Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Arduitape Firmware Update

Following from yesterdays CASDuino update I've now added the same function to Arduitape.

Rather than needing a file called ROOT to get to the root of your SD card just press Stop when nothing is being played. Everything else stays the same.

You can download the update from here.

Monday, 26 December 2016

CASDuino Firmware update

A minor update to the CASDuino firmware negating the need for a ROOT file in every folder. Now if you press the stop button when nothing is playing it will go to the root directory.

You can download the latest firmware from here.

Work on Dragon compatibility is still ongoing but due to work pressures it may take a while. Sorry.

TZXDuino in the wild

One of the things we've wanted from this project is for people to go out and build their own versions and show us pictures.

Well Piotr Bugaj not only has built his own but 3D printed his own case and designed a Shield for the Nano.
 

 SMD version.

 









 Non SMD version














 

Piotr has also released the schematic, pcb, and gerber files. They can be downloaded from here.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

How to change Firmware on the Arduitape/TZXDuino/CASDuino.




Before you start.
Before starting you will need to download and install the Arduino IDE from https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

You will also need to install the libraries that are required. You can download them from
https://mega.nz/#!OU0QHbSB!g-LwaCPSBogsWWY-Rtq6-0W1DtJOe3wVFBZre28jIF8
To install these you will need to unRAR the file and copy the folder “Libraries” to the following location on your PC.
C:\Users\[Username]\Documents\Arduino

Now plug your device into your PC using a Mini USB cable and your PC should install the drivers automatically. If it does not then go to the following website for a good howto guide for the correct drivers.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Nano-CH340/

The latest firmware files for your device can be found on the following website.
http://arduitapemarkii.blogspot.co.uk/







First time set up.
One you have downloaded and unpacked your firmware you should double click on the .ino file to start the Arduino IDE.

You will need to check that you have the correct board set up.
Go to Tools > Boards and select Arduino Nano.
 
Next you need to Select the correct processor.
Go to Tools > Processor and select ATMega328

Now, with your device plugged in to the PC you need to select the correct port. 
Go to Tools > Ports and select any Port other than Port 1.

If only COM1 shows then your drivers have not installed correctly.

Uploading Firmware
Before you upload the new firmware to your device you will need to check if the LCD settings are correct for your device. Not all I2C interfaces use the same address and for LCDs it’s either 0x27 or 0x3f. For those devices have been manufactured by myself you will find a label on the rear of the LCD with the address written on.
Instructions on how to find an I2c Address can be found here.
http://playground.arduino.cc/Main/I2cScanner

Find the line that says
LiquidCrystal_I2C lcd(0x3f,16,2); and change it to the address you require for your device.

Once that has been done you need to click on the upload button.

You should get a message “Done Uploading” and the new Firmware will be ready to go.

You can download a copy of this from here.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

TZXDuino v1.0

TZXDuino has moved out of Beta and is in it's first release version.
Little has changed from v0.8beta3 except extra motor control for Amstrad CPC .CDT files.

TZXDuino v1.0


The files can also be found on GitHub