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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Re: Anyone heard of a Commodore XA1541 Adapter ?
« on: February 12, 2011, 11:23:48 AM »
Will this work through a USB to Parallel Port Cable as well for more modern PC's ?

GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Anyone heard of a Commodore XA1541 Adapter ?
« on: February 10, 2011, 09:13:03 PM »
Hi ! :)

Has anyone heard of a Commodore XA1541 Adapter before ? I've just ordered one ...

GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Can Ultimate 1541 II transfer to 5.25" Disks ?
« on: February 07, 2011, 09:04:33 PM »
Hi ! :)

Can Ultimate 1541 II transfer direct to 5.25" disks or do you have to still use a X1541 Cable via a Parallel Port ?


RCM GAMING EVENTS - OPEN DAYS 2011 / Re: Other peoples 'stuff' . . .
« on: February 02, 2011, 08:39:26 PM »
Multiple Classic Computer ...

If I can get this box fully up and running, I wouldn't mind showing it off a bit. I have a TV, MCC ( quite small ), a couple of Joysticks and a Keyboard. Small in table surface space and would only need two power sockets.

GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Cleaning 5.25" Disk Drives
« on: January 31, 2011, 07:39:02 PM »
Hi ! :)

Is there any fluid around today that is suitable for cleaning the Heads of a 5.25" Floppy Drive ? Does Tape or CD Cleaning Fluid work ?

Many Thanks ! :)

GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Buying 5.25" Floppy Disks from eBay
« on: January 31, 2011, 12:49:49 PM »
Hi ! :)

I just thought I would pre-warn anyone about buying, used bulk 5.25" Floppy Disks for eBay and other related sites. If they already have Software on them, don't be surprised if it is Demos, Games or Utils from Archives across various sites. For example : GameBase64 for the Commodore 64. In most cases, the Disks are still useable, if they were stored in the correct conditions.

Sometimes when buying used Disks, you may come across unknown Programs which would prove useful or interest the wider community.

To be honest, some of the bundles are priced a bit high and yes ! I have been one of those who have purchased these !  :o Buy the quantity you need and avoid a broken promised to yourself that there maybe some gems out there, if someone does find something, hopefully, we should all know about it.

That's my confession over with ! Although, I feel a bit of a berk ! It's better to let everyone know about my experience !

Anyhow, I'll have some Blank 5.25" Floppy Disks for people very shortly. I hope to give some away, I don't think I could use 500+ Disks ! LOL ! :)

FOR SALE / WANTED / Re: Wanted: 5.25" Discs, SD or DD
« on: January 27, 2011, 12:35:33 PM »
Might want to borrow your notcher Mike. We don't currently have one.


I won a Disk Notcher on eBay from the States. Should be here by early next week, the devices are quite hard to come by. Perhaps someone can engineer a device ? ;)

There is one on eBay UK now :

FOR SALE / WANTED / Re: Wanted: 5.25" Discs, SD or DD
« on: January 26, 2011, 09:51:53 PM »
I might have some for sale soon, perhaps I can work something out for you. Also, you can buy some from a site in Germany :

Best Regards,


REVIEWS (of Hardware) / Re: MCC-216 : S-Video Version - Review ...
« on: October 17, 2010, 10:21:05 AM »
Nice review Alex. Very impressive - I think I will await a future revision though and see how they get on with the Amiga and Atari sides next . . . Keep us informed if you hear anything please mate?


No problem ! :) It will be interesting to see how this bit of kit progresses.

REVIEWS (of Hardware) / Re: MCC-216 : S-Video Version - Review ...
« on: October 16, 2010, 11:10:13 PM »
or get a PC/Laptop/the real hardware

I agree ! :) Nice if you have the room, I know I would !  ;D

The Introduction ::

This is a review of my experiences and thoughts of the MCC-216 ( Multiple Classic Computer ).

What is an MCC-216 ?

