Updates

Hey it’s been a while.

My activity in the C64 BBS Scene has declined over the past few years, but wanted to give a heads up on a few things:

  • There’s no strikelink cables available at the moment, but building your own still works! Instructions are in this blog (scroll down)
  • The UDI BBS has been down for over a year now and will probably stay that way. If I redid it, it would probably just look like the amazing Particles BBS anyway.  (amazing work getting every feature of Centipede to run on a real 128, along with usenet! Genius!)
  • The Commodore BBS Outpost has a list of all the currently active BBS Systems. The list I was hosting has been removed as it was REALLY outdated. The CBBS Outpost link is on the right.
  • ShadowM needs help with his Qlink Rebooted project. Links to ShadowM’s page is on the right.
  • There might not be any more versions of Striketerm for 2 reasons. 1. I lost the harddrive in 2014 that had the source code. 2. If I did a new version it would be done entirely in assembly, which would take quite a bit of time to write. The last version Striketerm 2014 still works pretty well, so that’s the one to use if you dig the program.

X2014 NTSC Compatible Releases

Compiled all the NTSC compatible releases from X2014, the amazing party in the Netherlands.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/98204530/x2014.zip

Not included for USA C64 users:

Frantic – Side 2 crashes
Uncensored – doesn’t boot after gcr loader gets enabled
RGB crashes after intro
Comaland doesnt like loader
Darwins green crashes on loader
Hackers demo crashes on loader

Some amazing stuff we won’t get to see in the USA unless someone takes a stab at some fixing, though that might be a bit impossible if not just highly unlikely. As it is, we have about 9 disksides full of stuff to enjoy.

 

Strikelink Ultra + Raspberry PI = Complete Modem Solution

Another useful hack. We have macs at my house. All my roommates have macs. Not one pc in the bunch. The only way I’ve been able to BBS at home is using the Comet, hooked to the mac, using the mac’s wifi, and using the Ethernet cable to chain to the Comet. But I’m stuck at 2400 baud with that solution.

Getting TCPSer4j working on the mac was a 12 hour exercise in futility. If anyone can figure that out, be my guest. No luck there. (Using 10.5 Leopard btw)

So, I figured, instead of the comet, let’s get a simple Raspberry PI Solution going. TCPSER can do ANY Baud Rate I want, and pl2303 devices (such as the Strikelink or any other Serial<>USB Device) do not need additional drivers for the PI – they’re already included in the raspbian distro. It’s Built into the system. so let’s give it a shot.

Installing TCPSER is easy on the PI. If you haven’t done it yet.

sudo apt-get install tcpser

That should be it, then from commad line, just run:

tcpser -d /dev/ttyUSB0 -p 6400 -s 9600 -l 4

-d is the device. Yours should be at ttyUSB0, but in case it doesnt work, try USB1, 2, etc. -p is the port. -s is the speed. Strikelink Ultra does 9600 so use that option. -s 38400 for swiftlink/turbo232 etc. -l 4 is the logging level, i always use this.

Plug her in and you’ve got a cheap solution based out of a pi. That took 15 minutes to get running, way better than trying to get the mac rolling. Enjoy!

Hybrid 2400 Emulation . Using Mac Vice with a Pi Modem Emulator

A reader named Mike sent this in. He wanted to use his Raspberry Pi as the modem emulator, and his Mac with Vice to call BBSes. Here’s the working combo he came up with:

1. Install tcpser on my Raspberry Pi.
2. Run tcpser with this command line:
tcpser -v 25232 -p 6400 -tSs -l 7 -i “k0” -s 2400 -N “/tmp/noanswer.txt” -B “/tmp/busy.txt”
3. In Mac VICE, alter these:
:: Peripherals: Cartridges: ACIA disabled (uncertain if needed)
:: Peripherals: Cartridges: Userport RS232: Baud Rate 2400 / Enabled/ Device 4
:: Peripherals: RS232: Device 4: |nc IP.to.Pi.xx 25232

4 Strikelinks Available, and new NTSC Diskmag / UDI Spreaddisk

Hey everyone, I have 4 strikelinks available for $20 (plus $5 shipping outside of the usa). Send me a msg. alwyz@sceneworld.org

Also starting a new diskmag / weekly spreaddisk called “Afterlife”. Afterlife is a 1 file weekly news note that has stuff of interest to American / Canadian sceners and some cool old school hacking / phreaking stuff as well. Basically, anything i want to put in there I do, so you can catch up and play the latest games, and generally have a new diskside or two every week to enjoy.

Here’s issue 1

http://www.friedalive.com/afterlife1.zip

 

BBSing with Vice on Linux

Calling BBSes at 2400 baud with Vice on Linux / Rasp Pi is possible, though no good instructions around on how to do it with ease. I spent a good chunk of my day figuring out how to install it on my Raspberry Pi. Thanks to Jasmaz and ShadowM for putting in the time to help me out with this. And VidKid who has hacked the ACIA routines from 1.19 (read his blog here for his method!)

This method is good for calling bbs systems, but not hosting a bbs. Vidkid’s hack has this figured out. The max baud rate for now is 2400.

This pertains to installations of Vice 2.4 with the SDL Library.

sudo apt-get install tcpser
sudo apt-get install netcat

Make sure netcat and tcpser are both on your linux/pi.

from the command line via ssh or standalone run netcat and tcpser

(I’m not sure if this init of netcat is needed but i do it anyway)

netcat 127.0.0.1 25232
(some systems need nc 127.0.0.1 25232 instead)

tcpser -v 25232 -p 6400 -s 2400

Add the &x64 if you aren’t running tcpser via ssh

In Vice, go to F12 -> Machine Settings -> RS232 Settings
Disable Acia interface emulation

Enable Userport RS232 Emulation
Host Device 4
Baud Rate 2400

Device 4 will have the pound symbol followed by a few characters. KEEP the pound symbol but erase everything else!!! After the pound symbol add the following
nc 127.0.0.1 25232

No spaces between the pound symbol and ‘nc’

All 4 device baud rates below to 2400

That’s it, go back to terminal, makesure your term program is using a standard hayes/user port setup (In Striketerm it’s the User Port modem), 2400 baud, type AT in terminal and you should get an ok!

Enjoy!