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by Peter
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Beyond Super Gold Card
Replies: 70
Views: 2515

Re: Beyond Super Gold Card

Thanks for the info. Block moves in 16 bit colour are also the first thing that come to my mind. If the routines are optimized and moved to fast RAM, that could be quite an improvement for the look & feel. Even more in combination with cache for an overall speed gain.
by Peter
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Software & Programming
Topic: The Pawn is back. And it's not alone!
Replies: 55
Views: 2329

Re: The Pawn is back. And it's not alone!

Would the availability of an afforable SGC successor with decent graphics help software developments like this? In the sense that, instead of struggling with 8 colors, the software developer could just say "get yourself a 99 £ card for the QL if you want it to look good"? Or is the softwar...
by Peter
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Beyond Super Gold Card
Replies: 70
Views: 2515

Re: Beyond Super Gold Card

My informations that e.g. the bit blitting operations for native hardware were generic, were by hearsay. But from a usually well informed source. If it is not so, even better. However, Marcel does not seem to say the code is separated, just that it could be separated. That means work, and I would no...
by Peter
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Software & Programming
Topic: The Pawn is back. And it's not alone!
Replies: 55
Views: 2329

Re: The Pawn is back. And it's not alone!

I fear the good impression comes mostly from occupying the whole screen. In the size Tobias as using, which allows enough text, it's a different science.
by Peter
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Beyond Super Gold Card
Replies: 70
Views: 2515

Re: Beyond Super Gold Card

I checked again because this is a video resolution for Q68 I've never used and the refresh speed, according my feeling, is more than adequate: DISP_Mode 4 1024x768 (4 colour) Many thanks for your feedback. Could you also try DISP_MODE 5, the "Nasta" mode in 1024x768 pixel @ 256 colours? I...
by Peter
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Beyond Super Gold Card
Replies: 70
Views: 2515

Re: Beyond Super Gold Card

If you have an extension card that sticks out from the bbql case, then you potentially have 3 sides to play with, and that might also aid cooling, if speeds are going to be 'cranked up' a bit. Hehe, very much QL style, reminding of the good old days, where boards were also sticking out. And the coo...
by Peter
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Beyond Super Gold Card
Replies: 70
Views: 2515

Re: Beyond Super Gold Card

QL-SD exists, but if I remember correctly, Marcel said that he will not be producing another lot :( Since I placed my QL-SD design under GPL, it is completely free & open. The sources are published anyway, and I'd also give ready Gerbers, JEDEC file, EPROM binary etc. to anyone capable & wi...
by Peter
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Beyond Super Gold Card
Replies: 70
Views: 2515

Re: Beyond Super Gold Card

The biggest needs I see for the BBQL are graphics with at least VGA, and PE compatible mouse with at least PS/2. If these two were solved without me, I would probably not bother. Peter I would also add some kind of storage - QUBIDE or QL-SD integrated in the the (S)GC. That would be my dream card. ...
by Peter
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Beyond Super Gold Card
Replies: 70
Views: 2515

Re: Beyond Super Gold Card

I'm definitely of the opinion that some form of super-duper-gold-card is needed to keep the good old bbql going. While Vitaly (Tetroid) is able to produce Super Gold Card clones, that's fine. Hi Dilwyn, thanks, and your reply shows some of the dilemma. If my decisions were sales-driven, I would sur...
by Peter
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Beyond Super Gold Card
Replies: 70
Views: 2515

Re: Beyond Super Gold Card

Unfortunately QDOS doesn't have a display abstraction layer, such as the Atari ST has with GEM, so there's no way of sending commands over the restrictive data bus provided by any GPIO interface and asking the Pi to render it natively. That would be pointless. There are mandatory tasks like bitmap ...