CMBBS 6.0 Source Code and More

Here’s something fun, CMBBS 6.0 (hereby referred to as 6.1 for the sake of the mods i did). Fully compatible with Strikelink and BBS Server. So, if you’ve always wanted to run CMBBS, like i used to want to back in the day, here’s your chance to run a quality 1200 baud bbs on a real c64. Remember this BBS only goes to 1200 baud, so set your strikelink and bbs server software accordingly.

BBS Server settings:

Connecting menu – Set “Send Ring to BBS”

Disconnecting menu – Set “Disconnect if <pause>+++ath<enter>’

When doing the configuration before loading the bbs, select hayes, select 300/1200 baud,select h/s detect. The bbs now actually runs only at 1200 baud, but choosing these options will guarantee it works.

Some notes on functionality. System overall works fine. Will drop carrier in 60 seconds if idle or if user disconnects in the midst of a session. About half the time the system will notice disconnections. Often it will not. So, the 60 second timeout is a sort of failsafe towards bad dropped calls.

Sysop commands can be found using the bad command from the main menu while logged in. This lets remote sysop functionality work as well. ‘bad’ stands for backdoor, so there ya go. User level 10 can only access this.

I added a % command for the one liner. it’s not in the menus. Thats a new mod i did for the system.

I added a ‘graphic of the month’ of sorts file. * from the main menu displays a seq file called ‘graphic’. You’ll have to create that to use it.

‘W’ is sysop notes, for only the sysop to see. The file is a sequential file called ‘list’. Just basically something for the sysop to use for himself if he wants to.

Punter does not work. I have tried numerous things to fix it, it just doesn’t work. If anyone can fix this, that would be great, considering this bbs system only has punter, and no xmodem capability.

The source file is blitzed. Just re-blitz the source file and the boot program will load ‘c/cmbbs’. Yes, I posted the source!! Have fun seeing the hidden features.

Access level .5 is restricted, and access level .1 is blocked. 9 is co-sysop. (they can scratch / edit files and posts). 10 is sysop.

I removed the printer functionality.

Again, if anyone could solve the punter bug, that would rule. Enjoy!

Touchterm 5.9 Source

I got a request for this, so I will be posting sources for more programs soon. This is Touchterm 5.9’s basic source. Use blitz! to re-compile once you edit it. (If you choose to edit it). The good thing is this term is stable at 2400 baud. It was the basis for my old Striketerm 2012. I moved on to hacking Novaterm 9.6c for Striketerm 2013 and beyond.

A lot of this code can be optimized even more.

Download the .d64 here

Build your own “Strikelink” C64 User Port -> USB device for less than $15!

The least expensive way to get your C64 online is by building what I call a “Strikelink”, which is basically just a null modem that converts TTL signals to rs232 and vice versa. The parts listed below will allow you to hook your c64 to any usb port on a pc. Software on the PC side makes the “Strikelink” act as a virtual hayes modem at 2400 baud!

You’ll need a ch340g -> Serial/USB Device. You can find them on ebay for a few bucks. For 9600 baud, you’ll need to solder directly to the chip’s rts and cts lines, or find a ch340g -> usb with direct rts/cts out pins.

and this

Connect the TxD pin on the TTL Adapter to pins B and C on the User Port plug (RxD). Connect the RxD pin on the TTL adapter to pin M on the User Port plug (TxD). And connect the GND pin on the TTL adapter to pin N (Signal Ground) on the User Port plug. Install the driver, load up Leif Bloomquist’s BBS Server, and now you have a 2400 baud modem for $15 or less.

To add full 9600 baud capability

Add a wire from M to 5 on user port plug
Add a wire from B,C to 7 on user port plug
Attached a wire from L to 6 on the user port plug

Add the rts/cts lines to the ch340g from the user port (user port rts -> ch340g cts and user port cts -> ch340g rts)

Then use the UP9600 driver on Striketerm or CCGMS 2017

Use the instructions in the Connecting to C64 BBSes section on the left and look for the heading Using StrikeLink or other TTL/Serial Adapter/swiftlink/turbo232 (to use your PC as a virtual hayes modem)

Refer to for a diagram of the C64 User Port