ZX Spectrum Bare Metal

I recently came across this post and thought I would give this a try on one of my spare Raspberry Pi Zeros. A Sinclair ZX Spectrum bare metal emulator that opens almost instantly.

First I went to zxbaremulator and downloaded the images for different raspberry pi models.

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To get this to work, the instruction suggesting copying the all files zip download onto a new formatted fat32 micro sd card or using an image supposed to work on pi 2 & 3’s.

I downloaded etcher.io and copied the relevant pi 2/3 image onto the micro sd card.

I signed up to a website called the oldcomputer.com where you can download back up

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copies of any ROMS you own. You can download various tap and tzx files used by spectrums. As the instruction’s suggested, I copied these onto the root of the sd card and raspberry pi image. I then inserted into the pi and turned on. The pi booted straight into the spectrum emulator. I pressed F1 to select any game rom files but none were shown on the screen. I tried the raspberry pi 2,3  image and copied this onto the micro sd card and tried again but the pi zero would not boot. One final attempt, I tried downloading a Raspbian image. Then renamed the kernel7.img file to kernel7.img.old and copied the all files zip onto the micro sd card. Again no boot.

I suspected the image did not like my pi zero so I tried a new raspberry pi 3 b+. installed Raspbian onto the micro sd card, kernel7.img file to kernel7.img.old and copied the all files zip onto the micro sd card. Copied some tap and tzx files across and this work first time.

It took me a while to work out keyboard controls on a standard UK PC keyboard but this worked for me:

F1 to load the game selection screen. Choose your game and press select then Escape. This takes you back to the home screen. Then press J to type the LOAD command and then Control+P twice to insert the speech marks “”.

The game takes a short while to load and looks like its loading from a tape cassette. I tried chuckie egg for a test. Because i’m using a PC keyboard I tried to remap the maps in the game to the arrow buttons on my keyboard but this didn’t work. In the end I found that using QA,N,M and space worked well for me.

 

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PHOTO-2019-06-03-17-20-12PHOTO-2019-06-03-17-20-23Sunday 2nd June, its time for the Tenacious D concert at the Wembley Arena. Last time these guys were in the UK, we missed it but this time Debbie got me a ticket as a present.

It was a bit busy in Wembley as there was a BTS concert at the same time at the Stadium.

Tenacious D were great. They did their Post apocalypto set, and old favourites.

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Silent Pool & Martha’s Hill Walk

We left home at 5.0o am this morning so that we could complete a walk and still get back to the Bank Holiday Taplow Car Boot Sale at 9.00 am.

We arrived at the Silent Hill car park around 5.50am and started climbing the first hill. After 200m, sadly, Debbie had to return to the car as her foot was hurting so I continued with the dog. This is a 6 mile circular route that starts and finishes in the same car park. I managed to get back at 8.00am.

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Suicide Cyclist hits side of car at night, no lights, wearing a hoodie!

This is sadly a common sight now in Slough. The Police seem to not care whether cyclists have lights or not or the manner of their cycling. I am a cyclist, pedestrian and motorist and can appreciate issues from all sides but this guy does cyclists no favours at all.

Progress so far

Time to check my progress so far this year since New Years Day:

Still a vegetarian after 3 months.

January Steps: 348988

February Steps: 306344

March Steps: 413875

Total steps so far this year = 1,069207

I’m now on week 12 of 14 of my 14 week 10K running program and haven’t missed a day yet.

Started my new job/career as a Senior IT Technician in January, still loving it and they haven’t sacked me yet so hopefully this is a good sign.

What target to set myself next?