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Season 7 - Raster IRQs, Opening Borders, Hardware Scrolling

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  • Configure built in CIA timers
  • And much more, but it's a secret until new episodes are released.

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All Episodes in this Season

Episode #063 - Full-Screen Scrolling

We already know how to scroll a line of text using the hardware scrolling feature of the Commodore 64. Today we'll take it up a notch and scroll the full screen.

Episode #062 - Scrolling Text

Since we already know how the hardware scrolling works, let's put it to a good use and implement one of the most common effects seen in demos - a scrolling text.

Episode #061 - Opening Borders I - Top & Bottom

The VIC-II - the graphical chip of Commodore 64 was designed in a hurry and many of its features ended having unexpected side effects. Discovering those quirks, and using them to enhance capabilities of the computer can be surprisingly fun. Today we will learn how to fool VIC-II to open top and bottom part of the border.

Episode #060 - Hardware Scrolling

One of the things that made games more interesting when the Commodore 64 came out was the ability to scroll the screen pixel by pixel. The VIC-II - the graphical chip of Commodore 64, allows moving the screen vertically and horizontally by up to 7 pixels in each direction. And today we will learn how to use this feature.

Episode #059 - Replace Default IRQ Handler

Default IRQ handler does quite a few things for us. But it also wastes cycles and memory on tasks unrelated to our code. Today we will learn how to handle IRQ signals ourselves and efficiently store the CPU state.

Episode #058 - Raster Interrupts

Waiting actively until the display reaches specific raster line has few drawbacks. Today we will learn how to allow VIC-II to notify us when the line is displayed with a raster interrupt.

Episode #057 - Vertical Sync

We've been animating sprites and characters for some time already. But we've never managed to synchronize the animation with the rate of screen refresh. It caused noticable flickering and artifacts during the sprite display. Today we will learn how to get rid of them.

Episode #056 - Timing IRQs II - Timer B

In the previous episode, we have learned that the Timer A in the first CIA chip triggers the IRQ signal sixty times per second. We've also learned how to slow it down, pause it and make it run just once. Today we will learn how to use the second timer of the CIA chip - Timer B.

Episode #055 - Timing IRQs

When we turn the computer on the maskable interrupt signal or IRQ is being sent around sixty times per second by one of the internal timers. Today we will learn how this process actually works.