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by Peter
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Compatibles Corner
Topic: Q68 Serial devices
Replies: 69
Views: 2838

Re: Q68 Serial devices

One more update: Although the "clean" solution requires an FPGA change, there are efforts to work around the PS/2 converter issue only in software. The problem with these converters is, that they are not fully PS/2 standard conforming, as they don't always wait until the host signals it is...
by Peter
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Compatibles Corner
Topic: Q68 Serial devices
Replies: 69
Views: 2838

Re: Q68 Serial devices

bwinkel67 wrote:Looks like if you own a Q68 and want to use the device you will either have to send it back or find someone local with the programmer.

Yes. But it seems the only clean solution, and the batch is so small that only 7 persons or less would need the service. New Q68 would of course include the changes.
by Peter
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Compatibles Corner
Topic: Q68 Serial devices
Replies: 69
Views: 2838

Re: Q68 Serial devices

The FPGA needs to be reprogrammed, and Derek is one of the few who have a programmer. Then a new SMSQ/E version is needed. Then several keyboards/mice need to be tested intensively with a variety of software. Also we need to take care that existing keyboards/mice don't stop working. And in general, ...
by Peter
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Comparing Sinclair QL to Commodore 64
Replies: 25
Views: 497

Re: Comparing Sinclair QL to Commodore 64

I always wondered about the Atari SMSQ/E implementation, as the QVME Card had hardware support in the operating system. But not the Atari custom chips. I suppose this the problem with the way Tony Tebby dictated the way SMSQ/E should be written. He could not do everything. There really should been ...
by Peter
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Compatibles Corner
Topic: Q68 Serial devices
Replies: 69
Views: 2838

Re: Q68 Serial devices

I thought it best for more Q68 coverage, rather possibly missing out on giving someone the opportunity to use the Q68. But that you have the opportunity to use the Q68 is important as well. If you ask me, keeping at least your own Q68 would be something I much prefer. It is important to have a comm...
by Peter
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Compatibles Corner
Topic: Q68 Serial devices
Replies: 69
Views: 2838

Re: Q68 Serial devices

Update: I now have the adapter working here with Q68 and Q60. My current solution requires both an FPGA update and SMSQ/E update. It will take some time to test with more devices, since Derek sold his own Q68 and now has nothing for himself. Note 1: Strangely, with this adapter, the Q68 mouse pointe...
by Peter
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Compatibles Corner
Topic: Q68 Serial devices
Replies: 69
Views: 2838

Re: Q68 Serial devices

Derek: Please count me in for another two adaptors, one of which should go to Wolfgang.
by Peter
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Compatibles Corner
Topic: Q68 Serial devices
Replies: 69
Views: 2838

Re: Q68 Serial devices

I already have keyboard work much better by FPGA changes. With some likelihood, the rest also requires an SMSQ/E change. Not sure we should wait until the fixes are complete before securing a batch of these converters. If you like, please go ahead. I'm willing to help financially in case you make a ...
by Peter
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Compatibles Corner
Topic: Q68 Serial devices
Replies: 69
Views: 2838

Re: Q68 Serial devices

Today I received a USB-PS/2 converter, thanks bwinkel67 and Derek! I can confirm the Q68 keyboard behaviour bwinkel67 described. I'm working on a solution. What I can not confirm is that mouse works fully allright with Q68. While it appears to work after a PE program was started, the mouse pointer d...
by Peter
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Compatibles Corner
Topic: Does ITX Cases work for any QL Compatible Motherboard
Replies: 15
Views: 1712

Re: Does ITX Cases work for any QL Compatible Motherboard

I still see the original EPROM version installed. Just want to mention that Wolfgang created a self-decompressing version of recent SMSQ/E that again fits into these chips, so one does not need to boot twice anymore. If you have someone with suitable EPROM eraser/programmer of course.