Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Output from RGB port of Spectrum 128K and 128+2 on an X68000 monitor

Shown below is the output from a Spectrum 128+2 as displayed on a Japanese Sharp CZ-614D monitor. The pins required on the Spectrum side are:

Red
Green
Blue
Ground
Composite Sync

Red, Green and Blue connect directly to the monitor, and a Ground connection is also necessary. The monitor cannot deal with the composite sync directly however, so an LM1881N was used.

The composite sync is connected to pin 2 of the LM1881, with the composite sync output from pin 1 then fed to the monitor's horizontal sync input (pin 14). Vertical sync is output on pin 3 of the LM1881, and this is similarly fed to the monitor's vertical sync input on pin 15. The LM1881 requires a power input of between 5V and 12V on pin 8 and it must also be grounded.

For a 128K Spectrum the Bright signal available on pin 3 is also required. This must be connected to three diodes which must then be combined with the Red, Green and Blue signals before connection to the monitor. See this website for more details.






Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Current Collection For Sale


Please contact me at davidchanley AT gmail DOT com if you're interested in buying any of these items.


Panasonic MSX2+ (FS-A1FX)


I have replaced the disk belt and this machine now loads from disk with no problems. It also loads from cartridge with no problems. I haven't tried loading from cassette, so cannot verify that. The only problem this machine has is that the sound is extremely low. If you turn up the volume on your television you will just about hear it. I don't have an RGB cable so maybe the sound comes out ok that way but it's likely that it doesn't. Therefore some repair is necessary, I don't know how difficult it would be.

Sold as-is, 10,000 yen.


Arcade and other parts for sale



LS-32 joystick: 1000 yen. I can desolder the cables if needed
Mini Trak-Ball (2.25"): 3000 yen. This size is for games such as Centipede.
SCSI cables: 300 yen each
Nintendo Famicom Disk System adaptor: 100 yen
Nintendo AV cable: 500 yen
Playstation Memory Card: 100 yen


Arkanoid spinners. 3000 each, 8000 for all three. Untested junk for parts.


Arkanoid partial harness. 1000 yen.




Arcade Magazine posters: Street Fighter III 3rd Strike, Cleopatra Fortune, Ikaruga and Dragon Chronicle. These posters are 300 yen each. Ask for close up pictures.


Street Fighter II Stickers. These came with a Power Stick Fighter. 200 yen.


These old game magazines are 300 yen each. The two Edge magazines are now sold.




MSX Turbo-R empty box. Just the box, no machine and no manual. 3000 yen.

EPROMプログラマー

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

X68000 Games Technical Details

  1. HD install indicates whether the game supports installing to the hard disk drive. If it does, the game will almost always require that at least the main system/program disk is present in Drive 0 when booting up. Most games have no install function whatsoever.
  2. Most games don’t mention how much RAM is necessary, so presumably they can be run on 1 MB machines.
  3. MIDI support generally includes at least MT-32 synths, however some games don’t support them, as noted below.


