Emuladores de Ajedrez de MESS

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Re: Emuladores de Ajedrez de MESS

Mensaje por hap » 18 Jul 2019 18:29

Thanks berger, I see an epoxy blob. LCD controller is under there I guess, or it could even be an MCU.

*edit* I think the chance is good I can simulate the LCD.
But if needed, Sean can decap it(technically not "decap", since it's not a chip) and identify the chip if he has the time.

*edit2* Danke Micha @ schachcomputer.info, ja ich lese mit. Hmm der Corona hast zwei NEC Gate Array, interessant. haaah mein Deutsch is sehr schwach.

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Re: Emuladores de Ajedrez de MESS

Mensaje por IvenGO » 18 Jul 2019 19:12

TurboKing version D+

U3: 22B9
U4: 26C2

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Re: Emuladores de Ajedrez de MESS

Mensaje por berger » 19 Jul 2019 08:47

Hello,

Stratos, Corona, Turbo King... all of them have the same LCD.

I've added pictures of these computers to my Google album, too.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/dHotIflbOxrduXVj2

I also have a good romdump repository of all these computers, hap.

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Re: Emuladores de Ajedrez de MESS

Mensaje por hap » 24 Jul 2019 01:57

IvenGO I was searching for Debut-M and found a post by you: https://www.schachcomputer.info/forum/s ... php?t=5209

Do you perhaps know the button labels and their function?

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Re: Emuladores de Ajedrez de MESS

Mensaje por IvenGO » 24 Jul 2019 09:01

The keys (from left to right) are: Info, Force Move, 2 Players / Human vs Computer, Position Mode, Select Piece, Take Back, Level, Halt, New Game.

I hope this emulation will have some kind of "turbo mode" similar to III-S Glasgow (~x18) as the original device critically lacks hardware power (and I dont mention that the software is ugly clipped comparing with DOS version)...

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Re: Emuladores de Ajedrez de MESS

Mensaje por hap » 24 Jul 2019 10:14

I'm not going to add overclock hacks to MAME. Maybe CBF can add an overclock version in his CB-Emu fork if you ask him with puppy eyes. I'll have to get the game in working state first of course.

If you know, can you tell me the Russian labels too?
for example:
СБ - сброс
УИ - уровень игры

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Re: Emuladores de Ajedrez de MESS

Mensaje por IvenGO » 24 Jul 2019 11:00

Something like this (several points were not explained clear in manual as far as I remember)

АН - анализ (аналитика?) = switch chess clocks and score info to be shown on display
ХОД - ходи!
ИНТ - (интеллект?/интерактивность?) = 2pl / H vs C
ПОЗ - позиция / расстановка позиция = entering position mode
ВФ - выбор фигуры
ВП - возврат (позиции/хода) = takes back 2 (!!!) half-moves
УР - уровень игры
ВВ - ввод позиции = confirms position for solving puzzle
СБ - сброс / новая игра

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Re: Emuladores de Ajedrez de MESS

Mensaje por hap » 25 Jul 2019 02:02

Here you go!
Imagen

Thanks to Berger for the redump (there was already a rom dump around, but one file was bad)

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Re: Emuladores de Ajedrez de MESS

Mensaje por IvenGO » 25 Jul 2019 09:17

Wow, you rocks!

I know its nearly impossible, but is there a chance to take a look in source code about one thing: in original DOS program there's a "switch" for two blocks of levels between {[ 40 moves per X minutes ]} and {[ full game per X minutes ]} - probably this functions hadn't been cut off but simply not assigned to some key and could be restored?

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Re: Emuladores de Ajedrez de MESS

Mensaje por hap » 25 Jul 2019 10:11

The game polls 72 inputs: chessboard, and the 8 buttons (reset button simply resets the cpu). Maybe the engine still supports it, but the interface doesn't check.

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