Category Archives: RetroChallenge
After correcting a few wiring errors, the single-channel vector generator works, though it needs some calibration. I have the vector generator on my test bench with the Silicon Labs EFM32WG starter kit (ARM Cortex-M4F microcontroller) running the firmware, and a … Continue reading
Bench power supply reports 3.3V@3mA, +12V@18mA, -12V@53mA. Found and fixed a wiring error. With DAC output near 0V, output of first opamp, unipolar to bipolar shifter, is -1.0V, as intended. Next step: hook up SPI to microcontroller. I’ll be using … Continue reading
I’ve wired one of the vector generator channels on a breadboard, and took two photos. It’s ready for testing, but at the moment I can’t find enough test leads to wire up the breadboard to my three-output bench power supply … Continue reading
Since my HP 1350A and 1351A vector generators are not working, and I don’t have time to fix them for RetroChallenge, I’m building a simple vector generator from scratch. The design is a slightly updated version of Steve Ciarcia’s design … Continue reading
I hooked up two analog signal generators to the XY inputs of the HP 1338A Tri-Color XY display to display a Lissajou curve as a test of the inputs, and posted a video.
I’ve checked the basic functionality of the HP 1338A Tri-Color XY display using only its front panel controls, and posted a video.
I have an HP 9830A desktop computer, circa 1972, which runs BASIC using a custom bit-serial processor built out of TTL, with an architecture similar to the HP 2116 minicomputer. I’m planning to use the 9830A in my RetroChallenge entry, … Continue reading
For RC2015/07, I’m going to hook up an old vector display (the retro part) to a modern microcontroller and either write a new game for it or port an old one. Vector displays were used on computers from the 1950s … Continue reading
I’ve nearly finished tracing the Pacer control panel interface card schematic. I haven’t yet traced the connections of one NOR gate of the 7425 at position 6A, and one inverter of the 7404 at position 5C. It’s possible that they’re … Continue reading
I finished tracing the Pacer user memory card schematic. Most of it seems fairly obvious, except bus pin 25 and the E1/E2/E3 jumper. There are also some functional problems with this particular card.