From: M H Stein (dm561_at_torfree.net)
Date: 2008-03-06 23:00:17
---------Original Message: On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 4:26 PM, B Degnan <email@example.com> wrote: > I know that Larry Anderson demoed at VCF 9 two PETs hooked up via a > parallel cable and adapter I believe for use in a game. The game involved > a split screen view on both systems, with views of the other screen > transmitted through the parallel cable. I don't have all of the details. That sounds like "Flash Attack" - I saw that reviewed in an old (but it was new at the time) Byte Magazine. I imitated the technique to hook my first C-64 to my old 32K PET 2001-N. <http://www.portcommodore.com/flashindex.php> I think what Mike was asking about, and please correct me if I'm wrong, would be to have something akin to a dumb terminal sitting off of either the RS-232/user port of a C-64 or off of an IEEE-488 serial port on a PET (yes... they exist... I have a couple of them, made by "TNW", IIRC). I'm curious about this, too. Obviously direct screen access wouldn't work, and there might be an issue with ASCII vs PETSCII, but the question is, I think, can you just redirect both input and output streams to an external device, even if that device might have to run a custom communications client to handle wierd PETisms? -ethan --------------Reply: Yes, that's what I'm talking about. What I have in mind is having my various systems, which are in the basement, remotely controllable (including power on/off) from a "terminal" in my office upstairs and, through a bridge, via the internet for direct file transfer. This is of course trivial for PCs and CP/M/UNIX type systems with RS-232 consoles, and not much more complicated for systems that at least have an RS-232 port and I/O vectors that can easily be redirected, but the PETs are a bit of an extra challenge. Using an emulator is probably the way to go with them (especially the graphics-intensive C-64 etc.) but I was just curious if it had been done without much extra hardware etc. I did think of using an old laptop to drive the keyboard I/P through the parallel port and using CMD to capture O/P on the serial or a second parallel, and maybe I will still play with that a bit. My IEEE<>RS232 (& Centronics) interfaces are CmC ADA's BTW. Forgot about Flash Attack; anybody try playing over the internet? m Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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