I didn’t yet post this on ByteDelight (it was on my old website), so I think it’s a good time to do it now:
Started a new page showing compatibility of several interfaces.
I’ve finally started the selection process for a pick and place machine, which I want to buy as soon as possible.
The whole selection and ordering process will be described and updated here.
Bookmark the topic if you’re interested!
Best news this week!! ESXDOS v0.8.6 is out officially!
Well done Miguel!!
Check out these upgrade instructions for your DivMMC EnJOY! (you need to enable ROM writing first and follow the correct procedure of putting the new files on the card to avoid boot problems).
Here’s the link to the v0.8.6 zip file.
Some highlights of this new release:
– Auto-BOOT a BASIC file
Check out this video for an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgTKITGashQ.
– Limited 128K BASIC support
You can get to 128 BASIC without command line ESXDOS support, but you can load a snapshot file.
This might be very interesting for +3 users to access floppy drive (not tested +3 floppy access with that myself yet)!
Here’s a video showing it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joR8iqb-iJU.
– New exciting DOT-commands
This new release does not include the NMI Navigator by David, although Miguel did some improvements on his NMI Browser with this release.
The NMI Navigator however includes a poke feature, to add about all the important Multiface functions to your DivMMC.
If you want to check out the NMI Navigator, head over to this page.
Here are the complete release notes of ESXDOS v0.8.6:
(c) 2005-2018 Papaya Dezign
This version has the following (notable) new features (for detailed info checkout the changelog):
* 128K BASIC Support: For now only using a specific ROM (check the changelog) and still very experimental (use .128 command to test).
* Auto-BOOT Support: Supports loading /SYS/AUTOBOOT.BAS on cold/warm boot (configured in /SYS/CONFIG/ESXDOS.CFG).
* TR-DOS Navigator: If ‘AlwaysBoot=1’ is set in TRDOS.CFG, TR-DOS Navigator will be loaded whenever there is no BOOT file in the TR-DOS disk.
* Beta 48 (CAS and CBI) Support: Experimental and activated by setting ‘Beta48=1’ in TRDOS.CFG.
* New/Updated Commands: .playtfm, .playpt3, .ls, .tapein, .tapeout, .partinfo, .launcher, .rm, .hexview, .drives, .mktrd and .128
How to (safely) install/upgrade:
1. Copy esxide.tap/esxmmc.tap (depending on if you have a DivIDE or DivMMC, obviously) to your CF/SD/HDD, load it and follow the instructions. Power Off and remove media.
2. Copy the SYS, BIN (and create /TMP if using DivIDE) directories to your CF/SD/HDD.
3. Insert media. Power On. Reset while keeping space pressed to reinit if needed.
a) If you replace the SYS directory *before* flashing the new ROM, your previous ROM of esxDOS will not boot correctly.
b) Questions? Bugreports? Complaints about lack of LFN/instructions? Ask on the usual places or send an e-mail to: bugs at esxdos dot org
[12/06/2013] auto-LOAD: Changed auto-LOAD mechanism to be more transparent, and fixed bug that affected SQ-Tracker, RETURN from TR-DOS (lordcoxis + reported by Factor 6/Velesoft)
[12/06/2013] TR-DOS: Fixed a bug that affected TR-DOS Navigator (code version), related to TR-DOS version detection (lordcoxis + reported by Velesoft)
[14/06/2013] NMI: Fixed bug when pressing NMI without system loaded (lordcoxis + reported by Velesoft)
[14/06/2013] TR-DOS: Added a workaround to make Outrun Europa .TRD load as it calls 48k ROM from interrupt (lordcoxis + reported by Ilyad)
[20/06/2013] TR-DOS: Added a few missing routines to add more compatibility (lordcoxis based on several bug-reports)
[20/06/2013] TR-DOS: Added a new option “AlwaysBoot”, which can be set to enable the loading of a custom TR-DOS Boot file when none is present in the disk. Included TR-DOS Navigator (code version) with the authors permission (lordcoxis + thanks to Velesoft)
[25/06/2013] TR-DOS: Fixed long delay when detecting drive/disk using #3d2f calls (lordcoxis)
