[Coco] yet another drivewire4 beta version
aawolfe at gmail.com
Thu Jul 22 05:41:51 EDT 2010
I put up another update tonight. This fixes a couple bugs, adds
detailed logging of MIDI events (needed it to fix one of the bugs),
and removes the boot disks from the package. I realized that the disks
included in the previous beta package did not include the updated
modules that provide faster virtual serial output.
The beta is now set to boot directly from the latest nightly NitrOS9
disks so special disks are not needed. By default it will use the
6809 CoCo3 version, but there are disk sets preconfigured for coco
1/2, 6309 coco3, and Gary Becker's Coco3FPGA. If you're using
DriveWire with MESS, still have to make you own disks or use the one I
have on the beta web site. Maybe I can add a MESS disk to the nightly
builds at some point. If you are using DW on a server that does not
have internet access, or if you want to use your own boot disk, its
easy to configure DW to use that instead.
On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 12:53 AM, Aaron Wolfe <aawolfe at gmail.com> wrote:
> Available here: http://sites.google.com/site/drivewire4/beta
> This version improves MIDI performance quite a bit. You can play
> simple files directly off a DW disk and back out the bitbanger as
> MIDI. More complex songs (pretty much any cmf0 file) will still
> require that the file is on a local disk or in memory to play well.
> I've tweaked the synthesizer translation profiles to help songs
> arranged for the Yamaha PSS480 and a couple Casios sound better when
> played on GM devices, and you can switch profiles in real time now, no
> need to restart the song to catch the initial instrument assignments.
> A nice side effect of the performance changes are that latency in
> telnet and internet BBSing is reduced as well.
> I've also switched the disk cache to use a dynamic array, so memory
> use should be much improved and loading larger disk images is
> possible. I've added memory usage information to the "dw s s" command
> so you can get an idea of how much we're using. If you need more than
> your platform provides by default, you can allocate additional ram to
> the DW server on the command line as so:
> java -Xmx512m -jar DriveWire.jar
> This would grant 512MB to DriveWire. the default is 256MB on most
> systems, although its only 128MB on my debian linux dev box.
> There are a few other little improvements here and there. As always,
> just let me know if it blows up your computer or causes hair loss.
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