Thursday, 25 February 2016

Audio Filter redesign and more MSX games.

Audio Filter Redesign

After building the more compact Casduino design I started thinking about building an Arduitape in a PP9 case as well which meant adding an extra GND pin to the main Casduino board but most importantly a smaller Audio filter to fit snuggly within the case. I managed to get the design down to 25mm by 15mm so there should be more than enough room. The components are exactly the same as the previous filter.
Here is what the build looks like. 5p for scale.


More MSX .CAS Files

Going through the TOSEC MSX .CAS files I noticed a few more games that were not available in English were on eBay so I quickly bought them and converted them .CAS files for everyone to enjoy. In the .ZIP files are the instructions, box art, etc as well.

Football Manager - World Cup Edition.


Next Plans

My next plans are to build an Arduitape in a PP9 box and hopefully do a full write up on how to build it with all the components and instructions downloadable in .pdf format.

We are also looking in to the viability to if a .PZX version of the Casduino for the ZX Spectrum. A .TZX version doesn't look viable due to the memory available on the Nano, and the extra compression and complexity of the .TZX file format. Andrew is also looking at possibilities for something for the UEF file formats too.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Building a Casduino

Building The Casduino

The main board for the Casduino is very similar to the MarkII board but as I had a specific project case in mind the dimensions needed to be changed.

I had used an Evatron PPN Case in another project and wanted to use one for this to make a more compact and stylish product however the internal dimensions would make things a little more tricky.



Although the actual board design in mine is slightly different I feel that the following one should give the best fit.


 
The only difference I would make to the design is add right angled pins for the GND and VCC connectors on the right of the board. Also I soldered the Arduino Nano directly to the board as adding a DIL socket would just make it more difficult to fit in the Case

Rather than the usual buttons I ordered  some with different coloured caps, again to give a more polished look.

Here is a template of how to cut out the hole for the LCD (Thanks to spcbm from Amibay for his template for the Tapuino)


A template for where to drill the holes for the front.


And a template for the rear.

 A template for the left side for the USB port
And a template for the Right side for the SD card. Some modifications for the SD card reader have to be made to get it to fit this.


These are the alterations I made to the SD card.






This is how the final product looked.




Hopefully we will be able to alter the software so that a version can be uploaded to the Arduino Nano for whichever 8-bit machine you use.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

New Archived Games For The MSX

As the title suggests these are two new games that have as far as I know never before been archived on cassette for the MSX. Each file contains pdf instructions and box scans.

Cluedo

Scrabble

Monday, 1 February 2016

Update of .CAS files for the MSX

Some new, different, patched, and now working game for the MSX.

I've recently been building a smaller version of the CasDuino and have now finished it but I've also been able to buy a few games on cassette that are either not working or downloads are not in English (using the last TOSEC MSX_MSX_TOSEC_2012_04_23 download). I've converted these to .CAS files and am making them available to download.

Football Manager was only previously available as a disk file
Les Flics was listed to use BLOAD"CAS:",R as the load command but to get it to work you actually should type BLOAD"pss",r
Uchi Mata previously only worked if you pressed CTRL+STOP once the .CAS file stopped loading. This has now been fixed
Vampire This was not in the last TOSEC download and I have two slightly different versions. The game is still the same but the loading is different.
Xenon was a game only available in Spanish and had a terrible bug where you couldn't use a joystick. This version is in English and the bug has been fixed.

I've also included the three tapes that came with my Toshiba HX-10. They are available elsewhere but I just thought what the hells.

Download from here