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  1. This has already been brought up, and the technical reasons why it can’t be done have been throughly broken down. This isn’t going to happen and the design is set. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Ok, this is a violation and we are going to have to remove it for several reasons. The first is that the KERNAL and BASIC are proprietary code and as such any software that contains that proprietary code in whole or part is not allowed. Secondly, must such software should leave the ROMs untouched and instead load from the SD card. You don't add custom software to most BIOS systems and likewise you shouldn't indiscriminately add code to the OS ROM unless it provides real world functionality without breaking compatibility. As a whole we are not interested in micromanaging what users can and cannot do, so long as it doesn't introduce legal or ethical issues. We simply cannot allow users to distribute or alter the code we are licensing from Cloanto or Microsoft or any other entities. Before you include any code in your projects make sure you check and understand the license agreement to see what you are or are not permitted to do. Never assume that something is open source unless explicitly stated. Making custom ROMs as a rule is allowed. So long as it doesn't violate any license agreements. However some custom ROMs may overall be harmful to the community if they break compatibility, or if they risk hardlocking the physical system.
  3. We are not releasing schematics until after product release. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Well I’m not opposed to having it in ROM and to a large part I agree with certain parts of the program. It relying on the KERNAL under the conditions that it doesn’t create redundant code. For example the screen draw routines may as well be the KERNAL ones and if you are testing the IEC bus you might as well be using the integrated routines to do so. Likewise if you are reading the PS/2 keyboard or mouse the KERNAL routines should be used. If you are testing certain things in a way that differs from the normal methods then you would write your own routines. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. There is not and we would very much welcome one. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. If the Pi has 5v tolerant IO it will work directly. If they are 3.3v only then you will need to use transceivers to shift the voltage. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Ok. I guess I did misunderstand the question. Sorry if I confused or mislead. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. You can add any custom layout via the SD card. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I don’t know if Frank has seen this or not but in the conversations about why the specific one was choosen, a couple big items. It was chosen because it is low cost with a large amount of RAM in it. If you look at most FPGAs that have large RAM they are almost always big expensive FPGAs. In the same product line there was another FPGA that had double the RAM but it was way more costly and was a BGA chip which would require outside manufacturing to assemble. This is bad for low volume test modules which are needed to even develop the system and none of us have the capability to handle those in house. Needless to say the VERA we have designed now is what we are sticking with. Limitations and all. It is for programmers to work with the systems limitations and either adjust the design to fit, or figure out clever tricks to work around them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. That’s not really possible as that’s not how the vERA works. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Yuck. There are reasons laptop form factor won out because it accomplishes those goals more elegantly. But that’s not part of our project goals. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I’m gonna so no it’s not useful or attractive. The team is not seriously considering that route. Especially as it does not reduce the footprint. Necessity is the mother of invention. Here there is no necessity to reduce the height. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. The case is already less high. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Splitting the options especially during startup is expensive. Even if a smaller case was used it does nothing unless the board is smaller too. So now you are talking two versions of the board. Making more variations is always more expensive as a whole. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Your screen handles that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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