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Gigatron as TV Typewriter

A project log for Gigatron TTL microcomputer

"Just because", a microcomputer that runs without a microprocessor

Marcel van KervinckMarcel van Kervinck 04/22/2018 at 16:530 Comments

The video shows how an Arduino can be hooked up and pretend to be an ASCII keyboard. No EPROM change is needed. After powering the Arduino, it takes over control by resetting the Gigatron, navigating the menu and starting Loader. It fakes game controller signals to do that. Then it pushes a tiny precompiled Terminal program into the RAM. From there on, it sends simple ASCII codes which the board dutifully displays. This is step 1 towards interacting with the system for direct hacking.

The source code for the sketch is in GitHub. Hookup is with 4 male-to-female jumper wires.

P.S: At the third test in the video the stream stops because the power bank that drives the Arduino was already empty :-)

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