Monthly Archives: April 2017

RetroMatic 2000 update 8: Jumpers! In an Adventure with Floppy Cables!

In my previous posts I flashed HxC firmware onto a Gotek USB floppy emulator, and tested it with my Video Genie.

I’m now going to delve into the intricacies of the Shugart 34 pin floppy disk interface (emulated by the HxC firmware); the jumper settings on the Gotek hardware; and how to extend the hardware to do some cool stuff :-)

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RetroMatic 2000 update 6: HxC floppy drive emulator

The second part of my retro computer “helper” is to be a floppy drive emulator, to load files off a memory card or stick. This should be more convenient and reliable than physical disks. It will also allow me to transfer files to more modern computers.

My chosen floppy emulator was the HxC: it seems very well designed, and supports almost any format you can imagine.

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RetroMatic 2000 update 5: user interface ideas

My RetroMatic 2000 project has two halves – so far I’ve been working on the first half: a module that converts a weird video signal from a 1980s computer to clean VGA.

Before starting work on the second half (a floppy drive emulator to load software onto these machines), I’ve been having a think about the final aesthetics of my project.

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RetroMatic 2000 update 1: video converter design

I’m building what I call the “RetroMatic 2000” for the Retro Challenge 2017/04.

I’ve been planning, designing, and prototyping it for the last month or so.

Here’s a scrapbook of what I compiled during the research and development phase for the video converter aspect of the project (converting 288p RGB or mono composite from a retro computer to VGA suitable for an LCD monitor).

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