Menu Extension

Marcel has also secured permission from Jochen Merz to release version 7.66 of the Menu Extension file, menu_rext, needed to run some pointer driven programs. This is not the highest version number available – there is a version 8, although that’s meant to be only for QPC2 users.

Marcel says that this is the latest version he has access to sources for, but should later general versions come ot light he will do a follow up of this release.

Download menu_rext from https://www.kilgus.net/2017/01/25/new-qpc2-disa-and-more/

ATR Device Drivers

The ATR device drivers allow the use of a device driver able to read Atari and DOS/Windows floppy disks via a device called ATR – e.g. DIR ATR1_ or DIR ATR2_ plus however many drives are supported by the interface in question.

Originally written by Jochen Hassler and available through various German dealers, the ATR drivers are now on free release following permission given by the author to Marcel Kilgus.

The package includes code for various QL disk systems, including Sandy, Trump Card, QFLP, Atari, CST, Cumana and Medic. Comes with a German help file plus a machine translated English version in need of some tidying up (any volunteers?)

Download the ATR package from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/tk/index.html

SMSQ/E Manuals

Version 1.04 of the SMSQ/E (SBASIC) manual is now available. It consists of sections on the separate installations of SMSQ/E (Aurora, QPC, Q40, Gold Card…) and has been updated to include documentation on the Recent thing, ALPHA_BLEND keywords and Aurora installations.

Download the manual or read it online from the eBooks page on my website at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/docs/ebooks/index.html

The online version is at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/docs/ebooks/smsqe/SMSQE_A4.htm (note that the online version is simply saved as filtered html from the original Word document so may suffer some formatting issues and of course page number references are meaningless)

SMSQ/E v3.29

SMSQ/E now stands at version 3.29 and is available to download from Wolfgang Lenerz’s SMSQ/E Registrar pages at http://www.wlenerz.com/smsqe/

Don’t forget that you can download both the sources and binaries for all official platforms from that page.

Recent changes include:

v3.27

Maximum string array size is 32766, not 32767.

v3.28

index of string_length +1 in string slicing before the TO no longer accepted i.e. you can no longer do something like a$(5 TO 4)
FSEND_EVENT function added.
SMSQmulator : JVA_VER$ etc added, better stipple handling, copy QL screen.

v3.29

dmedium_drive$ fixed.
INPUT buffer is limited to max string length (32K -2).

QPC2 v4.05

Marcel has also released version 4.05 of the QPC2 emulator, a bug fix release which includes SMSQ/E v3.28.

This release, in addition to the usual fixed resolutions for the emulator window size, features an option to use the maximum available resolution in the startup configuration window (at the top of the list of fixed resolution selections).

Marcel has also implemented IOF.LOAD and IOF.SAVE in the IP driver, along with fixing a few errors in the IP driver itself. He has also fixed setting of file dates in the DOS device, and fixed the KEYROW value of left Ctrl key in the Windows keyboard driver of QPC2.

Download QPC2 v4.05 and the latest manual revision 4.02 from Marcel’s site at https://www.kilgus.net/qpc/downloads/

DISA 3

Marcel Kilgus has secured permission from software author Jochen Hassler to release the DISA pointer driven disassembler program as freeware.

Marcel has released version 3.04, the last official version released by Jochen Hassler in 1999, and also released version 3.05, a version Marcel himself adapted for high colour systems back in 2003.

Sadly, we are lacking a manual for version 3 of DISA, so we did the next best thing by making available DISA v2 and a manual for that version kindly provided by Norman Dunbar.

Download versions 3.04 and 3.05 from Marcel’s website at https://www.kilgus.net/2017/01/25/new-qpc2-disa-and-more/

And get version 2.01 and the manual from the Assembler programs page on my website at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/asm/index.html

USB Mouse For SuperQBoard

Marcel Kilgus, better known for his software projects with QPC and SMSQ/E, has turned hardware tinkerer with this project to allow a USB mouse to be used with a SuperQBoard interface.

Marcel found the “New MKIV Amiga/Atari USB mouse adapter” for about 16€ plus postage. Atari mice are generally the type used for the QL, too, so Marcel just went ahead and bought it.

The first tests a few days later weren’t that encouraging, nothing worked at all. So he had a look at the schematics of the SuperQBoard and found out that although electronically it’s Atari/QIMI compatible, it used a completely different pin layout.

Have a look at his article on his blog at https://www.kilgus.net/2017/01/30/of-mice-and-men-but-mostly-mice/ for details of how he rewired the mouse to work with this interface.