Third Party Disk Drives for the C64: The “Technica”

I have previously analyzed the ROM images of some third party disk drives for the Commodore 64: The result was that most of them were just using the original binaries with some obfuscation, and some with some added features. This time, let’s look at another drive, the “Technica”, which is a little special in this regard. read more

Reconstructing the GEOS 2.0 (de) Master Images from a Pile of Broken Disks

I have this pile of broken GEOS disks that were sent in for replacements. In two previous articles (1, 2), I explored the reasons why the disks broke. Now let’s be constructive: Can we reconstruct the original bits by combining the correct parts? This article shows how it is possible with the help of a small tool that combines the good parts of several broken disk images. read more

A GEOS Speed Zone Bug? (Why Do C64 GEOS Boot Disks Break, Part 2)

I happened to come across 50 original German GEOS 2.0 disks that were broken and sent in for replacement. In the first part, I covered the disks that were broken probably due to user error. Now let’s look at the read errors on the remaining disks. As it turns out, there might be a bug in GEOS that caused the boot disks to break! read more

Converting the “Competition Pro Extra USB” to C64/Amiga/Atari DB9

The new Speedlink Competition Pro Extra USB joystick has all the phsical properties and the excellent switches of the original Competition Pro, but comes with a USB interface. While this is great for use with The64 Mini for example, this joystick can be easily converted into an old-school DB9 joystick to work with Commodore, Amiga and Atari computers and consoles – without giving up the USB interface! read more