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by mahjongg
Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: How many ZX81 clones are out there??
Replies: 6
Views: 2418

Re: How many ZX81 clones are out there??

You are right, the didaktik M is a spectrum clone, not a ZX80 or ZX8 clone, in the didaktik series there is no ZX81 clone. the best, most complete, "list" I could find about ZX81 clones is in the Czechoslovakian wikipedia page here: https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klony_po%C4%8D%C3%ADta%C4%8D%C5%AF_ZX...
by mahjongg
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: How many ZX81 clones are out there??
Replies: 6
Views: 2418

Re: How many ZX81 clones are out there??

by the way, the very first clone of a ZX-class Sinclair computer was the MicroAce which came out in the USA just months after the ZX80 was launched in the UK, and was clearly a direct copy of the ZX80, even including the original ROM, it later became licensed, but originally it was simply a pirated ...
by mahjongg
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: ZX80 not responding to tape input
Replies: 14
Views: 1996

Re: ZX80 not responding to tape input

old cassette players gave out a lot more volume than sound cards of PC do.
Try to output as much signal as possible (try finding mixer options that limit the output level).
My clone has a special input circuit to compensate for the expected lower input level.
by mahjongg
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:26 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: How many ZX81 clones are out there??
Replies: 6
Views: 2418

Re: How many ZX81 clones are out there??

a few more, two from the east block, one from china: didactic from Czechoslovakia. P.S. This is actually a spectrum clone, look closely at the top row of keys and you can just make out it lists colours. Didactic ZX81 clone.jpg CZ 1500plus, also from Czechoslovaki. CZ 1500plus in Box.jpg laser 110, f...
by mahjongg
Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Mr-X Soundcard
Replies: 63
Views: 14418

Re: Mr-X Soundcard

Here is the finished and optimized PCB Layout of the PSG expansion board for my ZX81+35:
Layout sound expansion.PNG
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by mahjongg
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Mr-X Soundcard
Replies: 63
Views: 14418

Re: Mr-X Soundcard

after a long layout session on the ZX81+35, with which I corrected an error in the expansion port layout I have continued with the schematic and layout of the PSG expansion board for my ZX81 clone:
this is the current schematic:
PSG_for_ZX81+35_REV_2.0.png
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by mahjongg
Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: ZX81+35 Clone
Replies: 228
Views: 37141

Re: ZX81+35 Clone

ZX81+35 revision 4.0 layout is finished. Still have to solve the image stability when running in turbo mode, (another issue, AFAIK the only one remaining) but I have some ideas for a fix. Also, I will now return to work on the PSG board, with a correct edge connector orientation. This is the new lay...
by mahjongg
Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:02 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: ZX81+35 Clone
Replies: 228
Views: 37141

Re: ZX81+35 Clone

this project was delayed when I found out a mistake in my original ZX81+35 design, in that the edge connector was mirrored when I transposed the edge connector from the top of the PCB to the left side I made a mistake, and pin 1 should be on the bottom (toward the keyboard) but its at the top, So I ...
by mahjongg
Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: ZX81+35 Clone
Replies: 228
Views: 37141

Re: ZX81 Clone

So here its is, a redesign adding multiple PSG board support, and also support for use with other boards that use address lines as (active low) "chip selects" on A4, A5 or A6. PSG for ZX81+35 REV 1.5.png Note; I also implemented a "audio interconnect" header to mix sound from the second board with t...
by mahjongg
Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Mr-X Soundcard
Replies: 63
Views: 14418

Re: Mr-X Soundcard

Further design implementations of the ZON-X compatible PSG for my clone the ZX81+35 you can find in my main ZX81+35 thread.