[Coco] CoCo's TIMER and 60hz

Bill Nobel b_nobel at hotmail.com
Wed May 29 13:25:28 EDT 2019

  The Matchbox VSYNC currently on the Matchbox is at 59.9 Hz so the Matchbox is a bit better than a real Coco3, but is still off.  He is makeing a special build for me that sends the Filed Sync clock to a pin as my Matchbox has extra headers attached that allow for easy testing with an analyzer.  I will let you know the results when I get the build.

Bill Nobel
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On May 29, 2019, at 11:17 AM, Allen Huffman <alsplace at pobox.com<mailto:alsplace at pobox.com>> wrote:

On May 29, 2019, at 12:14 PM, Bill Nobel <b_nobel at hotmail.com<mailto:b_nobel at hotmail.com>> wrote:

Roger and I ran a test last night with my logic analyzer on a real Coco3.  VSYNC on the particular machine I tested reported 59.7 Hz.  The Coco3 was never accurate on software time due to fact the IRQ line is shared with other devices besides VSYNC.  Yes they are queued but arn’t serviced accurately based on time.

Anything that masks interrupts can throw a timer using it off, of course — disk access, and I think even playing a tone masks IRQs (?) in BASIC.

My question at this point is trying to determine if Matchbox CoCo is just off, or if there would be similar drift between two different CoCo 3s running the same BASIC program.

— Allen

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