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by Dbug
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Pulsoids
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: Pulsoids

Interesting, that would mean that the game is dependent on some system variables?
by Dbug
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oriclopedia: A series of videos on all things Oric
Replies: 27
Views: 1314

Re: Oriclopedia: A series of videos on all things Oric

Glad you like them, I'm trying to blend the topics (hardware, software, ...) and the country of focus (England, France, ...) to try to give some variety. I'm thinking in covering the following: - Magazines and books - Floppy drive systems (including modern SD card variants) - Cables and video - Joys...
by Dbug
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oriclopedia: A series of videos on all things Oric
Replies: 27
Views: 1314

Re: Oriclopedia: A series of videos on all things Oric

Baz asked if I could make a video about IJK software, there it is:
by Dbug
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Painting tricks
Topic: HRC in the works
Replies: 37
Views: 876

Re: HRC in the works

The 40 bytes constraints is a hard one!
The depacking loop of FilePack is about 115 bytes long...
by Dbug
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Painting tricks
Topic: HRC in the works
Replies: 37
Views: 876

Re: HRC in the works

mike: Is there a way to hack the display do disable the border blanking?
If what you say is true, then we should see the start of the next line continuing until reaching the end of the line?
by Dbug
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Painting tricks
Topic: HRC in the works
Replies: 37
Views: 876

Re: HRC in the works

But ... be careful what you poke into #BFE0-BFFF though, from memory the ULA does over-read into that area, so you might inadvertantly trigger a 60Hz attribute without knowing it. Test this by poking some 60Hz text/hires into this area in a normal HIRES mode, and see if you can get the screen to un...
by Dbug
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Painting tricks
Topic: HRC in the works
Replies: 37
Views: 876

Re: HRC in the works

That's why I like the LZ familly of compressors, it can do dictionary and RLE at the same time, and it supports "depacking on itself" with a small additional buffer, so your additional 40 bytes would probably work. One thing to consider is that the screen will probably be super mangled during the de...
by Dbug
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Painting tricks
Topic: HRC in the works
Replies: 37
Views: 876

Re: HRC in the works

Vasiljavic sail boat?
by Dbug
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Hardware hacks and extensions
Topic: USB to IDC 20 / Centronics?
Replies: 7
Views: 985

Re: USB to IDC 20 / Centronics?

You can see the cable and connector in the video here at 10:57:
by Dbug
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Hardware hacks and extensions
Topic: USB to IDC 20 / Centronics?
Replies: 7
Views: 985

Re: USB to IDC 20 / Centronics?

I don't think it's a standard connector, it was probably added later.
My Atmos variant definitely has the same connector as what is on the back on the Atmos.
by Dbug
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Hardware hacks and extensions
Topic: USB to IDC 20 / Centronics?
Replies: 7
Views: 985

Re: USB to IDC 20 / Centronics?

I doubt there are MCP-40 drivers for Windows :), you need to use raw printer driver (I think in Win 7/8/10 it's called "Generic text only" printer driver). As result no fun MS Word printing, but you will be able to send directly to printer files with MCP-40 specific commands just like from Oric. Ob...
by Dbug
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Hardware hacks and extensions
Topic: USB to IDC 20 / Centronics?
Replies: 7
Views: 985

USB to IDC 20 / Centronics?

Question: I've seen a bunch of USB to centronics cables, designed to use old printers on modern PCs.

Do you think it would be possible to hack one of these things to make it work with the MCP 40, like drawing and printing directly from a PC on the Oric printer, or would that fail miserably?
by Dbug
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oriclopedia: A series of videos on all things Oric
Replies: 27
Views: 1314

Re: Oriclopedia: A series of videos on all things Oric

Well, it's exactly what the video starts by, a list of many of the machines using the same (or slight variant) of the same mechanism and using the same pens: Astron MCP-40 Atari 1020 Brother MCP-80 Canon X-710 Casio FP-100, FA-10, FA-11 Commodore 1520 Gould DS 1604 Grason Stadler GSI 27 Heinemann/In...
by Dbug
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oriclopedia: A series of videos on all things Oric
Replies: 27
Views: 1314

Re: Oriclopedia: A series of videos on all things Oric

Maybe opening and refilling the pens with Cyan, Magenta and Yellow ink would work?
I've never actually tried to open and refill these pens :)
by Dbug
Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oriclopedia: A series of videos on all things Oric
Replies: 27
Views: 1314

Re: Oriclopedia: A series of videos on all things Oric

I can see this isn't a dot-printer at all, but rather a "vector" printer. How do you convert the screen bitmap into the proper vectorial form? Well, the printer is fully addressable in X/Y coordinates with a 0.2mm accuracy, so it's just a matter of drawing horizontal lines in the right color, movin...