Name No. of Disks HDD install MIDI Required RAM Default
Video Mode
Optional
Video Modes
Notes
After Burner 2 - - 1 MB 15 KHz 31 KHz Mouse/Trackball/
Micom Analogue pad support
Cyber Stick (CZ-8NJ2) support
Mousepad included
On machines with 2MB of RAM or more,
hold SHIFT while loading to load the
entire game into memory
Ajax 3 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – hold HELP
when first booting
Ajax is a three-button game, and can played
as such using the keyboard.
Using a joystick reduces the number of buttons to two
Akumajou Dracula
悪魔城ドラキュラ
2 Install OK MIDI OK 2 MB - - Requires either a hard drive or blank disk for saving games.
At the music selection screen, press the XF1 and G
keys together to enable GM music
Alien Syndrome 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz -
Argos no Senshi
アルゴスの戦士
1 - - 2 MB 31 KHz - The overseas version, Rygar, is also available.
Features SRAM backup
Arkanoid
Revenge of Doh
1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15 kHz - hold OPT.1
when booting
Mouse/trackball support
Atomic Robokid 2 - MIDI OK 1 MB 15 KHz - For MIDI support, hold down F1 when booting
Baraduke 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz, 24kHz – press HELP to switch resolutions -
Battletech 3 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Bomberman 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Bonanza Bros. 2 - - 2 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz -
Bosconian 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - To advance to the next stage, press the Q, E, T and U keys together while playing the game.
Bubble Bobble 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz -
Butasan 1 - - 2 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – press HELP to switch resolutions -
Chelnov 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – press HELP to switch resolutions Megadrive joypad adapter included, as three buttons are required
Chourensha
超連射
1 Install OK - 1 MB 31 KHz (Narrow) 31kHz (Wide)
15kHz
The display can be rotated
Free downloadable doujinsoft
Chuka Taisen
中華大仙
1 - - 1 MB 15 KHz 31kHz – press F1 to alternate -
Code Zero 2 - - 1 MB 15 KHz - -
Columns 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Cotton 2 Install OK - 2 MB 31kHz
(384 x 256)
31kHz (512 x 256)
15kHz (448 x 240)
15kHz (512 x 240)
-
Crazy Climber
Crazy Climber 2
1 - - 2 MB 31 KHz - Crazy Climber 2 requies 2 MB and both games can make use of the XPD-1LR joypad (included with Libble Rabble)
To load Crazy Climber 2, boot the game from Drive 1
Cybercore 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
D-Return 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
DaiMakaiMura
大魔界村
2 Install OK MIDI OK 2 MB 31 KHz - Japanese title for Ghouls'n Ghosts
Dash Yarou
ダッシュ野郎
2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - Cyber Stick (CZ-8NJ2) support
Detana!! Twinbee
出たな!!ツインビー
2 - MIDI OK 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – use F2 to select,
F1 to revert to 31kHz
Pressing [ESC] in-game and then F3 enables a pseudo-vertical mode. If you have more than 2MB of memory, hold down HELP while booting to load the entire game into memory.
Dig Dug
Dig Dug II
1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - To load Dig Dug II, boot the game from Drive 1
Dive On 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz
(384 x 256)
31kHz (256 x 256)
15kHz (256 x 256)
15kHz (512 x 256)
-
Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari
ダウンタウン熱血物語
2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – hold down the HELP key while booting Japanese title for River City Ransom
Dragon Buster 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 24kHz – press HELP to switch resolutions -
Dragon Spirit 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz
(256 x 256)
31kHz (512 x 256)
15kHz (256 x 256)
15kHz (512 x 256)
The display can be rotated
Some releases includes a flag
Try setting the internal clock to between midnight and 1:00 AM
Dungeon Master 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Dynamite Duke 3 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Etoile Princesse 3 - MIDI OK 2 MB recommended 31 KHz - Not MT-32 compatible
Requires a blank disk for saving games
Exciting Hour
Shusse Oozumou
(出世大相撲)
1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – press HELP to switch resolutions To load Shusse Oozumou, boot the game from Drive 1
F-15 Strike Eagle II 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - 16MHz highly recommended
Fairyland Story 2 - - 1 MB 15 KHz 31 KHz To see the staff credits, turn Continue off on the options screen, start a game and when the Game Over message appears, press the A and B buttons on your joystick at the same time.
