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Latest News - July 2018

  • The MTX PC Keyboard Interface is now available to purchase. I have redone the web page and added an updated section from Bill Brendling on the Parallax Propeller code that runs the interface. (Thanks Bill!)

 

June 2018

  • Nothing to report

 

May 2018

  • Arto Kivimäki has generously donated an MTX500. It was quite expensive to ship it from Finland, but as I did not have an MTX with a language ROM, it was worth it. As well as the Finnish keyboard and language ROM, the machine came with a copy of the MTX Operator's guide translated into Finnish in Finland.
  • Details of the "new MTX hardware interface" are now available . . . .
    • MTX PC Keyboard Interface
      • It is a small internal PCB that attaches to the keyboard header on the MTX computer board and allows a PC keyboard (PS/2 or USB) to be used alongside, or instead of, your existing MTX keyboard.

 

April 2018

  • Not many web updates I'm afraid, but things have been happening on the MTX front . . .  .
  • The "new MTX hardware interface" is progressing - more details shortly
  • Memotech disk controller (FDX/SDX) USB Floppy Drive emulator available . . .
    • Do you have a Memotech disk controller (FDX/SDX) with unreliable drives ? It is now possible to replace the floppy disk drive(s) with a Gotek USB floppy drive emulator thanks to OpenSource firmware released by Keir Fraser. I have added one to one of my FDXs and it is working well - all for under £15 !

 

March 2018

  • Nothing to report

 

February 2018

  • Phil Fagan has generously donated an MTX500 owned by his late brother, purchased when he was serving his apprenticeship, c.1983. The machine came in it's original box and polys, along with all of the original paperwork. It is in pristine condition and is the best MTX500 that I have - thanks a lot Phil !
  • Exciting (not really "exciting", but it is hopefully of interest) new MTX hardware interface coming soon . . . .
  • Paul Daniels has released an update to his MTX Development Tools - MTXShell

 

January 2018

  • Nothing to report

 

December 2017

  • Bill Brendling has released an updated version of his port of MEMU for Raspberry Pi - MEMU-Pi

 

November 2017

 

October 2017

  • Did a couple of repairs on another Memotech user's computers - benefiting us both
    • System 1 - With a clock and sound problem, also upgraded the onboard RAM from 32 to 64k
    • System 2 - With a keyboard sense chip problem
  • Started a page for copies of the Danish MTX User Club magazine (courtesy of Lars Jørgensen)
  • Memofest 2017 was hosted by Martin Allcorn in Hastings on 14th October - read the report here

 

 

September 2017

  • Nothing to report

 

August 2017

  • Timo Soilamaa is continuing to develop his ROM loader to allow unmodified MSX games ROMs to run on the MTX
    • It is still a work in progress, but, now runs on real MTX hardware, as well as MEMU - check it out here
  • Martin Allcorn in hosting Memofest 2017 on the 14th October in Hastings, UK
  • Courtesy of an eBay seller, I have uploaded a better quality scan of "Memotechniques" from "Personal Computer News", Issue 46, from January 28 1984 - see the Reviews page

 

July 2017

  • I have just completed a quite interesting repair on the MTX500 given to me by Wolfgang Joerger. As well as the almost obligatory VRAM fault, the machine had a failed TMS-4764 Mask ROM - direct replacements for these devices are not available - read how I resolved the issue here.

 

June 2017

  • Although not Memotech related, David Kimberlin-Wyer has contributed an article on how to replace the internals of a failed PSU in a Tatung Einstein TC-01 with an alternative open frame PSU.

 

May 2017

  • In a similar way to my "one-off" CFX Special, David Kimberlin-Wyer has provided details of how he modified one of Andy's memory boards and his MAGROM board to allow both to be installed inside his MTX.

 

April 2017

 

March 2017

 

February 2017

  • Having had a few "notes of interest", I ordered another run of MAGROM boards - Version 1.1

 

January 2017

  • "Another year over. And a new one just begun."
  • The distributor of the MTX User's Club Germany has now put copies of the MTX-Info magazine on line
  • Posted a copy of the original CP/M ROM from the FDX SM1 Interface board
  • Another generous donation from a, or should I say an "ex", Memotech owner from Germany!
    • Wolfgang Joerger has just sent me a 64K "MTX500" with Twin Floppy FDX
    • It is in great condition and early indications are that it is fully functional - more details soon
  • Bill Brendling has reverse engineered the FDX CP/M 80 Column card driver - full details here
  • Status update for MTXPlus+ posted
  • A slight distraction to other activities, but there has been some renewed interest in MAGROM . . . .
    • If there is enough demand, I will get some more boards made, if you are interested, drop me an e-mail

 

 

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