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Two recently build nano SwinSID

Recently I built some nano SwinSID following these instructions.After testing one of these little buggers in my Franken-C64 I decided I want to try to connect it to an Arduino.

SwinSID in heavily modified C64

Some wire placing and code writing later I was able to access the SIDs registers and now I wanted to make some music…

Wiring done

The idea was: use a PC based C64 emulator and replace the SID emulation with the SwinSID connected via USB. First I tried jsidplay2, but I had no luck understanding the timing for the emulated 6510. Luckily I found kernal64, a C64 emulator implemented in Scala.

I had never before used Scala, but as it is Java based I was shortly after able to do this:


Please find my patched kernal64, the Arduino-sketch, schematics and some instructions here.


A Wifi modem for the C64

As there is a growing number of ESP8266 base Wifi-modems for retro computers out there I decided to build one myself.

My personal feature list:

  • connected to and powered by the C64 userport
  • simple, AT command based interface
  • usable with existing terminal software for the C64 out there
  • 2400 baud (I wanted to keep the circuit as simple as possible)
  • an OLED display for status information and show effect

The parts list (links are provided for reference and convenience only, they are no affiliate links):

The schematics (Updated on 20.08.2017):

The firmware can be found on GitHub, I used an existing firmware, removed stuff I didn’t need and added OLED support. To compile you need the Arduino IDE, the ESP8266 arduino core and the esp8266-oled-ssd1306 library.

Wifi-modem booting and connecting:Connected to Wifi:Connected to BBS:

VICE C64 emulator on Raspberry PI

I recently tried how the VICE C64 emulator performs on the Raspberry PI.

Because Debian comes with a quite old version of VICE I compiled the current V2.4 myself.

Installing the depencies (note: I know that not everything in the list is necessary, but this worked for me):

sudo apt-get install xaw3dg-dev libxaw7-dev libreadline-dev
sudo apt-get install libmp3lame-dev libpng12-dev libjpeg62-dev
sudo apt-get install libsdl-mixer1.2-dev libsdl-net1.2-dev libsdl-image1.2-dev
sudo apt-get install libusb-dev libgtk2.0-dev libvte-dev

Now download VICE and install it:

tar xvzf ../vice-2.4.tar.gz
cd vice-2.4
./configure --enable-gnomeui
sudo make install

My RasPI runs stable at 800Mhz with these little heat sinks. This is fast enough to run VICE at 100% emulation speed (if you don’t do other stuff in the background). If switched to ‘warp mode’ VICE will run at ~170%.