TBBlue SD Distribution v.0.9:
Latest distribution is always found at http://www.specnext.com/latestdistro/
Here’s the latest SD image with everything you need to get your Next updated and running!
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This is the first release in the 0.9 train as we move towards the “gold” 1.0 release. You will need to follow the 0.8e instructions on updating first, so head on to the link below.
In the links below you will find TBBLUE v.0.9 SD card distribution containing the following changes over version 0.8e:
- New Firmware file 1.10a which fixes the errors requiring a double “F1” or “F1+F4” keypress, including some code cleanup by Garry Lancaster.
- Updated NextΖΧOS 1.99G as always in two versions: one with Geoff Wearmouth’s Looking Glass v. 1.07 48K ROM (Default) and one with the standard ZX Spectrum 48K ROM
This version added support for .SPR files in browser.cfg using .SPREDT. IY is now saved/restored and set to ERR_NR during the ISR. LAYER BANK command now restricts banks to within the first 16 as required. IDE_PARTITION_RENAME/_WRITE/_WINFO/_SETINFO/_GETINFO and IDE_DOS_UNPERMANENT calls have been deprecated.
M_DOSVERSION now additionally returns ROM language in HL (“en” or “es“) -for now; more language codes may appear! ASCII 96 (backtick on most PCs; pound/currency symbol on Spectrum) can now be used in browser.cfg and will be substituted by language code (“en” or “es“). MF-Like ROM functionality has been split out into several new overlays to make room for more features. MF menu now has palette save & palette load options (in screenshots menu) as well as new a Settings menu which allows some core settings to be
Prepare the card as per the instructions here. Firmware file will be replaced.
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USERS OF FlashAir CARDS are advised to perform ALL file copy operations locally on their PC/MAC and NOT over the air.
ALSO WE SUGGEST FORMATTING YOUR SD CARD WITH A CLUSTER SIZE OF 16K or 32K TO AVOID A MINOR CORRUPTION THAT MAY APPEAR IN YOUR config.ini WHILE USING THE EDITOR IN CASE YOU’D WANT TO DOWNGRADE CORES (but why would you do that?).
- If your current firmware is older than 1.10.10 you may experience issues with your keyboard and/or display. Please follow the expanded instructions in the previous versions of the TBBLUE distributions and the Quick Start guide here to flash your core or the quick instructions on step #2 below. (Try the instructions below first and if you get stuck check the previous versions)
- Default config.ini settings assume an HDMI monitor. If you’re using a VGA monitor you should delete your config.ini file located in c:/tbblue/ and replace it with either of the config.ini.VGA.50Hz or config.ini.VGA.60Hz files (also located there) renamed to config.ini. YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT DISPLAY SETTINGS (Display modes 0 to 6 that is) TO ACHIEVE THE BEST RESULTS FOR YOUR DISPLAY AS THE DEFAULT CHOSEN (HDMI) ALTERS THE TIMINGS SLIGHTLY AND CERTAIN –OLDER– PROGRAMS MAY NOT DISPLAY PROPERLY (especially certain Demos). VGA modes (Settings 0…6) ARE timing accurate although the user may experience faster execution as each setting with the exception of 0 makes things faster (but keeping timings relative)
Flashing the new core
1. For people with functioning keyboards after boot and/or membranes (but which also have PS/2 keyboards)
Let the machine boot normally, then press and hold U on your PS/2 keyboard, then tap momentarily on F1 (still holding U) and release U when you see the updater module. Press Y, wait until all flashing is completed, then power down the Next and REMOVE ALL CABLES. Wait a little and then plug everything back up again. If you have a VGA you need to replace your config.ini (see above) or edit it and set the second number after the machine type to 0. If you’re in Brazil, Japan, the USA or Canada or any country that uses normally an NTSC TV signal (or a PAL 60 signal), chances are your monitor only supports 60Hz, so go ahead and tap F3 now -or alternatively you can change the [50_60] setting to 1 from config.ini or by editing the settings at boot time with the EDITOR module (Press SPACEBAR when prompted on boot then press E to edit your settings)
2. For people with Perixx PS/2 keyboards and/or keyboards with a similar controller on board AND people with membranes that are not functioning or having trouble entering the UPDATER module.
