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    Default Tapuino, the $20 C64 Tape Emulator

    Hi,

    The Tapuino is a cheap (~ $20 or less) hardware level Datasette emulator for the Commodore C64 and Vic 20, with C16 / Plus 4 compatibility possible.
    With a few components and some simple soldering (or even a breadboard), you can make a completely functional replacement for your Datasette opening up access to the vast library of .tap files available on various preservation sites.

    Loading and saving of data is supported: enjoy a game of Elite and save your progress!
    With additional hardware the Tapuino turns into an archiving system allowing you to make backups of those original tapes that have been lying in the loft for decades

    I've been working on this for a bit and its reached functional status, please have a look if you are interested.
    I plan to continue developing the firmware and hardware for a while and will post updates here and on my blog.


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    Thanks for your interest!

    http://sweetlilmre.blogspot.com/2014...-emulator.html


    Build instructions (Rev2) are now available at:

    http://sweetlilmre.blogspot.com/2015...apuino-r2.html


    Code and design files are on Github at:

    https://github.com/sweetlilmre/tapuino

    Please log issues at the Github page!


    stephenfalken
    has made an awesome video of the Tapuino in action!



    -(e)
    Last edited by sweetlilmre; 28th March 2015 at 14:43. Reason: updated schematic to Rev2

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    Excellent project!
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    Thanks I am hoping to get this documented sufficiently so that basically anyone can build one.
    Hopefully someone will jump on the bandwagon and give it a go so I can get some feedback.

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    excellent work , well done

    wish i was clever enough to do the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjnurney View Post
    excellent work , well done

    wish i was clever enough to do the same
    Wow... ! coming from you, that is one helluva compliment!
    I'm really a total amateur on the HW side, software is my thing but luckily the HW on this project was pretty simple to put together.

    Thanlks
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    looks great nice work
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    rather cool

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    Nice job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkydivinGirl View Post
    Nice job!

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    Hi,

    Thanks for all the positive feedback. I did the first test today with the Tapuino in total stand-alone mode, i.e. powered from the C64 and it works well
    Now I have to try and transplant this to a veroboard... which will be interesting to say the least

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    That looks like a great project! I am in a similar situation having found a free C64 but with no way to get software into it. It seemed a bit wrong to spend a whole lot of money on getting data into a free machine.

    My first 'project' (only took 2 hours) was to get an Arduino Pro Micro working as a USB keyboard. The pro micro is $8 on Aliexpress and is I think faster than the Uno. When I get some time I'll give the Tapuino a try on it.

    There's a guy on eBay selling connectors for $1.60 each. Shipping is about $10 to me, but I could order a larger quantity and send them on. I was planning on ordering some user port connectors too, so let me know if you want any of either.
    http://galax.xyz

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