Nov 172015
 

Does your Amstrad CPC work correctly or do you have stability issues? Not sure? Well, then you can at least check the RAM of your CPC with Geralds new RAM tester. To run this program on classic CPCs (464, 664, 6128), you will need a LowerROM board or an X-MEM memory expansion in boot mode. Use the .bin file in this configuration.
If you want to run it on an Amstrad Plus or an Amstrad GX4000, you will need a C4CPC cartridge and use the .bin or .cpr file with it.

If the RAM is ok, you will see the following image (green bars at the side of the screen):

RamOk

If something is wrong, you will see a red bar at the side of the screen:

Ram4LsbBad

You can download the binaries at the end of this news and discuss it in the CPCWiki forums.

If you need to check your systems memory without having an expansion board, you can also use Nilquaders memory check utility.

Oct 172015
 

Do you know the MIST-FPGA board? No? It is intended to rebuild old computer systems and consoles with it. I use the term “rebuild” because it fits better in combination with a FPGA than “emulate”, because there is no program running within the FPGA, but it is real hardware which is running. Confused :-)? Anyway, the name MIST is a combination of Amiga and Atari ST, and of course, both systems are already running on the systems together with a lot of other computer and console systems, too (e.g. Nintendo NES, Commodore 64, PC Engine, etc.). Since some time, there is also an Amstrad CPC core available for the MIST-FPGA board and it was released in version r004.7.2 some days ago. The new version features some bugfixes and support for the R-Type remake by Easter Egg. So if you own a MIST-FPGA board, give it a try. You can find more information about the installation of the Amstrad CPC core and the binaries on the MIST-FPGA GitHub page.

mist_board

Sep 152015
 

Your Amstrad CPC is showing a “Disc missing” error when you try to load a disc? Then normally it is time to change the drive belt of your disk drive. There are already some nice tutorials on how to change the drive belt of an Amstrad CPC, but Xyphoe recorded a video where he changes the drive belt of an Amstrad CPC 6128. So if you need to change your drive belt have a look at it.

Aug 292015
 

After his great video for the 30th birthday Amstrad CPC 464, Xyphoe celebrates the 30th birthday of the Amstrad CPC 6128 in his latest video on Youtube. So let’s celebrate with him. Have fun:

Jan 032015
 

Norecess released a new version of his SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Manager which works on the Amstrad CPC 464 and 664 now. If you already own a HxC floppy emulator, this tool is a must have for you. You can get the disk image or ROM image here.

Changes:

  • 464 / 664 support

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