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Hardware / Re: SymbiFace3 is near your Enterprise...
« on: 2018.October.28. 05:46:25 »
The answer is YES :-D

I reported this as a bug in the Floppy Selector Software (that creates the cfg-files) at the HxC forum but they do not thing it is related to the Selector software.

Instead they asked a question regarding the HxC-manager program that maybe @ZoZo can answer?

"Anyway i also see that the cfg files are not in "autoboot" mode ? Is it something normal with this selector software ? The HxC selectors use the slot/autoboot mode to program the images selections."

The original discussion is here:


A little extra info to this. Maybe others can confirm?

I think that the latest version of the HxC floppy emulator software ( makes changes in/corrupts the CFG-file in a way that causes this problem.

If I make a change in the CFG file via the floppy emulator software (for instance tell it to forget the last loaded floppy between boots) to the CFG-file from ZoZo that works then HXC manager stops beeing able to mount disk. The problem persists if I revert the change so the file should be exactly the same.

If I replace the CFG file with the one from ZoZo that works then everything works again - even thou the settings are exactly the same in the HxC emulator software.

Can anybody else confirms this? If so I will make a bug report to the HxC guys. :-)

Interface / Re: Tape emulator vs HxC vs SD Card interface ?
« on: 2018.September.01. 17:47:40 »

Sorry to land in this thread with questions that was certainly previously answered but, for example, the SD interface thead is 29 pages long !

I have a Enterprise 128 I would like to feed with programs (I only own the demonstration tape) so what could be the best option for me ?
 - Tape emulator (or real tape deck) ? Is there a way to make real tapes or to convert E128 tapes images into wav files I could play with a ArduiTape (portable wav file player) ?

 - HxC disc emulator ? Is there an affordable "ready-to-plug" interface somewhere (I already have a HxC) ?

 - SD Card interface ? I tried to contact the guy who wrote an article in 2014 about this but with no success. As previously mentionned the "SD Card interface" thread is 29 pages long, so is there an affordable "ready-to-plug" interface available that I could buy ?

Thanks in advance for your answers.

I went with the interface from Pear and HxC. Works very well :-)

... I have also tried contacting Szorg but also without any luck. Would be great if he would release the project. Maybe a small bounty could get things going?!? :-)

Interface / Re: GFX-NINE, the outsider graphics cartridge
« on: 2018.August.17. 07:23:40 »
Great news :-D

I have a V9990 Powergraph Light from Technobytes. A really powerfull piece of kit.

Here is a impressive video of Ghost and Goblins that is comming to MSX and maybe some day EP?.

I don't know if anyone is interested, but I did a little Z80 programming project recently, where i made a small game that compiled onto 11 different computers and consoles, including the Enterprise...

It was really an experiment in multi-platform development more than a 'substantial game', but the game is free, and open source, if anyone wants to play it or use the code then they are welcome!


Great! Thank you! :-)

Hardware / Re: Testing of OSSC: Is this how it should look?
« on: 2018.August.16. 07:43:41 »
You mean multi-sync monitors. You have this list, probably not complete.

To use one of these monitors you don't need electronic adapters, only to arrange the Enterprise signals  to the VGA connector.

Personally I use my Enterprise connected to a NEC Multisync 17'' monitor with sound. It has a second DVI input that I plan to use with the GFX-NINE MSX cartridge. The two inputs are switchable with a button.  

What I don't know is if this monitor is also able to sync to 25KHz.

Yes. I also found that webpage along the way :-)

How is the picture quality on your NEC?

Hardware / Re: Testing of OSSC: Is this how it should look?
« on: 2018.August.15. 21:08:05 »
Practice and some expert tests have shown that the Enterprise colours and sync signals could need higher resistors on some equipments, up to 330 Ohm.

Thank you :-)

I do not have the brightness problem when I use the OSSC. BUT, if I take the scart directly to my TV/monitor (an old Samsung that has both scart and DVI and VGA) then the picture is rather bright.

I will see if changing the resistors to 220R (as suggested) will make things better.

BTW: I found a modern LCD-monitor that supports 15khz output. and therefore should support the standard output of the EP.

Hardware / Re: Testing of OSSC: Is this how it should look?
« on: 2018.August.15. 07:13:50 »
I have been asking around a bit on the OSSC forum about the different settings on the OSSC, to be sure that I am using the best settings for the output from the EP.

There I get the info that the resistors in the cable are not big enough :?: :

"According to the video out specs the sync is TTL level and the RGB signals are 4 volts. The 100 Ohm resistors are not enough. They should be at least 330 Ohm for RGB. For TTL Csync 470 Ohm is usually used. Otherwise the sync voltage will be too high for SCART and may damage the OSSC."

Link to OSSC forum

Retrocables told me that the resistors used in the cables are as they should be according to the official EP documentation:

“The resistors value are 100ohm(in RGB signals and Sync) and 470 ohm between pin 8 and 16 for RGB activation singnal.”

I do not have any problems with a very "bright" image, but I would like to hear what people here think about the best size of the resistors in scart RGB cables? I would certainly not want to damage my OSSC ....

Solved! :ds_icon_cheesygrin:

At the HxC Floppy emulator settings remove the "enable auto boot mode" setting.
If it is enable then it is switch to Slot mode, and don't use the selected filenames which saved to the CFG file. And it is forgot the last mounted file when exit from direct mode or power off/on, or remove/insert SD Card.

This setting stored at 0x0016 byte in the CFG file, 00 normal mode, 01 slot mode.

Cool :ds_icon_cheesygrin: Way to go!!

A bit strange/surprising, thou: If you look at the Emulator Manager programs for Amstrad, Amiga, ST then they all have "Enable auto boot mode" checked.

But thank you none the less for solving it :smt041

Until I find what wrong with your images...
Can you try my image?

I have tried your SD card and it works. HxC can mount disks fine and they are mounted in basic when I pres F1 :lol: Same SD card etc.

I then copied the image I sent you yesterday back to the SD card and replaced my HXCSDFE.CFG with the one from your card and now everything works. Apparently there is something different between the two. But what it is ....

Until I find what wrong with your images...
Can you try my image?

I will give it a go tonight and report back. Thank you!!

Can you also make images of the current SD card?

Here is my present SD-card as an .img file. Takes up a bit under 80MB.

Thank you very much for all you help :smt041

Can you also make images of the current SD card?

Will do that tonight :-)

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