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clownmdemu – frontend v0.4 & libretro v0.2

Custom Dear ImGui Style Dear ImGui’s default style looked a bit tacky and ‘programmer art’-like to me, so I’ve made my own: I’ve tried to create a typical ‘dark mode’ theme while still keeping a high degree of contrast in order to maintain good legibility. Another focus of the style is technical and artistic minimalism,Continue reading “clownmdemu – frontend v0.4 & libretro v0.2”

clownmdemu – frontend v0.3.1

This is just a quick update to address some issues in the previous v0.3 release. Make FM Debugger More Compact The FM debugger was a bit ‘verbose’ in v0.3… As you can see, each channel was given its own window, which meant that it was a lot of effort to simply switch from one channelContinue reading “clownmdemu – frontend v0.3.1”

clownmdemu – frontend v0.3 & libretro v0.1.1

This update mostly affects the standalone frontend, but a couple of them also apply to the libretro core. Keyboard Rebinding One shortcoming of the standalone frontend is that it lacks keyboard rebinding: the W, A, S, and D keys will always control the Control Pad’s D-Pad, and so on. But not anymore! New to theContinue reading “clownmdemu – frontend v0.3 & libretro v0.1.1”

clownmdemu – frontend v0.2 & libretro v0.1

It’s been too long, but finally my emulator has an update! Since the first release, the emulator has been greatly optimised, some inaccuracies in the 68000 interpreter have been addressed, and the occasional missing CPU instruction has been added. Compatibility with games should be a bit better than before, but still not great as many essentialContinue reading “clownmdemu – frontend v0.2 & libretro v0.1”

Virtual 68 Katy

At last, it’s working! After writing the last blog post, I was able to find a test suite for the Motorola 68000, allowing me to verify the accuracy of my 68000 emulator. After addressing a number of inaccuracies, Linux could finally finish booting! The issue that was breaking kmalloc was the CMPA.W, ADDA.W, and SUBA.WContinue reading “Virtual 68 Katy”

(Almost) Emulating the 68 Katy

During a recent bout of illness I became fascinated with the concept of porting the Linux kernel to minimalist environments: it began when I stumbled upon this video of someone who had gotten Linux running on their RISC-V emulator, which made me wonder if I could do the same with my 68000 emulator. Unfortunately, IContinue reading “(Almost) Emulating the 68 Katy”

clownmdemu – 68k Overhaul

Ever since adding support for the Z80, the next improvement that I wanted to make to my emulator was overhauling the 68k CPU interpreter. As detailed in the first emulator-related blog post, the 68k CPU interpreter was one of the first parts of the emulator that I created. It was also the first CPU interpreterContinue reading “clownmdemu – 68k Overhaul”

clownmdemu and clownassembler released

Sorry for the drought of blog posts lately: I’ve been busy with work and a lot of other IRL stuff. Still, if there’s one thing I can give an update on, it’s that two of my projects have finally seen a release: clownmdemu and clownassembler have been released on Sonic Retro, Sonic Stuff Research Group,Continue reading “clownmdemu and clownassembler released”

clownmdemu – Z80 Support

With the addition of FM support, my Mega Drive emulator came much closer to being able to provide a complete experience for certain games such as Sonic 1. Unfortunately, there was still one major missing feature: drums, voice clips, and sometime even all audio entirely, were inaudible. What gives? Sonic 1 plays most of itsContinue reading “clownmdemu – Z80 Support”