The rise of FreHD

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Re: The rise of FreHD

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stephen_usher wrote: Mon Nov 20, 2023 9:46 pm Thanks... and good luck with your TRS80... And A5000 networking.
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Well, I caved and ordered a Quinnterface...

Bit expensive but I'll take it out of next month's gadget budget as it was the last one up for sale on eBay, so I didn't want to lose it, and seemingly it's sold by IanM from TRS-80.com.

Will need to do some figuring out when I get it as it behaves like an expansion unit and adds in 32k, so expects the TRS-80 to be 16k, not 64K like mine. I may also need to revert the ROM to original, but we'll see on that one.

It also appears to incorporate the M1 Hard Disk interface I just built, so that is effectively now just something I built that will gather dust...

Won't be here until just before Christmas as it's coming from down under.
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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Re: The rise of FreHD

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Ok, so my Quinnterface is in the post, not sure how long it will take to get here, but it is at least on the way.

I spoke to the seller and he has confirmed that I will need to downgrade the M1 to 16KB before I can use the QI since it adds 32KB of RAM as well as the HDD part of the Expansion Interface box.

With an EI I can apparently revert back to 64KB internally and still use the FreHD, and that's where my M1 cable that I built earlier comes in (D'oh). I don't mind too much as long as I have a full complement of RAM.

However my ROM mods can stay, so for now I have Level II basic 1.2 & 1.3 installed and I can use either, plus it has the FreHD autoboot component installed as well, so that's all good.

I'm also 'Amped' (Get it :) ) for this:

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When I next have the TRS open I'll be installing this small amp and a little speaker to give the TRS a voice :)
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I'm old school the am radio was what I used for sound on a trs-80 lots of screeching :girldance:

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Tomswork wrote: Fri Nov 24, 2023 4:03 pm I'm old school the am radio was what I used for sound on a trs-80 lots of screeching :girldance:

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Well the Quinnterface is leaving Australia soon I hope, it's cleared for international departure. Expected delivery according to eBay is 22nd of December, but I'm hoping it arrives sooner!!
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Re: The rise of FreHD

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I'm crossing my fingers. :-)
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stephen_usher wrote: Mon Nov 27, 2023 11:51 am I'm crossing my fingers. :-)
Me too, but it'll be on here as soon as it arrives :)
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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
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Ok, so I pulled the TRS-80 apart with the intention of 'adjusting it' (For adjusting read 'bodging') so that the RAM only reports 16K in readiness for the Quinnterface arriving (It's still in Aus apparently).

I figured that since I have already modded the mainboard to remove -5v and 12v from the RAM sockets (Originally 4116's), all I'd need to do is lift pin 9 (A7) on all the ICs, join them together and connect to either 0v or 5v and then it 'should' appear as 16K.

But having done that I still see 48KB (64KB installed) when i run a memory report and having A7 at 0v or 5v makes no difference. So, has anybody got any thoughts as my head is currently fried from work!!!
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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So, double checking my work, to replace 4116s in a Spectrum with 4164s you have to lift pin 1 and connect to GND, pin 16, and pin 8 and connect to pin 9, since 9 is 5v for the 4116.

So that means that pin 9, A7, is connected to 5v as that is +5v on a 4116, and then pin 8, the +5v for a 4164 is connected to pin 9.

This means pin 9 for every 4164 is connected to +5v. Hopefully this is logical so far.

Pin 1 of the 4116 is -5v, which we don't want connected to the 4164, so instead it's connected to GND on pin 16. Both the 4164 and 4116 have GND on pin 16.

Now, since pin 1 of the 4164 is supposedly NC, it seems logical that there is no need to tie it to GND, but I think I have to try it since at the moment the 4164s still report as 64k.

Meh!
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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