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  1. Looks like shipping from here to the states with a tracking number might be about $14CDN - without a tracking # would be about $7. (seems expensive for such a tiny parcel - not sure if I could squeeze PICs into lettermail though...)Jaytee, buying from Ilmenator seems like the right move... Within Canada would be a lot cheaper, if any Canadians need PICs.
  2. Yes, once the bootloader is on the PIC you can upload everything else through MIOS Studio.
  3. @jaytee - where are you located? Unless you're in Toronto and want to pick them up, let's see what @ilmenator can do for you shippingwise first since it's his thread.
  4. I have a few as well (3, I think, flashed with MIOS) that I could also get rid of to people who aren't anywhere near Germany ... I'm in Toronto.
  5. Have you looked at http://www.ucapps.de/ yet, or just the forums? There are several midibox synths. The Midibox SID is a commodore SID synth; there's an FM synth. Midibox CV V2 isn't a synth, but it's also interesting: http://www.ucapps.de/midibox_cv_v2.html. If you look around the wiki http://wiki.midibox.org/ and old forum threads, you can find a bunch of examples of people making custom synths and MIDI controllers with features that didn't previously exist in MIOS. You are not restricted to the API in MIOS - take a look at the app.c files in some of the projects (eg: http://svnmios
  6. Solved - it was the power supply, and presumably a repeated rebooting of the PICs due to undervoltage. Got a new C64 PSU and everything worked fine - flashed MIOS and then the SID application... Thanks for the help everyone.
  7. I'm thinking about modifying MBNG slightly to control a headless/knobless audio mixer I'm building (the plan was always to make it a MIDI-controlled device, controlled from external software or hardware I want to build a UI for, but I thought why not use the NG itself if possible...) The NG would serve as the control interface for the mixer (as well as doing other stuff, controlling synths, whatever you'd normally do with it). The mixer controls would send MIDI (OSC could work too, but instead of leaving the device via an out port, I'd like to send to one of the NG's own in ports. That way
  8. Yeah, but better to pay shipping than to pay full price I guess. Hm... The laptop PSU option is interesting... I have a Surface Pro power supply here that puts out 12v and has a USB charging port. Do you just wire your laptop power supply directly into the 5v and 12v rails? Or do you run it through linear voltage regulators? Are laptop power supplies internally regulated? What PSU are you using?
  9. Just got in touch with the person who sold me this PSU - they're going to send me another for shipping cost, so hopefully third time lucky! haha. If that doesn't work, I'll go the PSU option E route.
  10. Yeah, probably should just bite the bullet and do PSU option E. I've got both 12v and 9v SIDs in this thing, so that'll be two switching regulators, unfortunately. At this rate I'm going to wind up spending more on power supplies than on the whole device... haha.
  11. Could I use separate power supplies (a 9vac PSU and a 5vdc PSU) plugged into the same mains power source? Would that work, or would I have to worry about the possibility that they'd have different ground references (and potentially unexpected voltage differentials) despite being plugged into the same mains power source/ground? ...I've got one C64 psu with working 9vAC and broken 5vDC, and another with working 5vDC and broken 9vAC...
  12. Argh. Looks like that's it right there. I just read directly from the PSU pins and I'm only getting 4v (not sure why I didn't read straight from the PSU before, I guess because the SID board was already wired up and I read 4.6v on the 5v rail there). Frustrating - this is the second one I've bought. I guess they're all pretty old and deteriorating at this point... I guess I'll work on another power solution. Thanks a lot for the help, Noise Generator.
  13. Thanks everyone - I was thinking it might be restarting over and over again as well. The MIDI circuit seems fine (I've tested it in a variety of ways, and I do get communication back and forth from the core including confirmation in MIOS Studio that the bootloader is running). Power is coming from a C64 PSU, so the 5v rail is regulated within the PSU. Unfortunate if it's not working properly, since this is the second one I've bought (AC on the first one was broken), and they're not cheap. I suppose building a minimal core on a breadboard is probably the sensible next step, and then
  14. I'm reading 4.62v on the 5v rail, 8.83v on the 9v rail and 11.76v on the 12v rail - can anyone confirm whether those numbers are ok? I just tried flashing the bootloader under a WinXP Virtual Machine, with the same result... "upload request" messages about 120 times per second, and I can't upload via midi.
  15. Thanks - I tried the linux 1.2 version of pk2cmd, and it really seems to be working ok to flash the bootloader to the PIC... I'm inclined to think it's probably some kind of problem with my MB-6582 core board. Can anyone confirm that those "f0 00 00 7e 40 00 01 f7" upload request messages coming 120 times per second from the bootloader-flashed PIC is way faster than they should be sent? ...and if so, does anyone have any idea what might be wrong with my core board to make that happen? Any ideas what I should be looking at? All the voltages on the PIC seem right - just below 5v.
  16. What Operating System and software did you use to flash the PICs? I'm having some trouble with mine - I posted in the SID forum about it.
  17. I'm trying to program four PIC18f4685's for my MB-6582 from scratch, and I'm having problems... I seem to have at least sort of successfully flashed the bootloader using a Pickit 2 and MPLAB X, but I can't flash MIOS to the SID over MIDI in MIOS Studio. I can query the core, and it says the bootloader is running, but whenever I try to flash any .HEX, MIOS Studio times out and says "no response from the core after 16 attempts. The Core is sending out these messages (which I guess is the upload request) about 120 times a second all the time the SID is powered on... From other forum posts
  18. Cool - have fun! Out of curiosity, did you try installing pyBLM on windows as well? I'm assuming you didn't, but if you did, how did it go?
  19. Hi - I think I've tested it on a raspberry pi... It should work anyway. ...Are you sure you're installing Mido into Python3, not just into Python 2? Try "pip3 install mido" and rt-midi... If that doesn't work you You might also try installing as your user rather than sudoing it. You could also try installing python3-mido and rt-midi from your package installer (if they're there) instead of through pip.
  20. You could try the python BLM implementation - if you do, let me know if it works for you: edit: Oops - didn't notice that you were already aware of the python BLM thing. because the virtual BLM and pyBLM use totally different codebases, I thought the issue you're having under the virtual BLM software with conflicting device names might not occur with pyBLM. Might be worth giving pyBLM a shot now rather than trying to work out the issue in virtual BLM if you're planning on using pyBLM anyway. ...pyBLM should work in windows too, I think, provided the dependencies wil
  21. Thanks everyone - I'm not sure they're fried, but they're certainly corrupted, and the bootloaders on all of them are no good. I think I overvolted the board while I was impatiently trying out some ill-considered power supply ideas after my commodore 64 psu arrived DOA. I tried flashing one with an arduino PIC programmer circuit I found on the internet, and the burn failed. I've found someone local to borrow a Pickit 2 from and I'll try reflashing my existing PICs... If that doesn't work I just bought four compatible PICs for cheap on eBay, so I should finally be able to get this thi
  22. I just found 4 cheap PICs on ebay actually... I'm in Toronto, Canada - probably easier to figure out something local rather than sending PICs back and forth to Scotland. Thanks a lot for the offer though.
  23. I think I fried mine... Does anyone have an extra set? Or some extra PICs that you could program for me?
  24. [Deleted message asking about PICs to replace the corrupted ones in my MB SID] Edit: Nevermind - I just found a cheap set of PICs on ebay.
  25. Hi - I have to get a pic programmer anyway to fix my MB SID... What would shipping to M6H1N2 in Toronto Canada cost? Are there any PIC18F4685's in there?
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