Fantasy Zone 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 24kHz – press HELP to switch resolutions Fantasy Zone includes the undocumented Fantasy Zone 3D - hold down the Shift, CTRL and HELP keys together when booting to activate it.
To fast forward through the super play, hold down the CTRL key.
Final Fight 2 Install OK MIDI OK 1 MB 15kHz
(512 x 256)
31kHz (512 x 256)
31kHz (384 x 256)
Special soundtrack CD included
Full Throttle 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
FZ Senki Axis
FZ戦記アクシス
3 - MIDI OK 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz -
Galaga '88 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz -
Garou Densetsu
餓狼伝説
4 Install OK MIDI OK 2 MB 31 KHz - AKA Fatal Fury
Try setting the internal clock to between midnight and 1:00 AM
Garou Densetsu 2
餓狼伝説2
6 Install OK MIDI OK 2 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz AKA Fatal Fury 2; Joypad included with game
Garou Densetsu Special
餓狼伝説SPECIAL
9 Install OK MIDI OK 2 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz AKA Fatal Fury Special
Gemini Wing 2 - MIDI OK 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz Infinite continues: on the title screen, hold down the G, E, M, I, N keys at the same time and you'll be told you have 9 continues. In reality, they should be infinite.
Gemini Wing also has a vertical mode, hold down F7 while the game is booting. Unfortunately it doesn't allow you to rotate the monitor.
Gempai Toumaden
源平討魔伝
1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - Some releases includes a flag and flagpole
Genocide 4 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Genocide 2 4 Install OK MIDI OK 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz -
Geograph Seal 2 - MIDI OK 2 MB recommended 31 KHz - Not MT-32 compatible
Requires a blank disk for saving games
Gradius 1 Copying possible - 1 MB 31 KHz - Can be run from a hard disk by simply copying all files to it and running Gradius.x
Gradius II 2 Install OK MIDI OK 2 MB recommended 31 KHz - -
Granada 3 - MIDI OK 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz -
Gunship 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Hishouzame
飛翔鮫
1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz Japanese title for Flying Shark/Sky Shark
Image Fight 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz -
Jack Nicklaus Golf 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Klax 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
KU2 5 Install OK MIDI OK 1 MB 15 KHz 31 KHz -
Kyuukyoku Tiger
究極タイガー
2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - Japanese title for Twin Cobra
Kyuukyoku Tiger can be controlled with the mouse. Hold down F2 while booting to enable it.
Lemmings 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Libble Rabble 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz, 24kHz – press HELP to switch resolutions Includes special joypad (XPD-1LR),
which can also be used by Crazy Climber and Crazy Climber 2
Mahou Daisakusen
魔法大作戦
3 Install OK MIDI OK 2 MB 31 KHz
(256 x 256)
31kHz (384 x 256)
15kHz (256 x 240)
Japanese title for Sorcer Striker
16 MHz highly recommended
Maison Ikkoku Kanketsuhen Special
めぞん一刻SPECIAL
5 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Marble Madness 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz
(384 x 512)
24kHz (336 x 448) Trackball Support
A real marble was supplied with the game
Märchen Maze 2 - - 2 MB 15 KHz
(256 x 224)
31kHz (288 x 224)
31kHz (256 x 224)
15kHz (256 x 224)
Press the 登録 key to alternate
On the title screen of Marchen Maze, press Shift and HELP together to access the options screen, allowing you among other things to select the Arcade version
Bonus trick: Start the game with Disk B in Drive 0 and Disk A in drive 1 to activate PCM sound.
Metal Sight 5 - MIDI OK 1 MB 15 KHz 31 KHz Cyber Stick (CZ-8NJ2) support
Mid-Garts 4 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Motos 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz
(256 x 256)
31kHz (384 x 256) On Christmas Eve and New Year's Day different opening music is played. Also, for an arranged soundtrack, instead of loading the game from drive 0, load it from drive 1.
Mr. Do!
Mr. Do! V.S Unicorns
1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz - press HELP to switch resolutions To load Mr. Do! V.S Unicorns, boot the game from Drive 1
Naious 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – press HELP to switch resolutions On the title screen, hold down [CTRL] and the W, I, N, K keys and you can select any stage from 1 to 7.
Nekketsu Koukou Dodgeball Bu
熱血高校ドッジボール部
1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – hold down the HELP key when first booting -
Nekketsu Koukou Dodgeball Bu Soccer Hen
熱血高校ドッジボール部・サッカー編
