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Latest News - August 2019

  • Norman Lambert has kindly sent me the Pascal ROMPAK that was used with the MTX that he sent me in 2007.
  • Paul Daniels has updated his GameBase for Memotech, download available here (thanks Paul)

 

July 2019

  • The FDX system that was used by the Memotech Owner's Club was sold on eBay this month, along with the MOC software library containing some previously lost titles and miscellaneous club technical documents. If you bought this item, PLEASE contact me and let's see if we can't make these materials available to the group.
  • Memofest 2019 will be hosted by Andy Key in Southampton, see the announcement on Andy's site
  • Bill Brendling has released an updated version of his Python script for assembling Z80 code. The main improvement is to the handling of M80 code. The Assembler will now build the SDX ROM from the code on Andy's site.
  • Bill has also compiled a modified version of MEMU for Windows, it includes CFX-II emulation, as well as the ability to run Alan Cox's Fuzix (a lightweight version of the Unix System V kernel).

 

June 2019

  • Bill Brendling has released a Python script for assembling Z80 code. As well as supporting Microsoft M80 and Bill's own ZASM assembler, it also supports Martin's "home brew" assembler, allowing Martin's code to be compiled by users who don't use RISCOS.
  • Bill Brendling has released an updated version of his Bare Metal version of MEMU for Raspberry Pi
  • Posted a copy of the MTX Communications Manual on the Manuals Page (Courtesy of Stephen Usher)

 

May 2019

  • Bill Brendling has released an updated version of his Bare Metal version of MEMU for Raspberry Pi
  • An incompatibility between CFX and the original RS-232/FDX Interface board has come to light. As with REMEMOrizer, the FDX interface must be disabled to allow CFX to work when installed in a machine with an RS-232 board fitted. Martin has generated new GAL firmware that can be loaded into a GAL16V8 and used to replace the Lattice PAL on the RS-232 board. The source and binary files are available on the CFX page. If you cannot program a new GAL yourself, please contact me if you need CFX to operate in tandem with the RS-232 interface board.
  • Martin has completed his System Diagnostic Cartridge (SDC) prototype, it has lots of nice features, including a built-in hex editor and disassembler. You can read about it here

 

April 2019

  • Martin has been working on a plug in board to help diagnose MTX boot problems, we have called it the MTX System Diagnostic Cartridge (SDC). You can read about it here

 

March 2019

  • Paul Daniels has updated his Memotech Software Catalogue - it's available on my Software Wanted page
  • Bill Brendling has just released a bare metal version of MEMU-PI. Just copy the contents of the Zip file to a FAT formatted SD card and you are able to boot straight into MEMU without needing to do any compilation or configuration.

 

February 2019

  • It's been a while . . . . .
  • Apologies for the lack of updates, things have been pretty busy here - with no Memotech news to report
  • Still, I'm back on the case now - more updates soon (ish!), including a new "pet" project from Martin
  • Posted a copy of the long missing Composer by Xaviersine (Courtesy of Bill Brendling)
  • Converted Paul Daniels' MTX Gamebase V0.2 to .Zip from .7z as my ISP now blocks .7z files

 

January 2019

  • Nothing to report

 

December 2018

  • Nothing to report

 

November 2018

 

October 2018

  • Memofest 2018 was held on 13th October at Martin's place in Hastings - see the event report for details

 

September 2018

  • Memofest 2018 will be held on 13th October, as last year, it is being hosted by Martin Allcorn in Hastings
    • See the Memorum post and contact Martin if you are interested in attending

 

August 2018

 

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

 

 

 

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