Author Archives: dommas

Connecting SNES Controller to the Steckschwein

Recently, Michael Steil published a blog post about connecting NES and SNES Controller to a 6502-based system showing how to use NES and SNES controllers on a C64 without the need for any special hardware, by just connecting them to … Continue reading

Posted in Allgemein, experiment, joystick

Chuck Peddle, 1937 – 2019

Chuck Peddle, the main designer of the 6502, has passed away on Dec. 15th, 2019. Peddle was one of the engineers that developed the 6800 at Motorola. He later went to MOS in order to implement his vision of an … Continue reading

Posted in 6502, 65c02, assembly, basic, urschleim, wdc

Markos Pacman Talk at VCFb

Marko talked about his Pacman port to the Steckschwein at VCFb. Basically it’s the same talk he did at VCFe in April, but this time, there’s a video. Enjoy! https://media.ccc.de/v/vcfb19_-_111_-_de_-_201910121615_-_pac-man_auf_dem_steckschwein_-_marko_lauke

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Weird bug in SD card code

Frank van den Hoef, who is adapting the Steckschwein SPI & FAT32 code for his tiny65 machine made me aware of a classic mistake for a 6502 assembly coder to make. Namely in our sdcard driver, when waiting for the … Continue reading

Posted in assembly, code, debugging, murphy, SD-Karte, SPI

Forth Benchmarks

The main motivation to get Forth up and running on the Steckschwein was to participate at The Ultimate Benchmark, in order to crush all 8bit competition to dust. So the plan was to benchmark the Steckschwein live at the VCFe. … Continue reading

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NVRAM improvements

As real computer is not a real computer without a real time clock, the Steckschwein is no exception here. As we know, we use the Maxim DS1306 RTC, which is a very common RTC which comes as DIP IC and … Continue reading

Posted in bios, RTC, UART

VCFe 20.0 – over and out

VCFe 20.0 is over, all of a sudden, and we had lots of fun as always. Many thanks to everyone stopping by at our table, especially to those who voted for us at the poll. We got the fo(u)rth place. … Continue reading

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