Live Robot Hack Session
DJ Sures
Synthiam

Hacking decision... C64 or Fairchild Channel F?

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I know... I know... DJ's hacking more game consoles again? Yup! I do love robots as much as you, but I also love distractions. And one of those distractions is playing retro games. The trouble is, the cartridges are expensive! Way more expensive than the respective game consoles. So I end up hacking the console with Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Retro Pi. This means a lot of programming, soldering, reverse engineering old schematics, etc..

Tonight's hack will be a fairchild channel F. Inside will be a raspberry pi running Retro Pie with a few Arduino Micro's emulating the physical hardware (i.e. joystick, keyboard, console buttons, etc).

You can get the source code here: https://github.com/DJSures/FreeChaF

#9  
mind blowing,  how many games were made for the Fairchild and were they all emulated.  I remember when all my games were on floppies real floppies not floppy disks. I would go to Computer Fairs and Vendors would have racks of floppies filled with games and apps.  and then I got the  C64.  Ah the good old days.
Synthiam
#10  
There’s 25 cartridges, I believe is the count. The emulators will emulate the hardware, so all that’s needed is a copy of the rom from the cartridges. The emulators break the hardware down per chip that does either I/o, instructions or ram. Something like the Fairchild is a great emulator to learn how they’re written, because it’s not as complicated as an x86 emulator would be (for example)

I really enjoyed the distraction of building this system
Synthiam
#11  
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My collection of hacked consoles:D
#12  
Wow That is quite the collection,  My commodore 64 and the first computer I built from a kit and several other units that I was keeping were all lost in a fire. I am glad you are keeping these game consoles alive.
Synthiam
#13  
@DJ's collection brings a tear to my eye, happy tears!xD
#14  
I never experienced the Commodore 64 as my Neighbors were females and they got the commodore vic 20 instead, I was always there playing the games, and there were tons of games! I totally understand the nostalgia of re-living these old fashion games as they did not have todays advanced graphics so what they did was make the actual gameplay really hard to beat! I still remember getting into the million of points on astrosmash(Intellivision) Unbelievable speed at Spacehawk(Intellivision)  These games would never be beaten just get faster and faster! Space Spartans, Tron deadly disks,I defeated the dreaded red dudes and white dudes with electro spears ,Man kids today don't even understand how fast our reaction time grew with these old games! I am so glad to see people like DJ that still understand how cool they were.