PETOOLS 11 System Extension
PETOOLS System Extension and Applications for it
For the PC-1403H and the PC-1403
PETOOLS 1.1 is a set of machine language routines, which extends the possibilities
of your sharp in graphics, sound and other functions. It comes with a
GPL and without warranty of any kind. With PETOOLS
1.1 it is possible, to write powerful basic programs easier. It is also
easier, to port programs from the PC-1500 to use them with the PC-1403(H).
What's new in 1.1 (compared to 1.0)?
The BREAK key is respected more frequently in operations that need time
Possibility to ensure the type of standard variables (number, string) without
getting an error (INITS, INITN)
Mixing text and graphics is possible flicker-free now (important for games)
Non-blocking read of the keyboard with evaluation of all keys except BREAK
RS 232 support (optional) with 4800 baud. Upload and download of files is
more than 10 times faster compared to the tape interface (and silent ...)
Remote operation of upload and download possible (with a standard terminal program)
Hint: If you loaded machine language programs before, it's a good idea
to press the ALL RESET-button before installing PETOOLS 1.1.
Download the PETOOLS 1.1 installation program: peload.bas
or peloadse.bas if you like to have the serial port extension
(needs some extra hardware like the universal serial interface also described on this
Transfer it to your PC-1403(H) and run it 1).
Follow the instructions on the display. Warning: During the installation
process, all data will be deleted from your PC-1403(H).
After a few minutes, the installation process is complete. Switch back
to RUN-mode (The installation program leaves the PC-1403(H) in PRO-mode).
To check your installation and see the possibilities of PETOOLS 1.1, download
pedemo.bas , transfer it to your PC-1403(H) and
Programs using PETOOLS
... you can find in the PC-1403(H) File Archive
Using the Serial Interface
You can find the hardware to connect your PC-1403 to the serial
port of your big PC here.
There was an article in C'T (www.heise.de)
which describes a hardware that can also be used with PETOOLS 1.1.
Software for the big PC
You can use any terminal program you want. If you use TeraTerm, I
have prepared a Zip, which contains
a *.ini file for TeraTerm, a macro for TeraTerm, which handles
all the communication and a tokeniser/detokeniser which does
the job of converting the basic tokens to strings and back
(called by the TeraTerm macro).
The API documentation includes a description of every machine language
routine and also instructions how to build PETOOLS 1.1. Here is the link:
PETOOLS 1.1 - Reference
1) Hint: You can install PETOOLS 1.1 without check of data integrity
by typing "NOCHK" and DEF-S. This is faster, but more insecure.