I will soon release Catalina 4.2, with a new HMI (Human/Machine Interface) plugin. This will provide Catalina P2 support for VGA screen, USB keyboard and USB mouse, at various resolutions and color depths. The Catalina plugin is based on variants of eric's VGA tile driver and garryj's USB driver. The new P2 HMI plugin will be largely compatible with the same Catalina plugins for the P1(which were themselves based on Parallax's original drivers for the P1).
However, I have had some issues getting the VGA tile driver to work at 1024x768 resolution. I have "tweaked" it by trial and error to work on my monitor, but it only works on my monitor if I use non-standard timings, so I am not sure if it will work on all
Can anyone with a P2_EVAL board and accessory set please run the test programs and tell me if they work on your VGA monitors, and with your USB keyboards and mice (one thing I already know is that the USB keyboard and mice have to be plugged in directly - i.e. you cannot use a USB hub).
Here is a copy of the README, included in the zip file:
These test programs have been compiled to test Catalina's new VGA HMI Plugin,
which incorporates VGA, Keyboard and Mouse drivers. These programs have been
compiled for the P2_EVAL board, using the P2-ES Eval accessory boards.
The programs expect the accessory boards to be connected to the P2_EVAL board
The A/V board plugged into the header with base pin 32
The Host Serial (USB) board plugged into the header with base pin 40
There are four program binaries provided - two for rev A P2 chips, and two for
rev B chips:
test_term_rev_A.bin : test vga, keyboard & mouse @ 640x480 (rev A chip)
test_term_rev_B.bin : test vga, keyboard & mouse @ 640x480 (rev B chip)
test_vga_rev_A.bin : test vga & keyboard (no mouse) @ 1024x78 (rev A chip)
test_vga_rev_B.bin : test vga & keyboard (no mouse) @ 1024x78 (rev B chip)
The keyboard and/or mouse can be plugged into either USB port.
I'd particularly like to hear from you if the vga test program does NOT
run on your VGA monitor!