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Trying to make firmware editing more user friendly.

The more I build and try to improve on the various firmwares I've realised that it's not entirely friendly for new users to edit their firmware for their version of device. In an aim to correct that I have added userconfig.h to the various firmwares.
This is just a little settings file that users can change without fear of harming the main programme.
It allows you to set which screen you are using and in future which startup logo for some screens and maybe other settings.


How to use.
At the moment the userconfig.h looks like this

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
/*                                                             */
/*                                                             */
/*          Configure your screen settings here                */
/*    Delete the // of the lines appropriate to your device    */
/*                                                             */
/*                                                             */
/////…
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Finally the PCD8544. Almost.

For the last few months I've been talking about how to add the PCD8544 (also known as the Nokia) screen to the devices.
Unfortunately this has not been as easy as I'd first hoped largely due to differences in the screens. Some work well with the standard 5v of the Arduino Nano, others need the voltage in to be 3.3v. Some need resistors others don't. Finally however I can start to write things up properly though.
The software has been written and is fully functioning for a while and whilst there are no improvements in what the ArduiTape/CASDuino/TZXDuino can do, it does use less memory than the other screens and looks a little nicer, in my opinion.


CASDuino Turns Two.
I have been reminded by my Facebook posts that today I completed my first CASDuino specific PP9 build two years ago today.
I used the PP9N Evatron case as I was inspired by one of the TAPuino builds and it's a nice case to work with.
Certain small things have changed since then, button caps, reset switch, diffe…

New Firmwares With New Features

Thanks to the help of Rafael Molina Chasserot some new features have been added to the TZXDuino and CASDuino firmwares which has freed up some memory as well, which may lead to more features being added in the future.
A percentage counter and a timer counter have been added to all screens so that you know how much is left of a file to play and how long it has taken to load.
The OLED1306 and PCD8544 use completely new routines for the firmwares saving a lot of memory.
Folder navigation is now different. Rather than using the Menu button on TZXDuino or the Stop button on CASDuino to return to the ROOT directory, if you press the stop button when no file is playing you will go up one folder only making it easier to navigate.

TZXDuino
The TZXDuino has had a menu added so that MSX users can set the Baud rate of TSX files so that they can load faster than normal.
A few more emulator only IDs have been fixed so that they are skipped by TZXDuino.

CASDuino
CASduino has had a Baud Rate of 3675 added to…

Latest Firmwares

Whilst it may seem there han't been much going on in recent months we have been working behind the scenes on improving and adding more options to the various firmwares and trying to improve the hardware.

The main difference with these firmwares is that OLED 1306 screens are now fully working on all of them and that the PCD8544 has added as a screen option.
I will go into the hardware changes needed for that at a later date.

ArduiTape 1.5
What's New
Added support for the PCD7544.

Download from here.

CASDuino 1.15
What's New
Improved support for CoCo and Dragon
Added support for OLED1306 and PCD8544.

Download from here.

TZXDuino 1.8
What's New
Added ID2A
Added support for PCD8544

Download from here.

TZXDuino 1.8.1
What's New
TSX support for MSX TSX files added by Natalia Pujol. Not officially supported and any bugs should be reported to her.

Download from here.

Etsy Shop

You can go to my Etsy shop and buy my builds of TZXDuino, CASDuino, and ArduiTape with the standard 1602 LCD and coming soon you will also be able to buy the new version with the PCD8544 LCD screen.

CASDuino 1.15

It's been a while since I've updated CASDuino but I've been trying to bring the firmware in line with TZXDuino and ArduiTape to make possible integration of the three firmwares at some future date. The major problem had being getting it to work with the OLED 1306 screen which has now been solved.
Included in this firmware update is a 3rd screen option which is for the PCD8544 which I have also been working on and am now almost ready to share instructions on.

What's New:-
OLED1306 Support
PCD8544 Support
Improved Dragon compatibility
Improved CoCo compatibility (auto run on CoCo games has not been fixed yet but we are working on it.)

You can download the firmware from here.


There are also reports of improved compatibility with the Phillips VG 8020 MSX however as far as I know any incompatibilities were due to a difference in the hardware chipset so how this has happened is a complete mystery but a win I will take.

TZXDuino 1.7

TZXDuino 1.7
This fixes issues with pause lengths that we never noticed before. It should fix games like Top Gun and Street Hawk for the Spectrum and make CDT files behave as they should for the Amstrad CPC.Changes.
*Maximum pause length of 8.3 seconds due to the TimerOne library has been worked around.
*ID20 Pause Block fixed.
*Temporary fix for pause after motor control removed.https://mega.nz/#!aEt1VJKZ!ZFw-fP3bkNTtiPlbG_IllmR94Xni3KvIGUn6Jggfof8