[Coco] The evolution of the Coco..
6809er at etechwds.com
Sat Apr 23 11:57:19 EDT 2005
Nick, As for the Idea, fine it's your idea. (Though it's the same idea
that Allen and I have been talking about for the past few years.)
The part of your Idea of reprogramming the BIOS, I have a few problems with...
1) The BIOS ROMS are small on most motherboards and could not hold the
extra code for emulator, let alone the drivers for printers and other devices.
2) Only one model of motherboard could be use. I'm assuming your are not
going to rewrite the BIOS for every motherboard Chip Set out there. What
happen when the version 2 of the motherboard comes or they some making
it? The life span of a motherboard is less than a year these days.
3) Who are you going to get to reverse-engineer the BIOS? The the biggest
question of all!
No Nick, this is too much work just to have a CoCo4 start running instantly.
So the my design of a PC with Cloud-9's Compact Flash IDE interface will
take a few seconds to boot, it's still less time it takes for the Monitor
to warm up.
Your Comment about boot from a flash IDE...
This would open the door to a myriad of other emulations such as a
Commodore's and Atari's. Just insert the flash ram personality module!
Unfortunately, now it starts to lose it's identity as being uniquely CoCo
and more of a generic emulation platform. Maybe I'm being too CoCo religious.
Why worry about this? After all, this is a grass root system that no one is
going to make any money off.
Let us keep it simple and put the work into a better and expanded emulator.
As for the operating system to use, my vote goes to windows XP Pro. It's
rock solid OS. I have not had a crash in over two years. (I can't say the
same about my Linux systems.) Best of all, every new hardware product these
days has drivers for Window XP. Yes, I know, I would have to use a hard
drive with XP. But is that truly a problem?
As for rebooting, you reboot the CoCo run under the emulator, not the PC.
I know I'm going to a lots of email on that because many of you don't like
Microsoft, but ...
Even Steve Jobs had to "get over it" and make his Apple iPod work with
windows to boost market share.
And you are running Microsoft Basic in your CoCo.
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