Why VGA and not DVI/HDMI


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KD5ZXG
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Joined: 21/01/2022
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Posted: 08:21am 22 Jan 2022      

Why not RPi? Pico is cheaper, smaller, avoid slow boot through an unnecessary OS.
Rather bitbang video and frame buffer from a separate pico than burden the main
one running the interpreter. $4 to offload frame buffer is a price I can afford.

Keep in mind the terminal code already exists, just wants for a port to Pico.
"extensions for graphics (lines, boxes and circles) as well as alternative fonts"
https://geoffg.net/terminal.html

If PicroMite were to boot directly to Basic without Linux I might reconsider RPi.
I certainly own a few RPi, but I've seen little progress toward that end.

Was a FUZE Basic user on both PC and Rpi, but FUZE was an unsupported buggy mess.
Development and fixes ceased for all but an expensive NSwitch port. I lost interest.
They did have excellent manuals though, which is also very true here.
Edited 2022-01-22 18:32 by KD5ZXG