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Re: [N8VEM-S100:5874] Re: S100 Board anomalies

David —

Thanks for the tips. I will look at the ROM later today. That’s probably it since it works fine.

On the RTC, that’s an interesting thread. I guess it makes sense to ship the chip essentially “off”. I’ll have to look at the time setting code in the 8086 monitor, though, to see if it actually enables the clock or not. Otherwise I’ll grab the z-rtc program and give that a try.



Rich Cini
Collector of Classic Computers
Build Master and lead engineer, Altair32 Emulator

From: David Fry <dgf...@googlemail.com>
Reply-To: S100-Post <n8vem...@googlegroups.com>
Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 3:46 AM
To: S100-Post <n8vem...@googlegroups.com>
Subject: [N8VEM-S100:5874] Re: S100 Board anomalies

Hi Rich,
I can probably answer two of your problems,
the memory map showing a '.' in the prom area is probably where the memory map routine samples a memory value and the value sampled turns out to be FFH, I've just completed my 80386 board and have been chasing my tail all last evening on the same issue where that also prints two '.'s in the prom area.
Open your  Z80 v4.8 monitor in your programmer software or hex editor and look at memory location 0F00H which would correspond to EF00H in your memory map,
I guessing it will be an FFH. you can confirm this behaviour by examining the monitor code for memory map generation.
I use Z80 monitor version 5.02 and that one displays the memory map fine as it doesnt contain FFH in the sampled locations.
With regard to your Real Time clock not working, the RTC chips are shipped with the internal register set to stop clock, view the following thread, particularly Gary's last post to figure out how to start the clock
hope this helps
David Fry
On Sunday, December 21, 2014 2:56:14 AM UTC, AltairManRich wrote:
All —

I was playing around, again, with my Z80/8088/PropIO/4MB/PC-AT board set and I still really can’t get it working properly. I have gone over the boards and I’m pretty sure that there aren’t any soldering issues. I’ve also re-flashed the ROMs just in case. Z80 version is 4.8. 8086 version is 10.33a. I will say that I’ve never had a problem with the Z80 board in my old configuration of a legacy 8-bit serial card and CompuPro 64k RAM board.

Here are some of the oddities I’m seeing:
  • When doing a memory map from the Z80, the ROM is shown as all “p” except for the xxFx address which is a “.”. For RAM, it does show “R”. It doesn’t matter where I locate the ROM. So…
D000 R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R
E000 p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p .
F000 R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R
  • In the 8086 monitor, if I use the “R” command, it goes into lala land when printing the flags, printing a continuous stream of “0” after half of the flags are printed
  • In the 8086 monitor, if I use the “A” memory map command, I get something that looks like a map, but I get addresses like 00000,00000,80000,C0000 and then each line is a mix of R and p. Finally it goes into lala land at the end, continuously printing spaces.
  • The RTC on the MSDOS board will not store the date/time and it returns garbage when using the monitor commands which read them. I’ve swapped the chip and the battery is installed. As an example time “25:06:00” and date "20<7/26/14”. It appears that the clock isn’t running and can’t be set.
I reduced the system to the PropIO, 4mb RAM and Z80 card so I could test the RAM (at least the first 1mb) using a combination of the N and J commands. It reported bad memory in each segment in the E000-EFFF range. This corresponds to where my monitor resides in the first 64k, so maybe this is expected behavior. No other memory errors were reported. I’d have to say that the first 1MB is probably OK

So that leaves the 8088 or MSDOS boards as being the problem. Since the monitor anomalies occur without the MSDOS board, it has to be a problem with the CPU card.

John, by chance do you have one of the 8086 cards for sale?  Maybe I’ll start from scratch using the 8086 card.


Rich Cini
Collector of Classic Computers
Build Master and lead engineer, Altair32 Emulator

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