2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Nemesis '90 Kai 2 Install OK MIDI OK 2 MB 31 KHz - -
Overtake 6 Install OK MIDI OK 1 MB 31 KHz
(256)
31kHz (256 SQ)
15kHz (256 Low)
Cyber Stick (CZ-8NJ2) support
Pac-Land 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - Includes a three-button pad (left, jump, right)
Pac-Mania 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – hold down the HELP key when first booting From the Pac-Mania title screen, press F5 to redefine the keys. Redefine them to X,6,8,0,0,0 and make sure to use the numeric keypad. Exit by pressing Esc and you'll automatically enter the hidden options screen
Bonus game: The original Pac-Man is included, run the pac.bat batch file in the PACMAN folder.
Parodius 2 - MIDI OK 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz -
Phalanx 3 - MIDI OK 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz -
Populous 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Populous The Promised Lands 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - Add-on disk for Populous
Populous 2 2 - - 2 MB 31 KHz - -
Powermonger 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Prince of Persia 3 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Pro Soccer 68 1 - - 1 MB 15 KHz 31 KHz - press HELP to switch resolutions -
Puyo Puyo 1 - - 1 MB 15 KHz 31kHz (Six resolution options to choose from) To enable Tokoton Puyo Puyo mode, at the title screen push the second player's controller to the bottom left and press F1.
Puzznic 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Quarth 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Quiz Torimonochou
苦胃頭捕物帳
1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz, 24 KHz -
R-Type 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - You can start on any level in R-Type. Select the level you want to play from the DEMO option, and then start the game while holding down the S, T, A, G, and E keys.
R. C. Robot Construction 1 Install OK - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Salamander
沙羅曼蛇
1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – hold down the HELP key when first booting -
Scorpius 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Shoot Range 3 - - 2 MB 31 KHz - -
Sim City 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
Sim Earth 1 Install OK - 2 MB 31 KHz - Requires SX-Window to run
Sol-Feace 2 - MIDI OK 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz -
Space Harrier 1 - - 1 MB 15 KHz - -
Star Force 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – press HELP to switch resolutions -
Star Luster 1 - MIDI OK 2 MB 15 KHz 31 KHz Not MT-32 compatible
Supports the AE-1AP Analogue Joypad
Star Trader 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz A Takeru game - not a full commercial release
Star Wars Attack on the Death Star 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - Runs more smoothly at 16 MHz
Street Fighter II' 4 Install OK MIDI OK 2 MB 31 KHz 15 KHz Includes an adapter for Megadrive controllers, specifically the Capcom Power Stick Fighter
Strider Hiryuu
ストライダー飛竜
3 Install OK - 2 MB 15 KHz (512 x 256) 31kHz (512 x 256)
31kHz (384 x 256)
-
Super Hang-On 2 - MIDI OK 1 MB 15 KHz 31 KHz Cyber Stick (CZ-8NJ2) support
Super Street Fighter II 7 Install OK MIDI OK 4 MB 15 KHz
(Narrow)
15kHz (Wide)
31kHz (Narrow)
31kHz (Wide)
16 MHz recommended
Syvalion 2 - - 1 MB 15 KHz 31kHz – hold down the HELP key when first booting Trackball support
Cyber Stick (CZ-8NJ2) support
Terra Cresta
Moon Cresta
1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz You can switch between narrow and wide display sizes by pressing the HELP key To load Moon Cresta, boot the game from Drive 1
Tetris 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
The NewZealand Story 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – hold down the HELP key when first booting -
The Return of Ishtar 1 - - 1 MB 15 KHz - -
Thunder Blade 3 - MIDI OK 1 MB 31 KHz - Cyber Stick (CZ-8NJ2) support
Thunderforce II 2 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – hold down the F10 key when first booting -
Twinbee 1 - - 1 MB 15 KHz - -
Undeadline
幻獣鬼
3 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - -
V'Ball 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz – hold down the HELP key when first booting -
Viewpoint 2 Install OK - 2 MB 31 KHz - Runs better at 16 MHz, but it’s still slow compared to the Neo Geo version
World Court Pro Tennis 2 - - 2 MB 15 KHz 31kHz (Square)
31kHz (256 x 256)
15kHz (256 x 256)
Hold Down 0, 1 or 2 on the numeric keypad respectively while booting
-
Xenon 2 2 - MIDI OK 1 MB 31 KHz 15kHz, 24kHz – press HELP to switch resolutions -
Xevious 1 - - 1 MB 31 KHz - Both Xevious and Super Xevious are available