Latest Projects From ctrl.alt.rees
YouTube Channel Powered By DIY Solar - The Tour!
Since August of last year I've been running this YouTube channel entirely on a DIY solar setup that I built. It consists of 480W of solar panels, a Renogy Rover 40A MPPT charge controller, 80Ah (1kWh) of LiFePO4 batteries, and an EcoFlow RIVER 2 PRO portable power station.
Jack Tramiel vs. IBM - The Atari PC Story
The story of Atari's CES 1987 PC launch and Jack Tramiel's personal beef with IBM and Apple. I also restore a rare Atari PC3 computer and see if it works!
Powering My Job (And My Channel) All Day With The EcoFlow RIVER 2 PRO
The EcoFlow RIVER 2 PRO is the big brother of the RIVER 2, which I reviewed back in November. This brand new portable power station offers 12V, USB A, USB C PD and a mains inverter. It can also be charged directly by solar. But is it a worthwhile upgrade from my RIVER 2? I hooked it up to my ongoing DIY solar system project to find out.
1962 Dansette Tempo Vintage Record Player Restoration - Modern Cartridge, Preamp And Service
The Dansette Tempo record player was made in 1962 by British hifi manufacturer Dansette, a division of J&A Margolin Ltd. This iconic vintage record player enabled teenagers of the 50s and 60s to listen to their very own records for the first time, and they were hugely popular. Mine, however, was in a bit of a sorry state, so I treated it to a restoration, including a modern cartridge upgrade and preamp, serviced the original mono valve / tube amplifier and gave it an overall service to help keep it running like clockwork for another 60 years.
Atari 2800 / Sears Video Arcade II Ultimate Atari video (UAV) Mod HOWTO
How to install The Brewing Academy's Ultimate Atari Video or UAV mod to add crisp, clean composite and s-video output to the rare Japanese Atari 2800 (and Sears Video Arcade II)
EPROM Device ID List
Here's a list of EPROM device IDs, as used in EPROM programming software such as XGPro. This is the most complete list I've come across and I struggled to find one, so it's presented here for reference just in case it's of any use to anyone.
The Panther - Atari's Cancelled Console
Atari's Panther was a cancelled 16-bit console designed to compete with the Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). It was designed around a Motorola 68000 CPU clocked at 16MHz and had 32K of RAM, a powerful custom 2D graphics chip, and sophisticated Ensoniq OTISR2 sound. It was officially cancelled in 1991 in favour of the Atari Jaguar.
MAKE_1MB (AKA MAKE1MEG) - An AUTO Utility Allowing Older Games To Run On A 4MB Atari ST By Faking The Available RAM
Having trouble getting some older games to run on an Atari ST upgraded to 4MB of RAM? You need this autobooting TSR utility.
Duke Nukem 3D & Shadow Warrior Preview Images From The Rise Of The Triad CD
Early beta preview screenshots of Duke Nukem 3D (6 months before release) and Shadow Warrior (1 year before release) taken from the PREVIEW folder of the Rise of the Triad retail CD.
Download Media Rack - Willow Pond's Legendary Classic Media Player For Windows 3.1 / 9x
Download the last ever release of Media Rack for Windows 3.1 / 9x. This is version 126.96.36.199 from May 22, 1997 and supports Windows 3.1 and 95. Just unzip and run SETUP.EXE.
My MMX 233 Windows 95 OSR2.5 Machine autoexec.bat and config.sys Files
Here are the config files from my MMX 233 system running Windows 95 OSR2.5 (or Windows 95C). This setup has proven to be highly compatible with DOS games and gives CD-ROM, SoundBlaster compatible sound and mouse support in DOS mode while leaving Windows 95 to do its thing.
Moto Racer PC Extra Track Downloads, Patches and Cheats
Downloads for Moto Racer, Delphine Software's 1997 Motorcycle Racing Game For PC.
Which DOS Version Is The Least Memory Hungry?
I boot every single version of DOS and check the free memory so you don't have to.
S3 ViRGE S3D Officially Supported Games And S3D Patch Downloads
Information on officially supported games on the S3D ViRGE graphics cards and downloads for official and unofficial patches.
The Pixelmusic 3000 Atari Video Music Clone
A small collection of info on the Pixelmusic 3000 by Uncommon Projects
Download PowerScanner Disk Image For Atari ST Matador Hand Scanners
Download the PowerScanner software for the Atari ST Matador 105 hand scanner.
RetroHQ Atari Jaguar GameDrive Flashcart - Getting Hold Of The Complete 100% Compatible ROMSet
The JaguarGD or Game Drive is a new flash cart for the Atari Jaguar developed by RetroHQ. In this post I'll show you how to find the correct set of unmodified ROMs to run on it, as well as the marquee files.
Mr. Driller Japanese Arcade Marquee Scans
Scans of the original Japanese arcade marquees from Mr. Driller.
Overclocking The IBM 5150's 8088 CPU With PC-SPRINT
Documenting PC-SPRINT, a plugin module for the IBM 5150 released as "open hardware" by Doug Severson in 1985
Atari ST 4K Wallpaper Downloads
Collection of wallpapers I have created from Atari ST screenshots, all available in glorious 4K resolution. All wallpapers are released under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.
All About The Roland SoundCanvas (SC-55 / SC-88 And More!)
A brief introduction to the Roland SoundCanvas MIDI devices, particuarly the SC-55 and SC-88 much loved by the retro gaming community.
List Of Software That Utilizes The Intel 8087 Math Co-Processor / FPU
Trying to compile a definitive list of software that utilizes the Intel 8087 coprocessor. Note that this will be periodically updated as I come across more software.
HOWTO - Run John Romero's SIGIL MegaWAD For DOOM On Original (486/MSDOS!) Hardware
Wondering how to run John Romero's new SIGIL MegaWAD for DOOM on a 486 running MS-DOS? Then this HOWTO is for you.
HOWTO - Nintendo Famicom Composite Video Output Mod
How to get a decent video output from your Nintendo Famicom with a handful of low cost simple components.
HOWTO - Atari 7800 Controller ST Compatibility Modification
How to modify the Atari 7800 control pad for use with the Atari ST (and older systems too!)
HOWTO - Atari 2600 / VCS Bezel Painting
Instructions for painting the Atari 2600 / VCS orange bezel.
Amstrad PC1512 Liberation Part 3 - The Prototype Video Liberator
Documenting my homemade Amstrad PC1512 video liberator prototype on perfboard.
HOWTO - NeXTStation Easy SCSI2SD Setup
Installing a SCSI2SD in your NeXTStation - a howto guide.
My Amstrad PC1512's Surprise Upgrades
Exploring some of the surprise upgrades I found in my ebay Amstrad PC1512!
Amstrad PC1512 Liberation Part 1 - Building An External Power Supply
Building an external power supply for the Amstrad PC1512 - a howto guide.