GeneratriX wrote:I could not recall why on the earth I've rejected KiCad... I guess something to do with the file formats, or compatibility with more than two hundreed existant schematics... but I could not be sure... have you already tried it?
Not yet, I intend to compile both kicad and gEDA and then decide which one I like better.
Well, as I've said... you'll be my hero, my friend... just let me know the brand of argentinean wine you would like to taste, and bam!, I'll put a box way to you within a week!
Thanks, that's very kind of you
It looks like I'm going to have to race canavan for this privilege, though
Of course. I use a pretty nice LG, and I also use a few virtual scopes with the help of my Ubuntu box and some DIY level adapters and interfaces. Since I use to work a bit more with analog than digital signals, I don't feel the need for a logic analyzer right now... but tomorrow... who knows?
Building digital circuits is fun
The US eBay has lots of logic analyzers to choose from... just make sure you buy one that comes with the pods, as they are often very expensive on their own. The HP/Agilent units have all the documentation available online as well as the operating system software. Tektronix doesn't have that for their older models -- some manuals can be found as PDF scans and some units, like the 1241, have the software in a ROM. I intend to image the floppies that came with my 3001GPX and put them up somewhere (I doubt Tektronix would mind, this device is obsolete in their eyes).
Let me wild bet! -have you managed to find it while you searched for a Prism
I then researched the various models a bit and decided on either this one or the HP 16500A (with the 100MHz card). This one showed up sooner and it was too good a deal to pass up.
GeneratriX wrote:That was a very good finding! There are a lot of projects you can tackle with such degree of instrumentation!
My primary goal is to create a couple of primitive computers from scratch (at least one with a 68k and one with a MIPS CPU I mentioned before), but I've also been thinking of taking up reverse engineering, although I need to get some IC clips/grabbers before I can do that.
Now I can also properly debug the BCM912500A boards I have and find out why they're rebooting at memory initialization.
GeneratriX wrote:Well, I'll not spend more of your time for now... I just want to add to my above statements that I own hundreeds of brand new electronic components, so, it will be a pleasure to beta-test the circuits/apps for the ROM Programmer with my Octane here. In fact I think I already have here at my office all of the required components, excepting the high density parallel port cable.
The schematics should be finished within a week, then I will need about a day to build it and write a sample app which makes patterns on the busses, so I can verify it works. Writing an app that can flash EEPROMs should be simple then, Flash ROMs will take some more time.
I intend to start writing AT29C010A support first, but other chips should be compatible as well, since the flashing procedure is most likely standardized.
A new harddrive mounted as /tmp enabled me to build cmake (will provide nekoware tardist tomorrow), but kicad fails to build with:
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Signal: Segmentation fault in Front End Driver phase.
Error: Signal Segmentation fault in phase Front End Driver -- processing aborted
I get the same thing when compiling with the legacy configure scripts included in the package -- I will try lowering the optimization level later (although I think that won't help, the error is probably caused by odd syntax -- finding and rewriting the offending line will probably do the trick).
I've also built PCB with the GTK frontend this morning (builds nicely with -Ofast=ip35 and -IPA, seems to run properly) -- should I learn how to make Nekoware packages now, or wait till the rest of the gEDA suite is built, so we can make one large package with all the components?