Q68 New users and general usage thread

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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby Peter » Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:18 pm

FrancoisLanciault wrote:The only problem I have is that on the monitor I currently use, the right end of the image is missing.

That would mean it can not even cope with VESA standard 1024x768 @ 60 Hz. What is it?


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby Peter » Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:24 pm

janbredenbeek wrote:I've made some photos of my Q68 - both cased and uncased - which can be viewed here.
(Don't worry - it's back in its case now and still working :) )

regards, Jan.

Great! Thanks for sharing! I don't even case my boards because I like the looks of the PCB. :D

And I hope the Moire pattern on some of the screens is just from taking pictures. In real that should not happen.


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby janbredenbeek » Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:42 pm

Peter wrote:Great! Thanks for sharing! I don't even case my boards because I like the looks of the PCB. :D

He he... I remember back in the '90s there were worries about CE certification requirements regarding RF radiation which would prevent small companies like Miracle from making more peripherals for the QL because of the high certification costs involved. The Q68 will certainly be much 'cleaner' in terms of RF radiation when cased, especially compared to an plain QL :D
And I hope the Moire pattern on some of the screens is just from taking pictures. In real that should not happen.

Yes it's Moiré, the picture is very clear on my monitor even though the native resolutions don't match (my monitor has 1280x1024 so it needs to scale up a bit - Windows would look awkward here).

regards, Jan.


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby Dave » Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:45 am

Alas, my Christmas will not include a Q68. Parcels2Go seem to have misplaced it. I'll give it several more weeks before starting to raise a stink, since things can take time. Normally, it would have been delivered by December 21st. However, Christmas mail volumes will change everything.

So, I'll just be patient and learn from all of you! :)


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby Zarchos » Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:02 am

Dave wrote:Alas, my Christmas will not include a Q68. Parcels2Go seem to have misplaced it. I'll give it several more weeks before starting to raise a stink, since things can take time. Normally, it would have been delivered by December 21st. However, Christmas mail volumes will change everything.

So, I'll just be patient and learn from all of you! :)


Sorry to read that.
It is the reason why I have asked all the people I bought something from to delay shipping after Christmas ...
I keep my fingers crossed your parcel isn't lost.


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby Peter » Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:13 am

janbredenbeek wrote:I've made some photos of my Q68 - both cased and uncased - which can be viewed here.

I just notice the Minerva picture ;) Is it a standard 1.97 ROM?


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby janbredenbeek » Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:39 pm

Peter wrote:
janbredenbeek wrote:I've made some photos of my Q68 - both cased and uncased - which can be viewed here.

I just notice the Minerva picture ;) Is it a standard 1.97 ROM?

Yes it's 1.97.
It boots, but freezes after the F1/F2 timeout. I guess because the 8049 isn't emulated by the hardware? This probably will need a rewrite of some low level I/O code, as well as a WIN driver for SDHC access. Would be an interesting project ;) . Are there any details available about the I/O hardware?

regards, Jan.


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby FrancoisLanciault » Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:59 pm

Peter wrote:
FrancoisLanciault wrote:The only problem I have is that on the monitor I currently use, the right end of the image is missing.

That would mean it can not even cope with VESA standard 1024x768 @ 60 Hz. What is it?


False alarm. Everything is working ok now!

François


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby daniel_baum » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:50 pm

Peter wrote:
daniel_baum wrote:Once I've worked out how to get everything set up, I'll probably put my QXL.WIN file from QPC2 on the SD card and boot from that.

Good luck. If you had not used many PC specific functions, it should be easy.


I was able to set up my own SD card with very little trouble.

The only real obstacle was getting the FAT partition right. I think it finally started working when I realised that 255MiB is not the same as 255MB :)

I set it to work in 1024x768 in 4 colours as a default. It runs my usual set-up at a completely acceptible speed. The 512x384 hi-colour mode is also surprisingly useful, as someone else has already mentioned.

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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby Peter » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:00 pm

daniel_baum wrote:The only real obstacle was getting the FAT partition right.

Just for completeness: The FAT16 partition, which Derek apparently has added, is not required for a standard Q68 card. A single partition FAT32 formatted card is fine. The manual contains information on suitable software to create it.



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