The MCC-216 is a Multiple Classic Computer that Emulates, the Commodore 64 and soon, the Commodore Amiga and Atari 2600. It can potentially store up to eight systems. This neat little device uses Emulation, but through custom hardware, that it is able to run in real-time with similar behaviour to the original hardware. Each Classic Computer is run through a Core system that can run in both NTSC and PAL, in this instance, the Commodore 64.

You can reboot the system by simply, lightly pressing the Power Button ( select Core Image ) or via a Regular PS/2 Keyboard ... Ctrl-Alt-Del :

For the Commodore PS/2 Keyboard :

NTSC Mode -> Press: Commodore + Alt + Pi
PAL Mode -> Press: Commodore + Alt + Pound
switch discs -> Press: CTRL TAB key
F12 -> Display reading and CPU power
F11 -> Switch between Fast and Normal CPU mode

Hardware Specifications of the Device ::

 - Altera Cyclone 3 FPGA with 16k gates
 - 16 MByte SDRAM
 - 2 MByte Flash
 - Micro SD card interface
 - USB Host interface (USB 1.1) for future expansion
 - USB Device interface (USB 1.1)
 - Video Out (4 Pin S-Video or VGA out)
 - Stereo Audio Out (3.5 mm jack)
 - 2x joystick interfaces (DB-9 connector)
 - JTAG interface (internal for programming and development)
 - GPIO interface (internal addition I/Os for to be defined functionality)

The Front Panel supports:

 - 2x DB-9 Joystick Interfaces for classic retro joysticks
 - Micro SD card interface for FPGA cores, boot and system rom, games and application data
 - USB Host interface for future expansion of the MCC with external devices (e.g. USB keyboard and mouse, USB memory stick, etc.)

The Back Panel supports:

 - Mini USB interface for power supply
 - Stereo Audio Out (3.5mm aux jack)
 - S-Video Out (4-Pin connector) or VGA high quality video out
 - PS-2 interface for keyboard
 - PS-2 interface for mouse

The MCC-216 uses a Micro SD Card for storage of the system and ROM images. A 128 MB card is bundled in with the device, but I have used a 2GIG card for maximum storage. I believe it can read up to 8GIG cards.

Cloanto has a partnership with the developers of MCC, so to the reason why you get C64 Forever and a few Demos and Games to get you started. The Demos and Games are loaded through an Index System, that reads the selected Core ( C64 ) that is chosen. A nice selectable Index of Demos or Games appears and by a simple Press of the Fire Button on a Joystick ( supplied ) or via a PS/2 Keyboard ( C64 or PC - Sold seperately ) using the Cursor Keys and Enter / Space, you can load up the selected Demo or Game. The Index File can be edited via a Text Editor or through an Excel Spreadsheet designed by the MCC team ( available from the MMC website, which allows you to produce a list of images with their ; Folder Paths, D64 or T64 image types etc. However, the filenames must be only eight characters with a suffix e.g. :

ID =
Type = game
Entity = "Mr. Chip"
Title = "Ad Infinitum"
Year = 1984
Genre = action-shooting
System = c-64
Port = 1, joystick
Tape = "APPS\ADINFI~1.CHI\ADINFI~1.T64", "APPS\Ad Infinitum (Mr. Chip, 1984, C64)\adinfinitum.T64", "1"

However, if you add you own images, it could look like this :

ID =
Type = game
Entity = "Elite"
Title = "Commando"
Year = 1985
Genre = arcade
System = c-64
Port = 2, joystick
Floppy = "APPS\commando\commando.d64", "APPS\commando\commando.d64", "1"

You can also use the Cloanto Archive Manager to expand you ROM library. Although, I found this method slightly confusing and couldn't get to grips with the Excel Index Creator / Editor. So, I ended up creating and modifying the list manually.

