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Z80 based systems still kicking July 29, 2008

Posted by April Ayres-Griffiths in Uncategorized.
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It’s nice to know the Z80 is still alive and kicking in one form or another. 

Melody bought a chinese ipod knockoff, and it is powered by a 32Mhz Z80 based CPU.  Scarily enough the thing plays video too, although admittedly a custom format called AMV, which only had windows software available for conversion. Since we are currently using a mac, we downloaded a special version of ffmpeg, which supports AMV, however it crashed unless we disabled altivec support (we are using a G3), and then actually failed to link because a subroutine was not compiled unless altivec was enabled.  

After some coaxing, I managed to get it to compile, and we can now convert videos to the device quite happily.  I’ll need to get around to creating a patch for ffmpeg so this problem is fixed permanently.

Oh, well.