blueMSX 2.3

by mars2000you on 18-06-2005, 18:46
Topic: Emulation
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A new version of the popular MSX emulator for Windows called blueMSX has just been released. Main improvements concern printer support and the debugger.

Improvements related to printer support:

  • MSX printer and Epson FX-80 printer are emulated
  • MSX Printer output can be written to a text file
  • The printer port can be used as sound device (SiMPL/Covox DAC)

Improvements related to the debugger:

  • Added symbol file support in debugger (tniASM, asMSX, ...)
  • Symbols can be shown/hidden in the disassembly window
  • Symbol names can be used to look up an address in the memory window
  • Added stack window
  • Added 'step into' feature
  • Added 'step out' feature
  • Added more options to enable/disable breakpoints
  • Added a goto dialog to jump to a specific address or symbol in the disassembly window
  • Made visible memory writable in debugger
  • Added support for asMSX DEBUG command (shown in trace logger window)
  • Added support for BiFi's BREAKPOINT command (set bp from assembler)
  • Fixed hotkey handling in debugger

Apart from these changes related to printer emulations and the debugger, the following things were changed in this new release:

  • Added German and Polish languages
  • Updated Italian language support
  • Updated C-BIOS machines to version 0.21
  • Corrected the Brazilian MSX1 and MSX2 machines (1 physical drive and 2 logical drives)
  • Improved MSX-MUSIC support by implementing Mitsutaka Okazaki's new YM2413 core
  • Added FDC Audio samples
  • Added support for Tetris 2 special edition copyright protection dongle
  • Added keyboard lock handle for Japanese function keys
  • Corrected frequency of MSX-AUDIO (runs now at 50 Khz)
  • Corrected noise support in the ColecoVision console
  • Fixed Hq2x and Hq3x palette bug
  • Fixed VDP horizontal scroll bug (Tetris 2 special edition)
  • Fixed VDP addressing bug (F-Nano 2)
  • Fixed sprite collision detection bug
  • Fixed screen 2 addressing bug
  • Fixed bug that made joystick config to resets to NONE after reboot
  • Fixed bug related to subdirectory when running on read only media

With all these updates, it looks like blueMSX is to increase its lead in the MSX Emulator Comparison, which will be updated in the near future.

Relevant link: blueMSX website

Comments (24)

By Vampier

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18-06-2005, 19:00

With all these updates, it looks like blueMSX is to increase its lead in the MSX Emulator Comparison, which will be updated in the near future.

With the release of openMSX 0.5.2 soon I wouldn't be so sure yet Smile

btw you forgot to mention the 199 cheats Big smile

By ARTRAG

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18-06-2005, 20:02

Actually I can ear very loud a noise due to the floppy disk controller !!
This isn't a very nice feature !!
Can I disable it ?

By mars2000you

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18-06-2005, 20:05

You can disable it in the Options/Sound menu.

By pitpan

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18-06-2005, 20:11

Cool!

By dvik

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18-06-2005, 20:15

It is a pretty cool feature but I have it turned off too Smile

By Bart

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18-06-2005, 20:26

Woohooo Smile Great news!

By flyguille

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18-06-2005, 20:44

and when will be the emulation of the "this cassete-game don't loads every time that comes friends at home".? Smile

By mars2000you

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18-06-2005, 20:50

A randomly feature ? :wink

By dvik

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18-06-2005, 20:53

We'll add support for a new cassette database probably in next version (or the one after depending on timing) and in that database there is an info field you can use for this type of info Wink

By NYYRIKKI

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19-06-2005, 10:30

FDC controller sound!!! Cooool!!! I had to update right away. I have asked this feature, but I had no glue, how important feature this was emotionally until I heard it.

First time I actually felt for a second, that I'm using real MSX and not PC+emulator! Also loading times now feel much more natural and not just "why it is hanging". I'm definately not going to disable this feature!

Hope, that in future we can hear head movement a bit better.

By dvik

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19-06-2005, 11:06

I actually had a little bit of problem to make a good sample so if someone have good recording equipment it would be great if I could get a sample of when you type 'files' in basic or 'dir' in dos. Then I can cut it up in the pieces I need.

I actually would like samples from different kind of FDC's so if someone can help it would be great !

By flyguille

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19-06-2005, 19:57

there must be 4 sound's stages

3 head starting moving
1 head moving (as long as # tracks moved)
2 head sopping
4 writing/reading interference sound

and the sounds are different for 3 1/2 than 5 1/4

I not knows the others, but atleast I can identify when the MSX hungs just listening the diskdrive.

By Samor

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20-06-2005, 10:58

Yeah, no offence as I like the feature, but it sounds a little like a flushed toilet now ^^;

I'll see if I can record some; I happen to have a bad loading Greatest Driver disk, so I can record the drive hanging too ;p
(note, it still works, but barely)

By sjoerd

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20-06-2005, 13:13

What is a BiFi BREAKPOINT command?

By Samor

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20-06-2005, 13:48

dunno, but if I take the funny interpretation, it sounds like a command to take a break and eat a sausage.
Wink

By dvik

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20-06-2005, 18:12

It would be great if someone could make some better FDC samples.

The breakpoint command is a way to set breakpoints in the debugger from assembly code. More information will come in a week or so.

By iamweasel2

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22-06-2005, 05:49

Hmmm, are the samples appended to the executable file? I can record some samples here with files in different positions in the disk, but it would be nice to be able to replace the samples being used in blueMSX to try the new ones.

By dvik

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22-06-2005, 10:01

Yes they are embedded in the executable. Its using two samples, one motor on loop and one read loop. If you want I can cut the samples and add them to the emulator.

FYI, the samples are stored as 44.1kHz (I think) 16 bit raw data in the file Src/IoDevice/FdcAudio.c.

By dvik

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22-06-2005, 10:02

I could add some interface to be able to use external files too if you think it would be useful.

By dvik

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22-06-2005, 10:04

( Would be nice with an edit feature in forum replies )

The easiest I guess is to try to load two files from the same directory as blueMSX.exe is located. I'll see what I can do.

By dvik

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22-06-2005, 10:17

If you want to listen to the two samples I have now you can find them at:

http://www.bluemsx.com/read.wav
http://www.bluemsx.com/motor.wav

As you'll hear it would be very nice to get new ones ;)

By iamweasel2

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22-06-2005, 14:40

dvik,

Yes, it would be nice to have the option to load a different sample file to use with BlueMSX. It wouldn't hurt regular users because they would be using the default sample already present in the executable file. Only people who likes to try new samples would use that function.

If you make available a version that can reads samples stored on disk, it will make easier to record some samples, test them, and when we feel confortable with them, send it to you. Once you make available this version that loads samples, I'll bring my MSX to my desk and make him "sing". ;-)

By dvik

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22-06-2005, 21:28

iamweasel,

If you send me a mail, I'll send a link to a version of the emulator that reads the sampes from a file.

By mars2000you

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25-06-2005, 23:15

blueMSX 2.3.1 is available !!!!

Some additions to the debugger and bugfixes.