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by Doug
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: CTL plug type
Replies: 34
Views: 10718

Re: CTL plug type

I'd like to give it a try, I will look out for those!

Here's a question - are there any QL games which actually support 2 joysticks in CTL1 and CTL2? i.e. Would there by any point acquiring 2 such cables??
by Doug
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Testing Tetroid backplane and GC
Replies: 32
Views: 1184

Re: Testing Tetroid backplane and GC

Do you have a disk drive built into the PC or a USB disk drive - as they are very different beasts (the latter has no disk controller). Hi Rich, yes I was using my old Tiny PC of early 00s vintage, which has a floppy built in, but it isn't doing well so far with my existing floppies I am stuck with...
by Doug
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Testing Tetroid backplane and GC
Replies: 32
Views: 1184

Re: Testing Tetroid backplane and GC

So, the trumpcard rom chip is a 32K device, with approximately one half being the disk driver and other driver support software, and the other half being the toolkit II. I say approximately half, because some of the TK II images are actually larger than 16Kb. From my understanding of the ROM scan l...
by Doug
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: CTL plug type
Replies: 34
Views: 10718

Re: CTL plug type

Derek_Stewart wrote:I was going to make some QL to DB9 Joystick cables, all in black. But I have other challenges at present, I may sell the constructed cables later this year.


Ah, something else for my shopping list then, consider me interested in those, Derek!
by Doug
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: CTL plug type
Replies: 34
Views: 10718

Re: CTL plug type

That is a good find - I will give them a ring tomorrow - the phone line is still valid - it looks as though they upgraded to PHP 7 without updating the code on the site :( Ah yes, classic. I wonder if the host updated the PHP automatically, an no one running the website has noticed! :lol: Did you h...
by Doug
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: CTL plug type
Replies: 34
Views: 10718

Re: CTL plug type

Oh, something else useful I found, if like me, you are crap at soldering!

A 9 pin plug with solder-free connections inside: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/263474273086
by Doug
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: CTL plug type
Replies: 34
Views: 10718

Re: CTL plug type

I found this site useful when looking for a definitive list of similar connectors: https://zxnet.co.uk/spectrum/btconnectors/ In 30 odd years I hadn't even realised SER and CTL were different!! I never had any joysticks back in the day, just a printer... I suspect some of these various models could ...
by Doug
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Testing Tetroid backplane and GC
Replies: 32
Views: 1184

Re: Testing Tetroid backplane and GC

Hi guys, I've had a very interesting weekend tinkering and learning more about how to set things up on the QL and what the limitations are. My issue with the Gold Card and Tetroid backplane remains, but I've made progress in other areas - just wanted to share those thoughts/findings which may be of ...
by Doug
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Announcement - new QL Interface
Replies: 213
Views: 24614

Re: Announcement - new QL Interface

Hi guys, is there any documentation available on what exactly the Alain Haoui Starter kit contains and how to get the most out of it? Is it specifically for this implementation of QubIDE where the storage medium is CF, or would it be likely to work ok on my Zaxon QubIDE card with standard IDE connec...
by Doug
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Testing Tetroid backplane and GC
Replies: 32
Views: 1184

Re: Testing Tetroid backplane and GC

Great to see the SerMouse software available here! It has inspired me to look out for a serial mouse on the listings. (And a bus one, should some Qimi stuff become available too) Yes, but keep in mind that ser1 and ser2 connections are different. I had to change the connections of the retrocomputers...

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