CAD (1985)(Voltmace)

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CAD (1985)(Voltmace)

Post by sixxie » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:42 am

Program dated 1984, tape dated 1985

Requires the Voltmace interface, I think, hence the FC ERRORs
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Re: CAD (1985)(Voltmace)

Post by robcfg » Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:35 am

This is interesting!

It seems we don’t have any information on the Voltmace interface in our wiki. Can someone shed some light about it?

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Re: CAD (1985)(Voltmace)

Post by .mad. » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:22 pm

Page 12 in this magazine shows a picture...
Delta14b (14 button) Handset/Joystick

http://www.colorcomputerarchive.com/coc ... 201985.pdf

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Re: CAD (1985)(Voltmace)

Post by robcfg » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:45 pm

That’s great, thank you!

It would be nice to know how the interface works.

I suspect that it’s just sending the joystick signals through the external lead and maybe making the buttons appear as keypresses, which would make cad32 work with a regular joystick and the keyboard.

Of course they could just use another i/o port for the keypresses so that you need the interface...

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Re: CAD (1985)(Voltmace)

Post by sixxie » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:00 pm

Pretty sure it must map some new IO, as the BASIC programs PEEK an address for their input...

I don't have one though - and I don't really remember how I got this tape!

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Re: CAD (1985)(Voltmace)

Post by bluearcus » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:15 am

Uses a 6821 to interface the 14B multibutton voltmace joystick...

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dragon3 ... 985205629/

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