[Coco] Coco3 backwards compatibility
gene.heskett at verizon.net
Wed Oct 25 09:11:23 EDT 2006
On Wednesday 25 October 2006 08:30, jdaggett at gate.net wrote:
>Actually the pointer to the secondary vectors are hard coded into ROM and
> not in the GIME or the SAM Chip. In fact for the SAM chip, any address
> that is from $FFE0 to $FFFF will read from the ROM. I would imagine that
> the same would be true of the GIME chip in this case.
>The interesting thing is that the GIME chip can have the 256 byte page
> from $FE00 to $FEFF as either RAM or ROM.
Thanks for the correction, James. My memory gets hazy when its not
refreshed in such details from time to time. I think they call that
>On 24 Oct 2006 at 23:49, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> On Tuesday 24 October 2006 23:32, William Astle wrote:
>> >Robert Gault wrote:
>> >> The game was made to run on a Coco3 by limiting the data transfer to
>> >> an upper value of $FEED; protecting the secondary interrupt vectors.
>> >You know, I think they chose that precise location for the secondary
>> >vector table because the hex value is such a nice one to remember.
>> > I've always been struck by that. Of course, it just works out that
>> > way if you start at the top of the reserved page.
>> >Given what I know about programmer types, however, I'd almost wager it
>> >was intentional. And if it wasn't, they probably went around telling
>> >everyone it was...
>> I believe it was intentional, but dictated by the fact that the last
>> few upper bytes of memory are ram regardless of the mapping of the rest
>> of the space above $7FFF. This is hard coded into the gime, and the
>> rest of the coco and coco2 sam chips. I've seen references to that,
>> but cannot now quote where I read them.
>> >William Astle
>> >finger lost at l-w.ca for further information
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