VidHD – Firmware 1.15 & Manual 1.1 Available

The VidHD Apple II video card has new 1.15 firmware with many improvements and fixes. And, a new version 1.1 manual now details the firmware update procedure.

Firmware 1.15 Changes:

  • Fixed sync on 1440p, 1600p, and 2160p displays as long as they also support 1920×1080 or 1920×1200. Displays smaller than 1920 horizontal resolution will not work with firmware 1.15.
  • OS fixes: Linux 4.20.8 and uBoot 2019.01 loader.
  • MouseText: fixes incorrect inverse-checkmark font.
  • Fixed a bug which caused Ctrl-Reset on PAL machines to incorrectly switch VidHD to 60 Hz mode.
  • VidHD PASCAL extended text firmware:
    a. CR now stays on the same line (does not include LF)
    b. Ctrl-_ now correctly moves up one line (also fixed in BASIC)
  • Improved BASIC text firmware:
    a. ESC A,B,C,D are now supported.
    b. Fixed a bug where the VidHD mistakenly thought HOME was called and incorrectly cleared the screen.
    c. Turning off 80-column hardware at $C00C now exits VidHD text firmware.
    d. PR#3 now does POKE 33,40 to prevent HOME from corrupting BASIC at $8xx.
    e. Fixed a few bugs turning MouseText on and off via control characters.


Visit https://www.callapple.org/vidhd and download the updated firmware and manual. For future reference, the VidHD page can be found on our “Extras” menu.

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Brian Wiser

Brian is an A.P.P.L.E. Board member and Managing Editor of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine. He is a long-time Apple consultant, historian and archivist. Brian designed, edited, and co-produced several books including: "Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software", "Synergistic Software: The Early Games", "Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution", "What's Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition", and "The WOZPAK: Special Edition" – an important Apple II historical book with Steve Wozniak's restored original, technical handwritten notes as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game "Structris." Brian was an extra in Joss Whedon’s movie “Serenity,” leading him to being a producer/director for the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity.” He brought some of the Firefly cast aboard his Browncoat Cruise and recruited several of the Firefly cast to appear in a film for charity. Brian speaks about his adventures at conventions around the country.