Nicolas Welte wrote: > > Howard Herman wrote: > > Subsequently, when Basic 8 programs began to appear both the flat C128 > > and C128D had display problems, and I upgraded both computer VDC chips. > > As I recall these were relatively expensive, something like $30(US) each > > at the time. But the new VDC's let me successfully run all the new > > Basic8 programming. > > Do you have version information of the VDC chips you removed and the > ones you got as a replacement? I know that there are some issues when > programming bitmap graphics with the very early 8563 VDC, but it can be > fixed in software. Since the 128DCR was never shipped with a 8563 at all > but with a 8568 I'm very curious why you had to upgrade that chip. > > The VDC has a software version register, and you can use it to determine > your VDC version from software: > > Chip version > 8563R7 and lower 0 (this needs special treatment for > bitmap) > 8563R8 and higher 1 > 8568 2 > > You get the version by reading the lower 3 bits of the VDC status > register at $D600. PRINT (PEEK(DEC("D600")) AND 7) should do this. PRINT returns a 2. (I thought I had the old chip here, but could not locate it.) The specific reason I upgraded/changed this chip was that I could not run Wizard 128. Wizard was a front-end interface for the GEnie online service. One of its nice features was that it allowed a user to use a mouse to make selection choices. It offered a minimal graphic type interface, with selection boxes that could be clicked, etc., to do the various online tasks. All in all a nice online program for its time. It was written by Bill Coleman, who also wrote a C128 version of RSCards, a graphical program that allowed the user to play several card games online with other GEnie users. As you were dealt a hand, the cards popped up on your screen, not unlike today's Window's Solitaire. And, the graphics were remarkably good. The nice bit about RSCards is that there were versions written for the Amiga, MS-DOS and the MAC, so that it did not matter what type computer you were running. This was during the days when we had thousands and thousands of CBM subscribers on the service. Alas, as with most all online services at that time, it was a closed system. (My access to Internet in those days is a longer story, for some other time.) On GEnie I was one of several sysops in the CBM area, and had to be able to run Wizard. With the new replacement chip, Wizard ran fine. -- ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ / //_/ // / // / //_/ // Howard Herman / ___ // / //___ / ___ // firstname.lastname@example.org /_// /_// /_____// /_// /_// - This message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list. To unsubscribe: echo unsubscribe | mail email@example.com.
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