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Has anybody used TinyCore Linux to update a PC Engines APU board?

I received an APU board with the one bios release that broke OpenBSD. I'm trying to follow their directions to get to a boot state where I can run flashrom over a console interface.

Unfortunately, the version of TinyCore that PC Engines recommends isn't booting with console redirect, or something else is broken about TinyCore. Any ideas on forcing console redirect for TinyCore in this instance?

And their forum is down...

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@freakazoid @djsundog @kemonine Thanks for the tip on the tms9918a-based card. I was considering getting a video module but didn't want anything too "modern."

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Found this youtu.be/n0OwGSX2IiQ

A remix of the BBS documentary. Looking forward to watching the rest of it.

An interview I did with R.U. Sirius a few years back was linked to from HN and upon further investigation I found this was because someone posted The Guy I Almost Was (1998). It's a great comic and worth a read (or reread) if you've never seen it, electricsheepcomix.com/almostg

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hello everynyan!!

New XBAND news! Last time I announced anything, it was just that I had gotten a Genesis game playing over a local phone setup.
Today I'm announcing a public XBAND server that anyone can connect to. Gameplay over the internet is still laggy, but most of the other features are available for use.

If you aren't familiar with XBAND, it was an early network multiplayer service for the Genesis and Super Nintendo, letting you play in real-time with players across the country, all through a 2400 baud modem. It also had two newspapers, a way to exchange mail, a friends list, player rankings, and a few other community features.

Launched in 1994, it was completely reliant on servers that were shut down in 1997, but are now revived for 2020 and beyond. Since landlines are almost completely gone these days, we've come up with a few alternate ways you can use to connect, if you have an XBAND modem. We'd love to see you on the network!

Info on the Retrocomputing.Network site: https://retrocomputing.network
Announcement video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl1WqCEwpMU

These screenshots generated via the newspaper functionality in the XBAND OS.

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It took me three years of off-and-on assembly and troubleshooting but today my RC2014 boots!

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There's booting from a floppy and then there's booting from vinyl

So we know it's possible to build records from the pre-microprocessor days so if at any point distributing software for something like #CollapseOS (or maybe the OS itself) becomes an issue, it's possible to cover some bases with a 45 RPM 10" record

I'm sure the EPROM can be replaced with hardwired functionality

This specific example has a #FreeDOS kernel

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The Matrix would have been 100% successful if it had used cows instead of humans

Is there a cli application on Linux that displays realtime election results? You know, something that I can display on a terminal. It would be nicer than loading a webpage.

Got an awesome multimeter with a nixie tube display. Appears it was a heath kit that Devry students would assemble as part of a course back in the '70s.

@joeo10 Not too hard, this is technically a Master System build because Collapse OS mainly targets 8-bit Z80-based machines, but the Genesis has all the Master System hardware built into it for backwards compatibility.

The code repo has some basic steps for doing the build and quite a bit of dev notes, but I still found myself having trouble as I didn't know the prereqs to perform the build and had a few false starts with the flash cart. Then, trying to figure out enough Forth to hello world :P

@natalie That sounds really awesome! I personally can't take any credit for Collapse OS, I just managed to get it to build using existing-if-not-well-documented makefiles and it appears someone did at least come up with a keyboard adapter that I believe bit-bangs over the controller port, git.sr.ht/~vdupras/collapseos/

I like your bigger picture, and it sounds like it would be fun to play with!

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