My overal experience :::

YouTube Video of MCC in action : [ ]

Video Output ::

Now, over the last week, I have had a bit of a challenge trying to get one thing to work on the MCC-216. That is the Video Output ! I was initially offered a VGA Output MCC, but went for the S-Video version. Unfortunately, it wasn't as simple as I thought it would be. In order for a four-pin S-Video connection to fully work, you need a direct connection to a TV and not through a Scart Adaptor. If you do, do this, the Video Output will be Black and White or Commodore 64 does Classic Nintendo GameBoy style. You can use an S-Video end convertor to Composite Video, but you will loose picture clarity and quality. I even tried using an NTSC / PAL Video convertor, but alas, no such luck, just colour, then black and white pulses. Strange ! Yep ! It sure was ! Finally though, after replacing my LG 19" TV / Monitor for a Hitachi 19 " TV / Monitor with a direct S-Video connection, was I able to experience full colour on the MCC-216. So, if you choose the right MCC with the right Video Output for you. The VGA Output model would seem more compatible than S-Video and would provide a cleaner, crisper image quality.

Sound Output ::

No real quibbles, apart from the MCC is Emulating the 8580 SID which produces, in some case differences in SID playback and is quite hellish for sampled sounds, as in, they are too quiet. I am sure the 6581 SID would provide more compatibility for playback. A fine example is any sampled sounds in Demos or Games, try Bionic Commando by Capcom ( Tim Follin Music ). For more information about the differences with C64 SID's : [ ]

Demos and Games - 1541 Drive Emulation ::

I am not sure why, but some Demos and Games don't seem to load correctly or even crash. You either get garbled text or run ... ready. The one that really puzzled me was, Commando by Elite. I have tried several different trainer versions and each one loads perfectly. However, when it comes to pressing the fire button, the game just won't run. Jigging around to the synthetic melodies of Rob Hubbard is good enough, but I want play the game as well. Sometimes successful loading is totally random, quite puzzling really.

Screen Positioning ::

Some Demos and Games use routines to take advantage of the screen borders, mainly for scrolling text or score bars. In this instance, Delta by Thalamus is a fine example. Roughly half of the score bar is missing, probably due to the screen positioning. Changing the screen modes on the TV doesn't make any difference, even from 4:3 ( full screen ) to 16:9 ( widescreen ).

Improvements ::

Loading Images :

If the ROM images stored on the Micro SD cards could be read in as a folder, then read in as a disk or tape image, it would rule out the need for the Menu System and would simplfy the loading process.

Sound :

A choice of SID Chips would cater for lovers of both 8580 and 6581, perhaps it could be chosen on the Core selection or other menus ?

Price ::

The MCC-216 Standard is currently priced @ 199.99 USD

The MCC-216 Colour Lightning is currently priced @ 219.99 USD

Please visit the MCC website for prices and other accessories :

Conclusion ::

The MCC-216 is a real box of tricks with real pontential and if the developers tweak and improve the environments on the C64 and future systems, I am sure it will be a winner.

For more detailed information on the Multiple Classic Computer, head over to :

FOR SALE / WANTED / PC: Phantom Millennium with *donate* option.
« on: August 09, 2010, 09:02:55 PM »
Hi Everyone ! :)

I have just released a game called - " Phantom Millennium " through my website for all to see and play. There is also an option to 'donate' with all donators listed on a 'hall of fame' page. You can download it from :

[ ]

Click on the 'Phantom Millennium' link to get all the info.

The game includes an 'awesome' soundtrack by Chris ' Infamous ' Bailey ! :)

Play and enjoy ! :)

Best Regards,

Alex. =8¬)

[ ]

Hi Everyone ! :)

My is Alex and I live in Oxfordshire, UK with my wife, Mary. I've been a fan of all things retro for many years and have loved the Commodore side of computing since 1983, when my father bought me a Commodore 64 from then electrical high street store, Rumblelows. Historically, I've owned a Commodore 64 (Breadbin), A500, A500+ and A1200. Although I don't own any retro hardware or software anymore, I still have a passion for it's history. Retro events help bring back all the nostalgia of days gone by and help relive them in the present day(s).

During my spare time, I like to design homebrew / indie games. Mostly using Game Maker, since version 5.3a to the current version 8.0. Please feel free to visit my website, which will give you an idea of my past, present and current projects. [ ]

Best Regards,

Alex. =8¬)

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