From the site:
BMC64 is a bare metal fork of VICE’s C64 emulator optimized for the Raspberry Pi. It has 50hz/60hz smooth scrolling, low video/audio latency and a number of other features that make it perfect for building your own C64 replica machine.
I had to pick up some bits and bobs as there is some circuits I wanted to try to build, and oddly enough the electronic store I went to had some Pi’s! I bought 2 zero’s and 2 three’s! They aren’t cheap, sadly but I honestly doubt any zero’s actually ever sold for Â£5, and these cost me $168! Each! (just under Â£20!).
Anyways since I had nothing to do with these things, I already ordered a 1541 hat for the Commodore 64c, so I’ll need a 3 for that, but I was looking around and ran into the bmc64!
You do have to drop in your BIOS files manually, which is the only tedious bit, then dump over your taps’ and d64’s. My 3 boots up in a few seconds straight to the BASIC screen, like it’s 1983!
I was expecting it to be a lot of work, and it really was a SNAP. Not that I have any shortage of machines, or tiny machines to run VICE, but this running on metal is honestly kind of exciting.
I’d have loaded it on the zero, but it uses some mini HDMI port, and all I have is regular HDMI cables. I also picked up some heat sinks for the CPU’s as no doubt, no idle loops means it’ll get toasty.
It’s something I’d encourage people to check out, if anything to see how versatile a bare metal program can be for the pi’s.. Although apparently they screwed up the 4, it’s too different from the 0/2/3 for some reason.
If you need to connect the pi zero but dont a full-size connector, you could just substitute it with an rca jack for the time being. If you didn’t know already, the zero has 2 pins towards the end of the gpio header that serve the yellow rca jack signal. Here’s a tutorial: https://magpi.raspberrypi.org/articles/rca-pi-zero
but for audio, it is way harder.
Oh cool, I’ll keep that in mind!
I have bought Pi Zero for $5 in the USA.
We have a chain store called MicroCenter. All Pis are at their original price (or cheaper sometimes).
They don’t sell the regular PI anymore, but the Zero W is $10.
I see it’s listed higher with some discount… And it’s walk in only.
It’s crazy that these $5 boards never were $5. But that’s life. I guess I’m just lucky to have found some here.
I still don’t get why the 4 is so radically different that nothing is compatible with it.