Category Archives: Calculators

More progress to report, after all

I fixed several bugs in my code, and now the DIY4 can display the directory of an SD card and read and write files. It’s not perfect, as the first I/O fails, but subsequent accesses succeed. I’m using the open … Continue reading

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Declaring success

I completed my original RetroChallenge project, the rewrite of the Apple 1 monitor for the MC6800 microprocessor, sooner than expected, so I’ve spent my spare time for the rest of the month working on HP-41 calculator stuff. I analyzed bugs … Continue reading

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Display contrast in DIY4

The DIYRPN 4 calculator uses a 16×2 character LCD module. The choice of module was limited due to the desired physical width of the calculator. We chose a module made by Lumex. The module is specified for operation on a … Continue reading

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Keyboard scanning on the DIY4

I tracked down a bug in the keyboard scanning of the DIY4 today. I thought there needed to be a delay in the scan routine between writing the scan lines and reading the return lines, but it turns out that … Continue reading

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Bit-banging FRAM on the DIYRPN 4

I’ve written code that successfully reads the vendor/device ID and serial number from a Ramtron FM25VN10 SPI FRAM chip. I haven’t yet read or written data. The code is currently using GPIO bit-banging, but the hardware is designed to allow … Continue reading

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HP-41 card reader bug

It occurred to me while studying simulator traces that it might be interesting to investigate a bug in early versions of the 82104A card reader for the HP-41C calculator. The bug was fairly esoteric and easily avoided, as it seemed … Continue reading

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HP-41CV ROM set version HFF bug fix

As I was studying HP-41CV microcode running in simulation, I finally uncovered what one of the bug fixes in the HFF ROM version does. This has been a mystery for many years, though there’s still one more unexplained change relative … Continue reading

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Nonpareil status

I’m still making progress towards a new release on Nonpareil.  Sometimes it seems like the more work I do, the more I find that needs to be done.

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R.I.P. Henry Horn, 8 August 2007

Henry Horn was the editor of HP Key Notes.  He was very well known in the HP calculator user community, and will be missed.

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Finally, a new HP RPN calculator!

It appears that a retailer has spilled the beans on a soon-to-be-introduced HP 35s calculator. HP had said to expect a new model to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the introduction of the HP-35, the world’s first handheld scientific calculator. … Continue reading

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