8 May 2005 brouhaha   » (Journeyer)

Nonpareil

This morning I was trying to figure out why Nonpareil isn't coming anywhere close to simulating the HP-67 correctly. It comes up with a single decimal point lit in the display, and the only visible responses to the keyboard are for the decimal point to move to another position or disappear.

So I captured an execution trace from the simulator, and started studying it. Almost immediately, I found that they are doing a ``DELAYED ROM SELECT'' instruction preceding a ``A -> ROM'' instruction.

On the real hardware, I don't know whether DELAYED ROM SELECT is only delayed by one instruction, or whether it is delayed until the next branch. When I wrote the Woodstock CPU code, I implemented it as being delayed until the next branch. But I forgot to handle it with the ``GOTO KEYS'' and ``A -> ROM'' instructions, which are computed branches based on the keycode and A register, respectively.

I also determined that opcode 0120 octal is almost certainly the ``KEYS -> A'' instruction.

Adding KEYS->A and fixing the DELAYED ROM SELECT did not fix the HP-67 problem. But it did fix the problems with the HP-34C, HP-37E, HP-38E, and HP-38C, all of which now seem to work correctly!

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