigation is now different. Rather than using the Menu button on TZXDuino or the Stop button on CASDuino to return to the ROOT directory, if you press the stop button when no file is playing you will go up one folder only making it easier to navigate.

The TZXDuino has had a menu added so that MSX users can set the Baud rate of TSX files so that they can load faster than normal.
A few more emulator only IDs have been fixed so that they are skipped by TZXDuino.

CASduino has had a Baud Rate of 3675 added to…

Latest Firmwares

Whilst it may seem there han't been much going on in recent months we have been working behind the scenes on improving and adding more options to the various firmwares and trying to improve the hardware.

The main difference with these firmwares is that OLED 1306 screens are now fully working on all of them and that the PCD8544 has added as a screen option.
I will go into the hardware changes needed for that at a later date.

ArduiTape 1.5
What's New
Added support for the PCD7544.

Download from here.

CASDuino 1.15
What's New
Improved support for CoCo and Dragon
Added support for OLED1306 and PCD8544.

Download from here.

TZXDuino 1.8
What's New
Added ID2A
Added support for PCD8544

Download from here.

TZXDuino 1.8.1
What's New
TSX support for MSX TSX files added by Natalia Pujol. Not officially supported and any bugs should be reported to her.

Download from here.