Quartus 18.1 MegaWizard problem

When importing a project into Quartus 18.1 it helpfully suggests that it can rebuild the PLL IP blocks. Problem is, afterwards the MegaWizard doesn’t want to recognise the blocks anymore. It doesn’t even show an error, it just doesn’t do anything. As somebody who has never even used a MegaWizard before that was somewhat unfortunate.… Read More »

QL-SD demo update

Prompted by a customer request I have extended my QL-SD demo file with a few free QL games, 20 in total, including some that were never available for free before but for which I have the rights to release (basically the Jochen Merz catalog, thanks Jochen!). I went to great length to try to make… Read More »

Microdrive mystery

Martyn Hill, while testing his brand new Tetroid SuperGoldCard clone, has discovered a strange bug where his QL crashed when he was loading a _scr file into the QL’s screen memory. It works fine without the SuperGoldCard. A lot of theories were put forward, like: It’s a problem with the SuperGoldCard: turns out it works… Read More »

(Super)GoldCard boot sequence

The last few days I’ve spent way too much time analyzing the (Super)GoldCard boot ROM. The sources supplied along with SMSQ/E are only sparsely commented disassembly that was basically impossible to read. It irked me to no end that I didn’t understand the code and finally I did something about it. The process had a… Read More »

QL-SD teaser

The QL-SD driver seems to be finished (note that it currently doesn’t work with the MiST FPGA board, but there are no more known problems with either the original QL hardware or the MiSTer FPGA machine). Now the boring part has begun, which means hours of reading tax related stuff (selling stuff internationally is hard!),… Read More »

QDOS: To LRESPR or not

Update: the old code had a bug if the EXE was made resident using the HOT_RES keyword (thanks to Jan Bredenbeek for pointing it out), updated code below. Today I’ve had a short discussion about creating a QDOS executable that can both be LRESPRed (to install a thing) and EXecuted (to, erm, execute it). One important… Read More »

QL-SD, QL-microSD and (S)GC battery

QL-SD So, a short update on QL-SD, I have spent another few hundred Euros on parts and everything has arrived except the package with the SD-card connectors, which seem to be lost in the mail. These are needed for the double-SD adapters, which I expect will be pretty popular. Instead of waiting for them to… Read More »

QL-SD update

Just a slight update before I go on holiday for a week. The design of the MDV adapter board has been finalized and I already have the PCBs here: The board can be built into four different configurations of which I will probably offer two: Single slot drive using a ready-made daughter board soldered onto… Read More »