CoCo on a chip

So that I don’t lose track of what I have done I am going to start posting the steps I’ve gone through to get my CoCo on a Chip working.

CoCo on a Chip is a re-implementation of the Tandy Color Computer 3 using a Terasic DE0 FPGA development board and a daughterboard for connecting peripherals. The project was created by Roger Taylor and is documented at http://www.cococommunity.net/how-to-build-your-own-coco-4/

So far I have put together all of the hardware and gotten the machine booting. Hardware setup and programming is best explained by the blog post http://subethasoftware.com/2017/03/19/getting-started-with-roger-taylors-coco-on-a-chip-fpga-coco-3/ and I followed those steps exactly.

At that point things get more difficult. You have a booting CoCo but no software. There is an SD card interface but currently the SD card must be formatted with a special format used for the DrivePak hardware that Roger created for actual Color Computer hardware.

At first I tried to use the bluetooth serial connection to connect a virtual drive using the CoCoNet server software (http://www.colorcomputer.net/downloads/CoCoNet2060.zip). I was able to get my PC to recognize the HC05 bluetooth module that is connected to the CoCo on a Chip but was unable to get a connection to the coconet software. This is something I need to explore further.

What finally worked was to download a disk image that Roger posted (http://www.cococommunity.net/downloads/sdpak_100216a.zip) and use win32diskimager to burn it to a 2GB SD card.

Now I am trying to figure out what software is in that image and how to use it. I’ll have future posts describing my adventures with this hardware.

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