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E32 Frodo by Hannu Viitala

E32 Frodo is a Commodore 64 emulator for Nokia 9210. It had been originally developed for Amiga by Christian Bauer and then ported do Epoc32 by Jan Panvel and Alfred Heggestad. Nokia 9210 port was done by Hannu Viitala. E32 Frodo is available as Open Source - you can download a full source code here. Binaries compiled for N9210 can be downloaded directly from our Downloads section.

The emulation is very good. First of all Frodo is very fast providing 100% of real C-64's speed. The compatibility level is very high, too - most of the programs work fine. The only problems can be caused by some bad-coded loaders made by hackers. But if you manage to start a program, you can be almost sure that it will be working stable. Current version of Frodo for Crystal doesn't support sound, but this is just a matter of time...

E32 Frodo supports .d64 files (images of C-64 floppies). It doesn't work with another popular format - .t64 (tape images), but one can copy files from .t64 to .d64 using many of C-64 emulators for PC like VICE.

First of all we need to configure the emulator. Press Prefs and apply following modifications in Preferences dialog:

  • In 1541 window turn off 1541 CPU emulation. Fields Drive 8...11 can be used to "insert" .d64 files into appropriate disk drives. The files can be placed in any folder - you can also create your own folder - eg. Commodore.

  • In Joystick turn on joystick 1, which will be emulated using arrow keys and space (fire). Function keys - F1 to F8 are under Chr + A, S, D, F etc. Keboard can be switched from emulation mode to normal 'typing' mode using Caps key.

  • In VIC window turn on sprites and enable collision detection.

  • CPU window: I have following values: 110, 60, 91, 64. This setting gives me 100% of real C-64's speed but you can try to adjust them - maybe you'll find even better ones.

Ready! Now you can run your first Commodore program. Copy a .d64 file from PC to any folder in Communicator and "insert" it to drive 8: Prefs -> 1541 -> Drive 8. Now go back to Basic and type: LOAD "*",8 and then (when READY appears) type RUN and press Enter. Enjoy.

E32 Frodo is something more than just a toy. It gives us access to thousands of games and programs for Commodore 64. They are called "classic", because they are still more "playable" than many modern PC games featuring 3D engine and multichannel sound. And don't forget about Basic! Now you can write your own simle programs and use them in your Communicator. Your Basic programs (as well as games in progress) can be saved to disk using Snapshot function, which dumps memory contents to a file. And there are even more interesting uses. Following screenshot shows a graphic operating system for Commodore 64 called GEOS 2.0, which is a direct predecessor of Nokia 9110's OS!

And now a couple of other screenshots: graphics editor and Polish-English dictionary.

Here are some links to sites containing hundreds of C-64 games and programs in .d64 format:

To find hundreds of other programs just type "Commodore games" in any search engine.

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