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by sol_hsa
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Compilers (Boriel, Z88dk etc)
Topic: m.py, my accidental build system
Replies: 2
Views: 593

Re: m.py, my accidental build system

"unclear rules"? That's the very definition of makefiles.. =)

Anyway, like I explained: it was a total accident. I didn't start out with a goal of making a build system.
by sol_hsa
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Compilers (Boriel, Z88dk etc)
Topic: m.py, my accidental build system
Replies: 2
Views: 593

m.py, my accidental build system

This is a bit tangential, but may be useful for someone. I'm (slowly) working on a new speccy game, mostly using SDCC. I used a simple batch file to call the assembler, sdcc, linker, my .tap file builder and finally to launch the result in an emulator. When something didn't compile, the batch file m...
by sol_hsa
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: "Pimping" old games to have no attribute clash possible?
Replies: 16
Views: 8256

Re: "Pimping" old games to have no attribute clash possible?

The question is, is "sprite drawing code" in many cases similar or is it all over the place? Depends on what they do. Are they limited to character width? Do they mask the background? Are they updated on every frame? Etc. As for engines - the pseudo-3d games from imagine possibly have similar routi...
by sol_hsa
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Software
Topic: "Pimping" old games to have no attribute clash possible?
Replies: 16
Views: 8256

Re: "Pimping" old games to have no attribute clash possible?

No, as in, there's no obvious, general solution. Yes, as in, given enough time and effort, any game could be rewritten from scratch if need be. Maybe, as in, you possibly don't need to go quite that far in most cases. Like dave18 said, you could isolate the sprite draws and replace them - but this m...
by sol_hsa
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Where can I get the MegaLZ compressor?
Replies: 9
Views: 1728

Re: Where can I get the MegaLZ compressor?

Where?
by sol_hsa
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Software
Topic: How to check for Next HW
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: How to check for Next HW

Write 0 to port $243B, then read from port $253B. If the result is 10, you're probably on the next. See http://devnext.referata.com/wiki/Board_feature_control
by sol_hsa
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Software
Topic: ZEsarUX 7.1 BETA
Replies: 4
Views: 604

Re: ZEsarUX 7.1 BETA

And while I'm asking for stuff, it would be great if there was a way to quit the emulator directly, quickly, by hitting esc. Currently it first asks for permission and then does a fadeout before quiting.
by sol_hsa
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Software
Topic: ZEsarUX 7.1 BETA
Replies: 4
Views: 604

Re: ZEsarUX 7.1 BETA

I'm restarting my speccy development and adding zesarux to the toolkit so I can eventually target the next too. I'm using a batch file to launch the emulator with a .tap file, like so: ..\ext\zesarux_win-7.1\zesarux.exe foobar.tap this, however, leads to zesarux to complain that it can't find the ro...
by sol_hsa
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: Update #35
Replies: 3
Views: 1135

Re: Update #35

I get the impression nobody is worried about the mechanical side of the keyboard.. is that such a routine thing?
by sol_hsa
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: ZX Spectrum Next
Topic: DMA Audio
Replies: 11
Views: 1187

Re: DMA Audio

Looking forward to reading all these details in the manual ;)

Well, I'd forgive them for not including all the esoteric details in the manual, especially if they are still in flux and might change in a firmware update soon after release..