Post by David Murray on Feb 8, 2007 10:36:00 GMT -5
As I've only been calling any BBS for a few weeks, I haven't called more than a handfull. But what I'm seeing is essentially no activity on any of them. Granted, most of them have been Amiga BBSs since I haven't been able to get my RS232 adapter to work on my C64. But I was wondering which BBSs you guys call a lot?
I'd like to try getting on Q-Link, but I need a darned #$@#&! RS232 adapter.. that is really eating at me but I can't afford a replacement at the moment.
I'm averaging about 10 calls a day or so on mine, with quite a few posts actually. The downfall is I wouldn't bother with ASCII or ANSI as it wouldn't look right. CGTERM displays the PETSCII quite nicely.
Post by David Murray on Feb 15, 2007 14:02:23 GMT -5
You may want to give it a try and report on your results here?
I've called Mad World a few times since your post.. of course, I had to look it up to find out that it is madworld.bounceme.net. Anyway, I've been surprised at the sophistication of the BBS software and the speed at which it runs. I am not sure what BBS software its using, but it is running on a C128. The question is, is it running in 64 mode or 128 mode? I'm kind of thinking C128 mode since it seems faster and more complicated than most c64 BBSs I've seen.
Still.. not much activity. About one post a day or less.
After blaming the video cable and discovering the monitor's brightness was turned down (oops), my C128 will be taking calls again. The only thing that's stopping me is an adapter going to my Linux box for tcpser. I really should go with a straight 9-pin cable instead of the ugly hack I have now, which is:
SwiftLink cart -> 9-pin null modem adapter w/pin 6 removed -> 9-pin to 25-pin adapter -> 25-pin serial cable -> 25-to-9-pin adapter -> PC serial port
It _works_, but seems overly complicated. So I'm thinking I probably left the adapter at my mom's house in the process of moving.
So the question is: Should I just pick up a 9-pin serial cable? Not from Rat Shack, I'm gonna Google some electronics stores, there've got to be some in Tacoma... funny that with all the cables and adapters junk I have I don't have just a straight 9-pin cable
Unless I search the garage, where most of them are stashed in a box...
*sigh* So close, yet so far. At least Image BBS boots off my CMD HD (which I've changed tactics, using a 1581 power supply instead of tethered to the PC, tapping voltage from it with a cable my ex-roommate from Oregon made for me)... the P/S croaked a number of years ago, and I don't want to pay $50 for a new one. I'll just pick up another 1581 power supply... or, since I have two, and not using one, I'll borrow its' power supply...
I'm in an apartment with a friend nowadays, going to join UPCHUG (University Place Commodore Home User's Group), and let the fun commence.
My cable of choice is Rat Shack's 9 ping straight-through cable (they charge too much for this cable, but oh well I know it works), and their 9 pin null modem adapter with the pin pulled (pin 6?). Works great on both my BBSes, one uses BBS Server, the other uses TCPSer.