- Enter AntiBrick (AB) mode by removing all cables (including HDMI), pressing and holding M1 and Drive (simulaneously), then reapplying power (no HDMI or VGA yet) waiting a few seconds (2-3) and releasing the keys, then reconnecting the display lead that worked for you previously. Press Y for update. If Y cannot be pressed then the press M1 button for Y or Drive button for N
- Follow the instructions in Step 1 to boot the system.
Download the distribution
TBBLUE distribution v.0.9 (zip format) (Download Here)
TBBLUE distribution v.0.9 (7z format) (Download Here)
Article image: TBBlue Distribution Logo by Victor Trucco and Phoebus Dokos
TBBLUE: Victor Trucco
Contributors: Fabio Belavenuto, Garry Lancaster, Allen Albright, Mark Smith
Dreamworld Pogie: Lyndon J Sharp/Phoebus Dokos (WASP – http://www.wearespectrumprogrammers.co.uk/) / Distributed under License
Orb Run: Matt Davies (https://github.com/next-dev/nx)/ Distributed under License
Spectron 2084: Robin Verhagen-Guest / Distributed under License
Nxtel2: Robin Verhagen-Guest / Distributed under License
nextDAW: Gari Biasillo (http://nextdaw.biasillo.com)
Warhawk: Michael Ware, Jim Bagley, Lobo Trans, Space Fractal / Distributed under License
Nextoid!: Lampros Potamianos (WASP – http://www.wearespectrumprogrammers.co.uk/) / Distributed under License
3D Monster Maze, 3D Defender, Trashman: Malcolm Evans / Distributed under License
cave81: Marco Varesio / Distributed under License
Mouse driver: Tim Gilberts and Chris Cowley
UART driver: Tim Gilberts
RTC driver: Tim Gilberts
PS/2 keymap: Phoebus Dokos (WASP – http://www.wearespectrumprogrammers.co.uk/)
NextZXOS: Garry Lancaster (http://www.worldofspectrum.org/zxplus3e/)
Looking Glass: Geoff Wearmouth (https://twitter.com/warmtoffee)
ZX80/81 Emulators: Paul Farrow (http://www.fruitcake.plus.com)
Demos: David Saphier (http://zxbasic.uk/), Geoff Wearmouth, Michael Ware, Jim Bagley, Gari Biasillo, Robin Verhagen-Guest
Utilities: Jim Bagley, Geoff Wearmouth, John M Kerr (http://mycodehere.blogspot.com), Kev Brady
Dot Commands: esxDOS team and contributors, Allen Albright, Tim Gilberts, Jim Bagley, Garry Lancaster, David Saphier, Gari Biasillo, Victor Trucco
The following people made this release possible and I don’t have enough words to thank them!
BUG HUNTING: Kev “The Terminator” Brady. He Hastas La Vistas Bugs!, Tim “Prifathro” Gilberts, Geoff “Warm Toffee” Wearmouth, Garry “Relentless” Lancaster, Allen “Professor X” Albright
BUG FIXING: EVERYONE (Garry, Jim, Allen, Robin “The Unexpected Demon” ,Tim, Michael, Lampros, Gari, Kev, Geoff, David)
TESTING: Kev Brady (he doesn’t sleep, honest), Tim “Fampir” Gilberts (he neither!), Gari “I eat Verdi For Breakfast” Biasillo and of course Someone Else (not David)™
Thank you guys, I couldn’t have done it without you!!!!!
And last but not least; ultra kudos go to Mike “Teddy Roosevelt” Cadwallader; who’s the reason why we’re all getting our cased Nexts!