[08/07/2013] NMI: Changed 128kB RAM bank detection to use random bytes instead of a fixed string (lordcoxis + reported by Velesoft)
[08/07/2013] Kernel: Fixed a crash when a .command returned to BASIC with a custom error string (lordcoxis + reported by John Barker)
[09/07/2013] NMI: Fixed a bug in NMI entry which could corrupt AF and R in some circumstances (lordcoxis)
[09/07/2013] NMI: TR-DOS paged byte was being set with an invalid value in 128kB snapshots, which led to the snapshots not loading on certain emulators (ub880d + reported by ZXHistory on WOS)
[13/07/2013] TR-DOS: Added experimental Beta 48 (CAS and CBI) support (lordcoxis + thanks to Flavio Matsumoto)
[21/09/2013] FAT Driver: Fixed a bug in the handling of FAT32 volumes – when the last cluster was set to $FFFFFFFF in the FSINFO sector, writing was not possible (lordcoxis)
[21/11/2013] Kernel: Added RTC.SYS support (lordcoxis)
[13/08/2016] auto-LOAD: Added POKE 23388,16 to auto-LOAD syscall to improve 128k compatibility (lordcoxis + reported by ub880d and velesoft)
[30/06/2017] Kernel: Removed v6Z80P Turbo I/O routine as it caused COVOX interference (lordcoxis + reported by various)
[07/10/2017] BASIC: Loading a BASIC program sometimes wouldn’t clear the existing one (lordcoxis + reported by Andrew Owen)
[07/10/2017] auto-LOAD: Fixed FLAGS variable (ub880d + reported by ellvis)
[07/10/2017] Kernel: Fixed wrong calculation of parameters pointer in M_EXECCMD (lordcoxis + reported by ub880d)
[10/10/2017] FAT Driver: Fixed carry flag set on return from F_FGETPOS (lordcoxis + reported by ub880d)
[17/02/2018] Commands: Added .128 command to test 128K mode using Velesoft’s “zx128rom-for-divide” ROM (lordcoxis)
[17/02/2018] auto-BOOT: Added preliminary auto-BOOT support (lordcoxis)
[07/03/2018] Commands: Added .playpt3 (replaces old command since this one also plays 6 channel tunes) and .playtfm commands (tygrys)
[07/03/2018] Kernel: M_EXECCMD was still broken when there were no parameters for executed command (ub880d)
[07/03/2018] auto-BOOT: Caps Shift changes the autoboot setting with a XOR 3 (lordcoxis + suggested by Carlos Sanchez)
[07/03/2018] Kernel: Added possibility to use full path to command in M_EXECCMD if path begins with “/” (ub880d)
[09/03/2018] Commands: Added .rm, .hexview and .drives commands (Dr. Slump)
[09/03/2018] Commands: Added improved .ls, .tapein, .tapeout, fixed .partinfo and new .launcher (ub880d)
[09/03/2018] Commands: Added .mktrd (laesq)
[10/03/2018] Commands: Added improved .partinfo (ub880d)
[12/05/2018] auto-BOOT: Load /SYS/AUTOBOOT.BAS directly instead of changing CWD to /SYS (lordcoxis + reported by various)
[13/05/2018] FAT Driver: Fixed a long standing bug, where the last directory entry created in a sector was corrupted (lordcoxis + reported by Carlos Sanchez)
[13/05/2018] NMI: Added empty TMP folder to archive, for lazy people 😉 (lordcoxis)
[15/05/2018] FAT: Clear whole clusters when creating directory entries, instead of just the next sector (lordcoxis/ub880d + reported by cygnus, z00m)
Greets to all the usual peeps (y’all know who you are – just check v0.8.5’s README if in doubt!).
Special thanks to all the great “hardware benefactors”: Ben Versteeg, Pavel Urbancik, SpecNext Team, Tygrys, UB880D, Zaxon!
128K Support: Need to run an esxDOS BASIC command before .commands will work
BASIC/Tape Emulator: You can overwrite ESXDOS system using LOAD CODE that crosses $2000
Commands: Proper argument/syntax checking is not done yet on most commands
Commands/BASIC: No wildcards yet
FAT Driver: rename() isn’t even remotely posix compliant
FAT Driver: Directories read-only attribute isn’t always respected
BIOS: Version of system file isn’t checked against the ROM version (bad things will happen if there’s a mismatch)
TR-DOS: FORMAT and MOVE commands don’t work yet + too many to list 😉
18.05.2018 / Papaya Dezign – All rights perversed
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